February has been named National Pie Month here in the United States. It is coincidentally also National Cake Month, which is not to be confused with October which is National Dessert Month, and certainly not to be confused with December 27th which is National Fruitcake Day.
Christine Sarkis at SmarterTravel.com published a list of 11 places where she says you can get “America’s Most Unforgettable Pies” include pie shops in San Francisco, CA, Kimmswick, MO, Brooklyn, NY, Nunnelly, TN, Oahu, HI, Ronks, PA and Sarasota, FL. I certainly will have to check out the Green Chile Apple Pie From Chile Pies in San Francisco that she mentions. But we put it to our list of experts (anyone who follows me on twitter) where they had found the best pie. The most popular answer is something like “the pie that my mother, grandmother, etc used to bake”, but we did also get these international recommendations:
What is the best pie you have discovered on your travels?
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New Zealanders take their pies very seriously. If, for example, you’re driving north towards Auckland, New Zealand you’re likely to pass through Huntly. If you keep an eye out of the left-hand window, you’ll spot the following sign on a dairy (a convenience store): “Last dairy before Auckland. Stop and pick up a pie”. This won’t be a sweet, family-sized pie however. It’ll be a one-person pastry packet filled with gravy, steak and cheese, mince with a mashed-potato topping, or — in the fancier dairies — buttered chicken curry or spinach and ricotta. Now … why doesn’t New Zealand have a National Pie Month? I’ll never know.
Blogger Why Go Italy?
I’m so ridiculously partial to my mother’s apple & pumpkin pies but there was a DIVINE fruit tart I had in Paris at a chain of Parisian tart places my cousin used to own/run – called Tarte Julie. They do savory & sweet tarts.
Travel Agent / Podcaster Home Based Travel Agent Podcast
In Sebastopol, CA there is a place called Mom’s Apple Pie. I cycle with friends on Wednesdays and it is a great place for a break or sandwich.
Blogger Dog Jaunt
There is no better pie – and I am confident about this – than the pies, esp. apricot, from Duarte’s in Pescadero, CA.
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