I just can't stop thinking about Bouchon Bakery. Can a peanut butter sandwich cookie ever be worth $2.25?
How good does a sticky bun have to be before it's worth $2.75? Actually, I'm not sure what a sticky bun costs at Bouchon Bakery, but rest assured it's the most expensive sticky bun in NY. I love sticky buns, so come Saturday I'm heading to Bouchon Bakery to try one. As I previously reported the peanut butter sandwich cookie is worth every penny. It was the outrageously good peanut butter sandwich cookie that started me thinking about what happens when world-class chefs apply their skills and standards to homey items like cookies and sticky buns. I guess where I come out is if they use great ingredients and supply serious know-how to something as simple and basic as a sticky bun, they deserve to charge for those ingredients and those skills. I hear the same comments about pizzerias like Una Pizza Napoletana. Is an individual pizza at UPN worth $18? I think it is, because I know the passion and know-how that Una pizza owner Anthony Mangieri brings to every pie. And I guess that's the point. It seems to me that a $3 sticky bun is the definition of an affordable indulgence. But it does have to be great, or else we'll all feel ripped off by Thomas Keller and company.
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