What an unexpected adventure it turned out to be when Dick and I were in Tampa, Florida today! I suggested that we have lunch at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse located at 4819 E. Busch Blvd. Sadly, we were only able to peer in the window to view cozy little nooks with cushy chairs and sofas on one side of the room and clusters of tables and chairs positioned haphazardly enough to feel homey on the other side. Upon reading the hours of operation sign on the door, we discovered the business is open from 6 p.m. to midnight, so lunch was not to be. As we drove down the street to search for another equally unique dining location, I spied a "Sami's Bakery" sign. Could it be THE Sami's Bakery that makes the infamous millet and flax chips that I had first tasted at Nature's Pantry Health Food Grocery when we were visiting our oldest daughter, Heather, in New York? Yes, it could be... I began to remember the bakery's address on the package label and what my google search had turned up when I had decided to take control and make my own. My Internet search turned up Sami's Bakery as well as a blog where I learned that someone else was looking for the recipe, too. Neither of us was successful. I thought I'd have to wait until a return trip to Heather's to indulge myself once again in this ever-so-tasty treat. Dick is such a sport. He has become accustomed to my excitement over such things. If I'd had my camera along, I would have taken a picture of the bakery, but all I have is a package of Millet & Flax Cinnamon Chips (one of several that I bought) as proof that I was there.
We also purchased some millet & flax garlic chips and millet & flax plain chips to accompany bowls of soup on upcoming wintry days. All three kinds of chips, that are cut into huge triangles, have a whopping 8 g of fiber per serving! That's impressive considering most crackers on the grocery store shelves have only 1 g. (Doctor Kracker's brand has 4 g. so they are a good choice, too.) We shared a meat pie (beef) at Sami's... so very good and fresh. I also bought several other items that are prepared onsite to take home with us... dill hummus, falafel, millet & flax spinach and feta cheese pie, and millet & flax spinach lavash (like a flour tortilla to use for a wrap... such a pretty green). Our fiber quotient will increase considerably this week as we include our purchases in our week's menu. If you aren't fortunate enough to have Sami's Bakery products where you live, and you aren't in the vicinity of 4920 E. Busch Blvd, they can be purchased online. Plain and garlic millet & flax chips are $2.84/bag and cinnamon millet & flax chips are $3.09/bag. A $25.00 minimum order is required, but you can mix and match with the other products that they offer online.