Archive for August, 2009

North Hill Bakery

August 25, 2009

North Hill Bakery, a small, independent, and authentic bakery, is only a few blocks from my apartment and was therefore bound to end up on the blog sooner rather than later. Tucked away on 15th Ave E, it offers a small number of quality breads, cakes, pastries, and other treats.

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The selection is small, but they do switch it up enough so that every time I visit, there are different treats to choose from.  Also, with a little advance notice, they’ll make you your own cake – you can choose among at least ten types including hazelnut, chocolate mousse, and cappuccino. Since I had tried the coconut cake once before and found it a little too sweet, I decided to ask the girl at the counter for a recommendation. She was amazingly knowledgeable about the different offerings – not like at some places where the counter staff seems limited to putting your chosen item in a bag and ringing you up.

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Having skipped breakfast, I was in the mood for something fairly large, so at the girl’s recommendation, I bought one of her personal favorites – a piece of the rhubarb coffee cake. She explained that the cake was made with part whole wheat flour, giving it more substance and texture.

rhubarb

Sure enough, the cake was just what I was looking for. The texture of the whole wheat flour was balanced by the sweetness of the cake and the tartness of the rhubarb. I gobbled it down with speed, complimented the girl at the counter on her good taste, and started my day with energy.

North Hill Bakery is located at 518 15th Ave E, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Daily Dozen

August 1, 2009

I spent a recent sunny Friday down at Pike’s Place Market, and took the opportunity to pay a visit to the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company. I imagine that most Seattlites know what I’m talking about, but for those of you who have not had the fortune of visiting the Daily Dozen, here’s a photo and brief description:

Daily Dozen

It’s a simple stand in the Market (near the flying fish), and there’s nearly always a line. The doughnuts are made fresh – and I really mean fresh, as they are formed and fried before your very eyes.

donut machine

Yes, it’s a bit like Krispy Kreme, but smaller and, in my opinion, much tastier (KK is too sweet for me). Once the doughnuts have cooled slightly, they are covered in one of the following: cinnamon, powdered sugar, or sprinkles (yes, the sprinkles topping is a new addition to the variety of flavors available. You can also order the doughnuts plain. The best part, to me, is that you can order a half-dozen (or, if you’re like me, a full dozen) of assorted flavors and try one or two (or three) of each. My personal favorite is cinnamon, but they are all worth trying:

sprinkles

Worth noting: the doughnuts are almost always served warm, which is critical to their flavor. There is NOTHING like a warm, melt-in-your-mouth, cinnamon doughnut and you should not consider your life fully lived until you’ve tried one from Daily Dozen. Therefore, make sure to check that they are fresh with the person at the counter, or just look and see that the conveyor belt is running before you stand in line. And get at least a half-dozen, because trust me, you won’t be able to stop at just one.