Muffin, Cookie, Cookie

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Raspberry Bran Muffin

I was waiting for the F train at the Bryant Park station late tonight. I waited and waited. But the F train never came. And I didn’t know what to do but twaddle my thumbs and people watch while pretending to look at the subway map. And then my mind wandered, as it is apt to do when not occupied with thoughts of food, family or friends. Or work. That too.

Naturally it wandered towards dessert. Towards cakes, pies, biscotti, pudding, and muffins. Ahhh. Muffins. Right at that moment, I felt like a muffin would be very fitting for no reason at all.

And that, of course, is sometimes the best reason.

So I slung on my bag, straightened my back and strolled to the other end of the station to catch the 7 towards Times Square. And then transferred to the 1 downtown. The 7 came without a minutes wait. And the 1 was about to leave as I dashed in. Sometimes I have the greatest subway karma.

Minutes later I was at my favourite weekday night spot, Build a Green Bakery in the West Village. I come here alone after work because I can always count on a copy of the New York Times resting on the bench, waiting to be read, and an abundance of baked goods, with at least a half dozen which catch my fancy.

I ate my raspberry bran muffin from the outside in. Breaking off the crusty, attractively nutty edges in a circular motion till I reached the raspberry studded innards. It made me happy to know that the berries were used with a generous hand, splotches of deep pink nestled within tender crumbs.

Coconut Cookie & Chocolate Chip Cookie

Muffin devoured, I dusted crumbs off my skirt upon standing to leave. I have yet to meet the day where I can polish off a baked good crumb free. Oh well. Crumbs give you character. Or at least something to laugh about.

I said bye to the boy behind the counter, tall and skinny with tan pants and black rimmed glasses. As I pushed the door open, I heard his voice one more, “hey…would you like some cookies?” I turned, confused for a moment, but confusion gave way to a smile as he contemplated among flavours and placed one each of a coconut and chocolate chip cookie in a brown paper bag.

He handed them over to me, accidentally crinkling the bag in motion, “goodnight.”

Build a Green Bakery
175 7th Ave
NY, NY 10014
(646) 722-6570

13 Comments
  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 30, -0001

    Hey Yann!…why I don’t recall receiving free cookies at the age of 8…though I greatly appreciate them at the age of 21! :)Hey Kirk!Hehe, this more than makes up for last Friday!! :)

  • Yukari
    December 13, 2007

    Cookies for free?! :D

  • anonymous
    December 13, 2007

    Crumbs give you character“in the words of R. Crumb, “keep on truckin”….that’s what he meant, must be.

  • K & S
    December 13, 2007

    I never get anything for free in Japan, except pushed and shoved. You are so lucky :)

  • rowena
    December 13, 2007

    Well Mighty Aphrodite – free cookies?! You Siren you! If I receive anything for free it’s from my husband’s colleagues…and that don’t count!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 13, 2007

    Hey Yukari!teehee, it was a good night! :)Hey Ron!lol, thanks for that little tidbit! :)Hey Kat!Oh! No worries, I get lots of pushes and shoves…in the subway everyday! ;)Hey Rowena!lol! Well, I think it counts! ;)

  • anonymous
    December 13, 2007

    From yelling to free cookies in another place :)I think I had those kind of nice surprises much more when I was an 8 years old. :p

  • KirkK
    December 13, 2007

    Yaaay Kathy scores! almost makes up for the jerk at the other bakery, doesn’t it?

  • shann
    December 14, 2007

    humph. i haven’t been in any of these posts lately. i feel like a petulant child cause i wanna be in the posts! but also it makes me sad because i realized we haven’t eaten together in a long time. tonight didn’t count cause you just had like five bites of pasta and my back was to you because i was staaaarving. lets go somewhere this weekend :o)

  • anonymous
    December 14, 2007

    is “Shann” your room mate? Just clicked her website and she’s a fabulous artiste.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 14, 2007

    Shann!yes, yes! brunch/lunch/dinner/dessert/snack…we shall plan :)Hey Ron!Yup, that’s Shann!! I’ll pass on your compliment! :)

  • Jeannie
    December 14, 2007

    Hello, I recently stumbled upon your blog and I think we have the same tastes in food. I am often guilty of eating bakery items for meals … talk about a sweet tooth! I also notice that you’re a fellow pwc’er (saw the St. Charles entries). Let me know if you ever want to go on any lunch adventures!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 14, 2007

    Hey Jeannie!Yay PwC! hehe ;) I’d be totally up for lunch/dinner…anything! Email me (kathyylchan@gmail.com), and we’ll set up something delicious! :)

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