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Sometimes when I find a new place that I fall in love with, I do not want to share the news in fear that it will become super popular and will be difficult to go there. This was the case with The Village Bakery in Pittsford. I have been thinking about dedicating a post to it for a while now, but I could not do it. But it is so good, that I had to share. Plus it has become popular, so I already lost that battle.

As I was driving home through the village last fall, I noticed some construction behind the Starbucks. I kept an eye on it and one day the sign went up… it said “Bakery”. I got excited. I could not wait to check it out. As soon as I walked in, I knew that I was going to spend a lot of time in there. It reminded me of Le Pain Quotidien in DC. The communal table, the fresh breads, the sandwiches, and the pastries… perfect! So the Saturday following my first drop in visit, Joel and I went there for breakfast. I remember ordering the breakfast sandwich that included a poached egg, arugula, pesto, and goat cheese. It was delicious!

We continued to go there for breakfast several more times. Then one day we went there for lunch and I ordered the tuna melt minus the cheese. Oh my! It was the best tuna sandwich that I have ever eaten. I am not kidding! We practically go there almost every weekend and that is what I order each time. I just cannot get myself to order anything else. The bread is perfectly toasted but still super soft and fresh and the tuna salad is just so tasty. I am not sure what they put in it, aside from the obvious ingredients such as tuna and dill. But it’s just amazing!

Ok, maybe I have ordered other sandwiches here and there. The B.A.L.T and the Turkey sandwiches are very good. Joel has ordered the Croque Madame several times and that is pretty good too. The only sandwich that I did not really care for was the Chicken Salad. I really wanted to like it, but I found it too dry. It needed a tomato or something. The actual salad is pretty tasty but as a whole, it is just ok. Same goes for the Egg Salad… it was good. It was tasty and not drenched in mayo, which is a plus in my book. If you like egg salad, I would definitely give it a try.

Each time we go there for lunch, I also have to order 2 cake bites. These are the most delicious and moist cake bites ever! What a brilliant idea… make a cake and roll it in a bite sized ball. My favorite is the vanilla followed by the chocolate peanut butter. The perfect ending to a perfect lunch!

The breads are really nice too. One of my favorites is the VB Table Bread. It’s a really nice everyday bread. It’s not super crusty and the inside is soft. My kind of a bread. I have also tried their brioche and it is good, but does not compare to the brioche at Le Pain Quotidien. That is still the best brioche that I have tasted since having it in France.

I am looking forward to the summer since they have a very nice patio that is decorated with beautiful potted flowers. I spent some time there last summer once Julia was born and I was on maternity leave. It was the perfect location to kill some time while Julia was napping in her stroller. In fact, she has practically grown up there. The place is great for her too. She loves it there. I guess it helps that we have taken her there since she was in my belly. :)

Julia at the Bakery

Julia in the big girl high chair at the Bakery.

Now please try not to go there too much or if you do and is crowded, please save us a seat.


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I was able to find some very reasonably priced plane tickets to DC, so we thought that it was the perfect opportunity to visit Monica and David. In addition to spending time with Monica and David, the trip also included lots of good food, lots of walking (although, not as much as usual), and of course shopping.

The first time we visited Monica and David, they took us to Le Pain Quotidien, which is now my favorite place in Alexandria! It’s a must each time we visit. I just love it there! The food is so delicious! Our initial visit included a trip for breakfast and dinner. Their menu includes hard boiled eggs, Paris ham (my absolute favorite! It reminds me of France), as well as delicious omelets, oatmeal, and sandwiches. Every dish includes freshly baked bread, including brioche, as well as this out of this world hazelnut spread. YUM!! The most surprising part about it is that the restaurant is a chain. I could not believe it! They have locations all over the world. I do know that one exists in Manhattan, since I happened to walk right by it while endlessly looking for a store. (I am helpless in NYC!) If you are ever in NYC or DC, be sure to eat there. You will not be disappointed!

Since we missed David’s birthday a few weeks prior to our visit, I decided to make the infamous Coffee Chiffon Cake, which I wrote about in a previous post, for David. We also decided to stay in and make dinner. Monica took me to this wonderful cheese shop. We found some delicious goat cheeses, some freshly made roasted red pepper parpadelle, as well as a freshly baked baguette. Our dinner was amazing! Monica sauteed some Chanterelle mushrooms with shallots and wine, which we added to the fresh pasta. We also added some spinach and some of the goat cheese that we bought. YUM! The birthday cake was a perfect ending to our delicious dinner.

While watching an Anthony Bourdain No Reservations episode, which happened to be about DC, Joel found out about the International Spy Museum. We decided to check it out. The museum was interesting. I really liked all the items that were on display. Some of my favorites were the lipstick and cigarette guns, the camera thingy that can make a tiny photo (can’t remember the name), as well as the different spy related clothing articles, such as a shoe that allows you to hide something in its heel. We ended up spending 2 hours in the museum and we were both ready to leave. The exhibits went on forever! We met Monica and David at Teaism for some tea afterward, where we decided to go to 2 Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria for dinner. YUM!! The place was great!! Their pizzas are just delicious!! I ordered the Marinara with goat cheese and prosciutto. It was amazing!! I can’t remember what Joel and David ordered, but both their pizzas were equally delicious!! I also ordered a delicious stout, which happened to be from Japan. Who would have thought! The brewery is called Kiuchi and the beer is called Nest Beer. YUM! The label includes this cute little owl. :) I am hoping that I can find it locally. Our evening ended with a trip to the mall. I love seeing the monuments at night (especially the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument reflected in the pool). Joel has never seen them at night, so it was great to show them to him.

Our last day was dedicated to shopping in Georgetown. I wish we had more time since there are so many little streets that are filled with shops. Heaven!! :) I wanted to keep going, but we were getting tired. When I visited Monica back in March, she took me to Leopold’s Kafe for dessert and coffee. Since my experience was so memorable, I thought that Joel had to experience it as well. So we decided to take a break and have some dessert and coffee/tea. Luckily for me they still offered the Karamell-Gray, which is a Belgian dark chocolate cake layered with Earl Gray Tea caramel chocolate ganache. Oh my!! It was just heaven!! I can still taste it. :) Monica ordered the Marille, which is a tart with apricots and pistachios. Joel ordered a dacquoise type dessert layered with crème. All were very delicious! The café is also a must if you are in the area.

It was great spending time with Monica and David. I miss having them around. Visiting them always includes lots of good food, a ton of walking, and some shopping. My kind of a trip! :) We look forward to our next visit.

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