A dad and his daughters, loving life in New York City

Tuesday, January 29

Spread's Spreads / Crumbs's Cupcakes

She may not be much of a dessert person herself, but my ever-gorgeous girlfriend Debbie definitely knows how to make me and my daughters happy. Case in point: last Saturday night, when she came over to our place and provided all the makings for a sweet-treat tasting spree.

First came the chocolaty, nutty spreads from Spread, an organic restaurant in San Diego that sells a seemingly endless number of varieties of the stuff online. The four of us sampled three different flavors, eaten straight from the jar or spooned onto shortbread and some excellent chocolate cookies from Grandaisy. By far the best—or, at least, by far the most deliciously desserty—was the White Chocolate Espresso almond spread: sweet, thick, the flavors deep and rich, the espresso beans adding a pleasant, bitter crunch. The Dark Chocolate Chile peanut spread was as good as this sort of thing gets, but we all had a hard time getting past the whole sweet-spicy trend/gimmick (I have the same problem with the wasabi truffles, et al, at Vosges....). Yes, it sets off an interesting little party in your mouth, but it doesn't really satisfy as a dessert.

Speaking of not dessert, the Cinnamon peanut spread turned out to be nothing more than unsweetened, roasted ground peanuts, liberally infused with the aromatic spice. A disappointment after dinner... superb with raspberry jam on my raisin english muffin this morning.

Then it was time for Dessert: Part 2. Now, Crumbs may be second tier when it comes to cupcakes in this town, but it certainly knows how to put on a good show. Plenty sugary and often filled with some sort of creamy surprise, the assorted mini-cakes in this lively 12-pack were as much to fun eat as they look like they would be.

You can find more information about Spread's spreads here. There are a half-dozen Crumbs Bakeshops in the City; I believe the cakes we ate came from the one on 8th Street between University Place and Broadway.


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18 Comments:

Blogger lazysundae said...

Have you tried the Dessert Truck at University Pl/8th St? I've been dying to go - might make a trip this week.

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/dessert-truck/menus/main.html

10:49 AM, February 07, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I enjoy reading your blog but noticed there hasn't been any posts this month. Hope everything is alright! Take care!

12:53 PM, February 20, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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hey, so yeah... bb

7:40 PM, February 20, 2008

 
Anonymous danny said...

Everything good? It's been a while since your last post. Enjoy the snow today!

10:56 AM, February 22, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoboco....where are you guys???
Hope everything is ok :o)

Jill

10:08 AM, February 23, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:07 PM, February 26, 2008

 
Anonymous Laura said...

Our family really misses reading your blog. We keep checkin' in with hopes that you all will return soon.

3:17 PM, February 26, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on scoboco, enough cat and mouse, show yourself. you're leaving a lot of friends hanging here
WRITE

7:54 PM, February 28, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:21 PM, March 03, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how are bo and co? i hope they're alright!

12:19 PM, March 04, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've really enjoyed reading your blog raising a daughter in the city myself. I truly hope that everything is okay.

11:16 AM, March 18, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe he has passed away. I'm very sorry.

5:14 PM, June 01, 2008

 
Blogger michels said...

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1:10 PM, June 04, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that true, it's nothing to joke about. If you have some evidence please share it with Scott's friends. please

5:03 PM, June 08, 2008

 
Blogger David Marc Fischer said...

I don't claim to speak for Scott, but I will venture that reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated.

12:57 AM, June 23, 2008

 
Anonymous goshiluvu@aol.com said...

I agree with Mr. Fischer. While there are many reasons a person stops blogging, death is pretty low on that list. Wishing Scoboco the best...wherever you are :o)

8:49 AM, June 24, 2008

 
Anonymous Kali said...

I just took my daughter to crumbs today...really some of the best cupcakes in the city!

I enjoyed your blog!

5:53 PM, August 31, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know what is up with scott? is he ok?

6:51 PM, October 22, 2008

 

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