The farce is awake
In theater waiting for this to start. I think the volume is too loud. This can’t be good for long-term hearing health.
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3 hours later
On the way back, I picked up a rasin walnut “snail” from Amy’s Bread in Hell’s Kitchen. I am going to enjoy it with a cup of Kicking Horse organic coffee, and ponder writing a review of the movie.
But the short review is that it’s better than any of the previous three Star Wars movies, not because it’s good, but because it lacks the badness of the previous three movies. Plus it stars Harrison Ford, and Harrison Ford–even a senior citizen Harrison Ford–can make an extraordinarily unoriginal movie sort of fun to watch.
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So how was the snail? I like that it has less sugar in it than a crappy pastry purchased from a prole suburban supermarket. But otherwise it was unexceptional. I think that the Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center (and a few other locations) has the best pastries. Although Amy’s Bread is one of America’s top 10 bakeries according to some people. And Veniero’s didn’t even make that list. (This review at Chowhound no doubt explains why Veniero’s is not on the list.)
So we see that eight of the top ten bakeries are in New York City, with Boston and San Francisco both earning one consolation prize. The rest of the nation is devoid of any decent baked goods. My parents recently brought me a cake from Alfonso’s, which I had thought was the best bakery in Staten Island, but it tasted like over-sweetened crap.