By Nancy Todd
People line up in front of colorful cases, out the door, and down the block at this Barcelona bakery. Everyday, people line up at Patisseria Garde. Four salespeople bustle behind the counter, packaging, tying string handles on boxes, and chatting with customers.
The pastries are little works of art. Each strawberry, kiwi, and chocolate morsel is delicately positioned. Four inch rolls of chocolate cake, whipped cream inside, are sprinkled with dark chocolate powder. The Sara Cake, my delectable favorite, is three layers of airy, yellow sponge cake, laced with butter cream frosting on the inside and outside. This not-too-sweet cake crunches and melts in my mouth at the same time. It is a Sunday morning treat along with my stand by, café con leche.
Large spiral shaped pastries, the size of a dinner plate, are loaded with powdered sugar on top. Gypsy’s Arms are long rolled cakes, about the size of an arm. A rectangular puff pastry has thinly cut apples pertly lined up at attention.
Thousands of bakeries are in Spain. Some just bake bread, others add pastries and candies like Patisseria Garde. They all seem to be doing a thriving business and it continues to be a mystery to me how most Spanish people stay slender. I do not get exercise to get to my favorite bakery. Luckily for me, I take the three person, lurching elevator from my eighth floor penthouse, walk outside, go half a block and around the corner and there is the door of my bakery. Now to figure out how to slip in to get my Sunday morning café con leche in my mickey mouse pajamas and red fuzzy slippers. Then, I will really have it made.
Where: Concell de Cent, 421
When: 7 am – 8 pm, Monday-Saturday, 8am-3 pm Sunday
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