Tuesday, December 4, 2012

3 Great (Local) Ways to Get your Holiday Sweet Fix

It's holiday time, and my gorging has officially started.  From various blogger events to work lunches and dinners, it just doesn't stop.  And the worst (I mean the best) part is that there are sweet treats everywhere.  Cookies, cupcakes, magic bars, cake...it's hard to refuse a festive holiday treat, so I made a pact to just give in for the time being and work it off later.  If you're looking to satisfy your sweet fix for the holidays or to simply share something delightful with your friends and family, here are three great (local) resources.

The Chocolate Swirl - It's no secret that I love the indulgent little bites from this Astoria based home baking business, run by the talented, Lisa Bracigliano.  For this holiday season, there will be plenty to choose from including their signature cake pops (the red velvet rocks!), holiday chocolate truffles and even festive gift towers and baskets.  See their
full menu.  

Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery
- Having the pleasure of trying their goodies just today, this neat little bakery business with humble beginnings is on the brink of something really big, real soon, recently being discovered by Chef, Tom Colicchio.  I can personally vouch for their oatmeal, brown sugar cookie bars that make me think of the magic bars at Buttercup Bake Shop (but better), the chocolate chip cookies with fleur de sel and the dark chocolate explosion cookies.  Contact them directly for a full menu and to place your order.

Miss Amy's Baby Cakes - Another local small business sweet shop, they specialize in cupcakes with a classic as well as a couture flair.  You can personalize the flavors to your specific liking, and even brand your cupcakes, whether for a company party or a special celebration with family and friends.  Feel free to peruse their offering and place your order.


  1. Hi! I found your blog almost a year ago, when we decided to spend a week in NY this December. We're staying at the Verve in Long Island City, and i used google to find tips about restaurants we can visit.Since then, I've been visiting your blog quite often. :) I've read your previous posts about where to celebrate New Years Eve, and I hope you have some tips this year as well? We're coming all the way from Norway and it's my birthday as well, so we don't want to end up in some random place. Hopefully we'll find a nice restaurant with the help of your excellent recommendations in Astoria. :)

  2. Hi there...that is so incredibly sweet! I'm so glad the blog has been a good resource for you. I'll definitely have a post around New Year's Eve. Stay tuned and have a safe trip. *Fooditka



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