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Lara’s Bakery, Harlingen, TX (guest blog)

My pal Lisa Battle, blogging for Livability.com, discovers the joy of Lara’s and other panaderia (bakeries) way down south in Texas.

Lisa Battles (guest blogger)

It’s probably going to be quite a long while before I get to Harlingen, Texas—located in the Rio Grande Valley near the southern tip of the Lone Star State—to taste my way through its Mexican-style neighborhood  bakeries for the Bakery Boy Blog. So when I learned that my Nashville friend Lisa Battles recently visited there and blogged about a couple of neighborhood panaderia (Spanish for bakeries) for Livability.com’s Best Places to Live Blog, I decided to let her story fill in for now.

Marrinitos (little pigs)

Lisa found Lara’s Bakery and quickly became enamored with the pan dulce (sweat breads), marrinitos (cake-like treats formed with piglet-shaped cookie cutters and rich with molasses), and pan de muerto (“bread of the dead”). The latter are  loaves either molded or decorated to resemble skulls, bones, and other spooky shapes in celebration of the Mexican holiday known as the Day of the Dead.

Pan de Muerto ("bread of the dead")

Livability.com is a website that ferrets out “the best places in America to live, work, play, explore and belong,” and then celebrates whatever makes them special. Here is a link to Lisa’s bakery-related blog post: http://livability.com/best-places-to-live-blog/longing-warm-harlingen-mexican-sweet-bread-cold-day

Meanwhile, I’ve been brushing up on my Spanish as I prepare to write blog posts about several panaderies I sampled during a recent trip to Puerto Rico. Stay tuned and feel free to suggest bakeries anywhere that you think I should check out.

– Bakery Boy


LARA’S BAKERY 403 West Polk Street, Harlingen, TX 78550; 956-423-1219 (no website)



Bakery Boy Blog featured on Livability.com

Livability.com, the website that pinpoints “the best places in America to live, work, play, explore and belong,” has tipped its hat to the Bakery Boy Blog on its Best Places to Live Blog.

Here is the link to Livability’s post about the “sweet” life of bakery blogging: http://livability.com/best-places-to-live-blog/bakeries-7-livability-cities-bakery-boys-favorites.

Apparently glad to discover my all-about-bakeries blog, Livability noticed that seven of the bakeries I’ve featured so far are located in communities it considers among the nation’s Most Livable Cities.

On the site you’ll find useful information about terrific cities you might want to live in, including stories about residents, businesses, shops (bakeries too of course!), parks, attractions, amenities, housing markets, and more. The site explores each community’s unique personality and highlights what makes the place special.

Thanks for the mention, Livability.com. If someday we find ourselves exploring the same town at the same time, the first round of petit fours will be on me!

Bakery Boy


Here are links to my earlier posts about bakeries in places designated Most Livable Cities by Livability.com.

Sweet Life Patisserie, Eugene, OR

Simple Kneads in Greensboro, NC

The Sweetery in Anderson, SC

D Square Donuts in Auburn, AL

WildFlour Bakery in Abingdon, VA

Muffin Man Bakery in Abingdon, VA

Niedlov’s Breadworks in Chattanooga, TN