December 9, 2011 by Nina
The City Bakery is celebrating its 20th anniversary, but you would never know. The decor is so modern that they must have had a serious renovation recently. Julian said they are famous for their Hot Chocolate, which comes with a homemade marshmallow and Pretzel Croissants. So naturally, we had one of each. I found that the hot chocolate was way to rich for me (we could only handle two sips each), and there is no way you could finish the whole mug without feeling sick. I noticed that you can order a shot (only the pros know this secret). I thought, Pretzel Croissants? Sounds kind of weird. SO GOOD. Genius, really. You have to try them.
The City Bakery
3 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
Category Cafe, NY, NYC | Tags: homemade marshmallow,homemade marshmallows,hot chocolate,Pretzel Croissants,rich Hot Chocolate | 1 Comment
November 29, 2011 by Nina
This New York Times reviewed cafe has become a hot spot in Hudson. A town once famous for antiquing, has become much more. With Warren street being the chic part of town, with antique shops, excellent restaurants, galleries, and modern furniture stores, Hudson is the Chelsea of the Hudson Valley. And just like NYC, you turn down the wrong street and you are in a completely different neighborhood. Of course because Cafe Le Perche just got written up it was packed and they literally ran out of every pastry (my parents had recommended the almond croissants) and most of the bread, so my friend and I split the Baguette with Homemade Jam, which literally was an entire baguette, so for the price it seemed like a pretty good deal. The jam was blueberry and quite scrumptious. We also had a Coffee and Iced Tea. My mom had raved about the coffee. I didn’t think it was particularly outstanding, but I’m sure their lattes are wonderful. The decor is so sweet, and the woman behind the counter wearing sixties makeup and a bow in her hair made the atmosphere feel like you had flown to France. There is also lovely patio seating, and you can get a tour of the kitchen by the baker herself!
Cafe Le Perche
230 Warren St
Hudson, NY 12534
Category Cafe, French Cuisine, NY | Tags: Cafe,Cafe Le Perche,coffee,French Cafe,French Cafe in Hudson,hudson,Iced Tea,new york times review,new york times reviewed,ny,romantic coffee date,romantic coffee date in hudson NY,where to eat in Hudson NY | 1 Comment
November 27, 2011 by Nina
I’ve hated Bread Alone for a while. As a kid, my dad and I would hangout with our friends in Woodstock, and our only options at the time (now there are so many restaurants) were Bread Alone and Maria’s. As a kid I was an extremely picky eater and hated “healthy food,” these days my reasons for disliking Bread Alone are a bit different. Over the years I’ve tried many things: bagels, sandwiches, scones, fruit and granola parfait, oatmeal, flourless chocolate cake, apple strudel and torte, baguettes, brownie, and many other pastries. I think the worst thing I’ve had is the brownie, which was like a powdered piece of cardboard. The baguettes really are good, and the oatmeal is well worth the price, but other than that, the place is so overpriced. I always feel ripped off.
22 Mill Hill Rd
Woodstock, NY 12498
Category Cafe, NY, Woodstock | Tags: apple strudel and torte,bagels,baguettes,Bread Alone,Bread Alone Woodstock,brownie,flourless chocolate cake,fruit and granola parfait,ny,oatmeal,sandwiches,scones,Woodstock NY | 2 Comments
November 17, 2011 by Nina
Julian woke me up at 6am Saturday and told me we were going to Saratoga Springs. I was so excited (and half asleep). We arrived before 8am and sat ourselves in this cafe so that I could work on my Grad School applications. We had a lovely pot of tea (only $2.50!), and stayed for two hours. Then we explored Saratoga a bit, and came back, had another pot of tea and worked some more. The first time, the man who took our order was super nice and helpful, but the second time, a woman, was a lot less kind. They get incredibly busy, with a line almost out the door. Good thing there were 10 people working behind the counter (I counted).
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Category Cafe, NY, Saratoga Springs | Tags: Cafe in Saratoga Springs,Coffee in Saratoga Springs,ny,pot of tea,Saratoga Springs,tea in Saratoga Springs,Uncommon Grounds,Wifi in Saratoga Springs | 1 Comment
November 15, 2011 by Nina
I was so disappointed when Gloria Jean’s moved out of this location, and thought that nothing could compare. Until I tried the Cookies and Cream Frappuccino here. Absolutely heavenly. And I must say that it was better than at Monkey Joe (which really was terrible). Barista’s was creamy and sweet, but also has coffee in it. It was nicely presented-with drizzle on the inside of the cup and whipped cream on top. A wonderful place to go when in the mall, which I must admit is never for me. I wish they would open a location on broadway!
Barista’s Espresso Cafe
1300 Ulster Ave Ste 141
Kingston, NY 12401
Category Cafe, Kingston, NY | Tags: Barista's Espresso Cafe,best Cookies and Cream Frappuccino,best Frappuccino,Cookies and Cream Frappuccino,Gloria Jean's,good coffee in the hudson valley mall,hudson valley mall,yummy frap | 1 Comment