Tuesday, April 21, 2009


It was a dark and stormy night...okay, late afternoon around 3:30. Bradenton hadn't gotten any significant rain in months but today the sky seemed to have a never ending supply of the wet stuff. The crackle of lightening, sometimes very close by, broke the sound of water hitting pavement. This is the weather that makes my dog Muffin quake. At one point I left him in my house and sprinted over to Bonni Bakes, where Amy (Southern Comfort Tuesday chef) was packing up. The rain got harder. I stayed longer than expected. When Amy & Kirk pulled their car out of the driveway I locked the gate and returned to the house. The door was open. My heart sunk. Muffin had made his great escape and was off on an adventure in the rain forest that was Bradenton.

I drove all over looking for him but there wasn't even a grasshopper to be seen outside, let alone a cat or dog. Numb, but trying to be positive, I went home and kept looking out the window for some sign of him. It was also the evening of an Ethiopian Dinner. At 7pm amidst the platters of steaming food, happy chatter and clinking glasses the phone rang. His voice was so soft I could barely hear him and his English was obviously limited, but he said "I have a dog". I came alive, wrote down the address, grabbed a friend and was in the car in under a minute. The search for Muffin was complicated by a street address on Manatee and 23rd but a house that wasn't visible from the road...and was actually at the end of a gravel path. I rang the bell. The soft-spoken man had an enormous smile as he opened the door and pointed at a once grey shaggy dog that was now more water than body. He was alive and completely unhurt. Days later my friend Jim recalled seeing a confused dog of Muffin's description dodging cars as he drove down Manatee Ave. in the rain that afternoon. He's sure one lucky puppy...and so am I.

If you haven't received our weekly email over the past few weeks, I apologize. Success is a two edged sword. When the email list was around 300 Google couldn't care less. Now that over 550 people have requested to be on the list, Google is concerned about sending out spam. You may receive an email from Google asking if you'd like to be on the Bonni Bakes Group List, that's what it's about. Meanwhile, I'm struggling to send out emails in small batches so they don't close down my email account for 24 hours and we don't alarm Dick Cheney (who I believe is in charge of Google's anti-spam unit). If you have any suggestions how to get around this, I'd love to hear them.

Now for the lucky part that effects you. It's another glorious week at Bonni Bakes, filled with a great variety of foods made just for you. The lunch menus are: Tuesday Amy's Southern Comfort; Wednesday Steph's Lebanese; Thursday Steph's Irish; Friday & Saturday Bonni's New York City. In addition, Tuesday evening is our Traditional Ethiopian Dinner (some seats available for 7:30) and Wednesday evening is Parvin's Persian Dinner (some seats available at 6 & 8pm). Next week on Wednesday evening April 29th Amy is hosting her Supper Club will rolling reservations from 5:30-8:30pm. Details below.
Amy’s Southern Comfort Cuisine Tues April 21, 2009 (lunch served 11-2)


Sloppy Joe Sliders $7
served with homemade Trio Potato Salad and Amy's Coleslaw

Shrimp n' Grits $9
Large Gulf Shrimp swimmin' in a kicked up garlic cream sauce and ladled over hot
Cheese Grit Casserole + choice of side dish

Bradentucky Boil $7
Collard greens, cabbage, onions, spicy smoked sausage, carrots, red potatoes and cob corn.
Slow cooked in a hearty chicken and ham hock broth + choice of side dish

Roasted Broccoli n' Swamp Cabbage Salad $8
Garlic Roasted Broccoli, Heart of Palm & Artichoke served on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce, w/ fresh tomato, sugar roasted pecans, maple bacon & sweet Valdalia onion vinaigrette

Roast Pork Po' Boy $8
Served on a toasted hoagie roll topped with caramelized sweet onions and smoked provolone cheese served with apple cider au jus for dippin' + choice of side dish

Cracker Mac n' Cheese Combo $8
A generous portion of soul soothin' oven baked 3 cheese elbow macaroni served with your choice of 2 side dishes

Side Dishes $3
Bradentucky Boil, Cheese Grit Casserole, Cracker Mac n' Cheese, Swamp Apple Slaw

Key Lime Pie Squares $3
Take a slice with you.....'cause you know you'll crave it later!

