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Lunch at The Model Bakery, St. Helena

Melanie Wong | Nov 22, 200411:44 PM

Last week Jen and I took a little road trip up to the CIA. On the way, we stopped at the Model Bakery in St. Helena for some lunch.

Soup and pizza for us – one potato and leek soup, one butternut squash soup, and a slice of tomato and pesto pie. I had the butternut that was thick and concentrated, but very plain and monotonal. It was also too sweet after about four spoonfuls. Jen had the good sense to read the fine print on the chalkboard description - “bacon and fried leeks” – that went into her creamy, savory, and tastier, choice.

The pizza had a thick bread-like crust . . . we were in a bakery after all . . . with chewy resilience and notable substance. Topped with just a hint of pesto, a layer of nice nutty cheese (gruyere?), and fresh tomato slices, I liked it immediately, and eventually it grew on Jen too.

Afterwards we window-shopped nearby at Woodhouse Chocolates but resisted the urge to buy. The price has dropped to a mere $48/lb. (down from $56 reported here previously).


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