On Saturday, Jon and I followed up Friday's really, really long Brooklyn walk with a shorter, intra-Manhattan trek up Madison into the 80s (or was it further north?) and then back home again. Along the way, we stopped off at a Le Pain Quotidien, which is a chain of schmancy-ish bakery/open-face sandwich stores, for a pit stop...and a cookie.
This chocolate chip cookie tasted pretty good--it had the crunchy exterior/chewy interior texture combo I like--but it was huge...and expensive. Blame this one on Jon. There's no way I'd pay $3.50 for a chocolate chip cookie, even for a cookie as big as my head!
Le Pain Quotidiens have sprouted up all over the place in the last year or so. Kind of like how Starbucks started appearing on practically every corner in NYC back in the day and how Jamba Juice and American Apparel stores are everywhere now. (Speaking of the latter, how many T-shirts can one single chain of stores sell?)
But even if you're not a fan of Starbucks, Le Pain Quotidien, or Jamba Juice, there is one thing they're good for: bathrooms!