Archive for May, 2009

Fresh bread and a picnic

 picnic

With the kick off of Memorial Day, summer is officially here. Well, somewhat. We have still had some chilly days but we have had some real beautiful ones- and one of my favorite things to do on a beautiful day is have a picnic.

We are so blessed to live in a city with so many great parks around, one of my favorite being Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights. How great it is to pack a blanket, grab some friends and head over to any of the great parks this city has to offer and just relax! One of the most important elements of a great picnic is the food and one of the most important things to have is a loaf of fresh bread.

Our bread, here at Levain, is baked fresh everyday. They are all delicious …..My favorites for a picnic are the baguettes or a crusty ciabatta… Pair that up with some great salumi (my favorite- mortadella from Salumeria Rossi) and some cheese and I’m a very happy person. Of course, we cannot forget an ice coffee and a chocolate chip walnut cookie to end the meal. Soooooo good!!!!!!

So make sure to stop by next time you are preparing for next picnic-grab some bread and don’t forget to grab some sweets and you will be all set! Have fun!

Tom

 

 Tom

Tom has just started working at the bakery in the last month or so. He has adapted very quickly and has become one of the gang in no time. Tom is an aspiring comic and loves films. We are all looking forward to knowing more about Tom as he spends more time at the bakery. This questionnaire helped us all know a little more about him too!

 

 

Name:  Tom Levin

 

What’s your sign?  Libra

 

Where did you grow up?   Highland Park, IL (just outside of Chicago)

 

How long have you lived in New York City?  Just over a year

 

How long have you been working at Levain Bakery?  2 weeks!

 

What’s your favorite color?  Blue

 

What’s your favorite thing at the bakery?  The bread. Ciabatta is probably my favorite

 

Cat or Dog?   Cat for sure. I love dogs too though

 

If you could be a cookie package, where would you want to be shipped?  Sweet home Chicago

 

What smells the best when it’s in the oven? The scones smell pretty amazing. I haven’t been around yet when they take the bread out in the morning. I highly suspect that would also be lovely.

 

Chocolate Chip Walnut or Chocolate Chocolate Chip?   I can’t do it. It’s like Sophie’s Choice

 

What’s your favorite song played at the baker? So far, White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes

 

 What’s your least favorite song played at the bakery? I’m pretty sure I heard the Goo Goo Dolls the other day. Ugh.

 

.If you could be one thing in the bakery, what would you be and why?  I’d turn into a cookie to know how they feel. Then I would eat myself.

 

Make a statement that best defines you: I don’t know if it defines me, but here’s a quote I love:” Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” Oscar Wilde

Thoughts of Summer…….

Beach_Lane

It isn’t summer yet but today was even better here in the city!  Spectacular and sunny, not too hot.  The perfect day for an iced coffee and cookie!  The perfect type of weather to wander around the city.

 

And, judging by this photo, which I just received via email, it is also the perfect time to take a road trip to the East End of Long Island.  The summer crowds are not around yet but everything is open and you can enjoy what I think are the most beautiful beaches in the world.  The ocean side or the sound side of the Island, both are gorgeous.  As a Long Island girl I know I am a bit biased, but I have seen some other parts of this country, and the world, and I still think where I grew up is the most beautiful place in the world!  Nothing else compares.  If you have some time check it out.  We have almost all the same delicious goodies in Wainscott plus some others!

Aurelio

 

 Aurelio

Aurelio works out in our Hamptons location during the spring-summer season. I really don’t have the pleasure of working with him that often only when I make the occasional visit out there. He is always very cheerful and ready to make us the BEST lunches!! Aurelio is an extremely talented artist when he is not at the bakery and has painted some beautiful portraits of the beauty surrounding the Wainscott location.  (www.AurelioTorresart.com)

 

 

Name:  Aurelio (aka -the bug)

 

What’s your sign?  Sagittarius

 

Where did you grow up?   Uruguay and NYC (SOHO)

 

How long have you lived in New York City?   Live in Wainscott/NW Woods

 

How long have you been working at Levain Bakery?  Working?

 

What’s your favorite color?  Purple

 

What’s your favorite thing at the bakery?  Iced Cap

 

Cat or Dog?   Dog!

 

If you could be a cookie package, where would you want to be shipped? Sardegna

 

What smells the best when it’s in the oven?  Sour cream coffee cake

 

Chocolate Chip Walnut or Chocolate Chocolate Chip?   CCW (protein)

 

What’s your favorite song played at the bakery?   TKO!

 

 What’s your least favorite song played at the bakery? One of those girl bands

 

Make a statement that best defines you:  Nothing is a sure thing until it is history.

Mrs. Spadola

In addition to my weekly staff profiles, I wanted to wish all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. It’s your day so make sure you are pampered and you celebrate!

And especially to my mom, ti voglio bene tante! You are the best mom in the world.  I am so lucky and I just want to say thank you!   Tanti baci  – Gina

Laura and Tina

laura-and-tina

“Hi Folks- We traveled all the way from Dutchess County to enjoy your wonderful baked goods. And of course took plenty of chocolate chip cookies home. Thanks for the goodies. Laura and Tina”

Thank you for sharing your visit with us!

 

Pam

Pam

Pam is one of the owners here at Levain Bakery. Pam does everything!! She is a great baker (we all have learned some superb cake baking skills from her), she keeps the business running smoothly (she is extremely organized) and is great to have around to chat with (one of my favorite things to do with her). She also makes us all very jealous with her coffee making skills …. She makes the best cappuccinos around!

 

 

Name:  Pam 

 

What’s your sign?  Virgo.

 

Where did you grow up?   The North shore of Long Island.

 

How long have you lived in New York City?   26 years!

 

How long have you been working at Levain Bakery?  14 years.

 

What’s your favorite color?  This week orange.

 

What’s your favorite thing at the bakery?  Everything.

 

Cat or Dog?   Cat – I can’t have a dog in my apartment.

 

If you could be a cookie package, where would you want to be shipped?  Anywhere in Italy or the east end of Long Island.

 

What smells the best when it’s in the oven?  It all smells good depending upon the time of day- sourdough rolls or ciabatta in the morning, scones and chocolate cookies all day, sticky buns on the weekends…..

 

Chocolate Chip Walnut or Chocolate Chocolate Chip?   Both – depends upon the day.

 

What’s your favorite song played at the bakery?     What’s your least favorite song played at the bakery?  Too controversial, I try not to get too involved – they are all good at the right time.

 

If you could be one thing in the bakery, what would you be and why?    Me – I love everything about what we do, from actually making and baking everything to meeting and chatting with customers.

 

Make a statement that best defines you:  Focused and determined – Namaste.


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