Our first weekend home after having spent nearly a month in Florida was a bust. Baby boy and I had a terrible stomach flu that kept us locked in the house. It wasn’t that big of a problem because there was a blizzard to boot. So, last weekend we were all itching to go outside, take in the crisp air, and do something fun. We had some errands to run at the Bergen Town Center in Paramus, so we finally had an excuse to try Sugar and Plumm, the adorable sweets shop that also offers a decent lunch menu. With cute murals on the wall, including one of animals in a hot-air balloon, and clouds dangling from the ceiling, you’ll be enchanted as soon as you enter the place. The sight of delectable desserts sitting behind the counter will tempt the eyes. And you’ll probably feel like trying everything.
The Web site highlights the fact that Sugar and Plumm uses only the finest ingredients and that everything is made in house, fresh, daily. That might be the justification for the high prices. A triple-decker grilled cheese sandwich and fries costs $10, for example. While everything was good – except maybe for my buckwheat crepe with ham and Swiss cheese, which was nothing special and didn’t even come with fries or pickles – the dishes seemed expensive, considering the offerings (burgers, sandwiches, etc.). The dessert crepe we had with bananas and Nutella was delicious, but we’ve been spoiled. We make that kind of dessert at home both in the States and Italy all the time, so it seems silly to return to pay to eat it. Still, I’d like to go back to try the Maple and Bacon milkshake. I know it sounds disgusting. But I hear good things and I can’t really resist maple syrup or bacon.
For the price, I would expect the service to be better. At first, we were practically the only ones in the joint and it seemed to take forever to get served, especially considering the number of people who seemed to be just standing around. Nonetheless, Baby boy was in a great mood and the colorful pictures on the wall and purple booths made him giggle all the more. He had a great time scribbling on the kid’s menu with the crayons provided by the restaurant, and he slurped his milk joyfully. Anyway, his smile makes every outing worth it, so I can’t complain.