I got to leave work early today, so at 4:45pm I pulled into the little plaza with Truly Jorg's and it was actually open! So I went in to give the place a second chance. The photo albums of Jorg's cakes are so fantastic, I really want to like this place. End result: not as bad, but only just barely, as my first time, when I stopped the car to find a trash can for the pastries I had just bought, the first and only time in my life I've ever had such a strong reaction to pastry.
Walking into the shop, there's a case filled with simply decorated cakes, some of which were definitely tired, some looked freshly frosted. A girl was filling cute little boxes with tiny heart cookies - a really nice look. But the woman who came out to wait on me was wearing an old, dirty chefs jacket from her college days, and I don't mean good-dirty with working spots of chocolate and buttercream. Hey, if you're serving customers, a little soap and/or bleach makes a nice impression!
She showed me the breakfast pastries left. The plain ones were small blobs of dough without the rolled up points look - like they had over-proofed. So I got a chocolate and a blueberry croissant. Visually, the first thing I noticed was "no layers" ... at all. The definition of a croissant is layers of yeast dough and butter, right?
The chocolate (which was decent - maybe Callebaut?) was wrapped in a coarse textured yeast roll (chewy, too, but it was the end of the day). I couldn't make out any taste of butter at all. There wasn't much of a yeast taste, either; or of fresh flour. At least there wasn't that fake doughnut bakery sweet roll flavor! I brought half home for my husband, who took one look and said "what's that? chocolate on a roll?" The blueberry was a little better, like a very sweet roll with a little schmear of cheese - but still no layers and no butter involved in the making of the dough.
there were little samples of chocolate cake with ganache(?), and I asked for one. No chocolate or butter flavor in the cake. Overall, not the unbelievably nasty of my visit when the shop first opened, but not at all worth getting off and on route one. The North Shore needs a pastry shop!