Saturday, April 2, 2011

The best bread in Fort Worth

I have mentioned this before, I mention it again because, yesterday, Marian and I stopped by our favorite bakery to pick-up a few loaves of bread. I am referring to Artisan Baking Company, on White Settlement Road.

It always strikes me when I get home and start slicing into the bread how fresh it looks, smells, feels, and tastes. It's just good bread. I can't recommend Gwin and Mark Grimes and their bakery highly enough. And the price is right, too. $4.50 for a healthy loaf of bread is inexpensive when you consider what you are getting in quality and quantity.

Of course, Artisan has the usual assortment of cookies, scones, and pastries. All good. Actually, the scones are in the great category.

If you can work Artisan Baking Company into your round of trips to the markets, you will not be disappointed.  My favorite: Breakfast bread, lightly toasted, with a little butter. You just can't beat it.

If you have a favorite, please comment.

Artisan Baking Company
4900 White Settlement Rd
Fort Worth, Texas



John said...

OK, I've added it to my to-do list, to take a 180-degree detour on my way home from work this week to pickup some bread.

Francis Shivone said...

John, check their hours if you work normal times. I think they close at 3PM.

John said...

First, thanks for the tip on their hours of business. I ran out at lunch this past week to make a few purchases. And actually the folks at the office should be thanking you because I ended up taking back a box of cookies for them. And they didn't last the afternoon.

So I'll begin with the cookies. The oatmeal raisin cookie was one of the finest I've ever had - an excellent combination of crunchy and chewy. Molasses cookies were good. Cowboy cookie was between those two cuz I loved the coconut. What surprised me were the Cinna-bombs - wow, what flavor and texture.

I also got two loaves of bread - one focaccia and the breakfast bread. The focaccia was good, but I'm not a big fan of it in general. I suppose I should've gotten a loaf of sourdough instead. The breakfast bread was very good - as you say, lightly toasted with butter. My only nit-pick would be the nuts which I would not prefer in my bread.

Overall, excellent.

The nice lady who greeted me at the bakery was quite helpful, picked the cookie assortment for me, and was extremely pleasant.

What else have I learned? First, my wife says that if this had been her idea I would turn up my nose at the breakfast bread. Second, a woman at my office is also good friends with the owners. Third, we've actually purchased from the bakery for work events. Third, their treats are now sold at the new Avoca coffee on Magnolia.

So the next question is, when will I go back?

Francis Shivone said...

Glad you liked it, John. I forgot to mention that my favorite cookie of theirs was the oatmeal raisin. I agree, great chewiness and flavor.

Loved the breakfast bread comment. All men live in parallel worlds.

BTW -- my son tells me the Scott Adams (Dilbert cartoonist)article in today's WSJ is one of the best he has read. Haven't read it, yet, myself.

Thanks for the comments.

John said...

I just finished the weekend WSJ including Adam's article about B students and entrepreneurship.

First, I'll admit to being a GPA snob from my own kids to job applicants. Without dwelling on, it indicates aptitude and/or work ethic.

So I'm not certain that saying all the A students do "smart things" and let the B students create and run businesses is a good thing. (I realize there is a certain tongue-in-cheek nature to Adams' article). In other words, why not have the A students run companies?

There is also the implication that smart things are academic and other things are practical. Having served on college advisory boards there is a fear of turning universities into trade schools instead of something more foundational. A new hire can learn a skill.

It's coincidental that I read two other education based articles today. One was an editorial in the Star-Telegram by an Austin-based journalist complaining that PhD dissertations must be a waste of money because he doesn't understand their titles. He cites one about DNA and I respectfully submit that the journalist was not the target audience for that work and simply because he doesn't know what a ribosome is (or whatever the word was) it doesn't diminish the value. Swining wildly in his examples, he then cites a graduate level art project in which someone tattooed wings on a pig. OK, that is a little odd but it's art for pete's sake. One suspects the journalist would've been less turned off by a change in medium - a painting of a pig with wings.

The third article was an editorial in Aviation Week from the head of some commission on ensuring the aviation industry continues to get the graduates they need. His argument seems to be centered on the thesis that there are enough warm bodies, just not enough of the right kind of warm bodies. He makes a case for the soft skills and pushes down to the secondary school level a desire to get kids off computers and doing things with their hands. (Which reminds me of a completely tangential story about talking with a friend about his grandson, how the kid's school mandated that he take a typing class over the summer before 5TH GRADE so his computer skills would improve, and how handwriting skills and painting skills are deteriorating in kindergarten.)

There is a fourth (and this time I note it properly as 4th as opposed to my last comment with two thirds), an editorial about aerospace engineering undergraduate education has to be totally revamped to account for the information age.

Where the hell am I going with all this? It boils down to what kids should be taught, at all levels of the system. IMHO they should be taught the fundamentals across a wide variety of subject matter. The secondary school curriculum needs to be structured for students to make their first major life choice - college or workplace. At the university level, each major should provide a solid foundation in a broad skill set within that discipline as it sets the stage for the next life choice - work or graduate school. In either case, that's where things start to narrow in terms of skill set and expertise.

God, I'm rambling. I think I've been reading too many articles on education this morning. That's the curse of the interwebs - it allows me to ramble on unchecked without you, the listener/reader, being able to interject, challenge, and redirect.

Francis Shivone said...

John -- I just read the piece and I liked it. It has a lot of Adams' humor, in my reading. In general, I agree with your conclusions on education, but I have neither experience or academic credential in the matter.

Not that that keeps me from having an opinion.

As to Adams' advice for students wanting to pursue some particular career or field of endeavor, I liked it.

Regardless, thanks for the long comment, I enjoyed it.