Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bay Area: Andersen Bakery

Andersen Bakery has been bringing in fresh, handmade pastries and breads across the Bay Area since 1981. I was first introduced to Andersen's at the Great Mall in Milpitas, Ca. I remember when this place was a little bakery enclosed inside the mall.

Sometime around 2002/2003, the bakery revamped its look and tore down its walls and displayed their baked goods to the world, thus the "Creamy French" craze was born.

Everything is made on site and uses all-natural ingredients (no preservatives).

Who wouldn't want to stop and "smell" the freshly baked goods. I recall buying tons of pastries, bread rolls and cookies. After a few minutes of salivating and narrowing down selections, you won't realize that you've spent about $20 on pastries. It's so worth it.

With so many selections, what do you choose? Andersen's best seller is the Creamy French. Basically is its a soft, french baquette filled with a creamy custard. Yum!

The prices have gone up in the last few years but when we stopped by a mall in Concord they were offering it for $2.00 a roll.

The photo above shot straight from the bag. After getting the rolls sliced, this is what it looks like when you open the bag to grab a piece of creamy french-ness. I knew it wouldn't last by the time we got to our hotel so I had to take my chances and stick my lens inside the bag.

Andersen's also serves hot & cold sandwiches, salads and soups. Unfortunately, this bakery is only found in the Bay Area (boo!). Maybe some day it's work its way down to Southern California.


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