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London's New Princi Bakery

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Princi

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Princi bakery and cafe in London.

 

I’m a compulsive researcher when I travel, so about two weeks before I flew to London I e-mailed my plugged-in chef, design and wine friends there to find out where I absolutely had to eat. Princi was at the top of everyone’s list. This chic Milanese bakery chain from prolific restaurateur Alan Yau and baker Rocco Princi (often called the Armani of bread) recently opened its first international branch on Wardour Street. Princi is like the Italian version of Belgium's Le Pain Quotidien, with a minimalist-chic interior designed by Claudio Silvestrin (the creative mind behind the design of Georgio Armani stores and the Museum of contemporary art in Turin). Like LPQ, the focus in on insanely delicious baked goods, like buttery brioches and slightly chewy, olive-studded breadsticks. Thick squares of focaccia-style pizzas, such as zucchini with parmesan and egg, get warmed up in the wood-fired oven. There's also a full bar. I'm a firm believer that a city can never have too many fantastic bakeries, so I'm hoping Princi starts to pop up around the world, just like LPQ has.

Baking

Fight Cancer with Cookies

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Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, an organization that raises money to fund pediatric cancer research, will set up four bake sales around midtown Manhattan tomorrow afternoon. The Glad Products Company (if you watch Top Chef, you might have heard of them) will be matching all funds raised this month and next month up to $100,000. If you can’t make it to the sales tomorrow, you can host your own. Register here and get a free starter kit that includes recipes, plus Gladware and Oxo products. Food & Wine will be baking cookies for a sale next week, but until then, I plan to get my chocolate-chip fix at one of the sales tomorrow:

Rockefeller Center: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the south side of West 50th Street, between 5th Avenue & Rockefeller Plaza

Bryant Park:
1 to 2 p.m. on the west side of Sixth Avenue, between 40th & 41st Streets

Times Square:
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the south side of West 44th Street, between Broadway & Eighth Avenue

Grand Central Station: 4 to 5 p.m. on the west side of Vanderbilt Avenue, between 42nd & 43rd Streets

Craving cookies? Try one of these great recipes.

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