This is a hosted media event.
Whenever I travel, I reach out to people on social media to find out where the best places to eat are. Because everyone knows I have a raging sweet tooth, most of the suggestions are ice cream shops and bakeries. The last time I'm in San Francisco, about a dozen people tell me I need to visit Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.
"What a peculiar name," I think. I don't get a chance to visit, but it sticks in my head. And sure enough, it continues to permeate my virtual world, even outside the Bay Area.
Lucky for me, I don't have to drive another 400 miles to experience Mr. Holmes because he (whoever he is) has come to Los Angeles! And even luckier - I get an invite to the media preview party. (FYI they sell out completely on opening day, within hours. So be aware there may be long lines for a while.)
The bakery is known for their "cruffin" which is croissant meets muffin, with a jam/cream filling. Unfortunately they aren't serving them the evening I go, but we do get three pastries of our choice. I don't pick anything chocolate (like this monkey bread) because I will be spending an hour and a half driving in the hot car.
I wind up with a Fruity Pebble cream-filled Donut, a savory Bacon Danish, and one of these Chocolate Bread Pudding Slices.
Combining forces with my friends Lily Diamond and Alana Kysar's selections to form an Instagram-worthy shot.
I am bringing my box to Book Club and sharing it with my buddies. They are mind-blowingly delicious. After one bite, my friend Rachelle Wood and I each rip that donut in half with our hands and tear through it like wild beasts.
Here's praying that this sign I recently spotted on Larchmont means a cruffin will be within walking distance of me someday.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is in Highland Park at 111 S Avenue 59 Los Angeles, CA 90042.