April 19, 2009
Guillermo found this pastry shop in downtown Mendoza and loved it so much, he took me back there–twice. He discovered it after an early morning hit to the ATM, and came back to the hotel room with a bag full of medialunas–I knew there was a reason I married this guy!
It's a short stroll from the Plaza Independencia, Mendoza's main square, on Avenidas San Martin and Espejo. There's a kiosko (magazine kiosk) in front, and an ATM next door. It's right in the midst of the bustle of downtown. But walk into Trigal, and your eyes will be aglow with the myriad flavors of their baked goods.
The smell of fresh baked bread wafts from the back room. The women behind the counter, neatly outfitted in their plaid uniforms (with bread-baking babushka kerchiefs), whirl around filling customer's orders. The cases are lined with everything from daintily frosted petit-fours to robust loaves of bread. The smell, the colorful pastries, and of course, the flavors of said pastries–Trigal is a feast for the senses.
Above, the case in the front window facing the street–petit-fours and cakes–chocolate, cream-filled, and tiramisu-style tarts. Below–sweet and salty breakfast pastries, including medialunas, the Argentinean glazed crossant that's sometimes filled with dulce de leche.
Other cases are filled with sandwiches on pan de miga–a thin white bread–stuffed with tuna and tomato, ham and cheese, or roquefort spread. Or alfajores and macarons–made in -house–merengues, pasta frola, and tiny fruit tarts for one, to pick you up after a long day behind your desk. (To be accompanied by a hot, milky coffee, of course.) Baskets lining shelves are filled with crusty loaves to bring home for the evening meal.
I leave you with this: puff pastry filled with quince paste and covered with confectioner's sugar, on my flickr photostream From Argentina With Love. Have a sweet day!
Panaderia Trigal San Martin and Espejo, (with other locations) in Mendoza.
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