But, this time, my euphoric state was completely justified. "When Pigs Fly" is no ordinary bread emporium.
Sure, they have white and whole wheat, including a wonderfully dense French, but from there, choices accelerate into a creative taste-ride. Their artisan breads include: Mexican Black Bean, Cherry Peach Hog Heaven, Whole Wheat Grapenut & Date, and an incredible Chocolate that has the texture of bread but tastes like it was just cut from a baked sheet of brownies.
"When Pigs Fly" in Brookline arranges the loaves with tantalizing descriptions and offers a sample taste to help you make a selection. Since I can never decide on just one variety, my solution is to take as much as we can carry and just freeze what isn't eaten that day. They'll be happy to slice it for you.
This New England company began in the 1990's in Wells, Maine and now has six stores, including the one in Brookline (a block beyond Coolidge Corner) and in Somerville. "When Pigs Fly" is also offered at some Farmers' Markets.
Just reliving our visit is starting to erode my focus. You understand. So, while I finish my slice of Oat & Honey, check out the "When Pigs Fly" website at www.sendbread.com.
Here are our bread tools of choice. We bought this bread knife two decades ago and still use it daily. Friends who use it are quick to see the difference in this and lesser-quality bread knives.
The bread cutting board with crumb box lives on our kitchen counter where it saves us from constantly cleaning up crumbs from the crusty breads we love.
The oversized flour sack towels are perfect for wrapping breads to keep them fresh and still crusty.
Want to learn more about "When Pigs Fly" and see more photos? Check these posts:
Baking with Good Taste and Humor
Pigs Fly at the Downtown Crossing Holiday Market
Here's a tip for Keeping Bread Fresher Longer
When Pigs Fly
1378 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA ( Map & Reviews )
Writer: Ed Cherubino
Photos: © 2010 Penny Cherubino