One day, when I open a café-kery of my own, I imagine it will look similar to 'The Bakeshop by Woops' in Williamsburg. I spend a lot of time on Instagram (as you may have noticed) and other social media outlets looking for inspiration and daydreaming about the future of Colie Cakes. If you glance at my 'Bakespiration', or 'Future Home' boards on Pinterest my tastes as far as interior design go are pretty clear; light, white, and bright spaces with warm textures and accents. It's so funny to look back at how things turn out - going to McMaster was actually my back-up postsecondary plan. I was obsessed with a show called 'Divine Design' hosted by Candice Olson on the W Network in highschool and when I found out she went to Ryerson's Interior Design program I planned all of my classes around being admitted to the four year program. I made intense dioramas and put everything into building a portfolio and mainting an average that would get me in and I ended up being put on the waitlist. I held out hope until around 5 days before I moved in to residence at McMaster. Clearly, it wasn't meant to be, and I ended up graduating with a BA in English Language & Literature four years later. When I used to get really stressed about a paper in University I would procrastinate by baking for my roomates, we would sit around playing Mario Kart and eating cake instead of working on whatever we supposed to be doing. I always enjoyed writing, baking, styling and design, which in hindsight seems pretty obvious and I feel so lucky to have realized that I could build a career by combining all of these things I love so much.
The ambiance of 'Bakeshop by Woops' is perfection, it is filled with natural light and each table has a small vase of fresh flowers. When it comes to their treats, believe me, they know what they're doing. When I walked in my first thought was 'yeah, I could stay here all day'. I ordered two macarons (white chocolate cherry + coconut flavours), a mini brownie, and a nutella rugelach for a mid-day treat. They were the best macarons I've had in New York, hands down; larger than your average mac, obviously fresh, the perfect not-to-crumbly layers of crispy and chewy and an ideal filling to meringue ratio. The brownie was just the right size and combination of texture and sweetness. While the rugelach was great, I do think I prefer the crispiness of a croissant. Suffice it to say, my whole experience was heavenly, and I left feeling equally inspired by both the space and sweets.
The next time you're in NYC and have a hankering for macarons, think about skipping the line at Ladurée and head over the bridge to Brooklyn and 'The Bakeshop by Woops'.