Best Kept Secret on Long Island

I’m still a new-comer to Long Island, having lived here for only five and a half years now. And for three of those years, I was in my room writing a book about living some place else (the book was, of course, When Wanderers Cease to Roam). So really, I’ve only lived here for about three years.

So one day I was driving home from a thrift shop and I spied this shop (above).

It’s a bakery outlet.

Let me repeat that: it’s a Bakery Outlet.

Well, this I had to see.  So I veered off the road and pulled into this shabby parking  lot, and entered a linoleum-floored heaven.

Entenmann’s is a local commercial bakery that supplies boxed cakes and cookies to grocery stores and delis in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Maybe elsewhere for all I know: all I know is that they”ve been baking their stuff here on Long Island for about 100 years.

And this is their outlet, where you can get bakery seconds for less than half price. Now, you might be asking yourself, “Jeeze…What kind of skeeve would eat second-rate bakery goods?”

The answer is: Moi. Just so you know, this is what a bakery second looks like:

Maybe you can’t see why this box of delicious Super Cinnamons didn’t pass quality control, so here’s a second look:

See how the blobs of sickeningly sweet icing didn’t get plopped on exactly in the center of these buns? That’s what makes this box of $5.99 Super Cinnamons sell for $2.00 at the bakery outlet.

So forget all the stereotypes about Long Island. This place is awesome!

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  1. Entenmann’s is down here in Virginia. My husband is partial to the French Crumb cake that weighs about 10 pounds. One of the saddest stories in my life is that I couldn’t go on my third grade field trip to the Wonder Break outlet (where Hostess cupcakes are born as well). My mother couldn’t be a room mother that year and so I had to sit in a fifth grade classroom and not say a word while my classmates were touring Hostess Heaven and getting their miniature loaves of Wonder Bread, perfect in every detail down to the blue, red, and yellow dots on the cellophane. Clearly, I have never gotten over it.

    I have not written my 100 words. I look at my sketchbook but I am too tired from writing 2500 tedious words (nonfiction book) to do anything besides watch “The Gilmore Girls” and wonder why everyone in Stars Hollow is so happy.

    I like the idea of drawing one thing. However, I’ll be lucky to get one item drawn instead of several. Maybe the same item from different views. Maybe I could manage that. After I write my 100 words and cut them in half. Could I just write the 50 words to save time?

  2. I’m off my schedule today. Usually, I am up and watching for the Monday, Wednesday, or Friday addition. I see Candice beat me to the first observation.

    I, too, thank you, Vivian for your help. Now I will get to work shortening my observations.hmmmm..
    Can’t wait til Monday.
    ta ta

  3. Deborah

    We enjoy Entenmann’s here in Indiana & Michigan, too.

    Candice, you wrote a 100 word (or less) story about your non-visit to the Wonder outlet.

    I’m feeling so non-creative, it seems like the only thing I can imagine is copying someone else’s series. That might build skills.

  4. Jennifer

    Great advice about editing! So important. Your 3rd point regarding editing is especially well said.

    Entenman’s Bakery outlet! :-)**** <-drool. Did they have any cheese filled crumb danishes? I love those evil things! During a terrible college break up when I lost all appetite for nourishing myself, that was the only thing of caloric substance I didn't have to force myself to eat. Mmmm, cheese filled Danish.

  5. Kim

    Entenmann’s is out here in the Pacific NW, too!

    Vivian, you’re the best … We can all benefit from your sparkling, feisty and insightful perspectives, whether we ever pick up a journalist’s pen or art brush brush (although you do INSPIRE such!). I read your writings as mini-metaphors for life, and each day is richer, as a result. As always, THANK YOU!

  6. Sandy

    Well I guess Entenmann’s is Everywhere – but Yes we do have an outlet here in CT on the shoreline. I avoid Entenmann like the plague, as I could easily just apply directly to hips (life is unfair). I must write my 100 words, and get on the stick with illustration as well!! Can’t wait to see monday’s post!!

  7. I’m afraid I’ll have to return to this to absorb your VERY useful points about working in a series, and about editing.

    But first, I must get over hating you for being so close to an Entenmann’s outlet (they are here, in Phoenix, but not a full ‘line’ of their deliciousness), and

    second I must now make a run to the German bakery near MY house for some streudel.

  8. emily m

    I khope you are sending these pages to your agent as this is the very best art journal idea
    I’ve ever read. “The Art of Art Journaling: …” Whatever the title, it is a unique, simple yet sophisticated approach to becoming a self-taught art journalist. Keep on teaching us in such a wonderful way. You have something really great going here.

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