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NYC- Bakeries, Bloggers & Butter

A couple of weeks ago, I hit the streets of New York City with my sweet blogging friends Maria, Jenny and Amanda. We pounded the pavement looking for every bakery in the city, tasting many delicious treats along the way. The girls are in Alice’s Tea Cup, where we drooled over their much-talked-about scones.

Bouchon Bakery was one of our favorite places… we sampled a Ho Ho, Vanilla Macaron, Peanut Butter & Jelly Macaron, Homemade Oreo, Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich, Chocolate Chunk Cookie and some kind of pastry. One of these delicious goodies was my favorite of the entire NYC trip… but you’ll have to scroll to the end of this post to find out which one it was!

Of course, we had to hit Magnolia Bakery and check out their infamous cupcakes.

Here are the treats we sampled at Magnolia. The cupcakes were quite good, but my very favorite was the Red Velvet Cheesecake- pretty much to-die-for.

We cruised through snowy Central Park. Here’s Jenny, Maria, me and Amanda.ย  This photo is courtesy of Amanda.

I am SO not a big-city-girl, but it sure was pretty.

Along our journey through the streets of NY, we met up with another blogging friend- Susan, (far right) She happened to be in New York City too and was more than willing to join our bakery tour.ย  Susan is a very talented (self-taught) cake decorator.ย  I’m always amazed by her creations, and she was a delight to meet.ย  Levain Bakery was our next stop- another fun one!

And this is what happens when food bloggers visit a bakery ๐Ÿ™‚

The cookies at Levain are as big and thick as scones. Bobby Flay did a Throwdown here with their Chocolate Chunk- Walnut Cookie (and lost). We sampled that one, as well as this Chocolate- Peanut Butter Chip Cookie and Brioche with Cinnamon Butter. All very good!

Photo via Amanda.ย  Good thing we walked a lot… all of that sampling, you know?! We wandered into Buttercup Bake Shop and gazed at their hot pink glazed and rainbow-sprinkled donuts, but we were too sugar-dazed at that point to try anything there. Next we headed to Patsy’s for some pizza, and we met up with our dear blogging friend Maggy.

Photo via Amanda.ย  Here’s me with Maggy– isn’t she beautiful? Inside and out… Maggy is definitely one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I’m a zillion years older than Maggy, but we click pretty well together ๐Ÿ˜‰

Momofuku Milk Bar was our next stop. Here we tried compost cookies, crack pie, birthday cake truffles and cereal milk ice cream. All really interesting treats, but no real stand-outs for me there.

Photo via Amanda.ย  We did enjoy our time together upstairs in the Momofuku Lounge… girl gossip, blog gossip and just plain fun. Left to right: Susan, Jenny, Amanda, Maggy, me and Maria.

The real purpose of our NYC trip was to attend a VIP luncheon at Butter Restaurant in NoHo, hosted by the folks at I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. They announced that Kim Cattrall was going to be the spokeswoman for their new campaign. Kim spoke at the luncheon, shared her experience with the brand so far, and talked about filming the new commercials down in Latin America.

Actress Kim Cattrall, left, and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli toast the launch of the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter “You Can Have It All” campaign at Butter Restaurant, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 in New York. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter).ย  Guarnaschelli is the chef at Butter Restaurant.ย  You may recognize her from Food Network’s Alex’s Day Off. She sat and talked with all of us bloggers for quite a long time and we found her to be extremely gracious, down-to-earth and hilarious. The food she served at the luncheon- Unbelievable Biscuits, Buttery Grilled Shrimp with Tomatoes, Crustless Quiche with Goat Cheese and Scallions, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Cookies (all made using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter in place of real butter) was all fabulous.

Brooke and me.ย  I was so excited to meet Brooke for the first time, and was delighted to find that she is as lovely in real life as she is on her blog.ย  She has such a fun personality and just seems so darn happy… all of the time ๐Ÿ™‚

Gina and Jenny.ย  Gina and I have talked for a couple of years now on Twitter, and finally we meet!ย  She’s another one who is exactly as I expected her to be… so pretty and fun and completely real.ย  I visit her Skinny Taste recipe quite often in my lifelong quest to be skinny.ย  Jenny doesn’t live far from me in Southern California, so she’s my lunch buddy on occasion.ย  I just love this girl.

