magnolia bakery new york

It was my wife’s birthday Wednesday. We went out to dinner (just like every other night), and as we finished up dessert, I couldn’t help but think about Sidney Crosby.

People always ask me, “What’s Sid like? What makes Sid so great?” Well, I do believe I have found the secret to his success.

It’s dessert.

He loves dessert, and it has been the driving force behind our playoff push.

From Magnolia Bakery in New York, to Georgetown Cupcakes, he refuses to be denied.

So if you’re ever questioning that dessert at the end of dinner, just remember, Sidney Crosby would … and it has worked out well for him.

—  Jeff Zatkoff
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Dear Emily [ @emsvancamp],

I am deeply sorry that I had to miss out on your birthday. I have heard great things about you and I was looking forward to meeting you. I mean, some of my favorite people like you so obviously you’re a great person. Plus you’re super talented. I know that much! It’s no big secret or anything. The powers that be unfortunately have me tied up with Upfronts in New York. I’ve been trying to finish up so that I could reunite with my bed and get to my weekend plans.

I couldn’t not send you birthday gifts in an attempt to extend the arm of friendship and perhaps ensure that you know, I was sending you pleasant thoughts. I figured everyone could use some fresh herbs and pleasant smells. The cupcakes are fresh from the Magnolia Bakery up in New York. Those are for you to stuff once the festivities die down and you can bask in their amazingness yourself.

Best Wishes,

Lili

our favorite places around regent street

KATE SPADE NEW YORK
182 regent street, W1
our shiny new shop. it’s a sophisticated two-story wonderland filled with a little bit of everything we love most—dazzling dresses, kids, tabletop settings, furniture, perfumes, dainty flats (and a few surprises, too). essentially, everything you need to live colorfully.

AIN’T NOTHING BUT…BLUES BAR
20 kingly street, W1
there’s something in the music at this neighborhood blues bar—and the intimate atmosphere, which reminds us of the late night sets at smalls in nyc. in both places, we easily “forget” what time it is.

SKETCH
9 conduit street, W1
ongoing artist collaborations, dreamy interiors (case in point: the all pale pink velvet dining room) and don’t-talk-i’m-eating-deliciousness food.

FORTNUM & MASON
181 piccadilly, W1
we dream of having their tea and cakes again almost as soon as we’ve left the building. (back home, only the carlyle hotel has that same effect on us.)

DANIEL HERSHESON
45 conduit street, W1
every day’s a good hair day with these mood-altering blowouts. we have them on speed dial right next to manhattan’s drybar.

TRIYOGA
kingly court, W1
yoga, pilates, treatments and wishing we could namaste-all-day.

COWSHED
31 foubert’s place, W1
the LON-NY connection: true mani-pedi perfection.

ROSE BAKERY AT DOVER STREET MARKET
18 haymarket, W1
a homey spot to snack between shopping on both sides of the pond.

THE WOLSELEY
160 piccadilly, W1
our favorite spot in town for a proper dinner (martinis included) with a side of people watching. it’s our sant ambroeus away from home. 

SHOTGUN
26 kingly street
a craving for fish and chips in new york sends us to a quaint little place called a salt & battery. likewise, when in london, we sometimes want real-deal, extra-napkins-place american barbecue (with divine banana pudding for dessert). and for that we beeline here.

BOB BOB RICARD
1 upper james street, W1
every table has a “press for champagne” button. need we go on?

CRUMBS & DOILIES
1 kingly street, W1
new (scrumptious) cupcake flavors daily means it’s worth poppy by every day. like magnolia bakery in new york, it always happens to be a “convenient” stop. 

THE LONDON LIBRARY
14 st james’s square, W1
the complimentary weekday evening tours are not to be missed—exploring the world’s largest independent lending library is as cinematic an experience as a fall afternoon at the 5th avenue branch of the new york public library

PHILLIPS
30 berkeley square, W1
the new york city outpost is a favorite of ours for bidding and browsing alike, and london’s branch is just as brilliant. 

FILM CLUB AT THE SOHO HOTEL
4 richmond mews, W1
extra-glamorous screening rooms and champagne make this so much more special than simply going to the cinema. more so than even the paris theatre in nyc. 

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
burlington house, piccadilly, W1
it’s london’s MET: a gorgeous place to get lost while taking in classics and contemporary pieces alike. 

PETER HARRINGTON
43 dover street, W1
previous vintage books (think first edition dickens and super-rare shakespeare) charmingly tucked away in a gallery-like shop. it’s like a miniature, highly-specialized version of the strand bookstore in the big apple. 

WILD AT HEART AT LIBERTY
great marlborough street
the most indulgent florist around. we often call proprietor nikki nibbles when we need an opulently chic floral statement.