When my husband and I first started planning our BEA/New York trip- would you believe the first thing I said I wanted to see was Carlos Bakery? Not the Statue of Liberty, not Central Park, not shopping…. but a bakery. But not just any bakery. The best of the best.
My son and I watch Cake Boss each week. We are both inspired by Buddy’s passion and talents, including all the talented and funny staff. I feel like I’m part of the familia! We are food lovers. Foodies at heart. My son and I share that special bond of food.
Secretly one day, I would love to have my own bakery. One day. But that’s another story.
We got up first thing Sunday morning, and took the PATH train to New Jersey- and only had to walk about 5 minutes from the station to the bakery. Talk about convenience!
And luckily for us, the line was about 30 minutes long. (I’ve heard it can be up to 3 hours! Which I would totally and happily wait, might I add.)
Being inside the bakery was like Christmas morning when I was a kid! I couldn’t believe my eyes- I kept saying… oh, my gosh- look at those cupcakes! Look at those cookies! Look at those pastries! Over, and over, and over. Brian just laughed at me. He’s such a trooper.
Lobster Tails. *mouth watering*
How was I to decide what to eat? There was only two of us…. but I was here for the first time…right? Then I asked, “Honey, do I really have a budget?” (I knew the answer was yes…. darn it!)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake
And we ate every single bite. Happily.
Although Buddy wasn’t working this store that day (he’s usually at the Lockawana facility), I was still the happiest little baker and signed a copy of 101 Gourmet Cake Bites to him- I gave it to the nice manager who said she would give it to Buddy directly. And I also had Brian take this picture of me with a cardboard Buddy cut out. If I couldn’t have the real thing (picture) this will have to do for now.
And here’s me in front of the baker after we had gotten our stash- Gosh, I sure do love that skirt! Side note- this was hands down one of the top experiences of my baking career. Brian wants me to re-create that wonderful cream inside the Lobster Tail. I’ll see what I can do. Delicious!
This picture doesn’t even do it justice! I let Brian have a taste, but kept most of it to myself.
The Pignoli Tart was pretty amazing too…
And the coffee cake…. Forget about it!
Next time, I will have to meet up with Buddy. I’d love to bake something with him, take a class from him, and see the Lockawana facility. It’s a magical place, Carlos Bakery…. and I was so happy to be able to go.
P.S. Buddy, if you are reading this, please give me a call, or email me…. I’d love to share some of my favorite recipes with you too! 🙂