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While shopping around H Mart, a Korean grocery store, I decided to try some baked goods from Tous Les Jours, which was located inside the market. Tous Les Jours, which means “Everyday,” in French, is a French-Asian bakery and is also a chain bakery.

What I enjoyed most about Korean bakeries is that it’s not as greasy as some of the goods that you may find in Chinese bakeries. The quality is also very wholesome and delicious, but I thought it was a little expensive. John and I chose a strawberry pastry, a sweet cream corn doughnut, and a sandwich bun with blueberry cream cheese filling. These baked goods definitely make a great snack! I would love to go back for more.

112 Linwood Plaza
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
(201) 461-2870

Brought some Paris Baguette Bakery goods back home to eat. I bought the savory items instead of the sweet items because in my opinion they taste much better. I bought the pizza on a sweet roll and the bun with various vegetables and meat inside.

The pizza was good with an interesting soft sweet bread crust; usually used for sweet desserts. It had a interesting taste which was very welcoming.

The bun with vegetables and meat is an all time favorite of mine. No matter where I get this, I am very satisfied. It is almost like a dumpling but with a very bready outercrust. Try it someday, if you have not already!

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It’s that time of the year again for people of Chinese descent (and others in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam to name a few) to celebrate what is known as one of the most important festivities of their time; Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon Festival). This holiday falls on the 15th of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar; when the moon is at its fullest and most brightest. According to the Western calendar, Moon Festival falls this year on September 22, 2010. It’s a special time for friends and family to spend time with each other (equivalent to Thanksgiving).
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My parents went to Chiu Hong Bakery, Inc. and brought two boxes of mooncakes (made by the people who work there). If you aren’t familiar with these pastries, they are a delicacy and usually costs around $20 a box with four little cakes. I asked them why they are so expensive and they told me that it’s labor intensive to make these goodies. There are a variety of fillings but I usually stick to the original which consists of lotus seed paste (2nd photo above). It usually comes with an egg yolk but I like them without it. My parents usually buy the five kernel mooncake for themselves (3rd photo above), which consists of various nuts and seeds including: walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, etc. If you enjoy coconut, then this flavor is for you.
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If you don’t celebrate the holiday, you can always purchase them for yourself at any Chinese bakery nearby. They are most fresh this time of the year and usually you can’t get them anytime you wish. If you decide to grab a box, you should do so before the holiday comes to avoid the line! 🙂
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161 Mott St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-7664

Went to H Mart’s food court which features a bakery called Tous Les Jours, which serves patbingsoo or shaved ice with fruits. It was so hot outside and this was a welcome treat.

My patbingsoo was topped with bananas. kiwis, strawberries, sweet red bean, oranges, pineapples, peaches, and rice cake cubes, all on top of a bed of ice. I mixed it altogether and it brought back memories of childhood.  I remember the last time I had this was when I was about 10 years old.

112 Linwood Plaza #130
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
201-947-7800

Cindy and I were walking around Soho and came across this little cart called cupcake lovers with a conspicuous man standing inside selling mini cupcakes. Located on broadway (but don’t know for how long) we decided to try four of the flavors. Although I really wanted to try the nutella mint, unfortunately they ran out of all of these (must be the best!).

The four flavors you see starting from the top left corner going counter-clockwise are strawberry, mint chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. Cute little things but the taste was nothing special.  Personally for me, the plain jane vanilla was the best.

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