I had the pleasure of talking with one of my friend’s in the pastry industry last week. Aside from catching up, she wanted to know why bread? It is true, we all learned a lot of techniques and were introduced to a lot of recipes while we were in school. I told her it was a passion of mine – it has been that way since I was young. The desire of being a master of a trade, to be connected to the old world, it all seemed appealing. I told her to go home and watch a video I stumbled upon three years ago. The video focused on a bakery in Brooklyn named SCRACTHbread. If you haven’t been, you should pay a visit.
SCRATCHbread: A Brooklyn Chef Creates Food from Scratch to Start A Movement from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.
There are many things one can do to get the creative juices flowing. I personally like taking walks and planning day trips. Last week, Bethany and I decided to travel the city. We started our day in Williamsburg for excellent coffee/eats and ended at the Met. It was her first time in Williamsburg and I wanted to show her some of my favorite spots: Jimmy’s Diner, Toby’s Estate, Blue Bottle, and Sweetleaf.
The day was slightly chilly and our hands were interlocked. It is rather strange and rather amazing how a place, person, etc. can change your outlook on something you’ve been dwelling on. With the latest Oven Fresh Dreams release on the way it was hard to focus on my writing assignments, let alone concentrate on my day to day responsibilities – that quickly changed. There is nothing quite like a walk in New York City. We are surrounded by so many amazing things and interesting people. A clear mind is refreshing and it allows you to create.
Time spent with friends should always be treasured. This past Sunday my friends, Alexis and Louise, and I went to the Brooklyn Farmacy. New Yorkers with a sweet tooth take my advice and visit this establishment as soon as you can. While I was prepared for a sugar coated brunch, I was not expecting the sweetness produced by this little offshoot of heaven.
The Brooklyn Farmacy is the perfect example of good branding. Before you even get a chance to sit down and peruse the menu, you’re taken over by well furnished shelves and countertops. The staff fits right in with retro threads as they escort you to your seat. That is when B.F. takes your my mind and forces it to explode – the menu is short, but the choices are quality. Deciding what sweet and savory pairing you’re going to select can be tricky, but do not worry friends. I developed a selection method. Here’s the rule I think everyone should follow – if you see more than three types of ice cream sundaes on a menu regardless of what time of day it is you order a sundae.
The beginning of the week is always the busiest (I am sure we can all relate to that) when working in a bakery. Check back tomorrow at 8:00PM (ET) for a full entry covering my experience at the Renegade Craft Fair!
Creativity and passion are two words that come to mind when thinking about the Renegade Craft Fair. It was such an honor to be a part of such a great gathering. Although I am consider myself a creative thinker, I am a only a baker by trade and website owner. Looking around at the artists around the fair was inspiring to say the least. One of my greatest inspirations at the fair also happens to be one of my best friends, Regan Smith Clarke. Regan and Nicholas (the dynamic duo) are business men in the finest sense of the word. Friends, partners in crime, what ever you want to call them – they love what they do and they do it well.
While it was a fun meeting new people it brought a smile to see my friends stop by the booth!
A BIG shout goes to my amazing friend Ray!
Photos- by the ever so talented Gabbi Komis (thank you dear).