NYC’s Breads Bakery

I am ridiculously late to the Breads Bakery bandwagon. Still, I’m sure there’s room for one more, which is great seeing as how I am officially addicted to whatever Breads is selling. Just yesterday after what feels like years of planning on going, I finally went. Breads, if you don’t know, is NYC royalty thanks to their famous Chocolate Babka. While there was plenty of babka to be had, I did not actually try it (it has Nutella, so yes get it, it’s probably fantastic), but I did end up with some amazing pastry.

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Breads on-premises baking facility means this New York institution is serving up fresh joy on a daily basis. I went to the flagship location by Union Square, but they also have a spot over in Bryant Park, as well as near Lincoln Center.

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Whenever I try a new spot I like to stick to the “five item rule” – it’s my personal completely bendable and terribly breakable rule. I try to limit myself to just five items – that way if I turn out to not like a place at all I won’t feel like I broke the bank pointlessly, it’s also a good way for me to tell whether or not a bakery is popular because it has an item that makes a good instagram photo or because they actually are offering up amazing goods. By the way, Breads Bakery is both. For my maiden voyage, I picked out two raspberry marzipan cookies, two apricot marzipan cookies, their creme brulee type pastry, spinach and cheese pastry, chocolate croissant, fruit tart, and lemon meringue tart.

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Yes, I completely broke the five item rule. But that’s the good thing about self-set rules, you can break them and feel absolutely guilt-free.

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I shared my haul with my mom and sister, and while we’re normally people generous in spirit we were kind of reduced to horrible greedy humans as a result of these sweets. Someone may or may not have been threatened over half of a chocolate croissant. Which is pretty much the identifying sign of great food – when you’re willing to eliminate a family member over it.

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I definitely recommend that you try as many pastries as you like when you go to Breads, but absolutely do not walk out without their marzipan cookies and at least one croissant.

For store locations, times, and more information, check out Breads Bakery here.

Breads Bakery
18 E 16th St
New York, NY 10003

Tri-State Must Have: Adirondack Creamery!

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As a blogger, sometimes I get to review some of the most amazing products and recently I had a chance to review something I am seriously excited about – Adirondack Creamery ice cream! I was lucky enough to try their holiday flavors – Peppermint Stick, Pumpkin Pie, Egg Nog – and their newest (and coolest) addition, Caramel Apple.

Adirondack Creamery Seasonal Flavors

I don’t know about you, but I am a hardcore ice cream fan and I don’t just like any ice cream – I can get pretty picky about which frozen confection earns my stamp of approval. I hate having ice cream that tastes too heavy on the sugar – which really takes away from the simple beauty of what ice cream is. Well, Adirondack Creamery makes ice cream that is right up my alley – sweet (but not so sweet that you need a glass of water afterwards), creamy, and comforting – oh, and locally made!

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My favorite flavor from their seasonal selection was the Pumpkin Pie – I love pumpkin pie any time of year but especially during colder months and this satisfies both my pie and my ice cream cravings. Based off Adirondack Creamery owner Paul Nasrani’s mother’s pumpkin pie recipe – this one is creamy, full of smooth pumpkin flavor – with warm hints of holiday spices, and just plain amazing.

Peppermint Stick Natural Ice Cream

The Egg Nog and Peppermint Stick ice cream were massive hit’s at my house during the holidays – we bought some to stock up for after the season too. The Egg Nog is a delicious frozen rendition of the favorite holiday drink and the Peppermint Stick is minty and creamy without being too strong.

As a New Yorker, I’m really really excited about their limited addition Caramel Apple. Made with 100% local ingredients, their Caramel Apple ice cream was inspired by the apple orchards of the Hudson Valley (which I pick from every fall!). Using Empire Apples from local Wright’s Farm, milk from Hudson Valley Farms, and sea salt caramel from Cooper Street Kitchen in Stone Ridge, NY, Adirondack Creamery has put together a perfect homage to autumns in New York.

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To learn more about Adirondack Creamery, check out their other flavors, and learn where you can buy them click here!

Have you had a chance to try Adirondack Creamery, what seasonal flavor appeals to you most? Let me know in the comments below!

Ode à la Rose Giveaway!

I’ve always adored fresh flowers. To me, they are one of the best ways to express one’s love, or thanks. I grew up with fresh flowers constantly around the house- my dad would buy my mom bouquet’s all throughout the year, and me and my sister would excitedly arrange them in my mom’s crystal vase that she had gotten as a wedding present. My mom taught me at an early age the joy that sending a dozen roses can bring- to both the recipient and sender.

To this day my dad still buys my mom dozen’s of roses, however, I’m old enough to acknowledge that my flower arranging skills are lackluster to say the least. Since, then I’ve developed a liking for tastefully arranged bouquets- which, if you live in NYC, can be extremely pricey. So when Ode à la Rose approached me about offering a giveaway to NYC Talon readers- I was more than thrilled to get to share an opportunity to receive or send fresh flowers with one lucky winner! 

Ode à la Rose is a luxury online rose delivery boutique catering to the Metro NYC area that offers beautifully curated bouquets at mid-level pricing. That means you get gorgeous hand crafted bouquets, with every personal touch of a mom and pop type shop, at competitive prices.

Started in April of 2011 by two Parisian bankers-turned-florists, Olivier Plusquellec and Louis Brunet, Ode à la Rose has brought the refreshing modern-classic Parisian way of sending flowers to the big apple. Recognizing the city’s need for boutique level perfectly cut roses, each bouquet is hand-tied and delivered on the same day.

Personally, I flat out love the packaging and presentation of Ode à la Rose’s bouquets. Plus, their bouquets are all handcrafted and designed by their in-house French Florist-Designer. Add in real-time photo follow-up with the purchaser (so you know exactly what is being sent), and you’ve got a seriously luxurious online delivery floral service.

Now for the giveaway, Ode à la Rose would like to offer one lucky NYC Talon reader a rose bouquet of a dozen roses in any of the six color variations that they offer (red, yellow, white, pink, mixed, or gold)- delivered to any location in Manhattan, with a retail value of $60!

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