I hope you all had a spectacular 4th- over here at the Robicelli’s camp, we went down to Princeton NJ for a few final days before DeKalb opens and we don’t have another full day off until after Christmas. Monday, I had my Blackberry off ALL DAY, and actually got to enjoy the company of my husband and kids. It was as incredible as it sounds (aside from the fact that it was 1000 degrees and everyone was really cranky and whining a lot. So take away that and the rock that was lodged in my shoe, and it was a pretty perfect day).
Of course, as business owners time away isn’t all fun and games. On Saturday as Matt took the kids to the pool, I sequestered myself in our hotel room and began work on the text portions of our eventual cookbook (coming in 2036). After writing one page, I felt a little stuck, so I picked up my good friend Fany Gerson’s book My Sweet Mexico for inspiration. It is really as perfect as cookbooks come- filled with heart and love for her country, outstanding photographs, incredible recipes, and a well deserved James Beard nomination to go with it all. Seriously- completely flawless.
Then I looked at the one solitary page of our cookbook. In five short paragraphs, I managed to reference both my fear of pooping in the woods AND this one time Matt got hit in the nuts so hard that he threw up.
Maybe I should have said 2046 instead.
While we’re all waiting- maybe you should eat some cupcakes. There’s a new one today that was one of the first 10 cupcakes we ever designed, yet somehow managed to sit on the bucket list for over two years. Odessa, your time has come!
Clockwise from front: Odessa, Abuelita, Peach Cobbler, Turtle
Odessa: Vanilla cake, sour cream buttercream, sour cherries
Abuelita: Mexican chocolate cake, cajeta buttercream, ground Abuelita chocolate
Peach Cobbler: Vanilla cake, vanilla buttercream, New Jersey peach compote, streusel crumbs
Turtle: Chocolate cake, salted caramel buttercream, candied pecans, ganache & salted caramel drizzles
CAFE AT SAM’S BAKERY- 94th Street off 3rd Ave, Bay Ridge
HOM- Third Avenue and 88th Street, Bay Ridge
BAGEL SCHMAGEL: Third Avenue btwn Bay Ridge Pkway & 76th Street, Bay Ridge
COURT STREET GROCERS: 485 Court Street, Carroll Gardens
CRESPELLA CREPE & ESPRESSO BAR- 321 7th Avenue at 9th Street, Park Slope
TAZZA CAFES- Henry off Atlantic and Clark off Henry, Brooklyn Heights
BATTERY PLACE MARKET: 77 Battery Place, Battery Park City
RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND: 284 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook and Roving Food Truck *Whoopie Pies only*