Sweet Pre-Trial Discovery: Papabubble

Papabubble NYCPhoto by Robyn Lee, ‘the girl who ate everything,’ some rights reserved.

Reporting from New York Criminal Court, 100 Centre St, Jury Duty, Day 2. Wow, the wheels of justice move slowly. At least you can now enjoy wifi while you’re waiting to be called, so bring your laptop (Twitter, Facebook and Meebo blocked). But during voir dire, you are expected to pay attention even while you’re not being interviewed. Not continuous partial attention but laptops, iphones and sketchbooks away total attention. You may observe, meditate, be present, and check in with yourself. You can also suck on hard candies*.

Lucky for you, Papabubble just opened a few blocks away [380 Broome St at Mulberry St, 212.966.2599]. This wondrous candy laboratory with outposts in Barcelona and Tokyo provides the ultimate in jury duty lozenges: fruit candies that look like Venetian millefiore glass, peppermint pebbles and addictive chocolate-filled coffee bites. They also handcraft giant lollies, gold-tipped finger rings and even anatomically correct hearts (which I would definitely not advise sucking on in the courtroom). If you’re feeling thrifty, note they also have bags of aesthetically inferior ‘seconds’ that start at fifty cents.

* Note you can, but you may not… I am not offering legal advice. Don’t follow me. At least be quiet about it.

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Other sweet treats nearby:

  • Chinatown Ice Cream Company [65 Bayard Street btw Mott and Elizabeth 212.608.4170] I personally recommend the black sesame seed, green tea, red bean and ginger flavors. Love that the Asian flavors are listed as ‘traditional’ and the western standards as ‘exotics.’)
  • Longans and rambutans from fruit vendors throughout Chinatown.

Where to eat vegetarian when you’re on jury duty in NYC:

  • Wild Ginger [380 Broome St btw Mott & Mulberry 212.966.1883 menu]
  • Buddha Boddai [5 Mott St at Worth 212.566.8388 menu]
  • Vegetarian Dim Sum House [24 Pell St at Doyers St 212.577.7176 menu]

Loved this jury duty report from Melissa Kirsch, author of the fun and useful book, The Girl’s Guide to Absolutely Everything.

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