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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Here There & Everywhere



No Toto, we're not in NYC anymore.
Whilst in London for a few hours I stumbled upon Keith McNally's outpost of the legendary  New York brasserie, Balthazar. I've eaten at the New York one  a few times, but alas, I had no time to be a lady who lunched. Still, I couldn't just skip on by empty handed...






I scooped up two croissants  from the boulangerie, one for lunch and one for  breakfast, I much prefer a crunchy day old croissant to one freshly baked, I'm biting  down on its armadillo carapace through to its leaves of buttery  parchment  right now.






 Aspinal's  lapis lazuli tiles deserve a wolf whistle, don't you think?



This really was a whistlestop trip, after two hours I 
then hopped a plane to this part of the realm, or not ...
Talk like that will curl lips in the south of Ireland.



Mind if I sit this one out? I prefer to keep my bitter bile tucked  in its ergonomic pouch. Hands up if you like Black Velvet? Looks like this round is going to cost me a pretty penny.


Normal service will be resumed next week.










38 comments:

  1. Oh gosh. I love Balthazar so much. I'd head down to SoHo just for it.
    And you like stale croissants? Ha! That's a first!

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    1. Yes, I love muffins when they are a day old and crunchy too!

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  2. Given you're in Donegal the Republic of Ireland's a little more appropriate moniker than the south ;-)

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    1. Isn't that considered the south, even though geographically it's in the north?

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    2. Donegal's confusing, politically it's part of the Republic of Ireland, obviously geographically it's in the north of the island and to confuse things further it's part of the province of Ulster.

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    3. It is, everyone here refers to as the south, my in laws live there, it's too craggy and desolate for me, I prefer further south - just to confuse things even further!

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  3. BUTTERED UP Good croissants are one of those perfect foods, crusty-chewy, flakey-fluffy, buttery-bready. Glad you got at least a small treat for your toil travels T. And staying well out of any Irish questions other than slainte.

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    1. Get Fresh - yep a small morsel for all the hassle.

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  4. I thought you were in NY when I first saw the photo. I love it there, but it's so noisy. Is the one in London a bit more quiet? I love all baked things stale and dry too.

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  5. Kathy - I only popped into the boulangerie, I can't take too much noise either when I'm out.

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  6. Oh, wonderful. I like pain au chocolat, too.

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  7. Yup wolf whistle deserved for those tiles. What a busy bee you've been tooting here and there, thanks for stopping to snap some pictures for us.

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  8. Oooh lovely. I am glad that someone is out on an adventure!

    But oh, you made me whimper for the Balthazaar Bakery in NYC. Getting a little something and a coffee then sitting outside on the benches made for the finest people watching...

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  9. I like Balthazar but not it's acoustics. Might just try croissants next time. You know, I never really noticed those tiles until now...! They are lush.

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  10. All looks lovely. There was a great article in a recent Homes & Gardens about Keith McNally's move to London to open Balthazar and his house here - very eclectic taste. I have a soft spot for Donegal as my brother in law is from there. He's been over here for years but can still switch the old Irish blarney at the drop of a hat!

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    1. LA Rona - I think everyone here has a relative from Donegal!

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  11. Only you could describe a croissant as having an armadillo carapace, glad you're back

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  12. Every where you go you seem to take the weather...(think there may be a song title in that) x

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  13. Croissants make me drool, it is so hard to find a really good one. I miss living in a city with good bakeries!

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  14. Balthazar is going to be on my next NYC go-to list.

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  15. Day old croissants? I like the almond ones myself.... love the blue tiles of the Aspinal store. That last sculpture is a little disturbing. Famine victims I presume? xx

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  16. I must check out Balthazar the next time I visit NYC. Have a great trip - looking forward to your photos when you return!

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    1. Louise, oh I'm back, it was work, I'm just floundering under it just now so will be back next week when I have a min.

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  17. It's always a lovely day for a Guinness. x.

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  18. Balthazhar is the perfect place to lunch, and I love their day old croissants for making French Toast. Apinsals walls are most intriguing for sure.

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  19. That particular shade of blue is the most startling, most mesmerising of all. Day old croissants? Really? I love them fresh, straight from the oven...don't think they ever make it to day old status. I may be missing out on something!

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  20. Miss you when you are gone, come back soon! Regarding Balthazar, I have just been there once (in NYC) and I remember that I liked it a lot (it reminded me of another restuarant I love a lot, far away from there) and that I noticed that many of the guests had such thick, shiny, beautiful long hair, almost like the Milanese... I do not see that often, here in Scandinavia and we are not blessed with that attribute of beauty (we are often blond, however, maybe that compensates.

    MK

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  21. MK I know what you mean, Northern European hair is so much finer, I envy thick lush tresses too.

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  22. Ok everyone, you know where to drop off your old stale croissants now!

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  23. I loooove Balthazar and Pastis. Craving steak frites... and it's only 9am!

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  25. I just love Balthazar with those huge old mirrors, the bowl of coffee and the general European feel. No matter where we stay in the city, it's always Balthazar's for breakfast. I hear it's mobbed with tourists at lunch, but breakfast isn't crazy.

    BTW -I see you get those annoying comments from "anonymous"' touting their sketchy webpages!!

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  26. Stale croissants? Not in this household. The word Boulangerie makes me weak at the knees.
    Lucky you to be beside the seaside,even in sub artic temperatures.

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  27. Enjoy your trip to Ireland. I hope the weather is good although I suspect not given how grey it's been here these past few days. With good wishes from a fellow Celt.

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  28. B/c you lost a lot of weight: how do you fit in the croissants & BVs? You can leave counsel @ my place. Need to know immediately; I live within crawling distance of two superb boulangeries.

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  29. Blue tile at Aspinal's so well done!! This post is making me hungry and I am nowhere near a great boulangerie...

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  30. Enjoy your trip sorry the weather is so wet and miserable but I am sure it will remind you of Scotland.

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