In a Newsweek article that my friend Sara gave me, I read that, “Many Japanese cite ‘tabearuki’, or roaming around looking for great places to dine, as a favorite hobby.” Now that I know the Japanese have a word for it, I feel completely justified for spending a good portion of my time window shopping for food. Other girls may goggle over Jimmy Choo’s and Minolo’s ( I don’t even know if I got that right.); I drool at the windows of bakeries, pizza shops, and the butcher’s.

Ice, my Jack Russell Terrier, had a veterinary visit today which gave me the perfect opportunity to practice my tabearuki skills. (Can you imagine a reality show based on a tabearuki competition?) On the way there, I spotted Royale on the corner of 6th Avenue and 12th Street, in that ever changing spot attached to Sammy’s Noodle Shop Sammy’s Noodle Shop. I made a mental note to pop in on my way back and of course I did. As always, I got a coffee, which was mega weak, but I sampled a great piece of chocolate chip cookie. A bit later, they offered me a little coffee cookie to try. Normally, I would’ve bought a few pastries to take home and share with Lon but we have the Choice Eats event tonight. But I have decided that I will go back and try more goods for two reasons. The two cookies I tried were not too sweet, a rare find in American sweets. The guys were friendly and knowledgeable about their products. Apparently, the owner also has stake in Baked Baked, in Redhook, and that’s where the goodies come from.

I hope Royale does well in this notorious spot. Stay tuned for my next visit.

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