Sketchbook: Afterschool Snackin at The Mill

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Last week, sunny weather and a random turn off onto Divisadero Street landed us at long last at The Mill. Simran and Ria are enthusiastic fans of Josey Baker Bread at The Mill (especially the cinnamon toast), but this gem of a bakery and coffee shop had somehow gotten stuck at the the top of our “to do” list and lingered there for way, way too long. It’s all about great bread made with lots of TLC here and the ambiance is pretty fun too. The room is big, open, and airy with cool art and long communal tables. We swooped into a fat slice of toasted wheat bread with a thick, glossy layer of homemade strawberry jam and refreshed ourselves with cold glass of milk (and a cup of Four Barrel coffee for me). Racks of deep brown crusty loaves are a happy sight on their own but in combination with a giant batch of strawberry jam bubbling away in a big copper pot — we were transported to toast and jam nirvana. As we fetched our snack from the pick up area we couldn’t help but pause an extra minute or two to take in deep, heavenly breaths of berry-scented air. I dare anyone not to smile and do their happy dance in the midst all that strawberry goodness. Under normal circumstances, I almost always prefer to eat my toast and jam in PJs but The Mill’s extra yummy version is definitely worth venturing out for.

The Mill, 736 Divisadero Street, San Francisco (www.themillsf.com)

 

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A few friends dropped by to join us for snack time.

A few friends dropped by to join us for snack time.

Food Find: Cinnamon Toast @ The Mill

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Recently opened, The Mill in NOPA is a joint venture between Josey Baker Bread and Four Barrel Coffee.  It a welcoming, clean, open and fresh space, that if it had internet access no one would ever leave.

We stopped for by for an after school snack of cinnamon toast (shared) and coffee (for mama).  Cinnamon toast is a current hot favorite of our little one’s and Josey’s bread takes it to a whole different level.  According to the Serious Eats website – here’s the recipe – “thick cut bread that’s warm enough to melt tons of butter from McClelland’s Dairy in Petaluma, a generous sprinkle of crunchy organic sugar and cinnamon, and a flurry of Maldon sea salt.”.  The salt does work wonders and we are going to try and recreate this at home real soon.  Of course, with some of Josey’s bread that we buy from The Mill. 🙂

PS: The Pioneer Woman has a really fun, funny and informative post on how to make Cinnamon toast at home. It’s a pretty simple, who would have thought there were so many ways to get it right or wrong?