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Amy’s Bread- Redefining Simple Eating

Amy’s Bread, New York City
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By Siddhi: 

How good can vegetarian chili get? In my eighteen years of existence, nothing ever beat the gratifying wholesomeness of homemade soup with the freshest ingredients from the local farmer’s market and prepared with mom’s love.

Sorry mom…but I think someone has finally come pretty darn close. Don’t yell at me! Go to Amy’s Bread and see for yourself. It’s divine to say the least.

Located in three culturally vibrant areas in New York City- Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea Market, and the one I frequent on a cozy street in the West Village- Amy’s Bread boasts the most incredible selection of hand-made breads, desserts, sandwiches, and delicious coffees, juices, and breakfast foods.

Eating at the Bleecker Street location in the Village which is just a couple blocks away from the Hudson feels like you’re living the greatest of downtown city dreams. A small and homey European café feel married to slick modern lighting and diverse wall art simulates one of the most comfortable eating experiences I’ve had to date in the city.

The first time I went to Amy’s, I was coming down with a terrible cold and wanted nothing more than a simple bowl of hot soup. When I ordered the vegetarian chili (which came in several different combinations…I’ve never seen so many options for a simple chili on any menu!), I thought I would get either the typical plain roll breadstick or “rustic roll” included with the order. Instead, I was presented with a mouth-watering array of at least ten different types of hand-made breads and was able to choose between the heartiest of flavors including black olive twist, tangy sourdough, and semolina with golden raisins and fennel. If my taste buds were functioning and I wasn’t so sick, I would’ve broke the bank right there and taken full loaves home. I felt like I was back at the Piazza Navona in Rome. I haven’t ever felt that café intrigue replicated in the States till I walked into Amy’s.

And the orange juice, oh the orange juice…the freshly squeezed citrus goodness transported me back to the beaches of Oahu. Chili, bread, and juice- what should be the most straightforward of meals was among the most heavenly I’ve ever had. To find that kind of pleasure in something so simple speaks volumes about the quality and devotion of Amy’s Bread to the greatest of dining experiences.

So, if you find yourself at any of the three aforementioned NYC locations, treat yourself to Amy’s Bread. It’s beyond worth it.

To check out their menu, click here:

http://www.amysbread.com/menu/cafe_menu  

Founding Farmers- Organic Bliss Inspired by our Past

New Orleans French Toast at Founding Farmers
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By Rohan: 

When you arrive at Founding Farmers, it feels as if you have jumped into the pages of a coloring book. Vibrant landscapes of American agriculture cover the walls and statues of barnyard animals are scattered everywhere. You sit at wooden picnic-style tables, waited on by staff dressed for the occasion, and prepare for a delicious ode to American history with a modern twist.

The items on the menu feature specialties from several American cities prepared with fresh, organic ingredients. Items like New England French Toast will make your mouth water with its warm cinnamon aroma that is a perfect pick-me-up. In addition, Founding Farmers’ delicious doughnut holes caked with powdered sugar or their moist biscuits will get you energized for a day of touring the nation’s capital.

All of us at Paupers are vegetarian, and Founding Farmers takes pride in providing plenty of meatless options for people with this dietary restriction. A myriad of egg dishes, classic breakfast options like pancakes and waffles, and my personal favorite–the aforementioned french toast, make dining at Farmers feel like a feast.

At the end of a satisfying meal topped off with fresh juices and soothing coffee, your waiter hands you your bill in a small tin mailbox–just another way Founding Farmers will win you over with its childlike charm. The fun doesn’t stop at breakfast! Make sure to re-visit Founding Farmers for an entirely different menu for lunch and dinner. A word of advice: do not forget to make reservations, this place is always packed!

Founding Farmers has two locations in the DC metro area–one in the heart of our capital and the other outside in Rockville, Maryland. Find out more at http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/

The Fractured Prune- A Delicious Breakfast Treat

Yummy creations at the Fractured Prune
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By Rohan: 

If you find yourself in Ocean City, Maryland as we prepare to embrace for chilly fall weather here on the East Coast, make sure to check out the Fractured Prune. Despite the rather unusual name for a dessert place, this small pastry shop with several locations along the Ocean City Boardwalk is doing donuts a little differently. While your traditional Dunkin Donuts offers pre-made flavors, The Fractured Prune takes the fried delicacy to a whole new level by allowing you to completely customize your donut-eating experience.

What does this mean? You start out with a plain, old-fashioned donut. From there, you get to choose a flavor of frosting. The Fractured Prune offers everything from the typical vanilla and chocolate to the obscure frosting top such as blueberry and maple syrup. Once your donuts are nice and sticky, its time to select toppings. Here, you can go the more traditional route and stick with sprinkles and nuts, or try adding graham cracker crumbs to make a donut taste like Grandma’s apple pie.

In addition to serving delicious handmade donuts fresh from the fryers, the Fractured Prune offers a lively and colorful dining experience. From serving their steaming hot donuts on frisbees to use later at the beach to 50’s memorabilia plastered all over the walls, this is an Ocean City attraction that you don’t want to miss.

If you are taking kids to the area or just want to splurge on a sugary snack for yourself, look no further than the Fractured Prune! For more information about their Ocean City locations, check out out http://www.fracturedprune.com/menu_oc.php