Friday was the final day of 5 days at Cookie Bar inside Mizu Salon on Park Avenue, a pop-up cookie boutique chock full of phenomenal cookies. I found myself lucky enough to not only possess some of the last few cookies to be had but also, I found myself in the presence of some amazing people.
As I walked toward Mizu Salon on Park Avenue, I felt like the new kid on the first day of school where everyone already knows each other. A few deep breaths, a pep talk from Mike and before I knew it, I was just steps away from Cookie Bar. My heart thudding in my chest so hard I thought for sure it could be heard by people around me, I pulled open the door and started scanning the very loooooong line of people for a familiar face.
As I went to the back of the line, I took in the scene. I started noticing people who I thought might be who I was looking for. Then I spotted Her.
You see, I was going to get cookies. Why in the world would I be nervous about cookies? Well, first of all I was meeting a few fellow food bloggers for the first time. I’m painfully shy when I first meet new people and my nerves are my own worst enemy. Not to mention these are incredibly talented people who I truly admire. Secondly, these weren’t just any cookies, these were cookies made and personally served by the one and only Dorie Greenspan and her son/business partner, Josh. I was about to have the opportunity to actually speak with Dorie. I didn’t have one clue what we would speak about or what I would say. What does one say to a James Beard award-winning cookbook author? What do I talk about with someone who has worked with many chefs including Julia Child?
As the line shortened and I finally approached the table. My nervousness began to subside. I was greeted by Dorie’s kind, smiling face. She warmly asked what I would like and apologized for only having two (wonderful!) choices left. She told me not to even look at the menu as I would only find disappointment at what had been missed. Dorie spoke to me not as if we were strangers but like we had met before. She was approachable and so easy to talk to. I introduced myself and we chatted briefly about my admiration for her, her excitement at meeting so many people today, the success of Cookie Bar for the second year in a row and then I had the pleasure of leaving the table with Coconut Lime Sables and Blondies with coconut, toasted pecans and Valrhona Jivara milk chocolate. I saved them for later to share with Mike and HB but let me tell you, they were absolute perfection.
Next, I made my way through the crowd to be met by Chris of The Peche and Gail of One Tough Cookie. They made a wonderful welcoming committee and organizers of the food blogger (and people who love them) meet up at Cookie Bar.
I also was lucky enough to meet Jessica of Food Mayhem, Jackie Gordon Singing Chef and Janet of Pretty Tasty Cakes. Unfortunately, I missed Ken of Hungry Rabbit (although I did catch a glimpse of him from the back of the line as he headed out the front door, cookies in hand) and Wendy of La Phemme Phoodie (who I later came to find out was right in front of me in line!) Each and every one of them was warm, friendly and welcoming. All those jitters were for nothing because this was a group of very inviting people. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to have met such a group of charismatic and talented people.
As I walked back down Park Avenue later that day, I heard the crinkle of that little package of cookies in my purse and I couldn’t wait to get home to give them a try. I found myself at ease as I reflected on the people I had met and the time I had. It was a wonderful afternoon and I look forward to seeing these wonderful people all again as well as meeting others. Lastly, I cannot wait for Dorie and Josh to “pop-up” again!