Levain Bakery

Going to Levain on the Upper West Side has been on my to-do list ever since I read about the amazing cookies on Serious Eats. A friend came to town this weekend and was practically forced by her former boss to visit the popular bakery, so it became the perfect opportunity to see what all of the fuss was about.

Levain bakery | netflix & nutella

I opted for the classic chocolate chip walnut cookie, while my friend got double chocolate chip. Though we each shelled out $4 per cookie, the result was truly the best cookie I’ve ever tasted.

Chocolate chip walnut cookie, Levain bakery | netflix & nutella

The outside is crunchy enough to hold in the gooey dough on the inside. But barely. The amount of chocolate and nut in each cookie was perfect, and I have to admit, I was pretty much licking off melted chocolate from the inside of the bag.

Chocolate chip walnut cookie, Levain bakery | netflix & nutella

My suggestion is to head to the deli around the corner on Amsterdam for a $2 individual serving of Horizon milk with a straw. You’ll need it, and you won’t be able to wait til you get home to dig into these amazing cookies.

Chocolate chip walnut cookie, Levain bakery | netflix & nutella

Still held together

Chocolate chip walnut cookie, Levain bakery | netflix & nutella

A look past the crust

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Joyeuses Pâques

Easter in France, like many religious holidays, is not as much about going to church as it is about spending time with loved ones and – of course – eating.

Everywhere you go in Paris, pastels, bunnies, and chickens greet you. Instead of pastel M&Ms, you can indulge in some mini egg-shaped Kinders.

Chocolate bunny

Chocolate bunny..sorry about your ears, Bud

Nest treats

Nest treats

My friends and I headed over to Stohrer (the home of the nests above) in the 2nd arrondissement for some wandering on the Rue Montorgueil a few days before Easter. Even with the entire street packed, it seemed that everybody in France came to this one bakery. With a line like that out the door and a date of establishment from the 18th century, you know this place has got to be good.

Stohrer's

Stohrer box

I heard about Stohrer from a link I found on Pinterest with the best sweets to try in Paris. It apparently has the best Puits d’Amour, or wells of love.

Delicately in their box

Delicately in their box

“Wells” are exactly what they are; when you break open their caramelized top crust, there is a well of cream waiting for you. The best way for me to describe this dessert, besides drool-worthily delicious, was that it’s like a mini crème brûlée with a flaky crust on the bottom. What could be so bad about that?

Stohrer Puit d'amour

Stohrer Puit d'amour

If you’re in the second arrondissement definitely pick up one of these treats. Oh, and don’t forget a flaky, dense, buttery croissant while you’re there.

Stohrer
51, Rue Montorgueil, 75002