If Christmas makes you think of Scandinavia (it does me, because I'm part Danish), the place to be today was Copenhagen Pastry's annual holiday party.
The bakery's small sunny parking lot in Culver City (at top) was crowded with people and kids eating wonderful, buttery Danish treats.
Owner Karen Hansen (above) handed out cookies in the buffet line. The assortment included crackly crisp ginger cookies, orange cookies partly frosted with chocolate, plain vanilla rings and thin, crisp cinnamon cookies, each so good that I wouldn't have blamed anyone for sneaking through the line a second time.
First up on the buffet was the bakery's own nutty, delicious rye bread, sliced thin and topped with havarti cheese or nutella. (You didn't have to choose. You could have both.)
The party was breakfast, with orange juice and coffee. If the line for the buffet was long, so was the line inside the bakery. One taste of Danish baked goods like these, and you wouldn't forgive yourself if you didn't buy some to take home.
Copenhagen Pastry, 11113 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Tel: (310) 839-8900.