I almost couldn’t hold in the laughter before the door closed. I mean, how oblivious do you have to be to ask for something made fresh at a bakery? It would take at least 30-40 minutes for something to bake, plus there would be time to mix the ingredients, and that’s completely disregarding the idea of making something small batch in a large-scale bakery. I mean, it’s a small space, but bakeries make things in mass quantities.
The guy behind the counter explained that one time, this lady came in when they were pulling them from the oven and got the baked good she wanted hot, so now she expects it the same way every time, but is never nice about it. Heck, if that were me I would 1) be nice, and 2) ask if they knew when they’d be baking them so I could try and get there when they’d be hot. I don’t really know what anyone would expect to be super fresh at close to 1 pm at a bakery that opens its doors at 5 am.
I didn’t have much scratch on me, so I got half a dozen hard rolls for a stellar $1.50. They were a little stale tasting, but I’m guessing they would have been great for an early morning breakfast. As Albany John and I were leaving, the same lady who had a hissy fit in the store drove by us to turn around (it was weird… was she waiting for us?) and said “Can you believe some the nerve of some people?”. Again, I almost started laughing, and Albany John goes “Yeah, SOME PEOPLE are really rude,”
I don’t think she got it. Who waits for someone to leave the bakery to try to get them on her side? That’s just creepy.
So here’s my haul. On the bottom are some deli goods from Olde Polish Deli, followed by 2 large heads of garlic, and those rolls from Schuyler Bakery.
Middle row = eggs, red potatoes, and radishes,
Top row = Tomatoes and Cauliflower the tomatoes were only $1 because some of them were worse for wear. They were a fine salad with the two or three bad bits cut off. I am totally fine with culled local produce. It’s less waste overall, too.
Okay, so I am in LURVE with Mr. Olde Polish Deli guy. We got about a half pound of the smoked swiss (because it is irresistably good), and he cut it perfectly thin, then GAVE US THE END PIECE FOR FREE. FREE.
It was about another half pound. I can see why he did it – who wants to buy an end piece? And it creates so much goodwill to your existing kinda new customers. I was like “WAAAHHHH??!!” It was just so. freaking. nice. Yeah, I think I’m a customer for life now.
They also had potato pancakes. $0.85 each, or three for $2.10. I’ve never really had good potato pancakes, but figured I’d give these a shot. SO GOOD, I’m glad I did. They were smooth all the way through, and mostly potato. They were really good cold (which is almost unheard of for fried things), but excellent reheated on a skillet at home to crisp them up.
The potato pancakes weren’t tiny trifling things either – they were large ovals. Definitely worth the money.
HAM, GLORIOUS HAM! If I ever wonder why I’m not as skinny as my little sister, places like The Olde Polish Deli are why. And I am totally fine with that. How could I ever think of not eating this amazingly good double thick bacon? I will wear my double-digit sized clothes with pride. And I could probably wedge myself into them with a little bacon grease, too. See? It’s a MULTITASKER!
I don’t think I ever put this in a pan – it was just… so good cold. Like the best ham you’ve ever had. It was fully cured, it’s not like I was eating raw bacon. And if I was, I DON’T CARE. POLISH BACON SASHIMI FOR ALBANY JANE!
I forget how much this cost exactly, but I want to say something like $7.89 per pound. I don’t know – max $8/lb. It’s great as a sandwich, it’s great as a snack, I think I even heard it’s working on stem cell research to cure cancer.