have you heard about nyc's latest craze? the cronut. half donut half croissant, the genius creation of french chef dominique ansel which first hit nyc by storm in may. a month on and customers now start queing outside the small bakery in soho from 5am in order to ensure they get their hands on the elusive cronut. cronuts are time consuming to make and only roughly 200 are made each morning with a limit of 2 cronuts per person. i've heard that they are even being sold on craigs list (the gum tree equivalent) for $40!
somehow i managed to persuade nick this is what we should do with our saturday morning and so bleary eyed we made our way to the bakery, not as early as 5am, but still far too early for a weekend. we arrived and trudged our way past about 80 people to the back of the queue pretty confident our chances of cronut-dom was secured!
i have to say the whole experience was so much fun. whilst waiting in anticipation we watched an episode of the british apprentice, we made friends with our cronut queue neighbours, and even got served up some madeleine's whilst we were waiting. we then took our cronuts to washington square park and were just about to bite into them when a guy approached us....'no way....is that a cronut?'
|dominique ansel himself|
all in all it was a really fun experience and oh yes, it was so delicious. there were also some other amazing looking pastries in the bakery, we tried a cookie which was out of this world. we'll definitely be back to try out some of his other creations.