The Double D’s – Dominique Ansel and Despaña

Tuesday night after work I started with dessert and worked my way backwards to tapas.  In the search of other baked goods and Thanksgiving housewarming gifts, I was able to set-up a Thanksgiving pie tasting at Dominique Ansel, the creator of the “Cronut” and a tour of Despaña, a Spanish fine-food and tapas store.  The Double D – Dominique Ansel and Despaña.

Dominique Ansel:

I passed this sign walking back to my apartment:

Dominique Ansel Thanksgiving Pie

Dominique Ansel Thanksgiving Pie

Known for their Cronut, Dominique Ansel has three types of Thanksgiving pies for sale:  Pumpkin, Bourbon Pecan, and Apple Tartin.  I stopped by the store where they prepared one slice of each to taste-test (thanks Amy and Anna!!).  My personal favorite was the pumpkin pie.  It wasn’t too sweet and would be perfect with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.  The pies are $38-40 and can be purchased for pick-up here.

Dominique Ansel Pie Tasting

Dominique Ansel Pie Tasting

After talking with Amy, the PR contact at Dominique Ansel, I learned:

  • 90% of the kitchen has been there since Day 1!
  • Dominique Ansel himself actually greets the “Cronut Line” every morning and they give free coffee and madeleines occasionally to make the wait more comfortable.
Dominique Ansel Pie Display

Dominique Ansel Pie Display

Despaña:

Despaña is a one-of-a-kind cultural destination in Soho, featuring Spanish goods in a market place, tapas bar and wine shop.  After talking to Dana, the PR manager, I learned that there are several famous visitors.  It is one of Martha Stewart’s favorite places to shop and most recently, actors Javier Bardem, Kelly Ripa, and Clive Owen have stopped by the store and wine shop next door.

Perfect for the host who loves Spain, Despaña has holiday gift baskets which range from $30 to $170 (you can also organize your own at the store).

Despana Holiday Gift Basket

Despana Holiday Gift Basket

Popular gift items include turrón, one of Spain’s most enjoyed sweets, marcona almonds, and olives.

Turron Despana Soho

Turron Despana Soho

I tasted two of the tapas at Despaña – the octopus and the chorizo:

Despana Tapas Soho

Despana Tapas Soho

Despaña opened in 1971 in Queens, NY as a chorizo factory.  For many years they primarily serviced the foodservice industry but have grown to serve the public when they opened up a retail food boutique and tapas café in 2006 in Soho at 408 Broome Street.

Want more Thanksgiving gift ideas?  I will be posting more throughout the week!

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