Best Free Samples (2008)


Forgetting your lunch money doesn't inspire the panic it used to as long as the upscale GARDEN OF EDEN groceries continue to lard their customers (and freeloaders cleverly disguised as customers) with such generous amounts of costly but costless delicacies. There's always a tray of fresh bread with olive oil for dipping. Near the bakery, baskets are stuffed with sample slices of semolina loaf or onion focaccia or, one glorious day, cinnamon brioche. On a good afternoon, sliced cheeses and meats are set out; on a great one, sushi is. And sometimes the stingy bakery counter even unveils wax-paper-wrapped morsels of sweet-potato tart or chocolate ganache.


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