Breakfast: It’s Hip To Be Square (aka the “Eat-These-Doughnuts” Post)

photo(2)If the display of Doughnut Plant doughnuts at Dean & Deluca in the New York Times building were personal ads, then I’ve been checking out the listings for a very long time.

Which to choose? Do I have to commit to just one? Today I took the plunge and committed to raspberry jam-filled, vanilla-bean glazed yeast doughnut ($3). It was the shape that ultimately got me; I love a good square joke.

photoDoughnut Plant comes with a pretty-hyped reputation for quality ingredients, unusual flavors and for generally making damn good doughnuts — hence the indecision — and I’m happy to report that I concur.

The doughnut is soft and fluffy, a little sticky (in a good way) thanks to the glaze, and, unlike the bright-reddish goo injected into doughnuts nationwide, the thread inside my charming, square friend was identifiably jam, raspberry at that, the sweet/tart factor of which elevated the whole experience. No superficial, sugar fix this; no, this was really getting to know your doughnut.

photo(3)TIP: Doughnut Plant’s home-base is at 379 Grand Street, in the Lower East Side, but there are a number of shops in Midtown that ship them in daily. Go!

PREVIOUSLY:

New Obsession Alert: Mushroom Barley Soup at D&D (Lunch, April 6, 2009)
The $6 Breakfast Sandwich (Breakfast, May 15, 2009)

Une Croissant Pour la Mademoiselle (Breakfast, May 20, 2009)

Breakfast: Un Croissant Pour la Mademoiselle

photo(2)Croissants are quite possibly my favorite pastry, and from the looks of the case at Dean & Deluca in the New York Times building, it appears I’m not the only one! By 9:30 a.m. the entire row of plain croissants was nearly wiped out.

photoI snagged one — although this cheese danish from Ceci Cela was seriously staring me down. Paired with a nice English Breakfast tea, I ate happily.

Lunch: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

photo4I’m again on the stump for Dean & Deluca‘s hot soups, this time for a black-eyed pea soup with collard greens, which has a wonderful smokey flavor and is dense enough to be approaching chili-like stature. Perfect for a day like today (Day 4 of the last five that have been gray, cold and rainy, with no apparent end in sight.)

I’m just impressed with D&D’s soups overall. They’re priced competitively — a large (16 oz., $6.25) is right on par with any of the soup factories in the area, such as Hale & Hearty and Cafe Metro on Seventh Avenue — but the variety of soups is much more interesting and the flavors are complex and satisfying.

The other contender today was a creamy Jerusalem artichoke soup with a bit of a citrus kick at the end. It would have been perfect in an 8 oz. portion with half a rustic tuna sandwich, except that D&D had run out of small soup containers.

I’ll be on the lookout now for the split pea, which is one of my favorites. And judging by the fact that it was sold out by 1:45 p.m., I’m guessing I’m not alone. …

PREVIOUSLY:

Split pea soup. I just can’t get enough, just can’t get enough (March 25, 2009)
New obsession alert: Mushroom and barley soup at Dean & Deluca (April 5, 2009)

Lunch: Monday, April 6, 2009

New obsession alert:

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There’s a suppleness, a headiness, a rich, velvety je ne sais quais to Dean & Deluca‘s mushroom and barley soup ($6.75 lrg.) that completely caught me off guard; I think it might be love at first … bite?

Plus, every soup gets you a real, legitimate bread unit, not some dried-out cast-off, or yesterday’s loaf-ends. My soup today came with a thick-skinned sourdough breadstick, all the better with which to soak and savor the flavor.

I foresee more D&D foraging in my future. In the meantime, ogle away at some sweet treats on display today after the jump:

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