Abigail’s Bakeshop

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Baked goods and I are pretty much best friends. So, when Abigail’s Bakeshop, a new American Bakery, opened up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I had to check it out. On a block where things all pretty much look the same, this bright, adorably retro shop stands out, calling you to take a step inside. Did you take a step inside? Good, you made the right decision.
Now a brick and mortar home for Jam Jar Bakery, the original company of deliciously precious jars and cakes baked in the jars, you can find all of the jars there for purchase, along with a variety of freshly baked goods, and other treats from local vendors. It’s extremely difficult to just walk away with one thing, so, of course I got a number of goods to try out.

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Let’s talk about this Pecan Bar. Dear lord, thank you. It’s the size of a baby’s head (ok, not the most pleasant comparison, especially when you’re about to eat it, but, you know, for scale), but I still could have eaten a couple in one sitting. It’s buttery, a little flakey, and gooey all at the same time.

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A signature item here is also the Pink Velvet, which comes in a cake-by-the-slice (or full cake) version, as well as full sized and mini cupcakes. Even if cupcakes aren’t your thing, this one is so delightful to even look at, that it’s hard not to be happy eating it too.

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Who doesn’t love Cheesecake? Do they exist? If you’re lactose-intolerant, I’ll give you a pass. These little guys are so cute and equally delicious. The cheesecake itself is rich and creamy, but still light and velvety. Then, the graham cracker crust compliments it perfectly, adding a bit more of that buttery quality, and sweetness. Zero complaints here.

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And then, back to the jar pies. I got the Gimme S’More, a seasonal pie right now, in collaboration with Squish Marshmallows (wink wink). It’s insanely delicious, and makes you want to retire those ridiculous camp fire store-bought s’mores forever. Just hand me a spoon and I’m good to go with this one.

The Shorts:
Name: Abigail’s Bakeshop
Location: 1413 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, there are new, freshly baked treats popping up all the time, so there’s loads for me to catch up on.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Whether it’s just a little treat, or ordering a cake for an event, they’ve got you covered. 

iDessert

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Before I was in San Diego, I did some searching through Instagram and I saw this image of these hanging meringues, that looked like stunning ornaments. After clicking through to see what they actually were, I found that they belonged to a new dessert spot called iDessert in Little Italy.

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Now, I was plenty excited about the meringues, but, it turns out, the meringues, or “Crusts”, are mainly the vessel to create your own dessert concoction. You create your dessert by iPad, choosing a number of flavors and combinations that go in the order of: Crust, Gelato, Cake, Cream/Sauce/Fruit. It’s an extremely visual and fun sounding/looking dessert. So, I’m pretty bummed I didn’t get the whole shebang, but, I just wrapped up a farmer’s market, sampling lots of goods, and then a full lunch, so, my stomach just couldn’t do the full experience (since, you need to eat it upon creation, since, you know, it’s perishable and meltable). However, I wasn’t walking out empty handed.

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I ordered one of their Crusts/Meringues, and got the Oreo. Visually, it’s so unique and fun. One way, it looks like a little dome, and flip it upside down and you have a little cup for snacks, candy, a scoop of ice cream at home, I mean, lots of possibilities. For me, I just ate it au natural. The meringue itself is crisp, but melts in your mouth. This flavor was delicately chocolate flavored, topped with crumbled Oreo cookies and drizzled with an icing of sorts. It makes for a great little light, sweet treat, without leaving you full. I mean, unless you get the full dessert, which, could be a different story. 

The Shorts:
Name: iDessert
Location: 1608 India Street, San Diego
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, and next time I’ll 100% get the full dessert, even if I’m stuffed to the max.
Would I recommend it? For sure. It’s a very cool experience, where you can create your own unique dessert with lots of different components and textures. The customer service was great and the staff was very friendly, and can walk you through all the steps, since it can be a little overwhelming at first.