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Alarmingly good

Posted by chris on Jul 15th, 2009

I never set an alarm clock. I work from home, on my own schedule and sleep very sporadically. I don’t plan things in advance so I rarely need to be somewhere at a specific time. But this morning, I broke my habit and set an iTunes alarm for 10:45AM…

All cause of Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts in Oakland, California. They’re open to the public one day a week: Wednesdays at 11:00AM (They close when they sell out.) Gregory’s is first & foremost a wholesale bakery, catering to hotels & restaurants. But due to public demand, they decided to open their doors to common streetwalkers — one day a week.

Ambiance

Their priority still lies with their corporate clients: They don’t have a “store-front” for the public. No fancy glass cases to show off their sweets like expensive jewelry. You basically walk down some stairs to a back room of the kitchen where they sell you cookies right off the baking trays.

No fancy printed menu behind the cash register (no cash register, either.) Instead, you walk by a human-sized dry-erase whiteboard just outside the door, filled from edge-to-edge with a huge list of cookies, cakes & cobblers. It’s not even pretty handwriting. It looks like I wrote it — And if you’ve ever had the misfortune of getting something handwritten from me, you know how shocking that is.

Fuck it. They don’t make menus, they make desserts. And you want ‘em.

My findings

  • Key lime pie
  • Peach cobbler
  • 3 dark chocolate coffee cookies
  • White chocolate blueberry oatmeal cookie. Tons of blueberry flavor. This is coming from a guy who’s still recovering from a cold.
  • Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie
  • Snickerdoodle

All for me.

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Hmmmm, I work from home on Wednesdays. But I’m an hour’s drive from Oakland. Sigh.

If you speed all the way up 880, you just might make it!

I actually live in San Jose, but happen to be staying in Oakland this month. So I’m trying all the local spots before I leave.

I like the way you think. HEre I am in hot humid horrendous Florida, getting ready for a trip to SF (Pacifica actually. Known as Pathetica by the residents, whom I am visiting)
I will surely make a trip to this fab bakery…:+)

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