“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world
To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.”
The Buddha -- Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bread Lounge Bakery

Three weeks ago i went to Wally's to get my favorite baguette from Bread Lounge. The moment i walked in their Cheese Box boutique, Jenny the manager, told me "we are out of baguette and we even ordered more this time", i wanted to cry, but she continued "they have a store now, i will give you the address" :-) Looking at the address near downtown, it was almost 6pm, and i had another event at the Craft In America Center so i had to suppress my excitement.

I went home, checked on the internet and there was a blogpost from LA Weekly about the store opening in late May. When the next Saturday came i had to check it out. After a few phone calls to Ran Zimon the owner asking him about the direction to the store my two friends and i finally pulled into their parking lot and we walked in through the back door. The place didn't even have a store sign in the front if i could remember.

The inside was was simple with a big glass window looking into the work area with some people kneading/forming pastry dough. Facing that window was the counter with display area for the baguette and pastries, maned by two young and friendly staff members. Ran Zimon, from Israel, is passionate about his craft and this showed in the beautiful looking pastries. The croissants turned out to be as delicious as it looked. The outside was crusty

Bread Lounge croissant

Bread Lounge croissant

the inside was soft and flaky,

Bread Lounge croissant

but still not to the same level with my favorite, made by Noubar Yessayan, from Maison Giraud which i still consider the best in town.

Croissant from Anisette
Maison Giraud Croissants

However, considering the distance from Orange County i am quite happy with the croissant from Bread Lounge :-)

I also got the ricota cheese with white chocolate creme patissiere and cranberry danish (didn't have a chance to taste it because it's was my mom's favorite), chocolate swirl which had thick and rich layer of chocolate paste (great with coffee), the huge nice tasting spinach feta pie which coud have been half the size and more filling

Bread Lounge pastries

The mint lemonade had a nice green color, refreshing and not two sweet. It was a hot day so i was so into it that i forgot to take a picture :-)

Based on the selection and quality, this is probably the hottest bakery in town at the moment, imho.

Until next time.

Bread Lounge
700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA
(213) 327-0782
Close Monday.

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