We’re about five weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine has us doing all sorts of things we haven’t done before. For me, that means making sourdough bread. It feels a bit like a science experiment as I mix the flour and water together each night and wait for bubbles to surface. It must be fed every day to stay alive (Is this what having a pet feels like? Maybe. Is this quarantine brain talking? Definitely.) until my dutch oven arrives and I can use it to make my first loaf!
This hobby / newfound passion was ignited by a friend of Park Slope Heaven, who graciously offered to send the initial starter and has been coaching me through this process. In return for sharing her bread baking wisdom with us all (check out her stories for a step-by-step!), let’s say Hello to Owner & Operator of Brooklyn’s 100% all natural online bakery, Talia of Sixteen Mill Bakeshop.
- Where are you from? I was born in Poland. I moved to London, UK when I was 19 and lived there for 11 years, it was amazing. And 4 year ago spontaneously ended up here in New York City.
- What are you most grateful for during this COVID-19 era? COVID-19 is terrible. However, it’s always good to look on the brights side of life. It changed me. I understand the importance of things that used to seem insignificant like breathing, a walk or a hug. I am grateful for our doctors, nurses, all health care workers on the front lines and all other essential workers. What would have we done without them?
- What’s your favorite season in Park Slope? I absolutely love autumn in Brooklyn.
About Sixteen Mill Bakeshop…
- What inspired you to start your business (if relevant)? Baking and cooking has always been my passion. Most importantly, I have always loved feeding people. But everything started when I made my very first sourdough bread.
- What makes your business unique? Offering a quality product crafted from wholesome, locally sourced ingredients. Using regional grains and offering a wide selection of plant based, vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free baked goods.
- How can we help support your business during / after the COVID-19 pandemic? I have just launched a weekly delivery of baked goods in Brooklyn, some parts of Queens as well as Manhattan. Menu changes weekly. I would love to satisfy everyone’s weekly sugar cravings 🙂
About Park Slope…
- What is your favorite thing about Park Slope? I love going for a long stroll on 5th and 7th Avenue. Always lots of things to look at and admire.
- What are your three favorite restaurants in Park Slope? I love Fonda, Bonnie’s Grill, and Two Boot’s Pizza.
- How about your favorite restaurants in all of Brooklyn / Manhattan? One of my recent favorites is Sofreh, the Iranian restaurant in Prospect Heights. I love Pierogi Boys in Dekalb Market and Pierozek in Greenpoint (for all the pierogi lovers), and for the best ramen ever – SUZUME in Greenpoint.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to say hello to Rosewood Floral Co, too!