Tuesday, February 24, 2009

NY Times/Leite's Chocolate Chip Cookies at the Curious Palate?

As many of you probably recall David Leite of the fabulous site Leite's Culinaria wrote a NY Times article last July about the search for the elusive perfect chocolate chip cookie. The article concluded with a cookie recipe that has been extensively blogged about, tested, modified, and photographed (picture above from the article!). Do a search for "NY Times chocolate chip cookie" for some serious food porn.

Baking these legendary cookies has been on my to-do list for a while now but it's more involved than your standard cookie recipe and only makes six giant cookies per batch so I hadn't yet made them.

Flash-forward to this past Sunday. We were going to my step-mom's for brunch on the Westside and we needed to get her a belated birthday gift so I thought of the Curious Palate which I've wanted to try. Gourmet foodstuffs, farmer's market-driven menu, etc.

As soon as I walked in I was drawn, of course, to the three large glass jars on the counter, each piled high with cookies and bars. They had samples of each on little plates so, even though it was 10am, I had to at least taste them. It was then that I noticed the chocolate chip cookies were glistening. The helpful and awfully sweet woman behind the counter confirmed that the cookies had just come out of the oven.

Well folks, I didn't ask, and I hope I'm not spoiling any sort of secret, but I'm pretty sure that these absolutely incredible cookies are the famous NY Times cookies or very similar adaptations. OK, how to describe them? Salty, buttery, soft with just a hint of crispness, these thin and large babies were warm and the chocolate was still gooey. The cookies were so good that my husband and I agreed the chocolate chips were almost superfluous. Really, the elusive perfect chocolate chip cookie. I took two to go and we almost inhaled both by the time we got to brunch.

Mar Vistans are so lucky to have such a yummy spot in their hood. And I am thankful that it's far enough away to only be an occasional destination, though I already feel those cookies calling me back! A trip to Mar Vista is certainly easier and faster than making these cookies from scratch.

The Curious Palate
12034 Venice Blvd
LA, 90066

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