Thursday was one of those days… We through caution to the wind and went to another bakery! We have known about Uppercrust Productions — another Euro style bakery in Gainesville Florida — right next door to The Fresh Market which I talked about shortly after arriving in Reddick. For various reasons we have not been here to eat before but we could not leave Florida without checking out this #1 rated bakery in Gainesville — a place that’s been around in Gainesville for 35 year!
I have to say that the pastries here exceed in richness most any patisserie I ever ate in France. The U.S. is the land of excess and for sure, the bakers here aim to make their product the crispiest and butteriest product that they can. I’m not sure if that’s actually a good thing — but it surely does taste delish!
Not only will you find scrumptious croissants, they also have a variety of other sweet treats with more or less of a European birthright — everything we saw looked scrumptious but we were careful not to try too many of them.
There are wonderful breads to be sampled as well; artisanal products that might challenge your budget if you become overly infatuated with the veritable gluten smorgasbord available here.
And, if you want to dine al fresco, pretending you’re on the Champs d’Elyse there are outdoor tables and chairs where you can watch the world go by — at a much quieter pace than if you were in France.
Following on our RV ‘shopping’ trip of the previous day we decided to check out a mobile home park that had lots with trailers for sale. It took us about 15 seconds to realize that this particular park was not in our future plans. But it was interesting to see another version of ‘retirement life’ in Florida.
We added to that experience a tour through a couple mobile home dealerships — again, not that we’re actually looking to make a change but to see what’s available in this specific area. You may know (or not) that an outfit like, for example, Clayton Homes — which is the largest manufactured home firm in the U.S. — make different models for different markets. The same homes available in Florida are probably not available in Texas and vice versa. Tastes vary and they’re smart enough to capitalize on the desires of their market. So, what we saw here is markedly different from what we saw in S. Texas, in design, size, and options. I find it hard to conceive of our ever taking this step but fact finding is alway part of the due diligence equation and that’s what we’re doing.
We did learn a little more about buying property in Florida. We are definitely not in Wisconsin anymore. The rules and procedures here are very different from what we are accustomed to. But I guess that’s what professionals are for, right?
Anyway… at the end of the day we’re down to two days before starting our return trip north and we’re filling the time with interesting things (to us) while the opportunity affords itself. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here to chat tomorrow.