Posted on November 23 2011

MY TARTINE BAKERY TOUR (part 2: speechless)

When I last left you in the story, I introduced myself to Chad Robertson (the co-author of the cookbook I’m working my way through here/co-owner of a billion cool things/bread wizard) when I spotted him at my favorite coffee shop the first morning of my trip to San Francisco.  He was nice, we talked for a few minutes, he didn’t ask me to go away, I sent him an email.  There. You’re caught up to speed.

We arranged a time in the afternoon that he’d be around the bakery, and I pretty much counted down to it the entire day.  It was a very rainy San Francisco day.  Usually when it rains there, it’s more of a weird trickle that comes at you from all directions.  There was full-on rain happening that day, which always seems to slow down traffic and make people drive like crazies.  So, when it was 4:30 and Chad wasn’t there, I wasn’t too concerned.  I, unlike the great majority of all the people I know, have this weird thing that I have to be on time.  I was with my friend Jason that day, and I even tried to do things to slow myself down, but some weird force of nature makes me always show up right on time, and today was no exception.  We got coffee, and it was fun to sit back and take it all in, as we were off to the side and just watched people move through the line.  It was the bread rush, when it comes from the ovens for dinner, and people – we’re talking ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages here – get giddy for that stuff.  You see people freaking out as they try to weigh the decisions between a slice of tres leches cake or an adorable tiny banana cream pie, people rejoicing as they’re able to grab a table in the crowd, ladies taking pictures of each other holding their beloved loaf of bread.  It was entertaining, to say the least, and a good distraction from my anxiety of being stood up.  I didn’t really think I was being stood up, I knew he was coming.  Living in California for a handful of years, one becomes accustomed to the not-exactly-punctual nature of surfer time.  Half past four is a loose term, I should know that by now.

I also spent a lot of time pointing out everything I’d made so far, with detailed comparisons in the visual aesthetic of my own baked goods vs. the ones here at Tartine.  Jason, a vegan, was enthralled in this conversation, I promise.

I don’t know if it was I was nervous to actually be there and meet someone who I admire so much, or the fact that I’d consumed a lot of coffee as I waited and was scared to talk and ramble and come off as some hyper mess, but I couldn’t really talk much.  Or maybe I was, but I can’t remember what I was saying.  I followed Chad through the back of the bakery, which at this time of night was a labyrinth of bread baskets.  I think I’d imagined this enormous space with nothing but huge work spaces and counter tops, since that’s what I greatly lack in my own kitchen.  I was trying to listen to every single word Chad was telling me about their morning/evening rituals, the croissant dough in the refrigerators, little snippets of Tartine knowledge – all while interrupting him, “Can I take a picture?”  I didn’t want to just snap away, I though it was a situation where I needed to ask.  But, I didn’t want to keep asking with every step and miss out on what he was saying, so I didn’t take a lot of pictures.  And a lot of the pictures I did take were unusable shots of the floor, feet, the wall, etc.  I also didn’t bring my notebook with me to write things down.  This was deliberate, as I’ve had this gift since middle school where I can retell a conversation, word for word, to anyone.  This especially helped in situations where I was negotiating middle school romantical situations between friends, but I thought it would come in handy here.  I didn’t take a pen and notepad to jot anything down.  Bad move. 

(after the visit)

Jason: Well, how’d it go?  What did you guys talk about?

Me: I have no idea. 

I was told the legs there on the left belong to Nate, and he runs marathons and has been working with Chad for something like eight years.  (Once again, didn’t write things down.  I think that figure is about right though.)

You turn a corner and someone (who I recognize from the Tartine Bread cookbook) was in this secret little corner working with the bread dough.

These are all filled with perfect cakes, probably other stuff too, but all I saw were the cakes. 

He showed me around, and then we stopped and chatted for a bit.  Things I remember: he asked me where I was in the cookbook, he mentioned that some of the bakers read the blog (hi!), we talked about Michigan, and then he said, “Liz wanted me to tell you…” I almost stopped listening right there, just the fact that she had a message for me was enough.  She’s like the great and powerful Oz – but, I’ve seen pictures of her, so I know she exists.

As we were parting ways, I had to muster up the courage to ask for a picture.  For whatever reason, I felt like such a nerd asking.  Of course he was fine with it.  I think it’s part of my Midwestern roots, where I think everyone I meet is my friend and is okay to hug, but as we were posing I had to fight the urge to hug him. 

I am just so thankful for the way this little trip to San Francisco worked out so well,  even though I left the bakery that night with the slight feeling that I’d probably made a fool of myself.  I quickly looked through my camera and had a minor heart attack since a great many of the pictures I’d taken were unusable shots of the floor, people’s heads were cut off, etc.  I resolved that I’d go back the next day, take better pictures of the outside of the shop, potentially meet some of the bakers who read the blog, and perhaps bump into Liz.  So yeah, there’s one more post about this trip…

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