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Republic of Pie, North Hollywood, CA

Republic of Pie Chicken Pot Pie

There is never a bad time for pie, but there are lots of sub-par pies out there. Pies are time consuming to make, when compared to some other types of baked goods, so you tend to see a lot more cookies, muffins and cakes served at coffee shops instead of pies. If you’re in LA and really want to get a slice of great pie ... Read More »

A Visit to Carlo’s Bakery, Hoboken, NJ

Baking Bites at Carlo's Bakery

If you watch a lot of food-related TV, you have probably heard of the show Cake Boss. The show, which is aired on TLC, is focused on the day to day workings of Buddy Valestro’s bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, including everything from the family dynamics of those who run to place to the efficient production that goes into make beautiful cakes for weddings and ... Read More »

A Dinner on Virgin America in First Class

Virgin America First Class Salt Shaker

The meals on airplanes these days aren’t what they used to be. When airplanes have food available, it’s usually a snack box of prepackaged crackers, cheeses, cookies and/or a prepared sandwich. It’ll get you through the flight when you’re hungry, but it’s hardly a gourmet meal. This is all only when you’re flying coach, of course. Now, I don’t mind going without food or with ... Read More »

A Visit to Panera Bread’s Small Batch Bakery

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The sign that says Panera Bread outside the Church Street bakery in New Haven, Connecticut, is relatively small, and if you don’t look up when you walk in, you might just miss it and think that you walked into the wrong store. This is because the inside of the store doesn’t look like the rest of the Panera Breads that you’ve seen and it has ... Read More »

‘Lette Macarons, Beverly Hills

'Lette Macarons Packaging

‘Lette Macarons is a macaron boutique based in Los Angeles. It was started by Paulette Koumetz – who the shop is named after – and chef Christophe Michala, and the intention was to bring quality French macarons to Los Angeles. The first shop and bakery opened in 2007 in Beverly Hills and that store is still there, selling macarons by the dozen to fans everyday. ... Read More »

The Helms Bakery Truck, Culver City, CA

Nicholas at the Helms Bakery Truck

The Helms Bakery was a southern California fixture for decades, from 1931 to 1969. Their slogan was “Daily at Your Door” and their products were delivered throughout southern California by delivery wagons packed with fresh loaves of bread, donuts, cookies and cake. Their main facility was in Culver City, Los Angeles and is still a landmark for the area, now hosting a number of restaurants ... Read More »

Wine at Starbucks: A Starbucks Evenings visit

Mac n' Cheese from Starbucks

Starbucks is a coffee shop, so it was a surprise to me to learn that some of their locations are now serving wine in a program called Starbucks Evenings. As part of the program, these stores serve a variety of wines and small plates dishes after 4pm. The idea is that many customers already come to Starbucks to relax and unwind with coffee, but that ... Read More »

The Fremont Diner, Sonoma, California

Fremont Diner Breakfast

The Fremont Diner looks like a greasy spoon type diner that you might drive by on your way from Napa to Sonoma, or vice versa, without giving it too much thought. If you don’t pull in for a bite to eat, however, you are missing out on one diner meal that you won’t forget. The Fremont Diner is absolutely charming, and while it does look ... Read More »

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