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Thursday, 14 June 2012 21:18

Introduction

Written by  Zoe
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Welcome to Macy's Coffee House Blog! 



Here, I'll be posting updates and information on everything going on at Macy's. This is also a space where you can leave comments, questions and just keep in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

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To start out, let me introduce myself.


My name is Zoe, and I’ll be updating this blog regularly. You might recognize me from my occasional appearance at the front counter. I started out, like everyone else at Macy’s, washing dishes. Eventually I moved to the register and learned the art of preparing a perfect cup of coffee, a well-balanced cappuccino, and an exquisite latte. My real passion, however, lies in the bakery.



This is where I spend all my time now. There’s something very satisfying about the process it takes to bake a pie from scratch, prepare and decorate a cake or even just mix up a batch of cookies. It’s such a creative process and I love being able to  work with this edible art form daily.



In hindsight, I look back on myself as a toddler making mud pies and letting them bake on the sidewalk in the desert sun and I think, I was always a baker. If I’m honest with myself, though, I have to admit this interest and love of baking blossomed slowly.



Growing up, I baked a lot from boxed mixes. Bisquick, Jiffy . . . My family very seldom baked anything from scratch (except the occasional loaf of banana bread) so, I thought baking was boring but I loved to cook.



My first truly moving experience with baking occurred when I was traveling around the Northwest. I was stranded in Coos Bay without enough money for a hotel. Thankfully, I met a kind woman at the Visitor’s Center who took me in for the night, but first we spent the afternoon picking blackberries in her sister’s garden. We took several baskets of blackberries back to her house and I spent the evening learning to bake a blackberry pie. We baked late in the night and then stayed up waiting hours for the pie to cool so we could taste it.



A couple years later, I was living in New York. I loved the city, but it was a miserable experience. It was difficult to find a stable job and I was in a bad relationship. I’d wile away the days sitting in coffee shops writing articles for a magazine that went out of business before I was published. Then, I started noticing several bake-offs in my area (Williamsburg, Brooklyn). Suddenly, I was spending all my free time baking and experimenting with the recipes that required few ingredients. I was giddy when I realized all you needed for shortbread is sugar, flour and butter.  I baked an apple pie and entered a “Big Apple Pie Bake-off.” I didn’t win, but it was one of the few completely happy experiences that I took back from my time there.



When I left New York I never stopped baking. Most of the people I baked for had special diets, but I was determined to be able to share this wonderful process with everybody. I started seeking out recipes for vegan and gluten-free baked goods which have now become my specialty here at Macy’s.  



After the period of baking alone in New York and having no one to share the food I created with, it was suddenly very important to be able to connect with people. That’s why I am so happy to have found this job at Macy’s. It’s provided me with the chance to do something that I love every day. Now that I’m writing this blog, that even extends to my love of writing.



The best part of baking (and writing) for me has always been sharing that with the people around me. Not only do I  get to meet the wonderful people passing through Macy’s, but I am surrounded every day by the unique and creative people I work with. I am looking forward to introducing all my beautiful co-workers to you throughout this blog.



Thank you for reading! 

5 comments

  • Comment Link macysmacys.com Thursday, 28 June 2012 10:38 posted by macysmacys.com

    I love this zoe i think ill place an order

  • Comment Link Zoe Saturday, 16 June 2012 05:15 posted by Zoe

    Thank you so much, Jo! In the future I hope to post some entries explaining the process that goes into some of our specialty items ~ such as making cream puffs or decorating wedding cakes. I would like to post recipes as well, but the measurements would have to be adjusted for use in smaller home kitchens. So it might be a little while before we start posting those. I hope you'll keep checking back for updates, though!

  • Comment Link Jo Rymer Friday, 15 June 2012 08:26 posted by Jo Rymer

    Hi Zoe, I'm a friend of Fabio's mum, Andrea, and I love to bake too. it makes me happy and makes my family too when they get to eat the results. I have just read your blog, your baking looks delicious. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more. Are you going to be adding recipes or are they top secret?

    Jo

  • Comment Link Zoe Friday, 15 June 2012 06:59 posted by Zoe

    Jonathan,
    Yes! Vegan items are available everyday: bran muffins, tofu danish, vegan scones, pecan sticky buns & more! We are in the process of making gluten-free pastries available on a more regular basis. Next week we'll be kicking off our first "Gluten-Free Wednesday." Every Wednesday, you can expect to find several gluten-free items in the pastry case. Just check the signs for items marked "Gluten-Free" or "GF." We'll be posting more updates on Gluten-Free Wednesday soon!

  • Comment Link Jonathan Friday, 15 June 2012 05:21 posted by Jonathan

    It's been a little while since I checked, but have you been offering baked goods that are both gluten free and vegan?

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