Our Daily Bread.
I love good bread. But, I have to confess, I'm a hopeless baker. I've tried everything - buying the freshest, best flour, top quality yeast, following the recipe religiously, kneading, proofing, etc. etc. All to no avail - my loaves come out more like bricks than anything else. I've also seen more Automatic Breadmakers stacked up on the shelves of the local thrift stores to be very tempted to go that route.
I'm very glad, therefore that the last few years have seen a significant increase in the availability of good artisanal-made bread near me.
A small bakery a couple of miles from me now sells pain au chocolat and croissants that would make a Frenchman grin - the perfect feathery and flaky pastry melts in your mouth. I'll sometimes stop there on my bike route, buy a demi-baguette, and tuck it into the back pocket of my cycling jersey as a treat to enjoy when I get home.