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Monday, February 8, 2010

Some bread for my baby-o!

It was a frosty cold morning this past Saturday, but nothing was stopping myself and the junior Pioneer from heading out to the premiere event of the winter season: the opening day of Celena's Bakery (2036 Danforth). When I first heard the rumour that a new bakery was set to open its doors on Danforth, I couldn't have been happier. The old Italian bakery a block west had closed two years earlier, leaving only Plank Road Market and North Pole Bakery left to supply the blossoming neighbourhood population of fresh bread addicts (thanks Atkins diet for reminding all of us how good carbs are!). Celena's timely opening will once again bring fresh bread, cookies and other baked goods to the Danforth.

Here's how it went down: I opened the door to the bakery and noticed that it was cozily packed and that I knew approximately half the people in the room. Check mark for "neighbourhood gathering spot". The heady smell of fresh baked bread washed over me and oh, what a wonderful feeling. The sun was shining through the windows, rolling over the warm yellow walls and enhancing the happiness radiating from the room. There is just something about baking that makes people happy.

A wall display of bread baskets held a selection of fresh baked loaves, still warm from the oven. A brief perusal uncovered rosemary loaves, sourdough rounds and french bread. I greedily grabbed two, but realized that they were literally going to be sold out of bread in only minutes so I will save one for next visit. An espresso machine was puffing away behind the counter which means this will be a great place for a cookie and a coffee, post lunch. I also overheard that there will be pies, oh my!

Goodbye taste-less and day old grocery store bread, hello delicious artisanal treats. I can't wait to get to know you better!


  1. I also recommend trying a Danish. On opening day, my husband and I got a blueberry Danish and the garlic sourdough - both freshly baked. The bread was good (lots of tasty roasted garlic, but we like more sour in sourdough). The Danish was exceptional - best Danish I've ever had. We went back for more Danish goodness on Sunday :) We saw a shelf of jams on Sunday too.

    We plan to try pie next week!

  2. I got a few chocolate cookies. They were awesome. Super friendly staff, too.

  3. We went early in the afternoon, and they were about bought out - of everything! Bodes well. :)

  4. So happy Celena's has opened. Try the strawberry scones. They're huge so good enough to share and they are amazing!