A Tampa Bay giant has stirred and is on the move. La Segunda Central Bakery, a family-owned Ybor City institution for nearly 103 years (they celebrated that birthday Jan. 15) and the largest producer of Cuban bread in the world, will open a second location in South Tampa in early summer.
The 3,000-square-foot bakery and cafe at the redeveloped 4001 W Kennedy Blvd. shopping plaza will offer seating for the first time, both indoors and outdoors, a barista coffee bar, to-go window and parking.
WALKABOUT AUSTRALIAN BAKERY
In other baking news, Walkabout Australian Bakery has opened at 927 S Howard Ave. in Tampa, at the site of what was a popcorn and then a pizza shop. I heard that and thought, "Great, Australian bakery! That means .?.?. Er, what does that mean?"
Well, says Regina McColl, the Aussie in question, a top seller would be a caramel slice: a homemade biscuit base made with golden syrup, upon which is heaped housemade caramel and then chocolate. Also, meat pies and sausage rolls. McColl says while we have become accustomed to Taco Tuesdays, in Australia itís Friday footy and pies (thatís Australian rules football and meat pies). She has also re-created a classic Australian candy bar called a Cherry Ripe, with chocolate, coconut, marzipan and cherries, but otherwise many of the recipes are adaptations of her "mumís."
Why an Australian bakery in South Tampa? For McColl and her American husband, David Wellette, itís an attempt to acclimate their five daughters, ages 17 to 28, to American culture before some of them go off to college. Walkabout also traffics in wraps and salads, but McColl says so far customers have been all about the sweet stuff. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. (813) 609-4075. aussiebakerycafe.com.
HEY GIANT LITTLE BISCUITS
And next, Hey Giant Little Biscuits in Seminole Heights. See a carbo-loading theme here? Located at 6607 N Central Ave., itís a biscuit and waffle house by day. But in the style of 826 Valencia, a small group of drop-in tutoring centers around the country started by writer Dave Eggers, Hey Giant aims in the evening to offer workshops, classes and tutoring for a free or reduced price to people in the Seminole Heights community.
So this is a feel good, with from-scratch biscuits and waffles. They are working on launching a free writing workshop class for kids 10 to 16 and hope to unveil the Seminole Heights Space Program and Seminole Heights Youth Film Festival. Meanwhile, think classic buttermilk biscuits, two for $3, or rosemary lavender, or cheddar chive or an oh-so-Tampa biscuit with guava at its center, all sold hot, buttered and by the pair (theyíll put some ham on that, too, for a little extra). 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. (813) 586-0565. heygiant.com.
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