Monday, January 2, 2012

London Vacation

Happy New Year! With many of you probably wanting to take a break from baking after a busy holiday (and perhaps eat a little less), I won't temp you with new recipes and instead share some cookie finds from my vacation to London and Paris in November. Thank you to Heavenly Housewife and The More Than Occasional Baker for all of their helpful tips! 
Below is what I tried in London. My next post will include my Paris finds.

Ottolenghi- Walking into this bakery was heavenly- so hard to decide what to try. The fudge cookie and chocolate chip pecan cookie I tried were amazing- soft, chewy, and indulgent.
Le Pain Quotidien- The nougat and fudge nut cookies were surprisingly delicious. The nougat cookie was gooey and sweet. The fudge nut cookie had a rich chocolate flavor.
Pret A Manger- Even more prevalent than Starbucks, Pret A Manger was everywhere. I had a chocolate croissant from there nearly every morning for breakfast. The chocolate chip cookie was very good, too, but not as tasty as some of the others I tried. It certainly satisfied my need for an afternoon snack!
Ben's Cookies- Everyone said that Ben's Cookies were the best in London, and they were right! The triple chocolate was my favorite. The milk chocolate praline and dark chocolate chunk tasted great, but they lacked chocolate and praline.

Outsider Tart- Near our hotel was a farmer's market, and the giant saucer-sized sugar cookies caught my eye. Soft and sweet, this was the perfect afternoon treat.
Hummingbird Bakery- This bakery doesn't sell cookies (they actually recommended Ben's Cookies when I asked if they had cookies), but their whoopie pies are worth mentioning. Delicious!
What's your New Year's resolution?


  1. Happy 2012!

    Thanks for these information. You are lucky to visit all these first class bakery. I would love to visit the Hummingbird Bakery one day.

  2. So glad you got to try so many different cookies. Sounds like you had an amazing time, cant wait to see the Paris finds. I really want to go to the Outsider Tart. Ben's cookies are my fav! :)

  3. we were just in both places and I miss being there already!