Archive for October, 2012

A La Mode Pies

October 29, 2012

There are whole pockets of Seattle that remain a mystery to me, and Phinney Ridge is one (is there any reason to go there, besides Red Mill Burgers?). But, in my never-ending quest to try every bakery in Seattle, I went out of my comfort zone to seek out A la Mode Pies, and ended up being glad I did. The space is bustling but with just enough seating to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee with your pie.

The main focus here seems to be cream pies, although there were a few fruit pies – the most interesting-looking was the Blue Hawaiian, which combines coconut with berry and pineapple flavors. But the cream pies looked too good to pass up, and I went with the Bourbon Butterscotch:

I liked the wafer-cookie crust, and the butterscotch pudding-like filling was good, but I didn’t taste much bourbon (this may have something to do with the fact that I drink my bourbon straight, and have lost the ability to detect more subtle doses). There was also too much whipped cream on top – although it was good quality. I got the Mexican Chocolate Pie to go, and it was truly big and rich. It took me four days plus one extra person to eat it. But I do recommend it for those that like complicated, sophisticated chocolate flavors – there is a small amount of cayenne sprinkled on top and the cinnamon flavor is strong.

 

Ba Bar

October 22, 2012

There’s so much to like about Ba Bar. It’s a hip restaurant in a location you can actually find parking (central district, right by Seattle U). They’re open all the time – get coffee and a pastry in the morning, bring the family for lunch, grab some friends for happy hour… etc). The food and drinks are high quality (and happy hour is all-day Sunday and Monday). Most importantly… dessert! They have their own bakery, which you can see in action as you sip on pho or a Moscow Mule. Or, get some reading or work done during the day and make use of the free wi-fi as you contemplate a cup of coffee.

Ba Bar has a variety of pastries at the front counter, but their pride and joy would be the macaroons. Not being a huge macaroon person, I decided to go with a tea-cake kind of thing, with a purple macaroon just to see what the fuss was about.

The berry cake was was buttery sweet goodness, with a coarse crumb texture – highly enjoyable – but it’s true that the real joy is in the macaroon. Which is really saying something, coming from someone who doesn’t even like them. Not dry AT ALL, with real flavor (as opposed to just sugar). Very fresh. May change your life.

 

Stopsky’s Deli

October 1, 2012

You don’t have to be Jewish to love a traditional, East coast, Jewish deli, and I’ve enjoyed my fair share of them. In fact, it’s one of the few things I wish Seattle had more of (along with bagels, black & white cookies, and real maple syrup). So I had no problem making the trip to Mercer Island one Sunday to try out Stopsky’s Deli, which bills its food as “Traditional, Updated.”  After eating a delicious breakfast, I was told to try the morning bun (and since I don’t trust rugelach outside of NYC, I went along with it).

Good, but could have been a little more yeasty and sticky. Luckily, I had read ahead on Yelp that the lemon bars were the way to go, so I got one for the road:

I have to say it was one of the best lemon bars I’ve had, and I’m very picky (has to be on the tart side, thin shortbread, and really lemony). In terms of the overall food, I remain loyal to the East Coast (does Jewish deli tradition really NEED to be updated?) but I’d come back for the lemon bar!