|The communal table at Le Pain Quotidien on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Last Sunday, I took a break at Le Pain Quotidien in Manhattan, and learned the bakery with a full menu is based in Belgium, not France, as I had thought.
I sat at the communal table in the branch at 1131 Madison Ave. (84th Street), and ordered a large cafe au lait ($4.95).
The waiter brought me a bottle of water, a glass and the coffee in a bowl.
Le Pain Quotidien wants you to cup your hands around the bowl and warm them as you lift it to your lips. Nice.
|This morning, the small Starbucks Coffee in Hackensack was as busy as stores I've visited in Manhattan.|
Sale at StarbucksAt my Starbucks in Hackensack on Saturday, I had five bags of coffee beans I bought during an online sale ground Turkish for my drip coffee maker.
As I waited on line, I saw end-of-the-year sale signs offering one bag of Starbucks holiday coffee free with the purchase of one bag.
That's a good deal, so I went back today and bought two 1-pound bags of Christmas Blend Espresso Roast ($14.95), and had the beans ground Turkish.
The Hackensack Starbucks at 360 Essex St., near a large medical center, is open 7 days from 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. to late into the night (1-201-457-3323).
|A Starbucks Ground Christmas Blend is among the holiday coffee offered in a year-end two-for-one sale.|