Pull apart breads have been all over the food blogs lately. The ability to pull off the loaf piece by piece makes these breads fun to eat. Most of the pull apart bread recipes have been sweet cinnamon ones, resembling monkey breads.

Then I saw a recipe for a savory one with herbs and garlic and I knew this was something my family would enjoy. I wanted my savory one to taste like pizza bread. I actually thought about using pizza bread dough initially, but then I really wanted to try the dough from the recipe.

I filled my dough with Italian seasoning and cheese  and these bread pieces ended up tasting just like the breadsticks accompanying a pizza pie. They tasted great on their own or can also be dipped in marinara sauce.

At last. A Taiwanese bakery has finally made its way to San Diego.  Both Taiwan and Hong Kong are very well known for bread bakeries, which offer a huge variety of fresh baked, soft and fluffy breads with various fillings and toppings.

San Diego has pretty much been devoid of a Taiwanese style bakery until Pangea. The closest you can find to chinese style breads are  the Ranch 99 bakery and Tasty Bakery. Both offer some okay bread options, but once you’ve had the better bakeries, it’s really hard to buy anything from these. As a result, one of the things I do when I take an LA road trip is stop by every chinese bakery possible and load up on fresh baked breads.

In Taiwan, bread bakeries are everywhere, making it very convenient to pop in after work and buy some breads for breakfast the next morning or even pop in the morning of for some fresh breakfast bread. The bakeries are set up so that you grab a tray and a pair of tongs near the entrance of the bakery and then work your way across the rows of breads on display, placing the ones you want to purchase on your tray. When you are finished, you make your way to the register and your order is rung up.

I found a new love. It doens’t have zero calories and it’s probably not very healthy for me, but it is delicious.  (I had the Truvia sweetener commercial jingle stuck on my head, hence the babble about zero calories).