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When was the last time you ordered a piece of chocolate cake, and it didn't come moussed, fudged, and coffeedaso repulsively rich you could barely make a dent? Amy's Bread cafA(c) has come up with the kind of devil's food cake (chocolate cake, chocolate frosting) that angelic moms used to make: uncomplicated, deeply chocolatey, and eminently edible. Also recommended: sandwiches and bakery-style pizza.
Howard F. asks: What is the religious significance of hot cross buns, and where can I get them? Dear Howard: Hot cross buns are an English pastry associated with Good Friday. Actually, some are like ... More »
Bouchon Bakery -- The croissant is lighter than most at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery, with an open texture and a slightly sweet aftertaste, you could easily eat two or three of these. 10 Columbus Ci... More »
With its avenue-long daisy chain of bakeries, Chelsea Market is more or less a carbophile's dream and a dentist's worst nightmare. Two of the market's most highly trafficked storefronts are Amy's Bre... More »
The biggest book of 1982 (53 weeks at the top of the Times bestseller list!) was a slender volume by Bruce Feirstein called Real Men Don't Eat Quiche. Though partly intended as a parody, the title alone telegraphed the idea that a food fad swiped from France - and a dominant dish of the '80s - was irretrievably effeminate. Well, quiche has survived, packing tons of fat into small eggy wedges while seeming virtuous and low-caloric. Meanwhile, the author of the book has been consigned to permanent obscurity. At Amy's Bread, you can still find great quiche; their Swiss-cheese-and-ham is the pie's quintessential Gallic evocation.
One only has to be darker than Amy’s brown paper shopping bags, and apparently masculine presenting to suffer instant eye rolls, nasty grimaces and that funky music white boy and girl attitude from just about every pale faced AB employee from the scrawny confectioners’ sugar (non)colored fem fatale wannabe with the rotten tomato red bob and matching disposition behind the retail counter in AB’s Chelsea Market to what’s their names at the Hell's Kitchen location? Inga, Baileigh, Drake,… Carla and company? I've been to both of these AB locations more than once, but only to reraft the same hostile whitewaters. Each time I appeared I was instantly given the we don’t serve black forest cake here treatment. Interestingly enough I am a chef with a degree in cooking and baking and you'd think any bakery retail operation would show appreciation to anyone who knows food well enough to seek out a reputable place to acquire quality sweet and savory baked goods. An exclusive stale white bread attitude, however, is what I was dished instead. I wonder what it must be like working at Amy’s Bread and being darker than an organic whole wheat baguette. I wonder if the wonder bread feminazis Baileigh and Inga and Drake and Carla plus others whose names I never got have ever double, triple, quadruple or quintuple teamed up (Now that’s a conspiracy!) with other cracker jack kids… like Alex who claims to be a homophobe, but only in the presence of possibly queer black males in making it difficult or down right impossible for new hot chocolate talent to take their place among the cold cream team. While simultaneously offering the empty symbolism and exploitation of a bunch of crusty Obama boules I wonder if AB’s militant white chocolate leadership might be abusive toward their cacao colored employees. Furthermore, I wonder how the mostly feminine Caucasoid clientele of Amy’s Bread Hell’s Kitchen might react to seeing a new Negroid male behind the counter trying to do his best under soon to be set up and FIRED. I wonder if the ALWAYS ugly in my opinion, and in more ways than one, light skinned, self important, Barbie doll wannabes with looks faker than a purse on a table on Canal Street and their constructed sex in the chity attitudes, might also make sexually and racially harassing comments against the dignity of the coffee colored gentlemen who try work and shop there. I wonder if harassment complaints (All work places legally are to be free of harassment, which does include ‘jokes’, gestures and comments via customers as well as other employees.) are taken seriously and properly investigated or just swept beneath the not white though trashy mats behind their not quite racially open front doors. In the United States women MAKE UP only 20% of the armed forces yet are responsible for perpetuating 80% of military work place sexual harassment. They manage, however, to file 60% of military work place sexual harassment complaints. I see the civilian world is pretty similar. Accusations of harassment should follow actual experiences of harassment and not individuals falsely accused based solely on the pumpernickel color of their skin. When it comes to chocolate men most white chocolate women have nothing to fear except being ignored due to extreme competition from the MUCH more beautiful and exotic races of the world and on occasion also other gender groups. To be exact as of 2005 only 3.8% of all marriages in the United States of America were interracial and that includes all combinations of all races with white/black marriages being the second to least likely to occur. I’m not sure where white coffee colored women think black tea colored men come from but black men come from black women who are much easier on the eye as well as on the heart chakra. Harassing richer colored individuals in belief that if given a chance would perpetuate harassment against lighter skinned individuals is harassment in and of itself and furthermore completely erroneous. Interracial interest is extremely rare except seemingly in the minds of naïve misguided and racist lighter skinned individuals. If it were not for the attention getting reactions to the very appearance of coffee skinned people we would more than likely not even notice the lighter, plainer looking faces which easily fade into the wood work of the common features of a majority to which people of color in North America already suffer over exposure and extreme abuse. If walking down the street or riding the subway train among a hostile and racist majority while black can lead to post traumatic stress then imagine how much more difficult it must be for constantly targeted dark skinned to survive intimidating and offensive work place environments saturated like lady fingers with espresso in tiramisu with violent, harassing and sabotaging abuse.
The biggest book of 1982 (53 weeks at the top of the Times bestseller list!) was a slender volume by Bruce Feirstein called Real Men Don't Eat Quiche. Though partly intended as a parody, the title alone telegraphed the idea that a food fad swiped from France--and a dominant dish of the '80s--was irretrievably effeminate. Well, quiche has survived, packing tons of fat into small eggy wedges while seeming virtuous and low-caloric. Meanwhile, the author of the book has been consigned to perma... More »
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