food 11.30.07

Holiday Foods from Around the World

British: Myers of Keswick, 634 Hudson [Horatio/Jane] 212.691.4194. Christmas puddings and cakes, mince pies, Cumberland sausage, and holiday teas.


Czech: Zlata Praha, 28-48 31st St. [28th] Astoria 718.721.6422, serves traditional Czech holiday food, centered around carp, between Christmas and New Years. Schnitzel, too!


French: In the middle of December at Payard, 1032 Lex [73rd/74th] 212.717.5252, out comes the bûche de Noël, — Génoese sponge cake and buttercream made to look like a Yule log.


German: Already in at Stork's Pastry Shop, 12-42 150th St. Whitestone 718.767.9220, unbeatable pfeffernüsse — ball-shaped spice cookies, spekulatius (spiced biscuits), and lebkuchen (gingerbread cookies).


Greek: On January 1st, a round bread called vasilopita is eaten. A coin baked inside the loaf is supposed to bring good luck to whomever gets that slice. You can order one from Poseidon Bakery, 629 9th [44th/45th] 212.757.6173, towards the end of December.


Italian: Panettone holds no great thrill for us, unless we're talking Marchesi Panettone from Milan, available from Bronx gourmet food importer Gustiamo. Worth $60? In a word, yes.


Scandinavian: From Leske's, 7612 5th Ave. [76th/77th] Bay Ridge 718.680.2323. Whether it's Kringlers (sugar pretzels), Swedish Limpa bread (a delicious rye bread), Yulekage (Christmas bread), or Christmas cookies, whatever they've got—you want.


Ukrainian: At the Ukrainian Museum, 225 E. 6th [2nd/3rd] 212.228.0110, make your own Ukrainian Christmas breads at a workshop on Saturday, December 8, 10am-1pm. $20.



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