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April 2017

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Menuplease: Dave’s Bread, TJ’s Cinnamon Rolls, & Village Deli

A few months ago Femme de Joie was searching the shelves at Winco for a decent loaf of whole-wheat sandwich bread without high-fructose corn syrup, when she chanced upon Dave's Killer Blues Bread. Attracted by the catchy graphics and healthy ingredients, she bought a loaf on impulse. After Amico del Signore had a taste, he went back to Winco for more. A clerk told him that it had been sent to the Redding store by accident but that they were getting customer requests for more. Apparently customer demand paid off, because three kinds of Dave's Bread is now available regularly. Good Seed, 21 Grain, and Killer Blues are all hearty, substantial loaves with nutty taste and firm texture. We love them.

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For those who enjoy an improbable success story, check out Dave's methhead-to-baker life at http://www.daveskillerbread.com/ or follow him on Facebook.

For those who like a sweeter bread product, M. de Joie recommends Trader Joe's Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls.

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These come in one of those refrigerated cans you whack against the kitchen counter. We like them because the dough is crunchy on the outside, tender inside, and much less sweet than doughnut-shop cinnamon rolls - you add the icing to taste. They make a great treat on a weekend morning. $3.99 for a 17.5-ounce can (contains 5 rolls).

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M. de Joie is sorry to see Pio Loco close, especially after the recent huge turnaround in the quality of food and service. She fervently hopes someone will snap up that beautiful space and open up another restaurant.EDIT: Chef Jeff is working on opening a new restaurant in the space vacated by Fiesta Azteca on Park Marina Drive. Good luck to him.

The closing leaves a liquor license for sale, reportedly at $50,000.

In happier news, The Village Delicatessen has opened in downtown Redding at 1300 Market Street, across from the Old City Hall Arts Center. They are open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu is available on their Facebook page.

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