It's been a while! This blog is from over a year ago! This is for my daughter's first birthday, she is now two....that's how long it's been...wowza! Can't wait to get back in the grind.
I've still been tasting but, only my husband has heard my opinions on these spots...onto sharing my views with you all again!
I am actually doing a few reviews here! This one will be for La Mason du Macaron and Mille Feulle (in Manhattan) as I have been to both many times and used both to help cater my daughter's Frist Birthday party! The third will be for my daughter's cake supplier, Sweet Occasions Bakery (in Queens).
You ask why I went to multiple bakeries for her party well, read to find out!
Setting the tone for the party
My daughter's first birthday was THE event of the year! My gorgeous girl was turning one and I wanted a theme that would be fun for adults (since really only a few children would be there) but something playful as it still was a little girl's birthday!
The theme was a French / Parisian brunch. It started as a Parisian brunch but, I found just too many cute outfits that were more French Riviera chic than Parisian so, it evolved into a French themed brunch with strong Parisian undertones. When I do a theme, I DO a theme!
My favorite touch was the piñata...since my daughter is a little Latina, she needs a piñata so, we did it as French as possible though, what's more French than a Chanel bag piñata?!
Keeping with the theme, on her real birthday, which was the Wednesday before her Saturday party, we took her for her first treat, to Laduree. We saw Woody Allen on our way from Laduree, heading west to the park, he waved at our little angel. I took a picture of him from behind. I didn't want to be a total tourist and ask for a picture so, I figured the back of him and his wife was picture enough for the scrap book! haha
My daughter had a wonderful time at Laduree and was carrying her little bag to go as if it was a purse. I got her a box of assorted flavors in the keepsake Hello Kitty box; adorable.
Onto her party....
Brunch: We had Parisian sandwiches, Croque Monsieur, two different kinds of quiche, Chocolate Croissant, Raspberry Almond Croissant and then a handfull of sides
All of this food was from Mille-Feuille. This bakery is new-ish to NYC. My husband and I frequented them from a few months after they opened and fell in love with their delcious, authentic food. They've also recently knocked off Domonique Ansel, the originator of the cronut and invented somethign they call the French Donut. It's delicious....will blog about this later. :)
Cake and cupcakes: Sweet Occasions Bakery in Queens.
This place specializes in one thing and one thing only, Dominican cake! You then chose one filling.
We had Dominican cake and dominican cupcakes that were white with pink fondant bows with caramel filling!
This place is kind of impossible to feel like you actually have confirmation that you have a cake. It's super laid back, you put your deposit down then see them the day of. They always are late with your cake so, you better have a window before the party. With that said, NO ONE does Dominican cake or cake in general better than Sweet Occasions!
Use my tips and book ahead, it's worth it. An additional tip is to have someone who speaks Spanish book the cake order for you and send a picture. My husband booked, no problem. I emailed the picture and it came out exactly as I wanted.
For those of you who have never had dominican cake, it's like no other. It's sweet in it's own right, has a taste of it's own that I'd describe between almond and vanilla. It's dense and appropriately moist. The cake is not too wet because if it was, the frosting wouldn't be the perfect compliment that it is.
What can be done with the frosting is much different than regular butter cream. They can do a lot with the fondant on the outside of the cake however, how the frosting can be manipulated is different. Unless you have a fondant overlay (which is kind of tasteless, in my opinion so, I never opt for it), they can do quilting, other simple patterns on the cake with the Dominican frosting. The frosting is almost whipped confectionary sugar, that's how I'd describe it. It's sweet but melts in your mouth. Every person who had tried her cake or her cupcakes said it was the best cake and totally different than anything they'd ever had before. Cake experience of a lifetime...CHECK!
Macarons - Mason du Macaron
This macaron shop is on 23rd between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. It has a tiny storefront but goes deep inside and has comfy couches for seating.
The macarons are average, pricey for a dessert $2.50 each, no discount unless you order over 150!
The macaron flavors are incredible, fresh, seasonal flavors, and they are gorgeously colored and decorated to boot.
I have never had a macaron as perfect as these.
Why so many different places you ask, well, each bakery can't specialize in everything...going back to the motto of my blog, I like to find the best of the best!
Note: The cut out cookies are from a bakery in Buffalo, where I'm originally from that my sister in law kindly handled like the fragile items they are and brought all the way from Buffalo to make sure everything was with theme and perfection! They had their own seat on the car ride to Manhattan!