Last post, I said I’d blog about chocolate cream pie or Madison Square Eats. I visited another bakery this week, so I figured I’d put the chocolate cream pie on hold for another week or so and blog about the new bakery.
Life updates: Applying for a Ph.D. program is unexpectedly nerve-wracking (especially when I’m jumping from medieval history to the modern period). I’m totally fine with checking out school rankings, finding programs, and looking up faculty whose research interests kind of sort of mostly match with mine, but then I have to email those professors to see if they’d want to work with me. I spend hours drafting email after email, reading articles/book chapters written by these professors, and trying to spin my topic to something that maybe sounds interesting to them. Since I just spent a year researching perceptions of disability in the Early Middle Ages, I thought, hey, why not look at perceptions of disability in the American education system? Because the system suffers from ableism and believe me, I am more than happy to undertake a large research project to examine different aspects of it (and offer suggestions on how to improve it). I’ve emailed professors from four different schools, and whenever I hear a positive reply I just think, “YES, MY SUBJECT IS WORTH STUDYING,” but occasionally I’ll get a reply like, “Disability studies doesn’t fit into our program.” And then I look like Sadness from “Inside Out” for a few minutes before I shift my focus to the professors who might actually want to work with me.
Yes, that was a whole paragraph about my Ph.D. applications to justify my understandable need for cake. Also my Push to Walk trainer said I’ve moved on from planks (my favorite exercise ever) and then gave me something different/harder to do, so I decided that cake would alleviate my sadness.
I was getting bubble tea at Hanco’s (134 Smith Street, Brooklyn) one day and saw Mia’s Bakery (139 Smith Street, Brooklyn), a new bakery across the street. Its entrance looked accessible, so I needed to check it out
The door was open, but there was a second door by the entrance that needed to be opened. I was able to open the door while seated in my chair, but those with more limited upper body movement may need extra assistance to get in.
Inside, I became seized with indecision immediately. The selection of desserts was just insane.
There was also a separate area for coffee, and I was slightly confused where to place my order, because I wanted coffee and cookies/cake. I found out they were out of rainbow cookies and decided that I most definitely needed a slice of cake instead. I should add that while there don’t appear to be any major issues with lighting, the text behind each of these counters is rather small.
Turns out you can order whatever at either counter. I was not inclined to stay at the coffee bar, mostly because the seats were too high.
The smart decision would’ve been to get a manageable-looking cupcake. But I’m not smart with dessert. For some reason everything looks smaller in the display case than it does on a plate, and I think, “Oh yeah, I could totally handle that.” After a solid ten minutes of staring at the display cases, a friendly staff member recommended chocolate mousse cake (I was torn between that and what looked like blackout cake). I ordered the cake ($5.75 per slice) and a decaf cappuccino ($3.75). If you order your drink to stay, you get it in a mug, which may not seem unusual, but I like noting it because there are places that give you a paper cup whether you stay or go. And I’m a fan of mugs. They’re cozy and say, “Why don’t you pull out your laptop/book and work here a while?” They have free WiFi and outlets, so…definitely a future place to work.
The cappuccino was strong and bitter. I liked it lots.
It also went really well with the chocolate mousse cake.
I liked it, but wished that there was more cake and less mousse. The cake part was lovely, but the mousse part tasted like the chocolate mousse I’ve had in most neighborhood bakeries (i.e. forgetful and in need of more cocoa powder/less sugar). It was light at least, but I kind of thought I should have gotten a chocolate cupcake or something instead. At least then there’d be more cake than frosting. Given how huge the selection of desserts is, I think I should be able to find something I want to repeatedly get pretty soon (rainbow cookies, where are you?!).
Before I forget, the women’s bathroom, which includes a disabled symbol on the door, is accessible. The men’s bathroom does not have a disabled symbol on the door, so it might not be accessible.
Entrance: Flat, with two doors that may be difficult to open if you have limited upper body movement.
Bathroom: Definitely accessible for women, unsure for men.
Lighting: Great, although text for menu above display cases is rather small.
Counter: Good height for ordering, not so much if you want to sit at the coffee bar.
Coffee: Brooklyn Roasting Company
Pastries: Cakes, cookies, everything really. They were out of rainbow cookies when I was there, though. The chocolate mousse cake needed more cake and less mousse (or the same amount of mousse with less sugar).
Other: Some staff are friendly, some forget you’re there (not mentioned in the post: how I repeatedly had to flag down someone on the staff to get my check).
Recommended dessert item (not actually mentioned in post): Most recommended items based on internet reviews are cheesecake and rainbow cookies. This breaks my heart because I really wanted to have a rainbow cookie.
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