I was reminiscing the other day about life in Illinois.
Because it wasn't all bad.
My kids went to a great school.
There was this amazing Jamaican restaurant in U City (De Palm Tree).
The City Museum was spectacular.
Our church secretary was a gem.
And bald eagles wintered along the Mississippi river there.
Pretty sure the eagles were my favorite thing about life in the STL area.
There was also Duke Bakery.
There aren't many bakeries anymore, most are now in grocery stores and just aren't good.
Duke Bakery sat on top of a hill in the middle of a neighborhood in Alton.
Finding it was a challenge for this out of town girl.
But one day my daughter and I went on a quest.
We found the bakery.
And I introduced her to the loveliness that is an eclair.
She also remembers the day I took her for her first creme brûlée but that's a story for another day.
So, if you are in Illinois and if Duke Bakery is still there please go and support them. Small bakeries are being eliminated by flavorless grocery store giants.
Do you have a favorite bakery in your town? Tell me about it!