Sunday, January 29, 2012


When we were in California last spring, Tartine Bakery and Cafe was high on our list of places to visit.  In fact, we could hardly wait to enjoy a late breakfast or early lunch.  Thinking we were being smart with the timing, we arrived at the geographic center of San Francisco (18th and Guerrero Streets) at 10 a.m. to find a line snaking out of a non-descript building.  Four and five abreast, it meandered at least a block.

Had we not been left on the street by our son, off to find a nearly impossible parking space, we might have been inclined to find another option for our meal.  He was beyond recall so we got in line and waited and waited and, well, waited.  The closer we got, the more delicious the aromas became.  After awhile, nothing could have stopped us from staying on the quest for a table and food.  Some folks were going in and coming out with steaming cups of coffee to sip and wait.  As I recall, it took us about half an hour to finally get inside.  Every table was filled.  Adam still wasn't back from parking the car.  Undaunted, we grabbed a menu and got in line.  Of course, the line halted right in front of the bakery case.  Oh my goodness!  We were faced with an array of lovely breads and sweets.

I kept an eye on the door for Adam who was still not back from parking the car.  He walked in the door just as we got to the spot to order.  After we gave our order, three spaces at a table appeared.

I couldn't resist the Croque Monsieur.  The open-faced Niman Ranch ham and gruyere sandwich was topped with perfectly cooked asparagus and napped in a bechamel sauce.  It was delicious!

The Baker had the same sandwich and a side of a beautiful and delicious croissant.

This was Adam's treat.  I can't remember what it was.  I can remember it was delicious!

Of course, our special treat was spending time with this boy!!

I'll be back later in the week to give you the recipe for my delicious birthday cake that The Baker made for me from the Tartine cookbook.