Photo via Jenny.ย  New York got snowier and snowier… yet we still trudged through the city on our mission to find more bakeries ๐Ÿ™‚

We found Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches at Billy’s Bakery. And Cinnamon Marshmallows at Three Tarts.

Lulu’s had Alfajores, Black & Whites and Raspberry-Filled Snickerdoodles. If I wasn’t so stuffed, I’d have tried their White Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet Twinkies too. Amanda found a rather decadent Double Chocolate Cupcake at Two Little Red Hens.

This was my very first time visiting Chelsea Market. It really is a must-see for food lovers- gourmet shops and bakeries of every kind.

We sampled the original Fat Witch Bakery brownie… which I thought was just ok. We wandered into Jacques Torres, where Jenny picked up a hot chocolate.

Eleni’s was next… all kinds of cupcakes and cookies. I thought these were cute. There were frosted cookie samples out so we nibbled… and they just tasted like frosted cookies. SaraBeth’s is also in Chelsea Market– didn’t get anything there but everything looked delicious.

At Ruthy’s Bakery we ordered up a slice of New York Cheesecake. The cheesecake itself was amazing, but we wondered where the crust was. Why would they leave the crust off? Isn’t that the best part sometimes?ย  And I just thought this Spaghetti & Meatball Cupcake was adorable.

I haven’t spent much time in the big city, so I was mesmerized by all of the bright lights of Times Square every time we walked through. Here’s Maria, Jenny and me.ย  I’ve known Maria for a long time… seems like we’re always showing up at events and conferences together.ย  Maria is just plain funny.ย  She cracks me up.ย  She always looks completely adorable, no matter what she throws on.ย  I don’t know how she stays so skinny with all of the yummy cookies she features on her blog.

One of our dinners was at Serendipity. I just got a salad (you understand why…), but we ordered their infamous Frozen Hot Chocolate for our table to share for dessert. It was kind of like a hot chocolate blended with ice.ย  I didn’t think it was such a big deal… but the chocolate-lovers at the table seemed to like it.

Photo via Amanda.ย  No blogger trip is complete without a pajama party, right? Here we are in Amanda’s room on what we thought would be our last night in NYC. It snowed so much though that some of us were stuck there for another day or two (which meant more bakeries!)ย  Special thanks to Amanda, who was the gal who found us all of the NYC bakeries and helped navigate our way through the big city.ย  Amanda is a sweet Southern girl with a sweet tooth larger than anyone I have ever met.ย  She’s someone you’d love to hang out with- I had a fabulous time touring bakeries in San Diego with her as well.

Photo via Amanda.ย  And my favorite dessert of the whole bakery tour…. the Vanilla Macaron from Bouchon Bakery. It was simply the best little treat I’ve had in a very long time… so soft and tender and the filling was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. If I ever have a hankering to make macarons, I will most definitely attempt these.

Hope you enjoyed the NYC tour ๐Ÿ™‚ All of that, and would you even believe that I lost two pounds that week??ย  Small tastes and daily hotel workouts were my secret… and a bit of city walking too.

Disclosure: My trip to New York City was sponsored by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I was not compensated for writing this post, and all opinions are my own.

48 Responses to “NYC- Bakeries, Bloggers & Butter”

  1. postedFeb 7, 2011 6:33 AM

    WOW! What a fun post! GREAT job losing 2 pounds with all the treats. Success! I think going to a bakery and trying 5 or 6 different treats sounds like so much fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. postedFeb 7, 2011 7:01 AM

    Fun stuff, Lori. Great photos and recap.

  3. postedFeb 7, 2011 7:08 AM

    Great recap Lori! I had so much fun touring the city with you. I hope we can meet up again soon! Miss you!

