A Saturday Visit to Highland Park

3 Jun

Baby Beez likes to get me out of bed between 6-7am on weekend mornings. This Saturday was no exception, but by 9am I had grown tired of watching Sesame Street with her, and decided to take an outing. It’s been a while since I did much of anything in Highland Park, I was in desperate need of coffee, and I’d been meaning to check out Tazza D’Oro and Food Glorious Food anyway.

Tazza D’Oro had such a comfortable mix of clientele. There were older well-dressed ladies, caffiene-jittered nerds at typewriters, and those high-strung bike types with their fixed gears. The shop is well equipped for the many bicyclists exploring Highland Park– they sell innertubes for a tire emergencies, and generously offer a huge cooler of water.

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My initial plan was only to pick up a cafe au lait, but Baby Beez spotted the baked goods, and was “OOH! OOH! OOH!”-ing for a cookie. So I opted to play fun mom over responsible mom, and we shared a giant chocolate chip cookie at 10am.

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Tazza D’Oro is one of those coffee-nerd coffee shops, where they make fancy designs in the latte. I was glad to find that the baristas were friendly, not condescending, and were even chatting with Baby Beez a bit.

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After our lovely visit to the coffee house, we strolled around the corner to Food Glorious Food. THIS IS THE BAKERY OF MY DREAMS.

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It’s like they took a baking cookbook and decided to make everything in it. It’s a tiny shop, but every inch of counter space is covered with pastries, quiche, foccacia, strata, cookies, cupcakes, and every kind of savory or sweet baked treat you could imagine.

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Being recently full on a chocolate chip cookie, Baby Beez and I selected a number of goodies to take home for later. We picked zucchini foccacia, broccoli cheese quiche (Baby Beez gobbled this for lunch before I had a chance to snap a picture), a fruit tart, and a marvelous chocolate cake/mousse cup thing.

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Everything was so fresh, and tasted like something baked by a loving grandmother. The variety is just amazing, and I want to go back there every single day until I try everything but i know that just won’t be possible.

Highland Park may just be my new favorite place to visit for a quiet morning outing.

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