Posts Tagged 'Italy'

Gina

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Just thought you might want to know a little bit about me………

 

 

 

Name:  Gina           

 

What’s your sign?  Libra

 

Where did you grow up?   Bronx, New York

 

How long have you lived in New York City?   My WHOLE life!!!!!!

 

How long have you been working at Levain Bakery?  I believe for almost 3 years now

 

What’s your favorite color?   Navy Blue

 

What’s your favorite thing at the bakery?    How happy and friendly all the customers are.

 

Cat or Dog?   Cat

 

If you could be a cookie package, where would you want to be shipped?  A farmhouse in Tuscany

 

What smells the best when it’s in the oven? Scones or the sour cream coffee cake

 

Chocolate Chip Walnut or Chocolate Chocolate Chip?   CCC

 

What’s your favorite song played at the bakery?  I love when we play Lauryn Hill

 

What’s your least favorite song played at the bakery?   I don’t really love Neko Case

 

If you could be one thing in the bakery, what would you be and why?    A customer. I get so jealous when someone comes in with their newspaper or book, gets a coffee and just sits up front enjoying our bakery.

 

Make a statement that best defines you:  La vita e bella!

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Connie

 

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Connie is one of the owners here at the bakery. She gives us all great direction and fine tunes all of our skills when it comes to baking. Besides being lots of fun having around, she is always available to offer advice to what are the best methods and techniques to use to make our baking more productive. She also loves to pump up the iPod and get us all going on a busy Saturday!!

 

 

Name:  Connie        

 

What’s your sign?   Sagittarius

 

Where did you grow up?   Upstate New York, Latham

 

How long have you lived in New York City?   Since 1983-26 years! Ouch!

 

How long have you been working at Levain Bakery?   14 Years!

 

What’s your favorite color?    Right now, orange.

 

What’s your favorite thing at the bakery?    Charlie and the espresso machine

 

Cat or Dog?   Cat!

 

If you could be a cookie package, where would you want to be shipped?  Anywhere in Italy

 

What smells the best when it’s in the oven? Scones, Ciabatta

 

Chocolate Chip Walnut or Chocolate Chocolate Chip?   CCC

 

What’s your favorite song played at the bakery?  Lay Low – My Morning Jacket

 

What’s your least favorite song played at the bakery?   Anything by Graham Parker

 

If you could be one thing in the bakery, what would you be and why?    Charlie’s Bed

 

Make a statement that best defines you:   You can teach a person almost anything, but you can’t teach someone how to be nice.

 

 

 

 

Thoughts

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Our short trip to Rome was wonderful.  We love the Italian culture, language, art, history and, of course, especially the food, wine and coffee.  We had some amazing meals, thanks especially to some recommendations of Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rossi, around the corner from the bakery, which we adore.

 

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We did not stop for one minute, criss crossing the city, trying to see and to taste as much as possible in our four short days.  One thing our explorations reaffirmed is that what we do here at Levain Bakery is still exceptional.  There are very few places in the world (literally) that bake everything they sell freshly each day, and on the premises.  Although almost everything we bake has a longer shelf life than one day we believe that if you are coming to our bakery you should get the freshest product possible.  It also allows us to donate to organizations in need and give something back to the community and our world.

 

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We hope that our customers appreciate that the reason we sometimes run out and perhaps do not have a huge selection is because we try to make everything we make the best and the freshest possible.

 

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Rome

 

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It seems, here at Levain Bakery, that a few of us are in love with Italy as well as baking.  Some of us even attempt to study Italian in our free time and fantasize about living there.  So it should not be surprising that two of us are in Rome now, for four short days, and will report back on the sites, the food and the wine next week! 

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And, of course, we will also have the results of our traditional, unofficial, Oscar pool!

 

Buon Giorno

cafe latteAfter such a great crazy holiday season at the bakery, I decided to take a break and take a trip to the one place I’ve always wanted to go to – Italy. The moment my plane touched down, I felt totally connected to this wonderful place.  (Exact destination – Firenze). I was instantly in love – the Italian language, the people and especially the food. Everything is just so simple there, simple but wonderful. Don’t get me wrong, I love living here in the states, now more than ever, but there is something very magical about Florence and the towns around it.gina-a-firenze

 

As I pranced around the city, I was able to visit some really amazing cafes. During my visits, I would notice how fresh everything was and how good everything smelled. I also got to play the part of a tourist and really see how it feels to be on the other side of the counter. ”Buon Giorno, come stai oggi?” was instantly shouted as I entered every café.  Being so far from home, it was so comforting to walk into a place and feel instantly welcomed.  Eating a delicious treat and having a cup of coffee was a special part of my everyday routine .As I was greeted by the servers with big smiles and asked questions about my country, I thought about all the amazing tourists that walk through our doors at the bakery. They come from all over the United States and even all over the world to visit us and feel that same way I felt. I am so proud and happy that my staff and I can do the same. We can offer a great cup of coffee, a wonderful treat and a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere so everyone who visits can feel right at home. We can even shout out a “Buon Giorno!” if you’d like.


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