Recipe for Nostalgia

Holy deliciousness!

Two things I love (that have very little correlation, until now): a relatively healthy morning muffin and the few iconic storefronts in my neighborhood. The old Vesuvio Bakery, now "Birdbath" bakery has answered my prayers.

Originally an 89 year old bakery with a coal burning oven, when Vesuvio closed it doors about a year ago the outpouring of sympathy was felt and displayed on its doorfront for quite some time. Enter Maury Rubin, who was able to resurrect the incredible store into a "green bakery" that has some of the most fantastic muffins and cookies that are organic and tasty. Not only if the food good, but Mr. Rubin kept the facade of the older establishment (I can recall many fashion shoots taken in front of the bakery back into the 80's) and gave the interior a very homey face-lift.

Despite some old school residents who feel that nothing could replace Vesuvio, I am rooting for Birdbath. If you are ever in NYC stop by. It's worth it just to walk past a historic site and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.

Going to the dogs

Now that fall is in full-swing, getting back into the daily "grind" is that much easier with a good cup of coffee. Simply by living in downtown NYC I have a gazillion choices, but only two places in my neighborhood make the cut as having some of the best Java in town: Local and Grey Dog Coffee.

Local is a no brainer for me. Craig and Liz (the married couple who own the shop) are pretty much the coolest couple on the block, and their store attracts a great cast of neighborhood characters (that is Murray the dog in the photo drinking coffee...he is my kids favorite and it outside every day) as well as some A list celebs (sitting next to Daniel Day Lewis and Mary Louise Parker-- who all know Craig from his other career of being an actor--is sure to wake you up). Their coffee is just the right strength and is so flavorful. We buy bags of it (named after the local streets in our neighborhood) to make at home, but it's more fun to get it from the shop.

Grey Dog's Coffee is an older favorite, but still does a fantastic job for a coffee on the go. There is such a laid-back vibe there, and up until about two years ago you could actually bring your dog inside, but now there is a great place to tie a leash and let your pet have some samples of their delish muffins and scones. Its a fun place for brunch, too.

Now if I could just get the trick of juggling two lunch boxes, a stroller and a large latte while navigating the streets of NYC every morning....