In the midst of midterms, it seems like I am always overwhelmed and constantly counting the days till the warmth of spring break. So when I was figuring out which bakery to try this week, I expected to just make a quick stop and hurry back to campus for some more studying. But when I entered Mille-feuille Bakery, something made me want to stop and stay for a while. Maybe it was the friendly smiles that greeted me as soon as I entered or the hip New York City atmosphere infused with the charm of a French patisserie. Or perhaps the bright and colorful display cases full of macarons, pastries, croissants, sandwiches, and so much more. Whatever the reason, I quickly shed my heavy winter coat and claimed a seat with a prime view of the desserts.
Like always, I was immediately drawn to the seasonal fruit tart, a dense and flavorful cake topped with raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Of course, I had to purchase some macarons to go, and the classic flavors of raspberry, dark chocolate, and salted caramel shone through in these hand-made treats. The flavor that really stood out to me, however, was the rose macaron. Although it seems like a strange flavor, the faint sweetness and scent of rose does not overwhelm the macaron, but rather, gives it a softer and more unique flavor.
However, possibly the best moment of my visit to Mille-feuille occurred when I was given a free baguette. I still have no idea what I did to obtain said baguette, but I happily accepted it without question and enjoyed it later in my dorm room.
With these sweets in front of me, I let the soft guitar music with French vocals lull me into a much-needed moment of relaxation that I had not had in a very long time. Although the space is relatively small with the atmosphere of a cozy neighborhood bakery, there is still plenty of space for me to return, this time with my backpack full of homework. Because everyone knows that Environmental Science reading is much easier when accompanied by a macaron.