It is a place called "Le Chantilly,"
and upon walking in, I was struck by how large it was. Not only was there a display case of sandwiches and other finger foods in front of me, along with a baked goods case to the right, there was a whole little café in the back. My buddy and I were supposed to be on a way to a Project meeting, but she had had the kind of day that needed their take on Oreos, a sort of café mocha creme sandwich treat worth every bite. I obliged - I like to visiting new places like that.
Later, during the lunch portion of the meeting, I took a picture of the bag and sent it off to R00t. "Delicious! Ever been?" I asked.
"Nope, where is it?" she asked.
I gave instructions, with the addendum of "They have croissant everything." And they did - Carne Adovada croissants, Green Chile croissants, and probable croissant combinations of the two. Among others! Really, I wanted to get a sandwich then and there, but they were a wee bit pricey and we were short on minutes. Besides, that sort of café setting, it's fun to explore with friends.
Much like the tea shop next to the place where I tend to vote. Which, this year, opened its doors so that the owner could bring out little samples of Peppermint Bark tea to us, chilled by the sidewalk breeze. It, too, is much bigger than I thought, looking like a literal fairy land of tea. Also, someone in line mentioned that they have tea and scones times, but not only that, they have a selection of hats to try on during those times.
Any place that provides a selection of hats for tea - even if they're only for the young girls - gets high marks in my book.
It's my kneejerk response to always ask people about these places when I encounter them, which I suppose is a passive way of spreading it. "Have you heard of such-and-such?" I will ask. "It looks really neat." If they do know, I will learn a thing. If they don't, they may learn a thing, and we both may be spurred to further adventure.
...I wish I could come up with some sort of high unifying theme here, but I got nuttin'. Just a few of those Oreos to munch on later, and a few new places marked on my internal map.
Today, I ended up in a French-style bakery in Albuquerque.