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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

This Week's Review: Pie on the Run

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM

click to enlarge Butter Love Bakeshop's apricot-cherry pie, pretty much my favorite. - KIMBERLY SANDIE
  • Kimberly Sandie
  • Butter Love Bakeshop's apricot-cherry pie, pretty much my favorite.

I grew up in a pie-baking family in the heart of pie country. So while my feelings about fermented shrimp paste, liquid nitrogen, and tripe have changed drastically since childhood, no amount of exposure to the wide world of gastronomy has shaken two core beliefs about pie:

a) Pie is always better when it's fresh.
b) Pie is always better when it's homemade.

Thanks to the weeks I spent researching today's full-length review, the second belief is beginning to shift.

Mission Pie, Chile Pies & Ice Cream, Mission Beach Cafe, and

Southern Sweets are doing good work, but there's another class of

homestyle pie bakers appearing at farmers markets (Marge Bakery, Charlie Frank's Pies, Pie Press), popups (Three Babes Bakeshop, PieTisserie), cafes (Black Jet Bakery) and street corners (Pie Fridays). One of the bakers I sought out, Butter Love Bakeshop, doesn't even make public appearances these days, preferring to take orders through her website and make deliveries.

I ate an awful lot of pie over the course of two weeks, and the review

highlights my favorite of the pies you have to hunt down to capture.

Since the review was turned in last week, in fact, I even learned about

another delivery service: 3141 Pie. I'm sure there are other underground-market vendors and street-corner bakers out there. If so, hit me up.

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