I am starting to think that I only know three things once I visited a new city: Where to drink the best coffee, where to get the best pastry and where to eat the best food. I promise I am a very interested sightseer as well. When I went to Seattle a month ago I spent 5 days walking the streets from morning to early evening. I have seen most of it or at least the things that I found exciting.
As you might imagine, sightseeing can be exhausting and one needs some good treats in between to keep up the spirit and the blood sugar curve. So while wandering around I found some pretty awesome pastry places that I would like to share with you today.
According to BuzzFeed (source: first picture) Seattle houses one of the “25 Bakeries Around The World You Have To See Before You Die”. Instead of just going there and ‘seeing’ it, I went inside and got one of the best blueberry tartlets I have ever tried. If you are in Seattle and can only indulge once, go to Macrina Bakery.
Different people have different childhood memories. Mine evolves around the food and meals my grandmas made. Say hot cherry soup, redcurrant with sugar and rhubarb tart with vanilla pudding. So when I heard about the fresh rhubarb roll at PIROSHKY, PIROSHKY I had no problem queuing up. And this amazing pastry roll brought me right back to when I was 8 and couldn’t wait for the rhubarb tart to cool down. Pure rhubarb heaven.
Not far away from PIROSHKY, PIROSHKY there is the Pike Place Market with its variety of bakeries and cafés. You find all kinds of muffins, scones and French pastries. I just loved the international selection of sweet things and opted for an Italian Cream Cheese Canoli. Grap a coffee with it and you almost feel like you are in Rome.
Initially I went to Dahlia Bakery to order one of their tasty-looking breakfast sandwiches before boarding the bus to Vancouver. As I had to wait for my sandwich to be freshly made I thought I could kill some time by getting a coffee and a small coconut pie bite. What I didn’t know at that time was that the Triple Coconut Cream Pie is one of Dahlia’s specialities. How I found out? It took me one bite and I knew that this little piece of pastry is a true taste wonder.
When in the States, eat cupcakes….oh and doughnuts but we come to that later. In Seattle I visited a friend of mine and she told me about this amazing cupcake shop close to her house. Of course I had to try it out and I was not disappointed at all. I really loved the Salted Caramel Cupcake at Cupcake Royale, a perfect combination of sweet caramel butter cream, the right amount of sea salt and a deliciously moist cupcake.
Top Pot Doughnuts is an institution in Seattle. Everybody knows it and everybody loves it. You can find their products at different locations and even in supermarkets. Recommended by the staff I tried the Apple Fritter and even though this was not the typical doughnut experience I fell for the apple cinnamon mix folded in a crispy dough.