Bien Cuit -- this is going to be a tough one to beat!
When I started planning this month of blogging I enlisted the help of friends, and people came to my aid immediately. I knew Brownstone Brooklyn had to be on my list of great coffee places and I also knew my friend, Anita, who has lived in Brooklyn for over thirty years, would be my consultant for this. I also love getting together with Anita, not that we need a reason to get together and drink coffee. Anita's suggestions was Bien Cuit, and, friends, I may not find anywhere I like better.
We met at Bien Cuit -- meaning well done or well cooked -- and made our way to the backyard. It was chilly, but so pleasant sitting in the sun, drinking excellent coffee and taking with a friend of fifty years. Just a subway ride away, but I can't imagine a much better morning. I'm giving the coffee an A- and the ambience an A.
I made a resolution when I started this project that I would abstain from bread and pastry. I'm not as tempted by the pastries, which has surprised me, but the bread calls my name even in my sleep. If I break this rule, it will be during a return visit to Bien Cuit, and I will have no regrets. Doesn't this look fabulous!
I didn't buy this cookbook, but I think it's the perfect gift for friends who bake.
This is the neighborhood of Bien Cuit. The website for the bakery described the neighborhood as Boerum Hill, so technically I should have posted this as a "B." But we're on to "C," so I hope you will pardon my geographic gaffe and enjoy it as "C," in Blogging from A to Z.
So much coffee, so little time and so glad to be on this expedition.