Table Conversation: Breaking Bread

By franco on 12 November, 2008

Table Suggestions: Lartizan Bakery

Bread Heaven at Lartizan

I’m a really not a bread person.

Truth be told, my wife A is more the bread lover in family. I would prefer to tuck into a bowl of noodles or a cup of rice before munching on a croissant. To each his own, I guess.

But since our delightfully eye-opening visit to Grandaisy Bakery, I’ve been reconsidering my views on bread. I’ve been looking to upgrade my bread choices beyond sliced bread. In our kitchen, bread definitely needs a re-evaluation.

We still buy our store-bought Gardenia Whole Wheat Bread. But lately, we’ve been buying French Sourdough and Baguettes from Lartizan on a more regular basis. While I don’t see rice fall out of the family diet anytime soon, I think the continuing search for more artisanal breads will be higher on the pantry priority list.

So for this conversation, the questions are as follows: What kind of bread do you buy? And where do you buy it?

Manggy of No Special Effects says:

Our daily bread is Classic Gardenia White Bread from the supermarket. However, we don’t stop there in terms of variety– we buy from different sources depending on what we want. If it’s the traditional coiled Ensaymada, we get those from the sari-sari store around the corner.

We love the Spanish Bread from Sonya’s Garden — the distance isn’t much of a big deal considering we eat spanish bread rarely (and its purchase is secondary to whatever we came to Tagaytay for).

On Sundays we get Pan de Sal from Casa Marcos. Also, we love the bread at Restaurant Uno (Tomas Morato)– they have 2 kinds of bread made specifically for that day of the week. We particularly like the Butter Logs and Ciabatta.

Marla of Chips and Trips says:

Depends what it’s for. We get Gardenia White Bread from the supermarket as our staple at home (usually for our son’s kaya toast). For snacks and baon, I buy filled and topped ones from Bread Talk (cheezy and plain flossy bread, chocolate “baby”). For bread to give away (Pan de Sal for my lola, Croissants for aunties), I get them in The French Baker.

ApplesH of Kubiertos says:

I buy bread from two places – the grocery (usually Robinsons or Market Market) or our neighborhood bakeshop here in Merville. I buy several packs of Wheat and White Loaves, Flat Bread and the occasional Baguette or Sourdough.

Mila of Watergirl says:

I don’t have one purveyor for bread. I like to go to Santi’s on Tuesday or Wednesday when they have their Walnut Bread fresh from their source. I like the nuttiness of the walnut, the chewiness of the bread. Goes well with chevre and cold cuts.

I do get a few breads, Pan de Sals, Wheat Breads from the markets (Salcedo, or Lung Center) – I think one of the sources is Uncle George, they do several breads for diabetics, but it doesn’t taste like sawdust. Commercially, there’s Walter’s Sugar-free Wheat Bread, it’s easily available in the supermarkets, and has less sugar. I don’t eat white sliced bread, they tend to be bland and tasteless; I do prefer a heartier Rye or Wheat Bread. The french food vendor at Salcedo has a good rye!

And when I remember, I buy Pumpernickel from Santi’s or the German Deli in Legaspi Village because sometimes I feel like Heidi, black bread, cheese, and some goat milk. No, I don’t yodel while I eat this.

Lori of Dessert Comes First says:

What kind of bread do you buy?– Croissants, Sourdough Loaves, Tortilla Rolls and Baguettes.

Where do you buy your bread? – Micky’s, Mandarin Deli, Santi’s

Cathy Paras-Lara, managing editor of says:

JiPan in Mandaluyong has this Walnut Wheat Bread that’s soft, a little on the sweet side, and good enough to eat on its own. My husband and I appreciate The French Bakers Crustless Breads, perfect for tuna and grilled cheese sandwiches on our sandwich maker. Pan de Manila has freshly baked, bromate-free Wheat Pan de Sal that’s lovely to eat with clotted cream and strawberry jam. It’s like a soft scone.

Thank you to Manggy, Marla, ApplesH, Mila, Lori and Cathy for breaking bread with me.


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  • NOVEMBER 13, 2008 2:18 AM

    ChichaJo said...

    I'm with Mila on Santi's walnut bread...yum! I also like the sourdough bread and pain au chocolat of O’Pain de Campagne at the Legazpi and Salcedo markets :) Have to try Lartizan soon!

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2008 6:53 AM

    Manggy said...

    Ah, I'm glad to see I'm not alone in my choices, heh :) Having my grandmother at home is such a huge deciding factor for these things-- she can't really chew variable-grain breads. She hates it, too, when we buy something that she can't eat :)
    I wonder where the bread of Santi's is baked?

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2008 11:53 AM

    hpf said...

    hi franco,

    sorry again for the late reply! crazy sked lately due to culinary class. like marla, i like breadtalk too. i also love japanese breads (creamy!) either bought in or brought from japan or at jipan; dinner rolls at bizu and pugon-baked pan de sal then lightly toasted at home, as well as gardenia's classic white, wheat and the ones with carrot and grains (?) -- forgot the exact name but i don't see it around anymore :(

    hope your pampanga food trip went well!

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2008 11:06 PM

    ApplesH said...

    It appears a lot of people like Gardenia... except for myself. I love bread and I'm looking forward to try Lartizan. Cheers!

  • NOVEMBER 14, 2008 1:39 AM

    Franco said...

    Hi ChichaJo. Must try that Walnut Bread.

    Hi Manggy. I asked a Santi's employee once about their bread. She doesn't seem to know much. :(

    Hi hpf. No worries. And yes, Pampanga went well. Just wish I had more than one stomach.

    Hi applesh. For what it's worth, Gardenia is still good bread. :) Hope you enjoy Lartizan. :)

  • NOVEMBER 14, 2008 3:15 PM

    mikky said...

    thanks for sharing your good find... great site you have here... :)

  • NOVEMBER 17, 2008 3:25 PM

    katrina said...

    Lartizan at Mickey's is a great addition to the meager choices available to bread lovers. Their Original Ciabatta is one of my favorites. Whenever I buy it, I can't resist sticking my nose in the bag and taking in its aroma! Their sourdough is good, too, and the whole wheat croissant is also worth a try -- very different from regular croissant, soft, with a molasses-like flavor.

  • NOVEMBER 18, 2008 3:19 PM

    molly said...

    thank you for sharing. may i know where casa marcos is now? we used to buy their pandesal here in granada st. near greenhills.where have they moved to? thanks :-)

  • NOVEMBER 19, 2008 6:28 AM

    Manggy said...

    Hi Molly,
    You can still buy the pan de sal here in Scout Tobias, Quezon City (parallel to Tomas Morato). Unfortunately the restaurant, which I've never eaten in, is closed, far as I know.