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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eclair Bakery in Arroyo Grande, CA

We took a drive south through the Edna Valley and made our way to The Eclair Bakery in the village of Arroyo Grande about 10 minutes south of San Luis Obispo. With Fall in the air I am really on the bakery hunt..... for the old fashion ones...the ones that remind me of The Cream Puff Bakery in my hometown of Los Gatos, California. We used to go there alot in the Fall because across the street was a Sprouse-Ritz. It was one of those big old drug stores with the wooden floors and all the Halloween candy. In the Fall they had stacks and stacks of the Halloween costumes you used to get in the box. We made my mother take us in that store almost daily. By the time Halloween rolled around we each had about 10 different costumes. My mom would call the neighbors the week before Halloween and ask if Kary and Mark could come trick or treating. We loved it so much we never could get enough. I still can't get enough.
and the Eclair really reminds me of The Cream Puff....could it be the name? They had some nice looking raspberry tarts....

this cute little sign was by the cash register....


this is the outside...as you can see it is very old fashion....


and they had lots of eclairs...




look at that...cherry strudel...wouldn't that be nice with a cup of tea?






simple white cupcakes....






the pie offerings for the day....






they had a nice collection of old cake stands. I LOVE vintage cake stands and have a large collection of them myself.... well, I like anything that is old and has to do with cooking and baking....








old cake decorating boxes.....










cute box of old birthday candles....









some of their vintage cooking untensils....love that egg beater..remember those?












a box of cake and sandwhich cutters...for bridge, luncheons and party occassions...who spelled sandwhich wrong..them or me?











and as you left out the door another nice collection of glass cake stands. we had a nice time and made our way back home skipping the Highway 101 and taking the Old Biddle Road instead....just old fashion.













36 comments:

  1. Those ├ęclairs look so yummy. I still have one of those old whisks and it does get used for small jobs from time to time:-) Diane

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  2. you spelled it wrong. *smile* love all the old retro stuff. i remember my mom cutting finger sandwiches and i still love to eat the tiny things. looks like a wonderful place.

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  3. This looks like my kind of place. I love the cake stands and have a few myself. I would have chosen the apple pie. My favorite.

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  4. Thanks for sharing the trip to the old style bakery and the yummy looking eclairs.

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  5. i am working at home, and surfing blog, my car is in the shop, we own a bakery, and i am dying for a cup cake. i have had one cupcake in about ten years and today i think i want another.

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  6. Now hold on just a dern minute. Arroyo Grande you say? Right on the main street?
    Mrs. Donkey will order a raspberry tart. And Mr. Donkey will have an eclair.
    very soon..............
    xx
    donkey in the pines

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  7. Those yummy treats look so good! I too remember the boxed Halloween costumes...much less expensive than the stores carry now. I hate to say but your spelling was wrong...sandwich is correct. Next time I am in AG I will stop by tat bakery.

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  8. What a bakery! I wish I could go with you...though I have in a way, now. :)
    I can hardly believe that that is a picture of Teddy in the upper right hand corner! He is all grown up! And so handsome!

    love you,

    dawn

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  9. Very lovely indeed! I wouldn't mind eating everything in those pictures... And I agree (sorry!) with Char, they spelled sandwich right :-)

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  10. Kary, you are making my mouth water! I love old-fashioned everything, including bakeries.

    xo
    Claudia

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  11. Mmm...it's almost dinner time here and all of those goodies are making me SO hungry! And they are lovely, too! What a cute bakery!

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  12. Beautiful Kary! Loved your tale of Cream Puff Bakery too...mmmm. Our childhood bakery wasn't a great memory...fat laden Lardy Cake (don't ask!) & ice cream cones filled with fake marshmallow & sprinkles..we loved them as kids but makes me cringe now! Lovely post. Love & hugs to you & Teddy, ps Gizmo found his home today!! YAY!! LOVE Alice & Me xoxox

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  13. Kary!! you should have had a warning at the beginning of this post: "WARNING..if you are pregnant, and in need of something sweet and mouth watering delicious...do NOT...i repeat DO NOT read this post"

    cruel....just cruel!
    lol

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  14. That looks like a wonderful bakery. I can almost smell the deliciously sweet aromas...

