Jan 27, 2013

Ten To Three Bakery

I can finally say 'I'm no longer a Ten To Three Bakery virgin'! I went to the bakery in this week with two friends and had an amazing time. It wouldn't be fair to keep this from you guys, so here we go!

Ten To Three Bakery has two establishments, both located in Rotterdam. If you're not from the Netherlands, but you're interested in their bakery you can check out the website here. If you're ever in the neighborhoud I would definitely recommend visiting the stylish bakery/tearoom for breakfast, lunch, high tea or for some hot chocolate with a cupcake (like I did)!

For the last couple of months I've watched the assortment of cupcakes on the website and on Facebook, which made me even more excited. When you walk into the bakery, the first thing you'll notice is both the quality and quantity of the cupcakes (and other delicious food!) available. It took some time for me to chose one of their cupcakes but I finally settled for the 'Salted Caramel Cupcake' with popcorn on top (which is a special cupcake made for the International Film Festival Rotterdam)! I almost felt wrong eating this beatifully made cupcake, but after I took some pictures I just couldn't resist!

I honestly can't tell you how I discoverd this gem of a bakery, but it might have something to do with walking past it one day. One of the bakeries is located in the heart of the city (Aert van Nesstraat), just around the corner of the main shopping street. Which is brilliant because getting there is fairly easy! For me it's only a tram or subway ride away! 

When you're walking by, or standing in front of the bakery one thing you can't miss is the cozy, stylish and, might I say, ADORABLE style inside. The little tables with comfortable chairs, the wooden table with magazines and papers, the wand decorations and of course the mugs and dishes all contribute to give this bakery an unforgettable vibe. 

To conclude this blogpost I would like to share the history of the name 'Ten to Three Bakery' with you (which I translated off their website). "We have let ourselves be inspired by the last lines of a poem called 'The Old Vicarage, Grantchester' by the beloved English war poet Rupert Brooke, who described with these lines the tradition of English afternoon tea. 

"Say, is there Beauty yet to find? And Certainty? and Quiet kind? Deep meadows yet, for to forget The lies, and truths, and pain? . . . oh! yet Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?"