I Come Bringing Cronuts!

Hello all!

It’s tough to be a follower on this blog I know, but I do have a good reason for my disappearing act! I have been extremely busy this summer and unfortunately, I was highly neglectful towards my blog but I plan on updating with lots of goodies this weekend to make up for it! The summer is winding down, autumn is coming (with the ever-so-exciting promise of Pumpkin Spice lattes) and I am hunkering down at this computer writing anything and everything that comes to mind… or is exciting!

So with that said, let me fill you in one of the most exciting things I managed to do this summer. I GOT A CRONUT! A REAL, DELICIOUS, FLAKY, BUTTERY, CRONUT! And my goodness was it worth it!

Behold… the cronut in all its glory:

Cronut

August’s flavor was coconut.

 

So, for anyone reading this who is not from the NY Metro area or living under a rock (sorry!), cronuts are an original creation by Dominique Ansel of the Dominique Ansel Bakery in NYC. They are a half-croissant, half-donut creation and are absolutely fabulous! I had debated getting one for ages but one thing stopped me… the wait. The bakery opens at 8am but people line up at starting at, no joke, 5am, to get one! So yeah…. But my friend called me telling me August’s flavor was coconut (the flavor changes every month) and for whatever reason, I decided why not?! We’d make it a fun adventure! Despite my parents pleading with me not to go (“it’s so early!” “Dunkin’ Donuts is just as good!” “it’s so far!” “I don’t understand…”) I was now determined to do it!

me and Dominique

Dominique Ansel and I.

And the best part? They only make 350 a day, you are only allowed two each, and if they’re gone, they’re gone. And don’t think of cutting the line, even if you are Emma Roberts! Think of it is a culinary prize! Driving over the GWB and into the West Village at 5am made me feel like I was on a quest, on a quest for cronut glory. Would we get in? Would they be delicious? Are they worth $5? Would we see some of those outrageous stories in action (People scalp these things!)? Yes, yes, yes! Not only did I get two, BUT I got another amazing pastry called the DKA, which my parents enjoyed even better than the cronut! And yes, I did see a few funny instances.

I am not kidding when I say this is a huge attraction for people. We got a great spot in line. There were about 40 people ahead of us and almost 100 behind us!  My friend and I must have gotten asked a thousand times why were on line, why we couldn’t settle for any old regular donut, the whole thing. But it WAS worth it, and there’s a DD on every corner, but only one cronut (Although, that could soon be changing…). If you want to do something fun and different and you don’t mind waking up very, very early, do it! I promise it will be fun.

Next month the flavor is Fig & Mascarpone. You can bet I’ll be there!

p.s. check out the “rules” for getting a cronut. Bon Appetit!

Wake Up and Smell the Daffodils!

Spring is finally starting to well… spring!

I live in New York and if anyone reading this is a fellow New Yorker or living in the Northeast, then you will know it has been one chilly spring season! I actually cannot believe how long it has take the weather to warm up (and looks are so deceiving.. you think it’s a beautiful sunny day only to be freezing upon walking outside). Well, luckily the weather forecast is starting to perk up! It was an absolutely beautiful week in New York this past week! Upper 70s… even hit 82! So with that said, one of my favorite things to do in the city when it’s nice out is take a walk in Chelsea’s Madison Square Park… THEN, hit up the Madison Square Market (that post will be coming in May after the opening).

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So, about the park… it’s small but absolutely beautiful. It’s right across the street from the Flatiron building. And right now one of the best things it’s showcasing are its daffodils! Yes… daffodils. And not just one kind, they have several varieties! I have such an appreciation for flowers (I actually dream of moving to France and opening a small flower shop in a beautiful small town ha) so this kind of thing really does make me smile and get excited for spring and summer!

If you can, definitely check out the park and make sure to check out the daffodils! I know I will be (And then instagramming pics haha). Here is a summary of all of the different varieties of daffodils you can see at the park right now.