Thursday, March 09, 2006

Bread heaven

I had a getting-to-know-you visit today with my new doctor. This being San Francisco, I filled out a lengthy questionnaire about my health history, my relationships, my feelings, and my food habits. She gave me great advice, and told me it never hurts to try accupuncture. I wanted to say, "Really? It never hurts?" But I bet she gets that all the time.

One of the questionnaire items had me listing foods that I crave and foods that are comforting. That would be "bread," and "bread." And I found the most fantastic bread up in Mendocino last weekend at Café Beaujolais. Best I've had so far, and that's saying something.

The breads are baked in a wood-fired oven and sold out of a little window on the side of a cottage. Couldn't be more charming. And they are the moistest, crustiest, most flavorful loaves. We bought a fougasse and a levain, and it took some willpower to not devour them on the 4-hour drive home. In the rain, with no lunch.

So here's the question: Now that we've found it, is it...hmm, excessive to do an 8-hour round-trip just for the bread?

7 comments:

Katy said...

No. Not excessive at all. Excessive would be me flying out to have some, which I would dearly love to do...
Bread, ah bread, how I love thee.

Mona said...

dang...do they deliver? are they online? i'd like to try a piece of that immediately:)

Mone said...

If you were driving there only because of the bread I would think it is excessive...

Amy said...

Ah, but what if it was for the bread, the apple chips, and the crab tacos?

Mone said...

Well, I think thats a MUST GO then ;)

Amy said...

Mone, I'm curious to hear about any foods in Germany that you'd drive a good distance to eat.

Jose said...

Last labor day we decided to go camping in Mendocino. Same long beautiful drive, except yellow hillsides. The camping did not go so well (it was soggy fog-filled weekend), but we did manage to buy a baguette from the very bakery you describe here.

We still comment from time to time about that baguette. Was it truly that good or were we otherwise influenced. Now I know.

We also had some crispy "fudge" squares made of white chocolate and fresh raspberries from a fudge shop by the water. Those too were delicious...What are they putting in the water up there?