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Galt Bakery Spaans says no pies or buns for Thanksgiving


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Supply chain economics and market shortages can seem abstract, until they put the brakes on South Sacramento County’s Thanksgiving plans.

Spaans Cookie Co., a Galt destination since the 1950s, will not be selling its Thanksgiving pies or buns, the bakery announced in an email to customers on Oct. 19. Supply chain issues and labor shortages are the cause, according to the email. . A similar message appears on the bakery’s website.

For the uninitiated, the family bakery at 456 C St. is an institution. Spaans pies are filled with real fruit and a minimum of pectin; a 10 inch pie costs around $ 14. Those unfamiliar with Spaans by name have likely seen their cookies on the shelves of Food 4 Less, Whole Foods, and over 20 other grocery stores to suit all budgets. And don’t forget the breakfast pastries, breads and over 100 varieties of tea sold on site.

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Galt’s Spaans Cookie Co. has announced that it has no pies or buns to sell for Thanksgiving 2021 due to supply chain issues.

I broke the news to Darrell Smith, The Sacramento Bee’s Elk Grove reporter and, along with his wife, the biggest Spaans fan I know. After crying for about 10 minutes (not really, but close enough), Darrell told me how his family in Yuba City relied on him to bring Spaans pies to vacation gatherings. They’re far from the only ones: picking up the holiday pies involves standing in line like it’s already Black Friday, except Spaans employees hand out free samples of cider and cookies.

“It’s kind of that kind of a game day thing. You get ready for it, you get off and line up with everyone… there are literal lines in the block and around the block about an hour before they open, ”he said. “On Christmas Eve 2019, they opened at 12:30 p.m. (h). I was there at 11:45 am, and it was late. There were maybe 30 to 40 people online already.

For those in need of a pivot, other Sacramento bakeries, including Real Pie Co., Freeport Bakery, and Ettore’s, still take orders for Thanksgiving pies.

What I am eating

It doesn’t sound like much – a tight, relaxed Chinese restaurant in a West Sacramento mall. But give Peace a chance and you’ll find a semi-hidden gem.

Peace Cuisine, at 829 Jefferson Blvd., one mile from Sutter Health Park, offers Cantonese comfort food for American stomachs. The portions are gargantuan – I went on Monday and will always be working on leftovers all week. The restaurant announces that no MSG is added to any dish, but recent studies have indicated that the perceived allergy to this natural compound is more rooted in xenophobia than in science.

A special lunch of grilled chicken ($ 11, plus an extra $ 1 after 5 p.m.) succulent thighs stacked in a soy marinade on customer’s choice of chow mein or fried rice, with a cream cheese wonton and a sweet and sour soup or egg on the side. We opted for the chow mein and a full order of yangzhou fried rice ($ 14, anglicized as yang chow on the menu), accompanied by shrimp, grilled pork and scrambled eggs.

Neither was particularly sophisticated, rare, or difficult to achieve. The two hit the eaten spot in a take-out container, still hot 20 minutes after pickup, on a rainy night with an empty refrigerator. The noodles were at an appropriate level of yield, protein was common throughout the fried rice – it was simple food, yes, extremely well made.

The same goes for the foo young shrimp egg ($ 16), a Chinese omelet folded in the takeout box and stuffed with bean sprouts, onions and 21 good-sized shellfish (chicken variants, with beef and vegetables are also available for a few dollars less). A sauce made from oyster sauce provided all the umami flavor one could want. Strangely enough, it reminded me of a slightly lighter Hangtown Fry, the Placerville-specific omelet that had shelled oysters and bacon in it.

There’s a lot of restraint here: Chef Eric Kuang came to Peace Cuisine at the more refined Lotus 8 in Folsom and cooked in Hawaii under the guidance of a Hong Kong native before that. It is clear that he could cook more exciting dishes at a more well-known restaurant, an itch that is partially spoiled by his willingness to cook off-menu dishes upon prior request from customers.

He’s obviously happy with Peace, however. For West Sacramento, that means exceptional, no-frills Cantonese cuisine – lots and lots.

Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as breaking news and investigative projects. Originally from Sacramento, he previously covered business for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.


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