Oatmeal Cookies at Lupita’s: Why I Love to Visit Their Bakery
Shot out to my favorite neighborhood bakery in the hood: Lupita’s Bakery on Florence / Western. I see people regularly swarming there to order the cakes, and I can only assume the cakes are pretty damn good because the bakery STAYS busy. But honestly folks, I’ve never ordered a cake from them for a special occasion, but that’s only because I don’t have a life. In fact, for me, life is an oatmeal cookie, especially if it’s from Lupita’s Bakery.
Walking and Cookies
As a writer, we tend to create routines to help us maintain our writing momentum and stay in good writing form. One of the things I do is take a daily walk, usually in the early morning, though lately, I’ve been managing to get a second one in after dinner. A daily walk, purely for the sake of walking is therapeutic in many ways, including helping to either clear your head or organize your thoughts; and sometimes both. I would have never been able to complete my most recent novel Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge without all the gazillion walks I took every morning.
The other thing I do, right before I conclude my morning walk is to pop over to Lupita’s Bakery and pick up a few delicious oatmeal cookies. I love them, no matter if I catch them right out of the oven and they’re moist and chewy, or if I grab some later in the evening, and they’re cool and crunchy. Either way, they are to die for! Just the right amount of those sweet and delicious raisins, packed in tasty, wholesome, oatmeal goodness!
Since Lupita’s is usually busy as previous mentioned, I sometimes have to wait at the counter for a few minutes before requesting my usual 4 cookies (.50 each) and maybe a small cup of coffee. The oatmeal cookies are actually their most expensive cookies (other kinds sell for around 5 for a dollar).
Oddly enough, I never mind the brief wait for my oatmeal cookies because the staff is always smiling and friendly, plus I enjoy looking at all the cool cakes behind the glass.
It just goes to show how much a little courtesy really counts to a customer. I’m always a happy camper as I munch on the cookies during my short walk home. They’re not real big in diameter, but they’re thick and filling; so by the time I return from my walk, I usually have about 2 ½ cookies still left in the bag.
To show how much Lupita’s staff go the extra mile, today I stopped and waited at the counter to make my usual request. They had two containers of cookie pieces on the counter. One was full of chocolate cookie pieces with rainbow sprinkles, but I immediately zeroed in on the one full of oatmeal pieces. When I asked the price (prepared to buy them at any cost), the young lady went to ask someone, then came back and just gave them to me free. She actually refused to take any parts of the two dollars I was holding in my hand for the cookies. Now that’s what I call customer appreciation.
Thanks Lupita’s. See you tomorrow!