Zabar’s, the specialty food store and distinctive landmark of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, has much more to offer than delicious bagels, amazing coffee, smoked fish, and cheeses from all over. On a mission to replenish my espresso inventory at home, I decided to muster the courage (it was a Sunday after all) and pay this artisanal food purveyor a quick visit.
After conducting my business like it were a military strategy (I wanted to be in and out) I noticed some free samples of pastry sticks. There was quite the variety, yet the double chocolate caught my eye. I heard the woman giving out the samples say how all the sticks were freshly made on-premise, and were a delicious complement to coffee or a snack.
And so I thought to myself, if the taste were only remotely relative to Zabar’s chocolate rugelach or babka, then this must be really good. As I casually crunched my sampled twist, I knew that this was no waste of calories. It was beautifully buttery, a little salty and oh so chocolaty. I fast forwarded to prized weekend mornings, crunching and munching, espresso in-hand, realizing that the world really is my oyster and that there was nothing I couldn’t accomplish.
If you’re in the city, stop by and buy some! I couldn’t find them online, but think of them as a dryer, flattened rugelach. Heaven in a flattened twist.