Financier Keeps it Seasonal This December

It's the holiday season, and just about everywhere you look, there's something delicious.

Recently, I had a chance to catch up with the creatives at Financier Patisserie, named not only for its original Wall Street clientele, but more so for the French almond cake traditionally baked in the shape of a gold bar. (Now you know!)

It was a blustery winter day, and NYCFG was so happy that they opened their doors to share some of their seasonal goodness with me. (Well, I mean, their doors were open to EVERYONE, I just made a point of stopping in early to say hello so I could write this article.)

Looking across the sea of multiple pasteries in the cold case, it was clear there is a bit of everything in there. What caught my eye was the traditional Yule Log -- as everything about them screams Merry Christmas. Of course, it has a better, French name: Buche de Noel. It comes in chocolate or with Grand Marnier. There is also a "La Moderne" version of the dessert that features hazelnut sponge cake, almond joconde, vanilla sponge cake, amaretto syrup, praline mousse, chocolate mousse, toasted hazelnuts and topped with a chocolate glaze. (I am now salivating like a rabid dog, thinking about all of this..!) 

What's really great is that you can get these large cakes for parties OR - grab an individual pastry --which is NOT a slice of a large one, but a small creation, all its own. I thought the mini chocolate one looked a bit like a train - or what my three year old might call a "choo choo" so I picked one up for him. It's petite so it's just the right size and maybe, just maybe, mommy had a little bite of it too... 

Financier is also offering some new sandwiches, including a "breakfast all day option" -which, for someone like me, is ideal. I had the Bacon and Cheddar on a Croissant with the optional Egg Souffle, and quickly remembered why wearing black is just not my forte'. "Croissant" had become the new black... as the flaky pastry had me looking like I should have used a bib! Seriously good, but not my best fashion statement.

Other selections included Smoked Salmon on a Croissant, Ham and Swiss, Mushrooms and Chevre, Honey Dijon Turkey and Brie, Chicken Salad and Bacon, Roast Beef and Taleggio, Tomato Mozzarella and Pesto and the Sprouts and Hummus --- lots of choices, so bring your appetite.

If you want a soup to warm you up you must try the butternut squash - you can even do the half sandwich soup or salad pairing.

But personally, I'll also add that I'm all about the holiday cookies this time of year - so just add that to my list of "must tries" at Financier. They have a hand decorated sugar cookies that include a gingerbread man, a Christmas tree, a snowman and a star. And for my Jewish family and friends, they also have sleeves of blue and white macarons available for Hanukkah.

Oh! And one thing I found interesting that is not blatantly advertised is that the coffee is local. It is a new dark roast that is blended and roasted in a Brooklyn roastery. (Ok, I'll fess up: I did not know that there was a term "roastery" - but I heard it here.) Anyway, the four bean blend is comprised of a Brazil French roast for body; a wonderful Central American coffee gives it some fruitiness and tang; Sumatra adds a syrupiness and thickness to the brew and some African Peaberries to add earthiness and character. It’s like traveling around the world without leaving your neighborhood --and all in one sip!

There are 10 Financier locations in New York, so maybe you'll find one close to you --let me know what you think, too. (I'm hoping to run a little giveaway here soon... so, fingers crossed!)

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