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This Miami bakery is giving away free Cuban bread—no strings attached

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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Getting our Cuban bread fix is becoming increasingly difficult with bakeries now closed and ventanitas doubling down on social-distancing rules. But it doesn’t mean you have to go the sourdough route and start baking your own (that’s what cookie cravings are for).

Starting this Monday, April 13, local chain Cao Bakery and Café is handing out free Cuban bread—Oprah-style. There’s no purchase necessary to receive a freshly baked loaf at any one of its 11 South Florida locations, spanning from Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood in Broward to Pinecrest and Kendall in Miami-Dade.

Although, we’d be remiss not to recommend a guava pastelito or two while you’re there. Founder Tony Cao is the grandson of the founder of Miami’s ubiquitous Vicky Bakery chain. Vicky is such a legend in the local pastelito game that it’s even started shipping the pastries nationwide. The apple, er, guava, doesn’t fall far from the tree: Cao’s flaky pastries are equally outstanding.

But we digress. Cao will be giving customers free Cuban bread (one loaf per person) every Monday for the foreseeable future to help feed families in need. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now but people can count on getting a free loaf of bread every Monday thanks to Cao.

Is there a better act of kindness than one featuring carbs? We’ll wait.

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