Bayside, aka my hometown in Northeast Queens, has always suffered from too few bakeries in my humble opinion. The replacing of decades-old Marretta's Bakery with Martha's Country Kitchen did little to alleviate my sugar needs. As anyone whose ever driven along Bell Blvd during peak times, that block of Bell is a pain. But Martha's is pretty good and I've enjoyed a number of their desserts over the past two years, but this past weekend a new bakery, Teaspoon Bake Shop, opened just a few blocks north (towards Bay Terrace.)
Teaspoon is still working out the opening kinks, but that didn't stop me from stopping by. The prices are about on par with Martha's, and everything's baked on the premises. Plus, they'll have pie! The case wasn't quite full yet when I got there, but they did have these Milk Chocolate Blonde Bombshells! How could I resist a treat named that? This tastes like a chocolate chip cookie made into a bar; it's a very vanilla and brown sugar dough. The milk chocolate does turn up the sweetness, so be prepared. I would have absolutely loved it if they switched out the milk chocolate for a darker one, giving it some bitter notes. For $2.50 it's a good size bar, enough for splitting between two friends or at least pretending you're going to.
Teaspoon Bake Shop
36-41 Bell Blvd.