Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome to Hoboken!

This past weekend I was lucky enough to take a trip down to Hoboken, NJ to visit Carlo's Bakery... aka the home of the Cake Boss! I was so excited and could not believe I was actually there!



Thankfully, there was NO LINE! So many people on yelp warned against 2-hour waits and average pastry; however, I must disagree! I'm sure on weekend mornings there is a mad rush of customers waiting for the bakery to open, but if you just wait to go a little later on in the day, then you will have a much better experience! We went at 5pm on a Friday, walked right in, and were only joined by about 4 other groups of people.  Thank god! 

This is how "packed" it was! Love not having to wait! 

Similar to a deli, when you walk into the bakery you are given a ticket with a number, and when your number is called you are served by one person who will grab whatever you need! Since it was not crowded we were severed right away, but I can imagine on weekend mornings it might be a bit more hectic with this method.


Since we drove 4 hours to get to Carlo's, we decided to stock up! This is what I ordered:
-2 pounds assorted Italian butter cookies
-2 each of every kind of biscotti
-3 cannoli
-2 lobster tails
-2 pasticiotti
-1 scrumptious m&m cookie

The butter cookies are always a favorite of mine so I greatly enjoyed pigging out on those! The biscotti were also very delicious. In fact, I'd say that Carlo's biscotti are in my top 5! The m&m cookie my boyfriend woofed down because he is a fan of anything cookie, and I was the same way with the lobster tails! 

I apologize for the crappy photo, but I just could not get a good shot in the car ride home and I could not wait to eat it! 

The absolute best item we bought though, was the cannoli! Holy crap is all I have to say when thinking about how amazing those cannoli were! I am extremely picky when it comes to the ricotta filling and have had my share of cannoli, but I can honestly say that this was the best cannoli I have ever had! Buddy uses impastata ricotta for his filling, which is a high quality, smooth, ricotta that has been drained of almost all of its liquid.  Therefore, not only is the ricotta extremely smooth, but it also does not make the shell soggy! I highly recommend purchasing as many cannoli as possible from Carlo's!

The only item that was disappointing was the pasticiotti.  They just were not that great and did not have much filling inside of them.  Overall, for $47 total, all of the cookies and pastry we got were definitely worth the trip down. Plus, we can now say that we have been to the bakery on TV! :)



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21 comments:

  1. So cool. I would love to go there one day. I am happy you had a good experience and it wasn't too crowded. That cannoli looks incredible.

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  2. What a great looking place and oh the things you got look so delicious!!

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  3. How fun is that! I would love to try the desserts!

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  4. This is too funny. I was just on Arthur Ave at Egidio's! for the ferragosto festival. I am always up for a pastry shop I haven't been to. If fact, I have never been to Hoboken and this is a good reason to go!

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  5. Awesome! I would love to go there. Love that show, they are hilarious!

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  6. I've been dying to check out the bakery, whenever I pass by it! Totally taking your advice on getting there during the day! =]

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  7. Wow you seriously stocked up! I like your style. I totally want a lobster roll!

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  8. This looks like so much fun! I should go and check it out sometime!

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  9. What a great adventure!!! My daughter loves the show...so we'd definitely take a road trip if we were in the area. You did well with your yummy choices :)

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  11. We have something similar where I live called Eatzi's. It's a very popular place. It's no wonder because they got some extremely awesome goodies. BTW.. nice blog. I'm now following you.

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  12. Cannoli is my husband's favorite dessert and he never gets it here! I had to flash this photo for him so he could get his drool on :) Great trip! Sounds like it was worth the drive. Buzzed

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  13. Hahaha that cannolooooo, I want to eat one now!!!! ;-)))

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  14. What a fun trip!! I would have had such a hard time limiting my purchases. The cannoli looked so good with all of that creamy filling.

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  15. I would love to visit the shop too! How did lobster tails taste?

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  16. What a great trip! I want that Cannoli - so good!

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  17. sounds like my kind of trip ! Unfortunately, I'm trying to diet.... so at the moment it would would have been lots of looking (sulking) and not buying !

    Ah - so yummy. It's things like these that makes dieting worthwhile !!

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  18. Angie, the lobster tails were phenomenal!

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  19. Great cookies, cool tour an thank you for reward.

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