Friday, July 23, 2010

90 Minute Cupcakes

It was my birthday which meant - ROAD TRIP! Only one bakery would do for my cake, so we loaded the van and hit the road. Just over an hour and a half later we were here.

Yes Hoboken, NJ where we happily took our place in the back of a long line.

This is a bakery made famous by a reality tv show. Can you guess which one?

It airs on TLC. Think bakery meets mafia (at least the name anyway). Do you have it yet?

You got it. We went to Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, NJ home of TLC's reality show Cake Boss.

If you look closely, you can see me holding Helena in the reflection of the bakery door above. This is one tv show that we enjoy watching as a family. We waited in line for 90 minutes behind a very sweet couple on vacation from Ohio.

You might be wondering why on earth we would drive that far and voluntarily wait in line that long just for cake. Let me tell you, it was worth it. We believe in road trips for the sake of road trips. Family adventures with a less than conventional destination tend to be the most fun. Once upon a time, before we had kids and when we lived in Washington, D.C. we made a weekend out of travelling to Johnstown, PA. Why? Because they made the greatest hockey movie Slapshot there. We skated on the ice and chatted with the towns folk in the cafes who all had stories about the filming (in 1977). It was awesome, but I digress.

Inside the bakery was cozy and humble, crowded, but still exciting.

None of the bakers featured in the show put in an appearance, but we didn't care.

This is one of my most favorite shots of Sophie taken in a long time.

Birthday self-portrait!

How does one decide what to get when surrounded by such yummy looking treats?

In the end we kept it simple and picked out 5 cupcakes.
We didn't eat them there. Oh no. They were to be dessert as lunch was our next adventure. I'll give you a clue. We headed back to NY. Brooklyn to be exact. Need another clue? Think 4th of July. Think family fun. Think NY landmark since the early 1900s. (facebook friends, no telling)