Sharing new neighborhoods, new eateries, and new food finds with Eating In Translation readers requires me to willfully go where I haven't gone and eat what I haven't eaten. In this regard, getting lost can be a boon. A wrong turn on an overcast afternoon, without the sun to guide me, led me recently to the G&R Italian Deli and an excellent prosciutto, mozzarella, and roasted pepper hero.
Try as I might, however, I'm not always led astray. Sometimes I find myself retracing my steps, turning down the same side streets at the same time of day and finding myself at the same destinations. And sometimes it's not my sense of direction but my preference for certain flavors that gets stuck in a rut. After polishing off half of my amply filled hero, I stopped in at the Morris Park Bake Shop; it had been quite some time since I'd last walked in the door. After a good look at all the eat-as-you-walk pastries, I bought a frosted poppy-seed bun (90 cents). I like frosting, I like poppy seeds, and after the hero this light but not too sugary bite filled the bill.
At home, upon further review, I found that my previous visit to the bake shop had been a full five years earlier but that in 2008 my choice of pastry was just the same (albeit 15 cents cheaper). True, like most everyone else I'll seek out my favorite foods, but even while trying to cover new culinary ground, in recent memory I've inadvertently repeated myself on perhaps a half-dozen other occasions. Usually the purchase in question comes toward the end of a long outing; I'll lay the blame on my affection for sweets.
Morris Park Bake Shop
1007 Morris Park Ave. (Paulding-Colden Aves.), Bronx