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Local Bakery Creates The Dalai Lama's Birthday Cake

July 17, 2008

Inside Today's Bulletin

By: Sally Friedman
Evening Bulletin, PA
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Philadelphia - Jim Hausman was sure it was a hoax. He was sure he wasn't
actually receiving a call from the Dalai Lama's entourage yesterday.

Mr. Hausman is the owner of the Swiss Haus Bakery on South 19th Street,
the entrepreneur who rescued the beloved Swiss Pastry, as it was
formerly known, from extinction when it closed suddenly just before
Christmas last year after operating for 83 years.

"Our newest employee answered the phone at about 2 p.m. and figured this
wasn't for real. But she handed me the phone anyway," said Mr. Hausman,
who soon realized that it was indeed legitimate: The Dalai Lama, the
exiled leader of Tibetan Buddhism, currently in the Lehigh and Delaware
Valleys for lectures, is celebrating a birthday today. His entourage
wanted to mark the occasion with a wonderful cake for the Dalai Lama and
the large contingent with which he travels, to be presented after his
public appearance at a sold-out event at the Kimmel Center today. He
will be speaking at noon on "Buddhism in the 21st Century."

Mr. Hausman was very flattered - but also a bit concerned about putting
together a mammoth sheet cake to serve at least 150 with less than 24
hours' notice.

"But we definitely didn't want to turn down the Dalai Lama, so we're
making it happen," said Mr. Hausman, who remembers the birthday cakes
from his own childhood that came from this legendary bakery. "Grown men
cried when the place closed - it meant a lot to a lot of people."

So the Dalai Lama will be getting his birthday cake today, a
three-layered strawberry shortcake extravaganza made from fresh
ingredients and anointed with fresh whipped cream, fresh strawberries
and the Swiss Haus' legendary shaved chocolate.

Mr. Hausman himself will be delivering it in person to the Kimmel Center
for a midafternoon presentation.

In the process, the Dalai Lama joins other fans of the downtown bakery,
including Julia Roberts' husband Lyle Lovett, who regularly orders
cookies for himself and friends, and Philadelphia District Attorney
Lynne Abraham, a devoted fan of the bakery's sticky buns.

Sally Friedman can be reached at pinegander@aol.com
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