Bushnell, FL - Events of Thursday, March 14 to Saturday, March 16, 2013
The shower head arrived on Wednesday, but the faucet wasn't scheduled to arrive until around noon on Thursday. Therefore, we decided to take a drive to Yalaha Bakery on Thursday morning while we were waiting for the faucet to arrive.
Yalaha Bakery is located in Yalaha, FL, which is about half an hour northeast of Bushnell on the shores of Lake Harris. It is a German bakery that specializes in hearty breads and delicious pastries. We first discovered it when we drove past it on our way to take a boat cruise on the Dora Canal back in 2008. We didn't make it Yalaha Bakery last year because we were only a few months into our low carb/low sugar diets. This year, since we have reached our respective weight-loss goals, we can splurge once in a while.
As we walked toward the bakery from the parking lot, we couldn't help but notice the pair of bottle brush trees in full bloom flanking the entrance.
From the next photo of a bottle brush flower, it's easy to see how the plant gets its name.
Yalaha Bakery has breads, rolls, breakfast pastries and dessert pastries.
They also have a deli that serves sandwiches for $7 to $8 every day plus hot dishes such as schnitzel, goulash, knackwurst and bratwurst for $9 to $10 on the weekend.
Yalaha Bakery has entertainment outside on the patio on Saturdays and Sundays, and the place can get pretty crowded. There are so many people inside on the weekend it is hard to get close enough to the display case to decide what you want. Then once they call your number, you feel rushed to make a decision because so many people are waiting.
We knew we wanted pretzel rolls, but we had a hard time deciding what we wanted to take back for dessert later in the evening. The good thing about going to the bakery during the week is it is a lot less crowded. We had plenty of time to ask questions and to make our selection. Paul ended up choosing a Chocolate Bombe (a mound of chocolate mousse on top of a thin piece of yellow cake covered with chocolate icing), and Margery picked a Bee Sting (yellow cake with white icing topped with toasted almonds and honey). We didn't intend to get three desserts, but the deep-dish apple pie looked so good, we got a piece of that to share as well.
In addition to the desserts, we bought four pretzel rolls - one each to take back to the motor home to use for our sandwiches for lunch and two to eat on the spot because they are so good we knew we wouldn't be able to wait. The morning air was still cool, so we found a table on the patio in the sun to enjoy our first pretzel rolls.
The bakery has pretzel rolls with and without cheddar cheese. We like the ones with cheese because the cheese on top is baked to a nice crunch, and it adds a little more depth of flavor.
When we got back to Blueberry Hill, Paul worked on the project to replace the shower faucet we wrote about in our last post. We also used our remaining pretzel rolls to make salami and provolone sandwiches for lunch. Yum!
Later that evening, we enjoyed our desserts. They were all delish! The apple pie wasn't overly sweet, and the crust had the texture of dense cake rather than the usual flaky pie crust. The Bee Sting wasn't overly sweet either, and it was a nice blend of crunchy almonds, moist cake and creamy icing. The Chocolate Bombe was small, but very rich and loaded with chocolate flavor.
We only have another couple of weeks left here in Florida, and we have been working our summer travel plans. We plan to stop at a few of our favorite locations as we work our way northward during the spring and early summer, then head to New England in mid-July. Margery has been spending a lot of time on the computer researching things to see and places to stay. On Saturday, she needed a break from her research and she also announced she didn't feel like cooking dinner. Therefore, we headed over to Beef O'Brady's in Bushnell in the late afternoon for lupper.
Beef O'Brady's is a sports bar with lots of great appetizers, sandwiches and burgers. Sandwiches and burgers range in price from about $7.50 to $10 and include fries. We both had a build-your-own burger where you can select from several different cheeses and numerous other toppings. Margery had American cheese and the "works" sans onions on her burger, and Paul had American cheese and creamy poblano sauce on his. Both burgers were great!
Even though our time in Florida is short and we're busy researching things for our summer travels, we still want to make time for at least one more sightseeing outing here in Florida, and we still have a restaurant or two we want to hit before we leave. Stay tuned.