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A DONUT DATE

Posted on: Thursday










We took a trip up to Greenpoint the other day to meet up with River & Latonya at the infamous & classic Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop (great name, right?!).  Peter Pan is an old-school diner-esque establishment in a Polish neighborhood and has been selling hand-cut donuts for over 60 years.  The place is a bit of a legend, and now I know why.  While I can take or leave cupcakes (tried to jump on that bandwagon but honestly, cupcakes just aren't my thing), I can eat donuts any day, especially a box of them from this old-timey establishment.  While we waited in line, a little old woman walked by and, without saying anything, stopped and firmly patted Lucien's head for a few seconds (which would creep me out in almost any other setting, but here it was endearing).  Then not a minute later, a terribly fashionable little old man walked right up, pinched his cheek, and said "Hello there Sonny! What a handsome little fella!" and then walked away smiling, donut in hand.  Sometimes I think about Biet's future in New York City, with so many high-end specialty shops and restaurants displacing classic Mom and Pop diners and bakeries, and I wonder if these kind of places will still be around when she's grown.  I certainly hope so, because its hard to get more "New York" than donuts for under a dollar, old Polish couples sipping coffee at a wrap around counter with twirly bar stools, and a cranky waitress giving you the stink eye because you can't decide if you want the honey-dipped or the chocolate cake.

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, I think I love you.

Afterwards we found a nice spot in McCarren Park and lounged awhile.  Biet and River stood guard at the fence, which was just their height, and scared off passing onlookers with their tough Brooklyn attitudes.  Baby Lou tried out River's stroller, and I watched helplessly as a feisty squirrel walked right up and stole my donut right in front of me! Seriously, NYC squirrels are the scariest. I have some stories...

Until next time, Peter Pan! (and you can bet there will be plenty of next times! I'm itching to try the donut ice cream sandwich. Yes, that' a real thing.)  :)



21 COMMENTS:

  1. What a great post, those doughnuts look so yummy, now i'm hungry.
    Looks like you had such a lovely day, Biet's dress is so sweets, she's looking like such a little lady
    I NEED to try a 'donut ice cream sandwich', i feel it's going to take me a while to track one down over here!

    -Jade
    gracious-silhouettes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Her dress is from H&M (she's really into cats right now). :)
      If you can't find one, I'm sure you could make a pretty amazing donut ice cream sandwich!

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  2. Sounds wonderful! I love the Mom & Pop joints. I have such fond memories of going to little bakeries and eateries with my grandparents when I was a kid, where you got the smiles, pinches, a slice of just baked bread slathered with butter. I often wonder what it's going to be like for my children, growing up as our culture grows so far away from a simple life; simpler times driven by the hardest of hard times. What will a hard time even be for them? Also, I'm right there with you on donuts vs. cupcakes. ;)

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    1. Your childhood memories sound amazing! I'm hoping that there are enough mom and pop supporters and handmade/handcrafted/small business enthusiasts in our generation to keep places like this alive. Simpler times driven by the hardest of times, I like that. :)

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  3. This place sounds fantastic! The first thing I loved was seeing another adorable blog crossover happening- could River and Biet be any more cute together??- and then the actual donuts! That old timey (haha, love that phrase and use it myself) shop! The selection and longevity of the place....I can't wait to try it out! Thanks!

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    1. We are friends in real life so there may be many more blog crossovers happing in the future! :) Your blog is just lovely btw.
      xx

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  4. Wow, that squirrel hit jackpot haha

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    1. Right??!! The squirrels here are well-fed, that's for sure!

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