* Photo by Rebecca
I love to travel. I love Europe. Nothing beats a cup of coffee at a local European cafe, or a freshly baked baguette from a street vendor or bakery. Finding fresh, high quality breads is rare in the States, and in Austin, besides at specialty food stores, but this is one of those simple pleasures that I think enhances the quality of life and wish was more readily available! Enter Bona Dea Bread.
website. I was excited to see that their menu includes Challah, a traditional braided bread loaf eaten on Fridays to celebrate the Jewish Sabbath. According to Wikipedia, Bona Dea means “good goddess” in Roman mythology, and Lauren Hubele, Bona Dea Bread’s baker, was a very good goddess this Shabbat, as she was kind enough to fulfill my in-advance Challah order, free of charge! (Lauren, I will be coming back for more, and will be compensating you for your delicious services!) Compliments to AND from the chef! The group of about 30 enjoyed the light, airy, tasty, perfectly braided, golden brown 2 foot challah so much, that it was gone in about 3 minutes, and I was quick enough only to grab the last delicious bite!
Rebeccammended freshly and locally baked bread for entertaining at home, or a creative contribution as a dinner guest! Bona Dea Bread, available daily at Cafe Caffeine at Mary and Bouldin.
Lauren informed me that she is busy getting her business set up with the City of Austin, and will soon be up for full production at Cafe Caffeine, where you can also find local eats from vendors such as The Green Cart, Mary Louise Butters Brownies, Tacodeli, and Baraka Foods Company (raw, dairy-free, gluten free snacks locally developed at Daily Juice).