“What do you crave and what food couldn’t you live without?” Recently, I was asked this question and, being the food lover that I am, I had to think long and hard about my answer. And after hours (ok, it was more like 10 minutes but when contemplating a world in which I could only have one food I didn’t linger over that horrifying idea) my answer was… bread. But I’m not talking about that pale, white spongy sandwich bread version of childhood. No, I am talking about hearty, rustic toothsome bread, bread that will hold up to a load of ingredients, that can handle the likes of this Steak, Mushroom and Talera Sandwich.
Ever since Nancy Silverton opened her eponymous bakery on La Brea I’ve been a fan. Ok, let’s be honest here, an obsessive fan (read on to see exactly how obsessive) . I distinctly remember the first time I had La Brea Bakery’s bread – it was sublime and I honestly recall hearing angels sing because it was that good – a crispy, chewy crust with a tender yet toothsome center .. and the flavor!!! I’d never had bread that good in my life. But since I lived in Orange County and the La Brea Bakery was in L.A. my opportunities to sample this food of the gods (IMHO) was limited and every trip to L.A. pretty much had to include a stop at the bakery. So, when La Brea Bakery first began selling their bread outside of the bakery well…. I am here to tell you that dreams do indeed come true!
Since that day, La Brea bread has been the bread of choice in our household. Our standard “fast food” meal consists of a store bought rotisserie chicken, spring mix salad greens, a mango, any kind of berry available and a loaf of La Brea’s “take and bake” bread. Hamburger buns have been permanently replaced by the Talera rolls and our everyday sandwich bread is the Multigrain Artisan Sandwich bread.
In addition to these bona fides of our fan status, La Brea Bakery’s “take and bake” loaves were also included in the Christmas gifts my husband’s company sent to their clients.
I think it’s safe to say that if La Brea Bakery had a fan club, we’d be charter members. Told you I was a bit obsessed with it, didn’t I?
So, when I decided to pen this paean to all things La Brea Bakery I knew I needed something special – this Steak, Mushroom and Talera Sandwich. Based on one of my all time favorite salads (another obsession!) it’s made with layers of grilled, thinly sliced flat iron steak, red onions and shitake mushrooms sauteed with a little olive oil and sherry wine vinegar, arugula and finished with a good slather of a spicy chipotle laced mayonnaise and piled on top of a La Brea Bakery Talera roll.
Obsession has never tasted this good.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. ALL opinions expressed here are my own. I honestly and truly love these products and just wanted to “share the love” with all of you!!