It usually takes more than a single encounter to make me declare my love, but give a girl a hearkens-back-to-walks-on-the-Italian-Rivera cup of strawberry gelato for $1 and there is no telling what she'll do.
I try to be patient here on Celinabean. If I like a place, I go back. If I still like it, I go back again and bring my camera. If I like it a third time, I start thinking about telling you about it.
But my patience is contrived at best. I'm really more the jump-up-and-down type who slobbers like a puppy and obsesses like a love-sick teenager. And this time my instincts have won out.
Crisan Bakery is the whole package. Beautiful pastries that beg (in a thick French accent) for a good cup of coffee to go with them.
Espresso and cappuccino at the ready. Lovely tables and funky stools. And, oh yes, the one-dollar gelato.
Here is what I can recommend so far. Bear in mind that I'm not much of a sweet tooth, and I lean toward pastries with bit of savory or tart to balance out the butter and sugar. The plum strudel had that perfect tart-sweet blend. And the cinnamon-walnut roll reminded me of the nutty pastries I had in Greece. My favorite was the puff pastry filled with feta. One bite and every Romanian gene in my body sighed a slow deep smile.
I can't wait to go back. Crisan Bakery is now going to the top of my how-I-get-my-friends-to-move-to-Albany list. I've been once. But, hey, I knew I wanted to marry my husband the first day I met him. (I didn't tell anyone though.)
Crisan Bakery and Edible Ary Gallery
197 Lark Street, Albany, NY
I don't think they've settled on the hours for sure yet. Here is a link to what my friends at All Over Albany had to say.
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