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Old 02-04-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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Default Grocery store bakeries versus independent bakeries...

Do you have many or any independent bakeries in your area? How often do you go to a bakery?...We don't have any independent bakeries in this area...just grocery store bakeries. They are so-so. I sure miss having independent bakeries close by.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I use the local panaderias mainly for tres leches birthday cakes and cocadas. I have no interest in grocery store bakeries.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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We have a Great Harvest nearby, which is a franchise but still very good in my opinion. Their bread is $5 to $6 a loaf, however, so I can't always afford to buy a lot of bread there, not with the amount of bread we go through. I do buy baguettes or take-and-bake ciabatta from the grocery store bakeries. For everyday sandwiches, it's either Great Harvest bread or a national/store brand like Oroweat.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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People at work are always bringing grocery store cakes for birthdays and other events. They're uniformly gross, with that crisco/powdered sugar icing. I always volunteer to bake or go to a different bakery, but they say "don't go to any trouble." If I'm going to eat cake, I want it to be good cake, you know?
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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We have several that we use. One in particular for artisan breads. It's amazing, but pretty pricey. It's near DH's office, and he often stops by on his way home on Fridays, and gets a couple of loaves for the weekend. There's another near our house that specializes in cakes. We always use them for birthdays, etc. They make great cakes. No one in our house will touch the kind from the grocery store. They are typically gross.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:02 PM
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Local only - Italian, Mexican, Dutch/American. We are lucky to have an abundance of them in this area.

Never use the supermarket bakeries.

OK OK COSTCO is the exception. Sheesh!
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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People at work are always bringing grocery store cakes for birthdays and other events. They're uniformly gross, with that crisco/powdered sugar icing. I always volunteer to bake or go to a different bakery, but they say "don't go to any trouble." If I'm going to eat cake, I want it to be good cake, you know?
Who eats that crap, besides 5 year olds?
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Who eats that crap, besides 5 year olds?
The people who bake them, know that. Niche market.
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:03 PM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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I bake as often as Hubby wants something fresh baked.
The only thing he likes from a Wal-Mart is turnovers.
When we drive approx 70 miles from our home, Hubby has to stop at his favorite bakery he grew up near. They've only been open 58 years.
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Old 02-04-2011, 03:34 PM
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Location: Richardson, TX
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There is a Chinese Bakery near here. Not sure what baked goods they specialize in, exactly. I usually buy "artisan" bread from the supermarket, but I never buy those nasty cakes.
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