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Quit wasting your cash on the sandwich cart. Packing your own paper bag is a slice with one of these fine breads.
La Baguette et L’Echalote: Baguette
Follow your nose to Granville Island’s bakery for the best baguette this side of the Seine. With a perfectly crusty outside and soft inside, it’s no wonder this joint sells an average of 1,500 of the French sticks every day. 1680 Johnston St., 604-684-1351.
Quejos: Brazilian buns
Quejos might be the best Brazilian export since the wax. Chewy and dense, the wheat, gluten and yeast free cheesy rectangles are available in a variety of flavours, from Fresh Jalapeno to Tropical Treat. 4129 Main St., 604-420-0832.
Terra Breads: Rosemary & Olive Oil
Actually, try the Pecan & Fruit. Or the Fig & Anise. Choosing just one stone-hearth baked loaf is like trying to choose your favourite Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. 2380 West 4th Ave., 604-736-1838; 53 West 5th Ave., 604-873-8111; Granville Island Public Market, 604-685-3102.
The Indian Oven: Naan
Fresh, warm naan, delivered to your desk, is a call away thanks to this Kitsilano Indian restaurant’s free delivery (five km radius). Use the flatbread to sop up chicken vindaloo, or eat the spinach and cheese naan on its own. 2006 West 4th Ave., 604-730-5069.
Solly’s Bagels: Bagels
Boiled and baked the old-school way, these bagels are crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. Listen to your mother: Stay for a bowl of authentic matzo ball soup. 368 West 7th Ave., 604-675-9750; 2873 West Broadway, 604-738-2121; 189 East 28th Ave., 604-872-1821.
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