Thursday, April 21, 2005

Con Pane - A Rustic Bakery

Con Pane
Originally uploaded by foodchronicles.
We reside in one city. We live in Southern California. It is not unusual for us to drive 80 miles south to have lunch or dinner on a given day. My favorite place for a good sandwich is also my favorite bakery.

Catherine Perez moved from Illinois a few years ago to go to San Diego State and study to be a financial analyst. I am not sure why her journey took a turn but I'm glad it did. In 1999 she opened Con Pane - A Rustic Bakery. It has slowly grown to a thriving business in Point Loma, California.

The bread assortment is more than ample. Con Pane has provided the bread for both our daughters' weddings. (The third daughter's wedding is coming up in July and I am sure it'll be there too.) They are famous for their Pt. Loma Sourdough. There is an assortment of daily breads such as traditional french baguettes, Seeded Baguettes, a Rosemary Olive Oil Boule, an artisan multi-grain and others. Catherine also has developed an exciting array of daily breads. Each recipe is her own and there are some real favorites available. Among them are a Pesto and Feta Foccacia, Challah bread (only on Friday), Gruyere and Chive, and Kalamata Olive loaf. Each time I've been in there is a line out the door and seating is limited. It is a great place to pick up a loaf for home or sit down and enjoy a Sweet or Savory Baker's Plate. The cinnamon rolls are delicious along with the assortment of other breakfast pastries. You can even go in and have a good old fashioned PB&J if you have a hankering for one.

Kalamata Bread This is a photo of my favorite of the group. I order a Roast Beef on Kalamata Bread with tomatoes, goat cheese and red onion. It is the perfect lunch.

Con Pane is located in Point Loma, as earlier stated. It is on the corner of Rosecrans and Canon (Thanks to Kaz for the update!). It is across the street from the town's pharmacy and near the waterfront. Take a drive, drop in, say hello, buy a sandwich. Get it to go. Then get in the car and drive down to the Cabrillo Monument. Just before you get to the monument, make a right turn. Follow the road down to the Lighthouse. Park where you can, roll down the windows, smell the clean salt air and enjoy a wonderful lunch courtesy of Catherine Perez and her staff.