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I wrote a scene that includes the famous Lutz Bakery in Ravenswood, IL If you have time to visit the many neighborhoods in Chicago, you might want to have lunch at this bakery as Katherine, the main character in Facing East does.
When they walked in the door of the bakery they were flooded with the fragrance of hazelnut, chocolate and vanilla. In the display cases were beautiful cakes, tortes, and cookies of all sorts. Katherine and Johanna moved slowly by the cases, taking it all in.
Johanna finally smiled. “Fabulous.”
“They claim they still bake with the traditional European recipes the Lutz family has always used. Isn’t it something?”
A stout woman behind the counter, her hair tucked beneath a hair net, welcomed them. She heard Katherine’s comment and added, “The Lutz’s stay true to the Konditorei method by using only the best quality ingredients that are delicate and light.”
Neither Katherine nor Johanna had any idea what the word Konditorei meant; their expressions gave them away.
The woman explained, using her hand to gesture around the shop, “Konditorei is the German word for a patisserie and confectionary shop. A Konditorei typically offers a wide variety of pastries and is like a little cafe in Germany. It’s a popular custom to go to a Konditorei to have a cake and some coffee or hot chocolate mid-afternoon.