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A gem of a bakery in Santa Cruz [Companion Bakeshop]

escargot3 | Nov 28, 201110:05 AM

We stumbled into this little gem quite by accident while in Santa Cruz for several days last week -- and then found ourselves returning on a daily basis.

The bakery is turning out fantastic pastries that are elegant, locally sourced and mostly using organic products -- pastries which also, are not too sweet, which suits my palette to a T. At the same time, they offer wonderful savories -- bacon and cheddar cheese biscuits, galette, etc. But my personal obsession was with something I never heard of before: buckwheat blueberry scones -- extremely flavorful but also great for folks on a gluten free diet.

The crown jewel is the 3-seeded sourdough whole wheat baked in the brick oven breads on site.
Not cheap, but worth every penny.

The expresso drinks were fab -- a nice dark roast, which I love. And the barista was happy to accomodate my sweetie's needs, and build a capucino "to spec" that was quite perfect. As were my gibralters and macchiatos.

it's a small but quite comfy place -- one can sit around the large communal table indoors, along the counter on a stool, or at one of the tables outside on the patio.

ps- Plenty of free parking in the parking lot is also a plus.

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