Sunday, December 11, 2011
Linda's Bakery Has Opened In Columbia
Our first taste: A chocolate chip meringue as perfect as I have ever tasted. Crisp on the outside. Light and airy, but a touch of chewiness inside. And delicious chocolate chunks throughout.
Meringues are basically egg whites and sugar, so they are easy to make tooth-achingly sweet. Linda's come in sweet, but they're skillfully kept on the tasty side -- especially with the exceptional chocolate inside. Go get one, and tell them that you saw Linda's in HowChow!
Linda's covers the spectrum for sweets -- from cookies and brownies through eclairs and croissants to custom cakes in dozens of varieties of cake, icing and fillings. Owner Linda Cheng has been selling custom cakes for a while, so the retail spot expands the opportunities.
We also bought a cupcake, although only a single variety because we already had a dozen cupcakes in the house. (Long story.) When we sliced that up among some friends, people rated the Linda's cupcake in the same sphere as the locals like Oh What A Cake and Touche Touchet in Columbia.
Sweets bakeries keep popping up around Howard County. (Update: Cooks n' Cakes opened yesterday as well in Ellicott City.) In addition to the Columbia bakeries, you can find interesting stuff at Bonaparte Bread in Savage and cupcakes at Kupcakes & Co. in Elkridge. Only Bonaparte does bread and sweets. For bread, I always recommend the organic markets and Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery.
9350-G Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, MD 21045
NEAR: Linda's is in the same shopping center as House of India and New York Deli. It is accessible from southbound Snowden River Parkway south of the Home Depot.