If you haven’t read the bit on Itzy Bitzy Patisserie just yet, click here. Mitzy and I will be at the Brooklyn Flea Market tomorrow from 10am – 5pm selling her new line of French macarons (directions to the Market here). We’ll be at booth E5 with six fall flavours…and samples if you arrive early enough Hope to see you there!
This afternoon, I met Lauren at Momofuku Milk Bar for a “light” snack. But things happen, and sometimes you end up eating more than you intended. Such was the case today. We first decided to share a few items…
…including the kimchee focaccia…
…and a slice of cake. Three flavours were available around 1:30pm – pistachio, chocolate, and…carrot! It was my first time seeing carrot cake at the bakery, and of course that made me very, very happy.
But the chocolate cake looked especially tempting today. I was torn and briefly considered getting both. Cake makes everyone happy, so why not? However Lauren suggested salty pistachio soft-serve, post-cake, so we settled upon the chocolate after much indecision. I’ll stop by again sometime soon (late night snack perhaps?) for a wedge of carrot cake.
Beautiful, isn’t it? “Chocolate Cake – Yellow Cake Icing, Chocolate Crumbs, Fudge.” For someone who isn’t a fan of icing, the “yellow cake icing” is quite something, smooth and more light than rich, tasting honestly of yellow cake presented in the form of icing. It’s slightly befuddling at first. And then you realize how good it tastes, and then it’s like, hell yeah! The slices look thin, but turn out to be surprisingly filling…don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Lauren had her first cup of cereal milk, which she enjoyed plenty. $4 per cup is on the steep side, (I’d rather pay $1 more for cake or my favourite item there, the brown butter bun) but I feel I can justify the price as a weekly habit. A morning latte nowadays can run just as much, if not more.
There was a brief delay in our wait for the kimchee focaccia, and upon arrival of our order, we found gifts alongside to make up for it. Behold, the English muffin! A warm house-made muffin generously slathered with black pepper butter (they should sell this butter by the pound, heheheh), and topped with a fried poached egg, onions and bacon.
Next to that was a warmed volcano, which I first tasted last week. Our head honcho at Serious Eats, Ed, describes the volcano as “the most delicious knish ever, filled with potato gratin, gruyere cheese, and Benton’s bacon.” Spot on Here’s a cross-section shot of the volcano. Some claim that a single volcano fills them up for the day, but to that I say, “absurd!” It keeps me very full for a few hours…and then I crave a momo cake. Sometimes I wonder if I have an eating disorder that requires a minimum serving of one cake slice per day.
For better or worse, my physical proximity to Milk Bar places me in a very dangerous position. After work on Thursday, I bypassed anything savoury for dinner, and did take-out: pistachio cake and tristar strawberry milk. I went straight home, put on Cary Grant’s Holiday, and had a most delightful evening. The hostess at one my favourite restaurants noted that the best part about being a “grown-up,” is that, “you can eat anything you want, whenever you want, and no one can tell you otherwise.”
And with that in mind, I was back at Milk Bar on the way to work the next morning – blueberry cream cookie for breakfast.
Have a great weekend (and stop by the Market tomorrow if you have a chance – the macarons are fantastic)!
Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar
207 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003