Back In The Day Bakery, a recap

What is there to say, really?

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People have been asking me about Back In The Day Bakery since I got back from Savannah over two weeks ago. And I struggle to tell them anything, because I really don’t have words. I don’t know where to begin. Or if I even could begin. I don’t know if I could adequately describe everything, because they deserve more than adequate.

Visiting Back In The Day was a dream come true. It was so much more than I could have ever hoped for or thought of. The articles and videos and book don’t do it justice.

First, the food. Oh, the food! Dad and I went three out of the four days we were in Savannah. And we would have gone all four, except they weren’t open on our last day. We sampled so many treats, both sweet and savory, each one surpassing my expectations. Even the coffee was phenomenal – it was easily the best we had while in Savannah. My favorite was the Pink Lady cupcake, my dad’s favorite was the cinnamon bun. I loved that we weren’t just relegated to sweets though, and that we got a chance to fill up on hearty items like their chicken salad and ham and cheese sammy. I think it’s rare for a bakery to really be able to put out a quality lunch service, to have such a handle on so many kinds of cooking and baking, but Back In The Day has it all.

What we ate (an embarrassingly long list):

Drunken Blondie – I am a fan of bourbon, who knew?

Blueberry Muffin – so fresh, and not too sweet.

Bourbon Bread Pudding – my dad’s a sucker for this, and I loved it too!

‘Nana Pudding – a Southern classic done oh-so right!

Ham and Cheese Sandwich – quality and fresh ingredients all warm and toasty.

Pink Lady Cupcake – coffee and chocolate, need I say more?!

Chicken Salad – I took a leap of faith ordering this (I’ve never been the biggest chicken salad fan) and it payed off, BIG TIME. This was ah-mazing. I can’t wait to attempt my own version!

Ham and Cheese Pastry Puff – even cold this puppy was delicious, and I don’t even like ham that much!

Lavender Shortbread – herby, floral and just the right amount of sweet. And cute to boot!

Cinnamon Bun – a Saturday special that is just beyond words. Cheryl admitted, “They’re so good, even after all these years I still get one every Saturday morning.”

Applewood-Smoked Bacon Biscone – it was still warm when I got it, I almost fainted!

Honestly, anything you order is going to be fantastic. Just trust me on this.

Second, the building. The bakery was HUGE. But, at the same time, it felt personal and welcoming. There are seats everywhere, of every kind, so all sorts of groups can sit and enjoy their treats. The decorations are eclectic but cohesive and whimsical without being “little kiddie.” I’m a sucker for anything vintage or old-timey looking and this space was right up my alley. My favorite part was the archway covered in old recipes from cookbooks, newspapers, and even some handwritten ones (I may steal that idea when I open my own place someday ;)).

Lastly, the people. The South is known for being friendly and hospitable, but the gals here really went out of their way to make sure I had the best time. I geekily explained my situation to them and talked and talked and talked their ears off, and they never once told me I was a nutter. We talked about the bakery, obviously; what items were their favorites, about the coffee, about the merchandise. But, it didn’t stop there. They gave me dinner recommendations, stores I had to shop at, parks we had to explore. Our trip was so great, due in large part to their knowledgeable recommendations of everything Savannah.

Cheryl and Griff are honestly some of the sweetest, most caring, and passionate people I’ve ever met. They took so much time out of their busy schedules to sit with me, to talk with me, to sign my book and take pictures with me (by the end of the week, they had dubbed me “Superfan,” and rightly so). They wanted to know about me and my story, which baffled me, because they’re the ones with the interesting story! They’re living the dream! And still, they manage to make every person that comes in their bakery feel like the most important customer of the day. They truly are special people, a real inspiration and proof-positive of what can happen if you love what you do and do what you love. I am so incredibly lucky to have met them.

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I may have cried a little bit.

I can’t wait to go back…

Tea Time

Help me understand something. Help me understand why people don’t like the taste of water. My older sister is one of these weirdos. She claims to detest the taste of water and rarely, if ever, drinks it. I think she’s nuts. I mean, it’s water…so it tastes like water. Which is fine by me, I like water. Usually.
Until this past week when I got sick and my taste buds went all wonky, as they’re prone to do when I’m sick. I also didn’t have much of an appetite for a few days so I was totally thrown off balance. Just wandering through life in a Nyquil induced stupor.
Tea helped with that. It warmed me up (even though I finally have heat!), kept me hydrated, and was just all around soothing. 

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From New Mexico to Maryland

Heyo!

I am so so excited! In just one week’s time I will be on the East Coast! (Do people capitalize “coasts” anymore? Yes? No? Well, I’m from the Midwest, that’s what we do here.) I am going to visit my friend Megan who I haven’t seen since school got out. It is going to be such a great time! We’ve already been trading links of what we’re going to do, where we’re going to go, and, of course, where we’re going to eat!  I’ve already found a place that has an all you can eat dessert buffet on Monday nights. I’m flying in on a Monday. Coincidence? I think not!

I firmly intend to catalog all of our stops and give my personal reviews upon my return. In the meantime though, here are some pictures from a trip I took to New Mexico a few months ago with my dad and sister. My sister was there to look at gradschools. I was there to look at tortillas.

While my sister decided to forgo school in NM, I fell in love with the food. The flavors, the textures, the ingredients – so fresh and crisp. I’ve never been much of a spicy food person – but this trip changed all of that. I now carry around a bottle of hot sauce with me, just in case 😉


On our first day in Albuquerque we went to Old Town and had breakfast at the Church Street Cafe. The restaurant itself was beautiful and is in the oldest home in Albuquerque. I got the carne adovada al horno, a delicious pork roasted in red chile. It came with eggs over easy, potatoes and a homemade tortilla. The pork had heat, but wasn’t overly spicy. My favorite thing was to wrap some pork, egg, and a little bit of potato in the tortilla before taking a HUGE bite. So yummy.

On our second day in New Mexico we had breakfast at Sophia’s Place as seen on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. 
My sister got a breakfast quesadilla. Meaty and cheesy do not even begin to describe this dish.

I had the breakfast tacos with
eggs, bacon, and shredded cheese.
The coffee there was fantastic and
the bowl sized mug they gave  me
was much appreciated.

I liked having a salad with my breakfast; it made me feel less bad about buying one of their homemade red velvet cakes to eat later that day.

And Dad, ever the go-getter, ordered and ate this entire burrito that was the size of a football. The red salsa that came on the side of his meal was enough to put me off spicy food – but we persevered!

We did more than eat breakfast sure, but, it is fair to say that breakfast was my favorite part of our days in Albuquerque. I am now a convert of homemade tortillas. I found a recipe that I adore and intend to recreate my carne adovada in a few weeks!

A few of the other highlights from our trip included dinner at Monte Carlo Steak House.

A late lunch at the Whole Hog Cafe.   
These guys know what they’re doing
with BBQ! They have six different
sauces and I loved all of them, but
couldn’t take much of the hottest sauce.

And the portion sizes were crazy big! My sister and I split the ribs and pulled pork which were both some of the best I’ve ever had. The bark on the pulled pork was too good. 
And lunch at a local drive in that was simply glorious.

We only stayed for three days but it was 72 hours of the best eating I’ve had in the past year, that is for certain. I firmly intend to get back there one day if only to explore the places I didn’t get to check off of my list. 
I cannot wait for next week. I’ve got a B-more bucket list and can’t wait to see what gastronomic adventures Megan and I find ourselves in.
What are some of your favorite vacation eats?
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