Tuesday, February 12, 2008

City Bakery Revisited

A passion fruit tart to dream about

Dear Postcards from New York Reader,

Of course, soon after I posted With Marshmallows or Without, a cold front came in and we quickly had to pull on extra sweaters, bulky coats and boots. As I write, snow is falling and it is sticking; it's really quite beautiful--just the perfect weather to savor a steaming cup of hot chocolate or bowl of thick chucky soup.

If you recently read Marshmallows, you know the place to enjoy it best this month is "City Bakery" during their 16th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Chili Pepper, Lemon Licorice, Tropical, Ginger, Caramel, Banana Peel, and Mango Tea Hot Chocolate are just a few of the inventive flavors to excite your taste buds.

Guess what I recently did to finally satisfy my desire for the luscious desserts that have tempted me for years? I settled for a demitasse cup of Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate so I could enjoy a passion fruit tart and a couple peanut butter cookies without too much guilt (this is Lent after all).

What can I say? To die for! The tart was delectable--the slightest hint of citrus and the lightest crust ever, while the cookies stuck to the roof of my month, like eating peanut butter from the jar with a spoon. Mmm!

Run don't walk, just be careful not to slip on the snow covered streets, to "City Bakery" before the Festival ends February 29. Check here before you go, for the flavor of the day.

Still don't have dinner plans with the Chocolate lover in your life for Valentine's Day? Consider the Hot Chocolate Festival Party--All you can drink hot chocolate featuring five special flavors, hors d'oeuvres, a special menu and live music. As of today tickets are still available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/

Happy Valentine's Day!

Jacqueline Cable
For Postcards from New York

Address to remember: The City Bakery, 3 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011, http://www.thecitybakery.com/ , 212-386-1414.

Directions: MTA from 42nd Street Times Square, N, R or W to 23rd Street. Bus M2, M3, M5.

Photo by Joseph Knight

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