#339, Try a new item from the Zingerman’s catalog.
Okay, this is going to be a quickie. I LOVE everything about Zingerman’s. And, NO- no one is paying me to say so.
Zingerman’s is a deli/restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have ordered from the Zingerman’s catalog over the years and I’m a big fan of their flavorful breads, their INSANE Parmigiano Reggiano, their selection of olive oils, and their unusual jarred items. When you order Zingerman’s, whether you are ordering a sandwich from the counter or ordering a chocolate cake to be mail-ordered, you know that you are getting a thoughtful, quality product, from someone who cares.
A few years back I was mad at San Fernando Valley bread options. It seemed a good loaf just could not be had. Things are slightly better now, but in those days I would order bread from Zingerman’s. The loaves came with detailed instructions on how to freeze and properly thaw the breads. They have several beautiful loaves to choose from.
Perhaps I am the only one in Los Angeles still eating bread? If I am, at least I know where I can still get a great loaf when everyone else has switched over to lettuce leaves.
Ari Weinzweig, the founder of Zingerman’s wrote a book called Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating, which is a great place to start if you want to learn more about food. There are also a hundred straightforward and fabulous recipes.
I like to dream about taking their culinary tours to places like Tuscany, Croatia, or Spain, but for now I am going to have to settle with ordering in.
If I were you, I’d start with a loaf of bread and a wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano.
326 days to go!