The Baker's Dozen
rationalizations people made as they chose anything over candy, ice cream, and fried fare. I remember his theory every time I walk into Panera and see calorie counts admirably posted for the sandwiches--but not for the sugar bombs up front.
So I get it--I see there's a societal problem. But let's not underestimate the magical power of a small, lovingly crafted baked goodie to ward off the chills and spiritual hunger endemic to winter in northern climes. If you've spent snowy times in cosmopolitan Montreal or Quebec City, you know it's best to greet those days with a flaky croissant and bowl-size cafe au lait for dipping.
There's no need to cross international borders to get this powerful mojo, however. You'll find choice baked goods to grab in many corners of Ann Arbor. Add bonus points in the quest for concoctions fresh from the oven, floating from seductive aromas to solid form on a tiny plate or napkin. Triple the power if there's a hot beverage at hand for sipping, dipping, or even all-out dunking.