Archive for June, 2012

Arabica Lounge

June 12, 2012

I’d read a few things on Yelp about Arabica Lounge – bakery, breakfast, and coffee shop – before visiting, and not all of it was positive (too pretentious, too expensive, unreliable hours, etc), so I was pleasantly surprised by my experience (although the unreliable hours part turned out to be true). The space was pleasant, light, and welcoming, and perfect for working or reading (especially once the loud group that was there decided to leave).

I was initially dismayed because they had decided to close the kitchen early and I was really hungry (and had heard good things about the “soldier eggs”). However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I “settled” for a croissant sandwich with Brie… best I’ve had in Seattle and I’ve had many a croissant.  Next I moved on the peanut butter cookie, which left a promising grease stain on the paper bag:

The whole peanuts on top were what made this cookie special (the cookie itself was very good too), and the texture was good – not gooey, slightly crumbly. That evening, I broke into the meringue :

Inside was a surprise: I believe they were pistachio nuts, and they set it apart from other similar meringues (lately I’ve been buying meringues, which up until this year I didn’t even like). I do recommend Arabica – everything I had was really good (including the coffee, which was amazing – and I am very picky). Just make sure you come early in the day.

 

Salty’s

June 4, 2012

I usually avoid blogging about restaurant desserts because I like to focus on places where dessert is what they do.  However, when a restaurant devotes a whole room of their all-you-can-eat buffet to the sweet stuff, I have to be flexible.

Yes, we’re talking about Salty’s on Alki, and if you haven’t done their brunch, put that on your Seattle bucket list. It’s expensive, but worth it if you and your loved ones can eat as much as me and mine.  I limited myself to a single plate (this was after my single plate of breakfast foods, and then my single plate of shellfish – try resisting all-you-can-eat Dungeness Crab), pictured below:

Clockwise from the top left, that’s Red Velvet Cupcake, Carrot Cake Cupcake, Sticky Bun, Oreo Cake, and Cheesecake. My favorites were the cheesecake (for cream cheesy tang) and the red velvet cake (again, for the cream cheesy tang in the frosting).  My sister allowed herself an extra trip to the chocolate fountain:

She tried various fruits (frozen banana, anyone), but the chocolate took a while to harden and everything ended up getting stuck to the plate! Probably for the best, considering this was only our first meal of the day.