Cans of Soda or Bottled Spring Water $1
Sweet (or not) Louisiana Iced Tea or Pink Lemonade (Free Refills) $2



Wed April 22 Steph’s LEBANESE Menu served 11-2

Lentil Lemon Soup: V
A traditional lentil soup with spinach, mint & lemon, served with Pita bread $4

Fattoush Salad: V
Mixed salad greens from my organic garden, red beans, tomato, cucumber, mint, parsley, torn bits of Pita bread with lemon-mustard-olive oil dressing $4
Add chicken for $2

Falafel: V
Spicy chickpea croquettes stuffed into Pita bread with organic home grown lettuce, tomato, and topped with cucumber sauce $4

Chicken Pita:
Spicy yogurt marinated shredded chicken breast stuffed into Pita bread with home grown organic lettuce, tomato and topped with cucumber sauce $4

Baba Ghanoush: V
Roasted eggplant pureed with tahini. lemon and garlic served with a dollop of roasted red pepper sauce and Pita bread $4

Choose Two: pick 2 items from above $7.50

V indicates vegetarian

Coffee or Hot Tea $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water $1.00

Baklava $3.50


Thur April 23 Steph’s IRISH Menu served 11-2

Potato Soup V
Velvety potato soup made with my home grown organic onions, topped with Cheddar cheese and veggie bacon bits, served with Brown bread $4

Cabbage and Mixed Greens Salad V
Mixed salad greens from my organic garden, cabbage, tomato and green onions tossed with a honey mustard vinaigrette served with Brown bread $4

Cheddar Sandwich V
Shredded Cheddar cheese mixed with hot mustard, onion and mayo spread between two slices of Brown bread $4

Choose Two: pick 2 items from above $7.50

Irish Stew
A hearty stew of beef, potato, home grown organic carrots, turnips, leeks, and Guinness Stout served with Brown bread $6

Brown Bread: A wholesome bread made with white & whole wheat flour and oats. Take home a loaf! $3.50

V indicates vegetarian

Coffee or Hot Tea $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water $1.00

Irish Bread Pudding with caramel-whiskey sauce $3.50


Fri & Sat April 24 & 25 Bonni’s NYC Menu served 11-2

Mom's Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (aka Jewish Penicillin)
Long simmered stock flavored with fresh vegetables and dill with egg noodles, carrots & pieces of chicken. Served with homemade Challah bread $4

Ses Salinas Salad
Mixed organic greens, cucumber, tomato, red onion, Spanish olives & Feta cheese, served with Bonni’s Honey Dijon Vinaigrette (V) $4

Chicken added to your salad $2

Brooklyn Blintzes
Thin delicate crepes filled with creamy cheese or other fillings and served with fresh sour cream or fruit topping (V) $7.50

Pick Two: Bowl of Soup, House Salad OR A Stromboli* $7.50
*Florentine (spinach/tomato) Roast Veggies or my NEW Mexican Chicken stromboli

HANDMADE 8” INDIVIDUAL PIZZA (vegan available on request)

Naked Cheese mozzarella, red sauce, parmesan, fresh oregano (V) $6
New York mozzarella, pepperoni, red sauce, parmesan, fresh oregano $6
Mahon mozzarella, spinach, tomato, red onion, red sauce, oregano (V) $7
Margherita mozzarella, red sauce, tomato, parmesan, basil, olive oil (V) $7
Chinese Chicken hoisin, roast garlic, chicken, broccoli, mozzarella, scallions $7

Large crunchy cookie (ask for today’s flavors)(V) $1.25
Chocolate Orgasm Cookies (V), an ecstatic chocolate experience $4.50/pkg
Key Lime Pie made with FRESH REAL KEY LIMES (V) $3
Homemade Muffins (V) $1.75

Bottled Spring Water, cans of soda $1
Brewed Raspberry Iced Tea or Hot Tea (assorted bags) $1.50
Our House Blend of Half/Caff Flavored Coffee $1.50
(V) = Vegetarian



PARVIN'S PERSIAN DINNER WED APRIL 23 reservations: 746-6647

Baba Ghanoosh with Pita
Classic homemade dip of eggplant, onion, garlic, tomato and olive oil

Tossed Salad
Baby greens, romaine, baby spinach and iceberg with cucumber and tomatoes, served with House Balsamic vinaigrette

Sheereen Polo-Ba-Morgh
Tenders of chicken served over basmati saffron rice cooked with dried cranberries, barberries, orange julienne strips with almonds and pistachios

Homemade Baklava
Classic mid-eastern pastry of layers of fil dough filled with almonds and walnuts in a honey sugar mix

Persian Tea, Iced Tea or Sweet Tea


$20 per person seatings at 6pm & 8pm cash or check, no credit cards


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