Bake My Day Bakery & Cafe
I make no secret about it – when I wake up in the morning, I get right to work.
Breakfast is a fistful of almonds or a sad piece of toast that ossifies on a plate next to the keyboard as the day steadily winds tighter than a mainspring.
Of course, I occasionally hear those long-ago lessons from Sixth Grade Health Class about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and how your brain and body describe a steep downward arc without that precious fuel in your gut.
And I know my long-departed Mom just shakes her head and declaims to whatever passing soul wanders by, “I raised him better than that!”
So it’s with some relief that I got the assignment to visit Bake My Day Bakery in Wright Square on Highlands’ Main Street.
First off, let me say what a marvelous tonic it is to step away from the day’s relentless assignments and visit a place where someone goes to the trouble of properly launching your day.
You automatically feel like a Rich Guy.
It helps that the place is light and sunny. It’s busy, yet conversations are hushed, so you can ease into your day without uproar.
My sweetie and I were immediately at ease and anxious to sample the menu.
Since it’s also a bakery, there’s an emphasis on baked delights like fresh-baked Toasted Bagels, dangerously indulgent Cinnamon Rolls, Sausage Biscuits, Butter Croissants, and the humble English Muffin done just right.
We opted for something more substantial – Three Eggs with Toast, Hash Browns and Sausage Patties for her, and Blueberry Pancakes with a side of Bacon for me.
Her plate was done right and, if we’re being honest, better than she could have made in her kitchen.
For me, the Blueberry Pancakes were an immediate trip to childhood. Blueberry Pancakes were a reward for something extraordinary, like a good report card or not fighting with my sisters on a long, long car trip.
These were magnificent. Dusted with powdered sugar and remarkably fluffy, they were the perfect complement to the sweet/tartness of those fat blueberries. Topped with real (!) maple syrup, they were almost poetic in their essence. And, since I was brutally honest about my sweetie’s breakfast kitchen, these were better than my Mom would have
As we shoveled in the final bites, neither one of us wanted to move. We were too content. That’s probably not a good feeling to start your day.
It was possibly a ploy to make us stay around for lunch.
(Later, I did sneak back for lunch. I won’t go into the whole menu – order The Po’ Boy. Owner/Baker/Chef Brian Buckley is a New Orleans native. Trust me, this sandwich was crafted by someone who knows that the tourists go to Bourbon Street, the food people head down to The Marigny.
As he later explained to me, “My sandwich costs $8.95, why would anyone fly to New Orleans for authentic food?”)
I haven’t even touched on the Bakery part of this equation.
Let me keep it simple. On my way out, I selected a box of Scones, Cupcakes, Slices of Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Croissants for everyone at the office.
I now think I have a pretty good shot at being named Laurel Employee of the Month.
Bake My Day is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.; Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. It’s located at 137 Main Street in Wright Square, Highlands. - By Luke Osteen