Bakery Review: Sweet Corner Bakeshop

I am happy to follow my last post with this delightful one!

Each time I go into the city I make it a goal of mine to visit a new bakery and for this city trip I visited Sweet Corner Bakeshop. The funny story is I actually met the owner of this bakeshop when he came to build a wedding cake at the resort in Georgia I had been working at. Honestly you should check out this cake it was pretty amazing…

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What I like about this shop is that it’s simple and straightforward. The vibe I got was “we have amazing pastries, just buy one and wash it down with our delicious coffee”; there was no added fanfare or pompous display cases. I ordered their renowned chocolate chip sea salt cookie and a latte. I sat in the shop enjoying my purchase, while watching all the eager wealthy children of the west side rush into the shop for what must be a daily after school stop.

IMG_8692IMG_8690Sweet Corner is a little tricky to find as any New Yorker knows the West Side doesn’t follow the NYC grid, but once you stroll upon that sweet corner and smell those fresh cookies you’ll known within that first bite that it was worth the hunt. Also, you’re in the west side now- go explore! go shopping! enjoy yourself! 😉

**This coming from someone who left with huge shopping bags to carry on the subway home.

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Bakery Review: Financier

To those who have recently discovered my blog…welcome! I hope you stay a while and are able to try out a recipe or two. If you’re wondering why I have so many bakery reviews it’s because I’m not the biggest fan of yelp. Whenever I wish to read reviews on bakeries I find myself continuously scrolling through people’s comments and half of the time that huge essay that you just spent 20 mins reading to find out how those croissants they ordered tasted just ends up being an essay about how the family couldn’t find an appropriate seat for their uncle cause there was a strange draft coming in. Has this happened to anyone else?! Anyways, these brief reviews are just a recount of my experience to help one decide if it’s worth your while to trek out to a specific destination for a sugar fix.

I have just recently visited Financier, a very traditional french patisserie with locations all throughout NYC. Unfortunately, I had an awful experience here. To begin with I was standing in line, knowing already what I wanted but when an employee walked down the line I happen to have my eyes on the glass display case so instead the employee said to the gentleman BEHIND me, “You look ready sir, I’ll take your order right here.” Okay in all fairness I could see maybe she thought I was still making up my mind because I was looking down but at least have the decency to ask me first!  I could see from where I was standing in line that the cashier was giving everyone a free sample of a financier. I remember thinking “Okay, awesome! Now I don’t have to worrying about buying my own financier to taste because she is giving out samples!” But, of course, by the time she took my order she decided not to give me a sample, but don’t worry the woman that followed me got her free sample.

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So at this point my drink order and pastry order is placed and the people before me AND after me have gotten their orders but I am still standing there. When I finally get the attention of one of the worker’s I stated what I was waiting for (an ice coffee and a macaroon- probably the simplest order ever, no milk, no sugar, just pour the damn coffee in the cup and put the macaroon in a bag, nothing to be heated or sliced or anything of the sort). I barely got an apology from any of the workers and I just walked out and rushed to my train.

Now I am on the train and I cannot wait to have a bite of this pistachio macaroon. Here I am hoping it will be the best macaroon I’ve ever had after the wait I just went through for it….. But no….no no not at all good. Once the first bite hit my lips all i could taste was food dye. that fake pistachio flavor. and wayyy tooo much cookie, not enough filing. Extremely disappointed with Financier and I would NOT go back.

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TERRIFIC THURSDAY!

My mom and I just had a sushi dinner and decided that we would treat ourselves to a nice cupcake for dessert! We went to one of our local favorites, Cupcakes in Heels located on Bell Blvd. I could describe this bakery in one word- stylish! Each of their cupcakes is named after a designer or brand name.

I went into the store planning on just purchasing one cupcake ( I know, I sound crazy; who just buys ONE cupcake??) Anyway the very friendly employee informed me that an hour before closing the cupcakes are buy one get one free! What a great idea! As one would expect, I was SOLD!!! Image

My only struggle was choosing between the strawberry cupcake, the peanut butter cupcake, or the carrot cake cupcake. I ended up choosing the strawberry cupcake, also known as the Burberry cupcake, and the peanut butter cupcake, also known as the Gucci cupcake.

My mom and I split both cupcakes and enjoyed them immensely with a nice cuppa tea!

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“Thus the public use of reason and freedom is nothing but a dessert, a sumptuous dessert.” ~Johann G. Hamann