Everyone has a list of things to accomplish during their lifetime. It usually reads something like this:
1) Fit back into my high school cheerleading uniform.
2) Trek up a mountain in the (hopefully) capable hands of a Tibetan sherpa.
3) Sleep with a B-list celebrity.
4) Write the great American novel (will settle for New York Times bestseller).
You get the picture: a to-do list that serves more to demonstrate how mundane life is than it does to offer validation. My aspirations are slightly less lofty.
My first stop was Saratori’s, an Italian pastry shop that’s an extension of Tully's Italian Deli. Located on San Mateo, Tully’s has been selling sandwiches, pasta, meats and other treats di cucina for 38 years. When a tenant vacated a shop at the end of the building, the Camuglias, who own the deli and building it’s housed in, weren’t looking forward to re-leasing the spot. So Johnny Camuglia simply told his mother, Jerry, “I’m gonna do my own thing.”
As if the buttery roll wasn’t enough, its center gave way to orange rind and ricotta cheese.
Next time you stop by Tully’s for lunch, make sure to drop by the bakery for dessert. Or head over for breakfast. Grab a cup of joe, some biscotti, settle into an overstuffed chair and try not to think about how this may be as close as you’ll get to checking off No. 3457 on your list—taking a picture of yourself pretending to single-handedly hold up the Eiffel Tower.
Everything is baked from scratch and nothing less than real butter gets mixed into the frosting. As it melted on my tongue, I realized that grocery store birthday cakes would never again satiate me.
Although cupcake-only bakeries are sprouting like weeds all over the country, Laurie is undeterred. Cupcakeology is more of a sweet-spot café than a typical bakery, with its pink-and-white decor and “You are what you eat, so eat something cute” scribbled on a wall. Small tables and coffee complete the feel. Her reason for only offering these paper-wrapped indulgences is purely logical. She laughingly explains, “They’re the perfect size, they’re a treat and they’re a great vehicle for frosting!”
Cupcakeology is more of a sweet-spot café than a typical bakery, with its pink-and-white decor and “You are what you eat, so eat something cute” scribbled on a wall.
The Alibi recommends from Saratori’s:
• Limone farfalla
• Buccellati biscotto
The Alibi recommends from Cupcakeology:
• Coconut cupcakes
• Red velvet cupcakes
• Monkeybutter cupcakes
Saratori’s di Tully, 1425 San Mateo NE, 268-2627. Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun-Mon. Price range: Inexpensive. Credit cards accepted.
Cupcakeology, 2000 Carlisle NE, 266-1115. Hours: Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun-Mon. Price range: Inexpensive. Credit cards accepted.