Thursday, February 22, 2018
Features and More

Where to get breads for Thanksgiving and all year

No doubt, a slice of warm bread slathered with butter on Thanksgiving Day is gilding the lily. But isn't that what the day is all about? Here are a few places in the area to pick up something special for the Thanksgiving table, but you might call early in the week to see if you need to place a special order.

Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Café de Paris Bakery

2300 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach; (727) 593-0277

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, closing at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Xavier De Marchi has owned the bakery for the past 10 years, but he expanded and added a cafe last year with crepes and sandwiches. Breads are textbook, offered in 10-grain, wheat, rye and a classic baguette ($2.30), but the prettiest bread is the Marguerite ($2.95 small, $3.90 for large, which is nine rolls). The French word for daisy, it's a wheel of conjoined crusty rolls. As De Marchi says, "It's nice for when you have guests, because it's a table decoration and also a bread." Ordinarily French pastries are the main draw, but he adds classic American pies for the holidays (pumpkin, pecan, cherry).

Mazzaro's Italian Market

2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 321-2400

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, until 2 p.m. Saturday; closed on Thanksgiving

Mazzaro's always makes a broad array of breads, but adds different dinner rolls for the holidays. In slightly smaller sizes (you don't want to fill up on bread, after all), there's a standard white Italian dinner roll, a crustier roll like a ciabatta with a fluffy interior, and a pumpernickel roll. They will stock their regular Italian bread, both seeded and unseeded, as well as a Kalamata olive loaf, an Alpine or farmer's rye, and baguettes. Mazzaro's also adds to its lineup of sweet breads during the holiday season with a pumpkin bread, cranberry orange, zucchini walnut and corn bread loaf.

Kalupa's Bakery

2602 S MacDill Ave., Tampa; (813) 902-1979

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday until 5 p.m., Sunday until 2 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving

Mike and Susan Kalupa had a shop on Neptune for 25 years, before moving to S MacDill nine years ago. Mike says Thanksgiving "is a roll day," and so they do dinner rolls. There are old-fashioned ones called butter-flake rolls with lots of butter, baked in small muffin pans so you can pull them apart. Mike says they reheat beautifully. There's also a Southern style, sweeter roll, as well as traditional pumpernickel and wheat breads. Rolls go for $3.50 to $4.50 for a dozen. For dessert, this year is all about the pumpkin praline pound cake (it's on the marquee out front right now), one of the shop's most popular items. In addition, Kalupa's does pumpkin cheesecake and pies, and they still make a mince pie, somewhat of a rarity these days.

Moreno Bakery

906 W Robertson St., Brandon; (813) 689-0320

7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, until 5:30 p.m. Saturday; closed on Thanksgiving

For almost five years, Susan and Jose Moreno have been generalists, a rare thing in this time of cupcake shops and macaron stores. They do it all, from napoleons and eclairs to iced cookies and loaves of bread. They make traditional Cuban breads with the palmetto leaves all year long as well as a mini Cuban roll (a 4-inch size) that Susan says people tend to order for Thanksgiving. The big seller for Thanksgiving is the Portuguese dinner rolls: white, sweet and soft, all the better to mop up gravy. On the sweet side, you'll find seasonal items like pumpkin whoopie pies and pumpkin gooey butter cake.

Pané Rustica

3225 S MacDill Ave., Tampa; (813) 902-8828

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, closed on Thanksgiving

Bread fans won't be surprised to find this one on the list. This South Tampa restaurant/bakery has long been a go-to place for great sourdough (offered in baguette, long baguette and pan loaf), a tangy light rye with caraway seeds, a seeded seven-grain bread, focaccia with rosemary or tomato and cheese, Venetian olive bread, rustic Italian loaves (big holes, chewy exterior), breadsticks golden with olive oil and dotted with rosemary — I could go on. They take special orders for Thanksgiving. Place orders by Monday for the seasonal cranberry, pumpkin corn bread and cinnamon bread (all $6). And grab an intense espresso cookie while you're there, just for your ride home.

Comments
Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

CLEARWATER — Police Chief Dan Slaughter started this month a new unit to target repeat offenders and nuisance properties.The Special Enforcement Unit consists of six police officers and a sergeant from within the department to focus on the small grou...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER — Spring break kicked off this week with a program offering free rides on the Jolley Trolley between downtown and Clearwater Beach until April 29.The Park N Ride service will pick up riders at two lots downtown every 15 minutes and drop th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall is requesting a $3 million grant from the city to help complete the $21 million renovation of its facility on McMullen Booth Road.The Expanding the Experience project began in 2015 with a renovation of the Murray Theatre...
Updated: 1 hour ago
This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

FIELD OF GREEN: COLLARD FESTOn Saturday you can devote your whole day to the beauty of collard greens. Well, that’s the jumping off point. Collards are the "central ingredient" at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival at St. Petersburg’s Historic Deuc...
Updated: 6 hours ago
As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

Can you feel it? The air is gradually thickening with humidity and the layers of clothes are getting thinner. Spring has almost sprung and with it brings a bumper crop of festivals in Florida’s theme parks full of food, wine, concerts and parades. Th...
Published: 02/21/18
An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

ST. PETERSBURG — After the National Anthem and some introductory remarks by the maestro, a teacher from Chattanooga, Tenn., addressed a crowd at the Palladium Tuesday about the short work they were about to hear from the Tampa Bay Symphony."This piec...
Published: 02/21/18
Clearwater Beach named No. 1 in U.S. by TripAdvisor

Clearwater Beach named No. 1 in U.S. by TripAdvisor

A reigning champion for sand and sunshine, Tampa Bay is once again home to what’s been deemed the best beach in the country. Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the U.S. for 2018 by the popular travel site TripAdvisor reclaiming the crown tw...
Published: 02/21/18
Evangelist Billy Graham, preacher to presidents, dies at age 99

Evangelist Billy Graham, preacher to presidents, dies at age 99

MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99. Graham, who l...
Published: 02/21/18
Orchestra debuts commissioned work, slam poet Neil Hilborn performs in Ybor

Orchestra debuts commissioned work, slam poet Neil Hilborn performs in Ybor

FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: NEW BLOODOne of the more significant Florida Orchestra events of the season, the world premiere of a commissioned piece, is this weekend. The orchestra, with personal financial backing from music director Michael Francis and his wi...
Published: 02/21/18
Explore mayo's upscale friend: aioli

Explore mayo's upscale friend: aioli

Mayonnaise does not have to be pedestrian. Mayonnaise, like life, is what you make of it. The link below is devoted to America’s love-hate relationship with the white stuff in the jar. Yours truly provides a defense for using it as a cooking a...
Published: 02/21/18