Keeping in line with my new goal to do one new thing each weekend, I forced Kelly to wake up early on Sunday morning (prior to an A’s game — another new experience!) to trek to the Mission and beat the long line at Tartine Bakery & Cafe.

It was starting to get ridiculous that I hadn’t been here yet. I had always been deterred by the long line. But after watching this video (and reading about it constantly online), I decided I had to push it to the top of my list.

Amazing. We sat outside in the sunshine and carefully peeled apart the flaky, buttery pastries. The Morning Bun was a heavenly sugar spun creation of cinnamon and orange flavors. The gougére was essentially a doughy bubble of cheese, black pepper, and rosemary. And the ham and cheese croissant? As Kelly said, “I’ve had a lot of ham and cheese croissants, and this is the best one I’ve ever had.” The pastry is incredible — so thin and light, but full of soft and buttery flavor.

If you haven’t gone yet, do yourself a favor and wait in the line. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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