With the cold winter months quickly approaching, now is the time to soak up the mild weather and take advantage of the spots that are easily accessible from campus. After a long day full of classes and other commitments, I find myself in need of a way to unwind, without paying subway fares or venturing too far away from Barnard. A walk to the local Silver Moon Bakery & Cafe, located on 105th and Broadway, provides an opportunity to explore the neighborhood (and the exercise to use as an excuse for buying many pastries).
The blue awning and outdoor seating of the bakery provides an inviting welcome to the space, and you feel right at home before you even step inside. Once I walked in, the excitement of being in a new bakery hit me once again. I immediately walked straight to the pastry display case, to drool over the wide variety of pies, cakes, and pastries, with everything from apple pie to chocolate mousse and blueberry ginger muffins. I was so focused on choosing the perfect dessert that it took me a few minutes to see the shelves piled high with breads of every shape and size.
From baguettes to boules to rolls, Silver Moon Bakery handcrafts all of its breads, ensuring freshness and variety. Though I knew an entire loaf of bread was a strange item to take back to my dorm room (Editor’s note: is it, though? ), the appeal of the sourdough boule convinced me that it was worthwhile. A feeling of contentment spread over me as I left the bakery, now armed with a berry tart and my very own sliced loaf of bread. Paired with a hazelnut spread I bought later, the bread was the perfect combination of a crunchy outer crust and a chewy inside and just what I needed to get through the rest of my homework.