Dining Desperado-The Good, The Bad and the YUMMY

Conquering the country one bite at a time. There are no foods I actually dislike, just foods I prefer. Bread, nuts, cheese, and dessert, are on the supremely awesome list.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Financier Patisserie


Good food in the financial district...c'est impossible! As I walked down there, I imagined some little shop stuffed into the bottom of some corporate office. But no! Stone street (a few blocks south of wall street) is a cobblestone street like a freaking excerpt from the wizard of oz, or a transplant from Europe! I practically ran to the window, oh please, oh please, oh please, let it be good! I opened the door and I was flooded with cinnamon, couples sipping coffee, banana chocolate tarts ( I pointed and narrowed by gaze, I will be back for you). I was overwhelmed and I got the coffee cake because it was bigger than the muffins. $2.00 way better prices than Balthazar or The City Bakery. I got it to go. As I walked down the street I pinched a bit off, took a bite, and froze. Could this be love? Two bites. Yes. I was certain at this moment I would fight someone for this coffee cake which was most definately the best I have ever had. A slightly crisp exterior, not dry or moist inside but just cakey goodness. A light wonderful coffee taste and yes nuts. If you don't like nuts...then get some religion. Nuts make the world go round. I can't wait to go back and face their pastries...it is going to be a show down. I'm so glad somehting in the F.D. is good, we are the laughing stock of Manhattan, it is about time someone represents.

Rocco's

Now...if you haven't been here go immediately. For those of you who haven't, let's just say it's one of those places you imagine at the North Pole in Santa's crib. Different colored cookies with different colored sprinkles, and mousses, and cheesecakes, all lit up (and protected from me) by a thick glass which makes everything look more shiny and lucious. I cite the North Pole because with a place that looks this good, it's hard to imagine Mrs. Claus isn't somehow behind this...how can all of this be done without magic? I do not know.

Anyhoo, I love this place. I love the Italians working there, and I love concentration of the top of the food pyramid in such a small space. They have so many good things, it offends me as a person. How can I go on living when I haven't tried these. It's a threat and a challenge to me, and so I am slowly hacking away at it. Tonight I got three items. 1. A coconut macaroon, half dipped in chocolate. 2. mini cake with cannoli cream (star of the picture) 3. a cream pastry bar (stage right). The coconut macaroon tasted like the center of an almond joy, which isn't bad but I wanted it to be more like a cookie, less greasy. The mini cake was excellent. These are so far my favorite at this shop. The cake is a good dry/moist balance and the cream is sweet but not too sweet, and there are little chocolate chips hiding inside. The cream bar wasn't as sweet as the cannoli cream but its flavor grew on me the more I ate it. A good nights work. Say hello to my little friends.