  4. postedFeb 7, 2011 7:32 AM

    WOW what a fun trip!! Looks like all you lovelies had a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing!

  5. postedFeb 7, 2011 7:44 AM

    What a wonderful trip. So much fun . . .and GREAT pictures. I’m exhausted just thinking about all that walking.

  6. postedFeb 7, 2011 7:49 AM

    Great recap and post Lori! I love hearing about bloggers from all over meeting up!
    P.S. Love the picture of the four of you strutting the city with your bags in hand and Maria on her phone. Very cosmopolitan!

  7. postedFeb 7, 2011 7:55 AM

    I was so happy to get to meet and hang out with you! I hope we can all do it again sometime!
    By the way, I ALWAYS make my cheesecakes crustless. For me, I don’t like graham crackers, and I’d just rather not make a crust I’m not going to eat! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. postedFeb 7, 2011 8:19 AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time, Lori. What a variety of sweets!

  9. postedFeb 7, 2011 8:38 AM

    Love your photo of the city! So gorgeous! Looking forward to our next adventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. postedFeb 7, 2011 9:00 AM

    omg everything looks SO GOOD!! I’m very jealous of your fabulous bakery tour and being in the same room as Kim Cattrall! The spaghetti and meatball cupcakes are one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen… must try that!

  11. postedFeb 7, 2011 9:10 AM

    Sounds like you had so much fun!!

  12. postedFeb 7, 2011 9:10 AM

    You missed one of my favorite bakeries, City Bakery! Everything’s delicious and love their hot chocolate (liquid truffle)!

    • postedFeb 7, 2011 10:56 AM

      @Robin, The girls visited City Bakery the day before I got there, but I’ll be sure to catch it next time. Have heard great things!

  13. postedFeb 7, 2011 9:21 AM

    Whoa, what a great bakery tour! Love all of the photos. also, totally jealous that you got to hang out with Alex G! I adore her.

  14. postedFeb 7, 2011 9:28 AM

    Oh Dear!
    You missed Balthusar in Soho.
    Their sticky buns are to die for.
    Another reason to come back; it will be worth your trouble

  15. postedFeb 7, 2011 9:32 AM

    Are you kidding? We look like SISTERS in that picture. You know I think the world of you, Lori. So glad I got to meet up with you lovely ladies for a quick visit AND PIZZA & BAKED GOODS! Let’s hope business brings you back to NYC soon ๐Ÿ™‚ And hopefully Bri-guy too this time! xoxo

    • postedFeb 7, 2011 10:55 AM

      @Maggy@ThreeManyCooks, Sistah’s? How fun. What can I say… I’m drawn to the fun, young people ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to come back to NYC!

  16. postedFeb 7, 2011 12:44 PM

    How fun! You girls look so cute in your pjs!
    I’d love to do the things you all get to do. Eat more treats for me!

  17. postedFeb 7, 2011 2:48 PM

    What a fun trip, Lori. That picture of you and Maggy is adorable. You are looking great!

  18. postedFeb 7, 2011 4:07 PM

    Wow, I am never going to look at New York quite the same way again. Makes me wish I lived closer and could try some of those treats!! Thanks for sharing, now if we only had recipes!!!

  19. postedFeb 7, 2011 4:17 PM

    Looks like an amazing trip. So jealous that you got to go to Chelsea Market.

  20. postedFeb 7, 2011 6:27 PM

    Lori, it was pure pleasure to meet you, too! Hugs and happy NYC wishes! Let’s meet there again soon!


  21. postedFeb 7, 2011 6:51 PM

    What fun!!

