I know the posts are coming a little fast today, but before I lose my internet connection offshore and we leave Block Island behind, I want to share a fun thing that non-boater visitors to Block Island don’t get to experience. Every morning and afternoon, a boat comes through the mooring field and anchorage in Great Salt Pond from Aldo’s Bakery bringing coffee, pastry and fruit in the morning and snacks and desserts in the afternoon. They announce their arrival by calling out, “Andiamo!” as they go from boat to boat, a tradition started by Aldo, Sr. 40 years ago. When you hear them drawing near, you just go out and flag them down. We have become loyal customers. As you might imagine, Chloë is a big fan. Certainly, Aldo’s creations are not improved by being driven around the harbor in 90% humidity, but it is just so cool to have delivery to the boat. Talk about impulse shopping!
We went a little crazy the first day with a peach muffin and a cinnamon roll. Enjoyed on subsequent days but not pictured, a raspberry cream cheese croissant, a cinnamon honey twist and a big bowl of fruit.
We only stopped them one afternoon and that’s probably a good thing. We ended up with what they call a stuffed bread, which is like a giant calzone stuffed with salami, provolone and roasted red peppers and, for dessert, an entire blueberry pie!
Having identified us as regular customers and good tippers, they made a full circle around the boat the following afternoon, but we still had plenty of pie, so we resisted the urge. A few moments later, Chloë went to the forward hatch and sniffed the air, then ran outside, but the magic pastry boat had already passed her by. Luckily, blueberry pie is a good remedy for that kind of disappointment.