Dear Tell All: Do you know of a place in the Madison area that makes a pastry like the cronut? They sound delicious! Also, if there is a place here that sells these pastries, how bad would it be for me if I ate one?
Looking for a New Sweet Thing
Dear Looking: Tell All and the Isthmus food department don't often work collaboratively. But we teamed up to research the cronut issue for you and discovered that, apparently, no one is producing a local version of the ballyhooed croissant/doughnut hybrid. Indeed, the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City has trademarked the name, so to get an authentic cronut, you'd have a bit of a drive.
Now to address your other question: "How bad would it be for me if I ate one?" Looking, I'm sure you know that Tell All is not a dietitian. If I was, I would affirm that eating cronut would be very, very bad for you.
But I think the reason you wrote me is that you know I endorse pleasure in all its forms. Indeed, the goal of Tell All is to make people feel better. As I gather from your signature, you are "looking for a new sweet thing," and if you think a cronut would be that thing, you have my blessings.
Drive safely to New York.
I printed a letter on Dec. 12 that lamented the dumb bios people write for themselves on Twitter. Since then I've received a flood of nominations for the most self-satisfied, cutesy, unfunny, stupid and/or obnoxious bios. Here's a sampling:
- Food blogger and award-winning columnist for Madison Magazine, food event producer, dance instructor, and successful multi-potentialite.
- It was three years ago when I returned from the french foreign legion, to take up with my half brother at his dojo in the sacred jungle for the quiet life.
- Random observations and snark. You've been warned.
- I'm a stand-up comic fighting the good fight. Looking for loose change and loose women. Also, are you done with them fries?
- i take showers like no one else in the business. i'm pretty tall and have excellent vision.
- Duplex addict, recalcitrant humanist, wiseacre. Be gentle.
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