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September 15, 2006 / jadettman

White bread and plastic bags

Wisconsin!

That has become a new swear-word in my vocabulary lately, and I’ll tell you why: crusty bread.  More accurately, the search for good european-type crusty bread.

Fondly, I remember the days of buying crusty bread in Ithaca where the crusty bread was intelligently packaged in either a open-ended paper bag or a textured/breathable plastic bag. Unfortunately, no-one around here seems to have quite discovered this amazing technology yet.

Everywhere that I go, they’ve got their (nominally) crusty-style bread packaged in air-tight plastic bags which make the bread not crusty! I can only assume that these heathens simply don’t get it. That must be it because when I tried a new ‘bakery’* the other day they actually apologized to me for the crusty-ness of the crusty bread and explained that it “usually isn’t quite that hard.”

It’s frickin’ crusty bread! It’s supposed to be crusty!

And my search continues . . .

*I put bakery in quotes because around here that seems to mean “donut shop.” 

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  1. Dan / Sep 18 2006 11:17 pm

    Ouch… that sounds a bit unpleasant. You mentioned that places were also lacking in familiarity with cornmeal technology for pizza crust non-sticking functionality.
    Has modern technology actually reached the midwest?

    And to think that I bemoan the lack of a real bakery here in Ithaca, coming from Denmark…

  2. J.A. Dettman / Sep 19 2006 9:41 am

    Well, the cornmeal tech issue was with Domenico’s and, thankfully, that has been resolved by never eating there again. 🙂

    It really does feel like we’ve stepped backward in time some days, though.

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