bakeries between la and santa barbara?
we are driving from los angeles to santa barbara - my wife is a lover of good baked goods, cupcakes, danish, cookies, etc. - any recommendations? thanks...
Natas in Sherman Oaks on Ventura is probably the only Portuguese bakery in greater LA and the young Belgian baker there makes a wide range of not just Portuguese but Belgian/French and american style pastries and cookies. The best custard tarts I've had anywhere (the Chinese ones, if you've had them, were adapted via Macao from the Portuguese).
Pending on where this drive starts in LA, Euro Pane Bakery on Colorado - just east of Lake (in Pasadena) is great. Love the chocolate hazelnut tarts and I go to sleep everynight wishing I could wake up to one of their ginger scones. Nice bread too...good ciabatta.
Bea's Bakery in Tarzana is probably the best Jewish bakery in the city. Great delcos and the best black-and-white cookies around. They also have some great cakes, but you didn't mention them. It's right on the way, about three blocks from the Reseda offramp from the 101.
For cupcakes, you could preorder from Leda's in Sherman Oaks. They used to have cupcakes daily, but they dropped their bakery/coffee house in favor of preorders only. They are great, but expensive, and you would probably need to buy a large amount of cupcakes. Their cookies and scones are also very good.
18450 Clark St, Tarzana, CA 91356
Check out the goodies at Pierre LaFond in Santa Barbara. They have a great selection of sweets as well as breads, and a deli at their shop on State St. near Cota, or at their smaller place in El Paseo. The cornmeal blueberry pancakes are also a really nice treat for breakfast.
A tad bit out of the way, but relatively close to the 5 are:
1. Porto's Bakery (Glendale and Burbank) - Really, really good baked goods. I'm a fan of the cheese rolls (sweetened cream cheese encased a flaky pastry dough that's topped with course sugar and baked) and the guava-cheese rolls (guava preserves and sweetened cream cheese inside a pie like dough). There is a great selection of pastries there...they even have miniature versions of their more impressive desserts (i.e. mango mousse, italian cheesecake, tres leches cake, opera cake, etc.). You can't possibly go wrong here.
2. Yummy Cupcakes (Burbank) - It's down the street from the Burbank location of Porto's. Great cupcakes...at times a little too sweet, but I LOVE LOVE their red velvet...they have three different renditions on the frosting....cream cheese frosting, cocoa cream cheese frosting, and a half cream cheese, half cocoa cream cheese mix. Now that's yummy!
315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
2918 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505