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New York City

New York City Winter 2011

Last week was such an incredible whirlwind of excitement. I was in snowy NYC for a two-day launch party thrown by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, where they unveiled their new celebrity spokesperson. But more on that later! As a sometimes rather dawdling Alabama girl, I’m completely enamored with the hustle and bustle of NYC, so a few of us gals decided to get there a few days early and make the most of our trip. The darling Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod and I were the first to arrive, and we had a blast running around on our first day in the city.

New York City Winter 2011

We consulted the giant weather-forecasting mirror the hotel had by the elevators on every single floor for how to dress. I got such a kick out of this thing! We bundled up like snow bunnies for what turned out to be the coldest day in NYC since 2005.

New York City Winter 2011

Our first stop was breakfast at Clinton Street Baking for some of their famous blueberry pancakes. Talk about scrumptious! Loved the warm maple butter for drizzling. Or in our case, dunking.

New York City Winter 2011

Did I mention it was cold?? After breakfast we popped into Jacques Torres for some hot chocolate to warm up. Oh my gosh, check out how completely rich and decadent this was.

New York City Winter 2011

Warmed up and on a sugar high, we found our way to a charming cupcake shop, Sweet Revenge. I nearly fainted when they brought these out to the table.

New York City Winter 2011

LOVED these gorgeous cupcakes. Here we have their signature cupcake, the Sweet Revenge. A Peanut Butter Cake with chocolate ganache center and peanut butter fudge frosting.

New York City Winter 2011

The Raspberry Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. I really liked this one.

New York City Winter 2011

And the Mexican Vanilla Cake with Mexican Vanilla Buttercream.

New York City Winter 2011

I’ve never had anything like these cupcakes! They were so incredibly dense, totally reminded me of buttery pound cake. The Peanut Butter Cake was definitely a favorite.

New York City Winter 2011

Such a cute place, definitely check them out if you are in the area!

New York City Winter 2011
For lunch I was dying to try a falafel sandwich. Can you believe I’ve never had one? Maria took me to Taïm, voted by Serious Eats as the best falafel sandwich in NYC for a roasted red pepper falafel. I think this was one of Maria’s favorite meals of the trip!

New York City Winter 2011

Right next door was The Roasting Plant, famous for their chocolate chip cookies. You know we had to check it out.

New York City Winter 2011

When we got there I absolutely could not resist trying the Vanilla Hot Gelato Shake. I’m not sure what all they did to it, but I did see them steaming it in the espresso machine to warm it up. Tasted just like a vanilla hot chocolate!

New York City Winter 2011
That afternoon we made our way over to City Bakery. I’d been dying to try their pretzel croissant since the last time I was in NYC.

New York City Winter 2011

It’s got a delicious, salty, crackly outer shell, with a decadently soft and buttery croissant interior. Goodness gracious, this was heavenly!

New York City Winter 2011

We also stopped by this totally fun little cupcake shop called Baked by Melissa.

New York City Winter 2011

Check out how tiny they were! Loved this place, they had a Chocolate Chip Pancake cupcake that changed my life. I could’ve eaten quite a few of those bad boys.

New York City Winter 2011
Maria and I walked all over NYC. I absolutely loved these gorgeous, snow covered streets.

New York City Winter 2011

We were making our way to Chelsea Market, but got distracted by these cute cakes!

New York City Winter 2011

When we got to Chelsea Market we met up with Dorie Greenspan at Sarabeth’s Kitchen. Last time I was there I got some heavenly Strawberry Raspberry jam. Strawberry jams are my weakness. Dorie introduced us to Sarabeth herself, such a pleasure to meet these two precious ladies!

New York City Winter 2011

We also got to sample a few of Sarabeth’s treats!

New York City Winter 2011

I don’t remember what this sugary, buttery, flakey muffin was called, but it sure was dreamy.

New York City Winter 2011

Dorie gave us a wonderful list of bakeries, cookies, cupcakes and restaurants to try over the next few days on our NYC adventure. I treasured this sweet handwritten note.

Dorie has cute handwriting.

Dorie is an excellent speller.

I’m not sure I would’ve been able to handle all those French names without the internets.

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New Feature

Starting with this post, you can click on any of the photos to view the EXIF data for that image. It’ll tell you what camera I used, plus the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Not that this is particularly life-altering information here. But it might be nice to have at some point. Just in case.

See you tomorrow!