My in laws are coming from England to celebrate my father-in-law's sixtieth birthday. As part of my contribution to the weekend I'm going to have a champagne tea for the evening they arrive.
I've pored through my resources and have some lovely "martha stewart-ish" and tasty recipes for tea sandwiches. What I need now is an excellent source for exquisite fresh loaves of bread. I want to buy a few loaves of pumpernickel, white, raisin, or any great bread to make my sandwiches out of. Preferably on the Upper East Side as I don't have the time to trek all over the place.
My personal pride is riding on the quality of these sandwiches, I'll tell you why. My mother in law (who is really an absolutely wonderful person, I couldn't have hoped for a better one) is convinced that since I'm asian I can't make anything but asian food. The other week she was on the phone with my husband and heard me clattering pans in the background and asked what I was doing, "what is that infernal racket that Aki's making?", and he goes on to tell her that I'm making lemon bars. At which point the silence on the other end of the line is deafening. And she finally goes, "What? Oriental lemon bars?"
Let me know if you can share any bread shops with me!