Archive for July, 2011

Fuji Bakery

July 29, 2011

After hearing from numerous sources about the high quality of baked goods at Fuji Bakery, I decided to see for myself what the fuss was all about. Located in the International District (and with a second location in Bellevue), Fuji is a Japanese and French “fusion” bakery. Both head chefs are Japanese with training in the art of French baking, leading to lovely concoctions like Green Tea Cookie Bread:

I’ve never had anything quite like it – it tasted like sweetbread surrounded by a green tea sugary coating.  There were other, more traditional flavors as well, but I was in the mood for something different. They also had breads with custard or red bean filling – needless to say I had a hard time choosing, as did the other folks inside:

So much to choose from! So I allowed myself to pick a second item, which I would eat the next day: the Croissant Chocolat Framboise. Only offered Fridays and Saturdays, it’s got a custard and raspberry filling and dusted with cocoa powder.

To be honest, I thought this one was a tad overcooked (the top tasted a bit burned) but the inside flavor was good. Overall, I think there are so many places to explore in the International District that it might be a while before I return, but it’s certainly worth a stop if you’re looking for French pastries with a twist.

 

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Simply Desserts

July 17, 2011

My family was in town last weekend, and I decided to give them a little tour of Fremont. At one point, looking around, I noticed my sister had disappeared. We tracked her down at Simply Desserts; it had sucked her in like a black hole for dessert-lovers.

I’ve never had anything mediocre at Simply Desserts, their cakes always rank in the category of superb-fantastic-amazing-etc, and so I figured it was time to blog about them. Their small space is located right in the heart of Fremont, and you can buy by the slice or order a whole cake.

My sister was already digging into her chocolate hazelnut slice of cake when we found her, and since she’s always disinclined to share, I ended up with my own piece of blueberry lemon cake. Both were delicious, but I liked mine better (I just have a thing for lemon cakes).

It could have used a few more blueberries and a tad less frosting, but the cake itself was lovely: moist, mellow lemon-vanilla flavor, airy texture. It made me want make my next batch of blueberry pancakes into a layer cake… or just pay a return visit in the near future.