I was determined to be the FIRST in line at Silo's Baking Co. so I set my alarm for 6:30 the next morning as they opened at 7:30. Even though I was staying just 2 blocks from the bakery, come hell or high water I was going be their first customer.
Oh my goodness...one foot out the door and I couldn't believe how humid it was, even at 7:00 in the morning. The sky also looked ominous but off I went to have a cupcake or two by 7:30. Parked the car right across the street, after all, who else was going to be crazy enough to be there so early? Well, to answer your question, yes, I was the first in line, but not 10 minutes later, I had probably 20 people behind me, with it thundering and lightning. The lights on the silos and bakery were still lit and looked beautiful against the still somewhat dark sky. The sky was ready to do something, and I just hoped it wasn't going to take shape while I was sitting outside enjoying my cupcake.
At 7:20, a girl came out to greet us and promptly gave all of us a card which listed every item in the bakery. While waiting, we were able to put our order together, which I think was pretty smart so that you were ready when you got to the person at the cash register. The only downside to this was that I had never been inside before. I was somewhat placing my order blind even though there was a pretty detailed description of what was inside and on top of each cupcake.
Hooray, the doors opened at 7:30 and there I was, all puffed up to be the first customer. Trouble was, even though I could have ordered 4 or 5 things, I knew I had another stop to make after this one before heading to the airport, and it was to yet another bakery, the one I hadn't gone to the day before because it was already the afternoon and I knew they would be out of a lot of stuff.
So I ordered a chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache frosting and a bottle of water. Came in a nice little box too, even though it was only one lone cupcake (I wonder how much extra that set me back hidden in the price of the cupcake). Off I went to the patio area, and what a difference from the day before when it was over 90 degrees with hundreds of people milling around. I have to say, it was a darn good cupcake, really good, and I could have easily had another 1 or 2, but didn't want to ruin my appetite for Lula Jane's. A lot of sugar...a lot, but I'm a sugar addict so bite after bite it went down so easy. And yes, the rain started coming, but I was done here and off to Lula Jane's.
Lula Jane's was only about 2 miles down the road. They opened at 8 so I had it made and got there right after they opened. Nice concept because the doors were actually a garage door that opened fully, giving the patrons the choice to eat inside or out but still feeling like they were outside when they were inside...if you get my drift lol. As I walked in, a woman greeted almost immediately, as she did with everyone else who came through the door. This was Nancy, the owner of the shop. I introduced myself and said I had just come from Silo's Bakery, but knew I was coming here as well so didn't fill up. She was very pleased, and said so. I then told her I had a food blog and she said, "then I want you to try a few things and give me your honest opinion", of which I told her I would since she asked. Of course no recipes were given my way, so I took a bite of my first victim, a chocolate chip cookie, studied the inside, the bottom, broke off a piece with my fingers...did everything a baker does when they study something for the first time. The second item was a cheddar bacon scone which looked just as good as the cookie, and it was. They were both divine and told Nancy she definitely had two winners there. Below are the pictures of the some of the items in her bakery. You can tell she takes a lot of pride in her place. It's just a place where people sit with their laptops, or lingering over coffee and conversation while eating their pastries, or cake, or brownies. I was so glad that I had waited until morning to go. I also told her that had I lived closer, I would definitely be wanting to work with her at the bakery, and her reply was that she would accept me with open arms. That's quite a testimonial to hire a person site unseen just upon you telling them you have a food blog. All told, I was there across from her for about a half hour, just talking baking. Thanks, Nance, for that lovely experience.
Well, that wraps up my trip to Waco. Will I go again? Probably not, but never say never, especially when it comes to Chip and Joanna Gaines!
From 35,000 feet up in the air on the way back to Seattle