The Village to Two Little Red Hens

When my trip to Whistler was cancelled last week due to snow, I had three unexpectedly free days.  When I first spent time in the city & then moved here permanently, I would spend 5-6 hours per day walking the streets and falling in love.  Then I started working on 27 different things and flying away on trips.  I became that dreaded word...BUSY, just like everyone else working really hard in this city.  But on this precious free day, I decided to walk from Houston Street in the Village, with my end point being Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side.

I walked through Curry Hill, where the smell of curry wafted through the air at 27th & Lex.  I browsed in Kalustyan's, considered the best source for Indian & Middle Eastern spices in the city. 

When I arrived at the 59th Street Bridge, I discovered the best Food Emporium in the city, or Bridge Market.  The space is huge and architecturally stunning, as the underside of the bridge is actually the ceiling.  There's even a piano and tables on the second level.  The best part? There was barely anyone in the store when I went in and I didn't have to punch anyone or mutter curse words under my breath as I shopped.

59th Street Food EmporiumFrom there, I pressed on to Two Little Red Hens, a famous bakery on the Upper East Side known for their red velvet cupcakes.  I was especially excited to see that they had mini cupcakes.  The best bites of a cupcake are the first ones, and with mini ones, you can try a few.  Especially after walking 90 blocks in the cold.

And yes, they're famous for a reason.  Highly recommended.

Check out this fun post on Serious Eats on The Best Cupcakes in New York City