Best Baguette Hunt, Part 2: Manresa Bread

West Side Magic

Santa Cruz is a special place and that is true when it comes to baked goods, too. I’m on the hunt for SC’s best baguette. This weekend, I tried one from the new Manresa Bread on the outer edge of the Ingall’s Street Courtyard, home to Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing (my sister’s invention).

Majestic Manresa

The David Kinch-founded Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos has been a great source of talent and spin-off projects, including the bakery named after the restaurant created by Avery Ruzicka. Their baked goods have been available in select SC coffee shops and breweries for some time, but recently we have been lucky enough to get our very own Manresa Bread.

Baguette Envy

The beautiful thing about a bakery like Manresa Bread is that you get the opportunity to try some world class fare at a price point that is very reasonable. The baguette is only $5 and worth every penny.

Made with organic red and white wheat, water, and salt and naturally leavened, this is truly a thing to enjoy. The simple ingredients transform into a delicious bread with a beautiful crust and springy spongy interior. I’m giving this Baguette a solid 9.6 out of 10.

Chocolate Chip Baguette by Companion Bakeshop

Passionate about Bread

I’ve been upping my fitness game and one of the beautiful consequences of exercising more is earning the ability to eat more of what you want. I’ve been burning 1,500-2,000 calories a day finding myself more often in a caloric deficit than not. As a result, I have been indulging in one of my favorite foods: sourdough bread.

I also recently started an Instagram account devoted to food content (you can follow me HERE:,) so I took the opportunity to fuel up and get some photos. I stopped by the Companion Bakeshop in Aptos and purchased their last Chocolate Chip Baguette.

Fitness and Food

Health is wealth baby, especially when you get to eat delicious bread like this Chocolate Chip Baguette from Companion Bakeshop. I photographed the bread at the bakeshop taking advantage of the nice soft light coming in through the large windows. Then, I indulged. The tang of the sourdough and the bittersweet chocolate are perfect companions, living up to bakery’s name.

After this, I went and did 21 laps at the Seacliff stairs before walking down the beach to shoot the waves at sunset. I can’t imagine a Chocolate Chip Baguette getting better than this one, so I’m going to have to give it a solid 9.6/ 10 rating. I highly recommend stopping by and picking one up, but you might want to go early as they regularly sell out of all their bread.