Back when I worked for McCormick & Schmick’s corporate office, I lived and worked downtown. It was great, mostly because I got to skip the awful driving commutes and just walk to work. The course I took home almost every day went down NW 10th Avenue past this little underground bakery called Nuvrei Pastries. Every day I would smell baking in progress, that fresh-out-of-the oven, hypnotizing smell wafting onto the sidewalk. The only reason I was able to escape each day without getting at least three pastries all for myself was that they typically were already closed when I walked by.
I was beyond excited when Lovejoy Bakers opened up in the Pearl District in 2009 – a reasonably-priced café with freshly baked cookies and pastries and delicious sandwiches on their own freshly made bread and rolls. The café is so inviting with their big windows, fun chalkboard menu, and their large pastry case and bread rack full of tasty treats.
I come here often, especially after I’ve finished a long run and need to “replenish my carbohydrates” – cookies are great for that, right? I am always intrigued to try something different since their menu is extensive and everything sounds great. Whether I pick up their Orange Hazelnut Danish or the Mediterranean Sandwich with hummus, fennel and tomatoes on their multigrain bread, it is always delicious and I can’t wait to go back.
City Bakery is known as one of the best bakeries in NYC, primarily due to its original Pretzel Croissant. What in the world is a pretzel croissant, I wanted to know. My friend Elke who works in NYC had never been there and was excited to check it out as well. We walked into the large bakery/café and were immediately greeted by numerous treats tempting us from the display cases. There were so many delicious things to try!
We ended up with a chocolate chip cookie (to continue our goal of finding New York’s best cookie!) and their other original, the Baker’s Muffin, which is like a cinnamon bun but add in apples, raisins and walnuts. It might have looked a little better than it tasted – it wasn’t as gooey and flavorful as I was expecting. So while it was still quite good, I think they have a few better items to get. Such as… the Pretzel Croissant, which of course we got as well.