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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Panya Bakery

I decided to start off the day with something healthy. Yogurt. Then I happened to...go purposely out of my way...to Panya Bakery for something more my style....PASTRIES. I am totally in the mood for a cream bun, but that seems to be a Chinese Bakery feature...and not Japanese. I peer into the case and see what their starting line up is. Some fruit tarts that look good, but I'm in the market for something with more bread per square inch. They have a VERY tempting muffin of the week: Chocolate Banana with Almond Sprinkles...am I really that obcessed with nuts...huh? There are a lot of choices and so I have to really concentrate. I look at everything twice, I lick my finger and hold it to the air to check the breeze, and then I think about what my taste buds and stomach are in the mood for. It's an elaborate ritual, pastry shopping.
The almond danish stood out to me; most likely because it has the most sugar, so I got one.
I also ordered a green tea au lait, although I really love the chai from here. First bite...the dough is lighter and flakier than a traditional croissant. It also lacks the lingering decadent butter taste that the French have perfected. However, it has a delightful little almond paste inside! The icing was just a plain mix of powdered sugar and water...a vanilla or butter or lemon would have been nice. Oh pastry you look so lucious in your photo. Oh and the green tea! The green tea was off the hook. For real. I love all the hot drinks here. They are sweet and delicious necter of the gods! Ahh Panya bakery hot drinksssssssssssss....soooooo goooooood.

The star of the dinner was left over onion kulcha from calcutta. I recessitated it on the grill and I think it retained 90% of its deliciousness. Ohhhhh goooood, that bread was so suprememly delicious. Having it again has only revitalized my quest to have an 'ALL OUT BREAD FEAST'. That's right. You heard me. Robyn. Me. Bread. Calcutta. That's it. We are going to do what everyone only dreams of doing. Go to Calcutta and order every bread on the menu. We are going to feast on swollen glutens, of the indian variety, like sultans under the sultry yellow light of Calcutta's dining room by the sitar player, while the archetypal bread man cooks our breads in the tandoori oven with intensity the world has never seen because the only things he knows in life are sweat and perfection. It will be glorious. Anyhoo, dinner was a helping of Tomato Basil Hummus that I am addicted to plus a mix of Greek and French olives. Oh, and the obligitory carrots and some Spanish Robusto Cheese (which is excellent with dried fruit and melted over pasta or in grilled cheese).
I recieved this package earlier today. Hmmmmmm. After close examination of the box I knew it was one of two things. Some sort of edible confection...or a baby panda bear that had a fancy for berries.
Well there's only one way to find out....

So I opened the box and I was greeted by this....That's right Strawberries enrobed in white and dark chocolate with friends...AHHAHA..."You ALL loook soooo nice and dressed up! Look at you in your little chocolate suits...and you brought your Sweet Friends-Cookie Quadruplets!
Nice to meet you all, but I gotta warn you...I'm a superstitious man. And if some unlucky accident should befall - If I should get hungry, or if I just feel like stuffing myself with chocolate - then I'm going to blame some of the people in this box, and that I do not forgive. But, that aside, let me say that I swear, on the souls of Lung Moon Cake Rolls, that I will not be the one to break the peace we've made here today.

"I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart."

I checked the box, these little guys were all the way from Rosedale California. That's a long way. Too long for fruit I previously thought. However, the fruit was very red, plump, and juicy! The chocolate, as always, was a fine and necessary addition. I have yet to work my way through the cookies. More to come. P.S. they are from my parents, not my secret lover, damn.