Bob and I have this tradition of visiting the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park every year and making a beeline for the Max Brenner booth. They sell these magical morsels of caramelized pecans dipped in hazelnut cream and cocoa that we go nuts for. The whole shop is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, but these things are just…true happiness in my mouth. You can can see what they look like here.
And the doughnuts! So soft and fresh. I had the blood orange with the candied peel and it was nothing short of plain wonderful.
Aside from the sweet stuff, we love to browse all the goodies from the shops and this time, we came out with some Christmas gifts and a few bags of loose-leaf tea from Spice Professors (for ourselves). One thing I love about this time of year is all the wonderful pop-up shops around the city. You’re sure to find a really lovely gift like local artwork, handmade jewelry and novelty items.
I’m trying my best to be a good gift-giver, because goodness knows I’m normally terrible at it. I usually end up getting everyone magazine subscriptions and calling it a day. But this year, I’m making the effort to put a little more thoughtfulness into it. So far, I’m doing pretty well, but there’s always those few people that stump me. I think a few more trips and a little more research are in order. In the meantime, I’m pinning a few gift ideas over here – check it out if you’re looking for some inspiration!