April 17, 2007 at 3:33 am | Posted in food, memories, weather | Leave a comment

Wow, and I thought it was an impressive storm here. Apparently we got it light compared to the NYC area.

“New Jersey authorities called it the worst storm to hit the state in 15 years.” I so remember that storm they’re talking about! I was living in Garfield, my best friend Bill stayed over since he was visiting and got snowed in. Everything was shut down, except for the awesome little Italian bakery, Vitamia’s, just a short two block hike through the immense snow drifts.

And they were packed! People were buying homemade pasta, fresh mozzerella, semolina bread, sausage bread, pepperoni bread … fresh baked bread of all shapes and sizes. The line was almost out the door. And it seemed like everybody knew each other, like the whole neighborhood just knew to come to Vitamia’s. We really got swept up in it, and the storm didn’t matter so much. We listened in on these two old guys who obviously had lived in the neighborhood forever. And they talked about the last blizzard that was even worse than this one.

And I still remember it as some of the best bread I’ve ever had.

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