Bienvenue!

In case you missed it, here are my first impressions of Provence Bakery that appeared in Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

Provence Bakery opened their second location in the Del Monte Center the first week of July.

Prunedale’s Provence Bakery has flown under the radar of most Peninsula foodies, but it looks like that’s about to change now that brothers Greg and Guillaume D’Angio have opened a second shop in the Del Monte Center.

The shop is stocked with lots of French pastries and baguettes.

My friend and I dropped in on the Fourth of July to stock up on croissants and coffee — the breakfast of champions, or at least French champions.

The plain croissant was simple, but delicious.

The plain croissant ($2.50) was buttery and flaky, with a delicate and slightly chewy inside. The flavor was fantastic.

The spinach croissant ($4.50) was stuffed with spinach leaves — the buttery pastry and the earthy spinach were a nice pairing.

We saved the almond croissant ($3) for our dessert while watching the Independence Day parade.

The almond croissant was a little messy with lots of powdered sugar, but it was mighty tasty.

It was a little sticky from the sugary almond filling, but that didn’t stop us from devouring it in a few bites. By the end, we were seriously considering breaking into the extra one we were saving for my friend’s boyfriend.

The pastry case has many alluring sweet treats.

I’m certainly eager to return to Provence Bakery — the pastry case was stocked with many tempting sweet treats.

Before you visit, stop by the ATM — it’s cash only until their credit card machine arrives.

Provence Bakery is at 630 Del Monte Center, between Subway and Verizon Wireless, in Monterey. 521-9459.

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