Friday, April 20, 2012
Frugal Floozie Friday - Morgan and York
My friend Deborah and I recently met for coffee and treats on a Friday afternoon at the wonderful Morgan & York specialty market. It's not a restaurant; but it does offer some seating and a warm welcome for loitering, so it is today's Frugal Floozie Friday feature.
This fabulous shop sells a wide array of items: exceptional wines, sublime cheeses, an astounding variety of sausages, beautiful crusty breads, locally produced sausages and dairy products, lovely condiments, old-fashioned candies, handmade chocolates, and much more. And - even better - you'll find knowledgeable, friendly service and the opportunity to taste, and learn about, virtually anything that's for sale. I didn't leave until I'd purchased some paper-thin slices of the mustardseed salami with just a hint of the namesake flavor peeking through; a spicy caliente salami somewhat reminiscent of pepperoni; and a true treasure, the Dutch Boerenkaas cheese that had been described as crystalline with hints of butterscotch ... a perfectly seductive, and accurate, summary.
While I was waiting for Deborah, having remarkably arrived first (a rare occurrence for someone who runs a standard 10 minutes late), I was offered a cup of coffee to enjoy while perusing all the wonderful goodies. As I meandered around, I could only think of what I wanted to taste, what I would cook with this or that product, what would make a lovely gift, etc.
Once Deborah arrived, we had to choose what sort of treat we wanted - cookies? bagels? candies? We settled on pastries, and agreed wholeheartedly that each wanted her own rather than splitting anything. I told a story of an ex-boyfriend who actually once wanted to share a 25-cent frosting shot, rather than ingest too much fat or sugar ... pffft! We both chuckled and shook our heads as we anticipated the glee of our individual calorie and cholesterol fests.
Cafe Japon, a charming tea shop offering French and Japanese cuisine. You wouldn't guess to look at its exterior that this baked good is a croissant, and I'm not sure that I would call it that. But as they say, a rose by any other name .... If you gaze lovingly at the luscious, creamy, chocolaty, crisp, flaky pastry pictured above - the croissant broken apart for ease of eating - you can imagine how wonderful it was! And it was only $4, well within our mandatory expenditure of $5 or less per person.
Morgan & York sells a number of treats that meet the limits of our Frugal Floozie Friday budget, from coffee drinks to cookies, selections from the deli counter, chocolates, and other wonderful items. Stop by, and you'll find yourself unable to resist the delicious offerings!
Morgan & York
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 6 p.m.
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