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  15. Oh my goodness Kary, I should not be reading this post! It's 10.30 pm and the sight of all those delicious goodies is making me hungry - now I'll have to be content with a mug of hot chocolate and a chocolate biscuit! Have a good week, Lesley. x

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  16. Well, I still use my egg beater Kary; actually, I still use all my "stuff" that most would call vintage. It's still good so why not use it? The goodies look amazing and I'm not even hungry. Thanks for stopping by Thistle Cove Farm; I'm doing some better, no spasms but the back still hurts.

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  17. Making me hungry and what a cute little bakery!

    Goodness....

    Melinda

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  18. Love those cake stands! But what I really want right now is one of those cupcakes.

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  19. I love how you tell the story in pictures, so great :-)

    These cakes look fantastic...Im trying to resist the patisseries here in Stuttgart where im based at the moment...failing miserably is all I can say!!! Such a delightful read, thanks for posting :-D

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  20. Ah! Why can't cakes be good for you so you can eat more with less guilt?! Looks delicious...! I can't talk though....sitting here with a sugary coffee and a small box of luxury handmade chocolates for breakfast... (they are too good to share -they were a gift from my boss- and I reason if they are my breakfast and not in addition to breakfast....it will be okay!) I've lost all this weight being in france cleaning rooms and now despite the desire not to pile it back on....I think it is going to be hard! xxx

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  21. I do believe I put on weight just looking at you blog....so much yumminess!!

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  22. As beautiful as the desserts and cake stands are they don't hold a candle to your new header.

    xo Jane

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  23. I think I've just gained a pound or two reading your post! It all looks delicious, I love bakeries like that.

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  24. Very tempting from far away! Thank God I can't eat chocolate or too bad I can't eat chocolate. Thanks for sharing your favorite places, Kary and Teddy!

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  25. wow-delicios eclairs and I love all those old cake stands!!

    thanks for your lovely comments about my blog-I think yours is great too and Teddy is very sweet!

    S

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  26. The seasons have changed... I love the colors of trees! And Teddy, you are so beautiful! Did you see the Groomer? Marley did... her legs are as long as yours, but she weighs much more than you do.

    Well, I have to tell you that the cupcakes look very good, but I'm going for the eclairs. I could probably eat three of them. What beautiful photographs.

    Greg is getting ready to go camping, and I'm going to relax for a couple of days.

    Take care, and have fun! I love visiting you!

    Hugs to you and Teddy!
    Joey

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  27. What a wonderful stroll you have taken me on! Love all the old vintage things too...swoon~
    My kind of stuff!!
    A very yummy post!!

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  28. I am so glad you found me, now I have the pleasure of your blog, too. The bakery looks wonderful, everything is so beautifully made...and the vintage cake stands are so pretty. These things tug at my heartstrings. I'll be returning often.

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  29. what a sweet old-fashioned excursion! i was hungry
    already . . . now i'm starving.

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  30. All this pictures are making me hungry. Now I will have to go and make some cake...

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  31. You're killing me with these pics! I want an eclair and a cupcake right now.
    My mom would love the name of the valley, since she shares the same name!

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  32. this is so lovely. i have a passion for cake stands. : )
    i wish we lived closer to one another.
    xo

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  33. Is the Cream Puff Bakery still in Los Gatos? I'll have to check it out sometime? Is this one in Arroyo Grande as good as your old favorite? Their bakery offerings sure look fabulous. I guess it's a good thing I'm on a pension now so I wouldn't be able to leave there with everything in the store. I am a marzipan fan and like anything related so I want all my pastries with that or some sort of almond filling. There is a wonderful European bakery in Burlingame that fills the bill....pretty expensive, though.


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  34. Now that my mouth is watering.... Loved you whole post!

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  35. Oh,. those eclairs are amazing! When can we go? Yummm! :) Looks like you are loving this time of year. Not suprised relaly.

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  36. Nice collection of old-timey baking items. I wish our town could support a bakery, but we have to settle for the 'stuff' from the grocery store (or bake our own). I love bakeries, all the goodies displayed in the glass cases, the variety, the smell of icing and sugar when you walk in the door.

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