Can you guess what it is? Hint: It is a bake shop that has its own show on tv. Hmmmm.
The whole cast of characters was here this past weekend for the opening. I tend to shy away from celebrity events, so I waited until today to go.
This picture should help.
Yep, Carlo’s Bake Shop opened less than 5 miles from my house this past Saturday. From what I heard, the line was out the door and around the corner.
Today was more civil. I ran into my friend Laura and we went into the shop together. The decor is like the one they have on TV. Here are some pictures of the baked items inside.
The prices were high-ish. The biscotti was $19.95/lb. They had some beautiful meringues, and I was surprised to see rugelach. I guess I think of Carlo’s as an Italian bakery and rugelach is Jewish. But where I live has a large population of Jewish people, so maybe they were gearing their product to the audience.
Even though it was about 10:30am, there were a lot of people in the store. I don’t remember what time they opened, it was either 7am or 8am, but by the time I got to the store at 10:30am, and drew my number, I was number 99. That means they had almost 100 people shopping before me that morning. WOW!
Inside are a lot of employees baking, preparing, and waiting on customers. And they use computer tablets to take your order. See the pad in the employee’s hand below (in the white shirt). It does seem to slow down the ordering process a little as the person has to type in every item. But this does help the business understand its inventory needs much better than just taking verbal orders.
When they got to my number, I ordered one Lobster Tail and a quarter pound of Nut Bar.
Outside we surveyed the pretty packaging.
I opened the Lobster Tail first. The Lobster Tail was a filo dough wrapped cone of pastry cream.
I think it could have used some confectioners sugar on top to make it look prettier. The other ones on the bakery tray had it, but not this one. Anyway, inside the pastry was a delicious pastry cream that tasted like the best vanilla pudding you have ever had.
But honestly, that is how good pastry cream always tastes. I wouldn’t say that this pastry cream was better than mine, for example. I do think that this bakery introduces baked concepts that we have not seen around here. And while we do have some AWESOME bakeries already, they tend to draw the customer looking for a celebration cake, not so much a pastry cream filled treat.
The Nut Bar was decent. It was full of almonds and sugar and very hard. Once was enough for me.
Laura and I ate all the goodies on a bench outside the shop. It was a beautiful day and we were talking and watching people go into the store. I have a feeling this place is going to be crowded for a while.
Will I go back? Maybe. For a baker, I am blessed to have so many bakeries to explore around here. I have my favorite place for cupcakes (McMillan’s), and my favorite place for cakes (Classic Cake). Carlo’s is going to have to fill a void, that right now, I don’t have. So, we’ll see.