Where to Pick Up Holiday Treats

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Cakes at Baker & Banker Bakery.

Just in case you didn’t have your fill at parties over the weekend, or you just don’t have time to bake one more thing, there are a few places around town offering some special holiday treats.

The ~BAKER & BANKER~ Bakery is putting out some holiday desserts, like a dark chocolate peppermint crunch layer cake (6” for $35, 10” for $50), eggnog cheesecake with gingersnap crust (6” for $22, 10” for $48), apple-pear pie with walnut crust, and Meyer lemon meringue pie. Call 415-351-2500.

Just in case you weren’t able to get enough people together for a tamalada, you can swing by either of the ~MIJITA~ locations to pick up pre-ordered tamales for Christmas. Mijita AT&T Park (415-644-0240) will be offering chicken and salsa verde tamales, pork and chile Colorado, rajas (roasted sweet peppers with Oaxaca cheese), or sweet tamales with golden raisins. Mijita Ferry Building (415-399-0814) will be offering chicken or vegetarian (cheese and poblano pepper) tamales. Tamales are $3 each or a dozen for $32 (flavors can be mixed and matched). A side of salsa verde is included in all tamale orders. Order at least 48 hours in advance and pick up at the Mijita location ordered from (AT&T Park Mijita requires 72-hour advance notice).

Joanna Karlinsky’s famous Meetinghouse biscuits are available for pickup every day this week from 8am-7pm at ~SWEET JO’S CAFE~ inside the Jewish Community Center. (Joanna will be making personal deliveries as the holidays get closer.)

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe, a sister restaurant to ~SPRUCE~, and baker of the delicious breads served there, is planning a special delivery of holiday treats on Christmas Eve. There will be bûche de Noël ($65
), panettone ($18.95
), stollen ($12), and a variety of pies (all pies are served in a Pyrex dish for you to keep). Here’s a PDF with the complete list. You can place your order by calling Mayfield Bakery at 650-853-9201 and be sure to mention that you would like to pick up your order at Spruce. The only day for delivery will be Friday December 24th between noon and 10:30pm, otherwise arrangements can be made for pickup at the Bakery in Palo Alto.

Now, what are you going to be drinking with all these treats? I was gifted a copy of the app “Holiday Cocktail Bar” (available for iPhone and Android) with easy-to-make recipes on it for holiday Champagne cocktails, punches, martinis, and toddies developed by Kim Haasarud. (I want to try the salted caramel mocha made with… tequila!) The app is available on iTunes for $1.99.