Eastside Road, June 24, 2012—YESTERDAY I MENTIONEDGayle's Bakery and Rosticceria. It's a very favorite place of ours, for three reasons, all of which fascinate me: it is a wonderfully successful and fascinatingly managed business; it is a marvelous bakery-delicatessen-rosticceria whose product is always of very high quality; it is owned and run by a couple of people we've known a long time, like immensely, and find both tremendously entertaining and truly good.
I've often thought how lucky we are to know such people, and how interesting it would be to read a book that devoted a chapter each to all the many people we've managed to come to know over the years. (Of course I could never write it: they're all too close as friends for me ever to write about them.)
Well, Gayle's. I've always said the best bread I've ever eaten in this country has been bread Joe Ortiz has himself baked. That he is in addition an attentive and caring businessman, a talented visual artist, a skilful sculptor, an enterprising composer of musicals, and a commercially successful writer — well, you can see almost anyone would be excused for a teeny bit of envy.
Joe Ortiz, handing me a loaf of his bread
photo: Lindsey Shere
Well. Above, left to right: Joe's bread, a dark, solid, sound loaf we haven't yet opened. On it, Raisin Rye, with walnuts in it as well: nutritious, interesting, substantial. Then the white loaf: "English Toasting Bread," perfect toasted, buttered, and taken with a soft-boiled egg. (Maybe tomorrow some Deviled Egg Sandwiches, Lindsey?)
And to the right, what was left earlier today of that scrumptious blackberry pie. The crust is short and toothsome, the filling generous and deeply flavored, just enough sugar to bring out the flavor, as L. always says.
So supper tonight: a couple of bowls — all that was left — of the potato-leek-celery root soup of a week ago; then a piece of toast and some slices of nagelkaas. I hope I remember to photograph that cheese before it's gone; it's a handsome thing to contemplate.
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