  22. postedFeb 7, 2011 7:37 PM
    The Food Hound

    OMG I am so jealous of your trip!!! It looks AWESOME!! Brave you are to trek out to NYC in that kind of cold! I have not been there in AGES, and it’s high time I do something like that!! Love your photos, esp the photos of everyone taking photos of the food… can’t take the blogger out of the tourist ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. postedFeb 8, 2011 1:05 AM

    Now that’s my kind of trip! I like to eat my way through every city I visit ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve gotten some of the cookies you tried on your trip from Levain, Torres and Bouchon before and loved them! I can’t wait until they open the Bouchon Bakery in LA, I’m going to be there every weekend! Now if they could just open a Levain bakery out here too…

  24. postedFeb 8, 2011 2:52 AM


  25. postedFeb 8, 2011 2:57 AM

    NYC, sweet treats & hanging out with other passionate food bloggers….would have been a dream come true! So lovely to read about a group of people making the most of this precious life. Thanks for sharing your tour highlights – I hope to visit some of the bakeries myself. It’s a long way from Australia, but my dream is to holiday in the USA one day, so will keep some of those bakeries in mind.

  26. postedFeb 8, 2011 4:02 AM

    What a difficult job you girls had. You should have called me to help.

    PS – My mouth is watering all over my keyboard. What gorgeous treats you sampled!

  27. postedFeb 8, 2011 4:26 AM

    Oh Lori! I have been reading everyone’s NY posts with such envy! I was invited to go on the trip but had prior plans that prevented me from coming. I have to live vicariously through all of you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. postedFeb 8, 2011 4:58 AM

    After a couple of these recaps, I must get to Bouchon for that macaron!

  29. postedFeb 8, 2011 5:13 AM

    Lori, thanks for sharing such a fun trip to NYC with us!! I had no idea Gina of Skinny Taste lived so close by. Would love to visit with you both for lunch some day. Love that photo of the cupcakes in Magnolia with the NYC cab in the background. The photo of you and Maggie is gorgeous!

  30. postedFeb 8, 2011 5:20 AM

    What a fun recap! The bakeries are pretty amazing in NYC. It would be tough to decide on a winner with all of those beautiful treats!

  31. postedFeb 8, 2011 5:41 AM

    Reading the recaps from all of you ladies has drilled one thing into my mind for my next NYC visit – vanilla macaron!!

  32. postedFeb 8, 2011 9:24 AM

    Wow! Just reading these makes me so hungry! I was in NYC not long ago, and I only got to visit 3 bakeries. Next time I go, I’m going to hit up a few of your places.

  33. postedFeb 8, 2011 10:59 AM

    Oh my GOODness. You lucky girls ; )

  34. postedFeb 8, 2011 1:14 PM

    The crustless cheesecake is for me! I can’t eat gluten.

  35. postedFeb 8, 2011 10:24 PM

    That looks like the most fun trip ever! If i ever went to that magnolia bakery, i would never want to leave…heheh

  36. postedFeb 9, 2011 7:28 AM

    Lori, loved your recap! I live in NY and haven’t been to half of those bakeries! But that’s probably a good thing:) Can’t wait to meet up with you again! Let me know when you plan on coming back to NY!

  37. postedFeb 9, 2011 9:21 AM

    Loved your photoblog of the trip. Looks like an amazing time. Congrats!

  38. postedFeb 9, 2011 7:53 PM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

    You all look so cute walking around in my favorite city (I’ve never been there in the winter.) It’s beautiful! I loved all the photos and your documentary style. The desserts looked awesome. Did you see any Gluten Free items along the way?

  39. postedFeb 9, 2011 11:20 PM

    Ahh! I’m so jealous! This seems like such a blast.

  40. postedFeb 10, 2011 4:39 PM

    What darling pics of you all! It looks like you had a fabulous time! I’m not sure which I’m more envious of, meeting Kim Katrall or eating at Fat Witch. OK. Fat Witch. Hey, I’m a foodie.

  41. postedMar 21, 2011 4:31 PM

    I know I’m a little late to the party on commenting on this entry, but how precious! I can only hope to someday make a bunch of foodie blogger friends. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  42. postedMay 31, 2012 4:36 PM

    I love it when I find new foodie friends. I am so glad I stumbled across your blog. I love it.

  43. postedMay 31, 2012 4:37 PM
    alix from calicookingcouple

    How fun. Love your blog, love you.

  44. postedDec 16, 2012 11:19 AM

    You would be huge if you could get NEW YORK HARD ROLL RECIPE…

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