Archive for May, 2014

La Parisienne

May 19, 2014

I tried this Belltown bakery back when it was Boulangerie Nantaise, and liked it fine, but La Parisienne is better (and even more French). The woman who runs the place speaks mostly French, which somehow makes the croissants taste better.  The inside is essentially the same, with casual cafe seating and space to sip your espresso:

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I started with two mini-croissants – one regular and one chocolate. I love that they have these small sizes (perfect for people like me who want to try it all). They were flaky and not at all mushy or bready. As I ate them, I listened to a French mom and her little girl… and dreamed I was in back in Paris.

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Naturally, I had to take a few sweets home for dessert. I chose a chocolate tart, raspberry tart, and chocolate chip “cookie” (which was really tall, almost like a tiny cake). The raspberry was the only thing that slightly disappointed -the shortbread crust was excellent and the berries themselves were fresh, but I was expecting a little custard to bring the whole thing together.

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My favorite was the chocolate tart, which had a lovely dark ganache topping. The tall cookie (not sure what else to call it!) was also a delight. If I lived in Belltown, I would come here all the time and practice my French while trying every pastry, bread, and dessert.

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Madison Kitchen

May 3, 2014

Madison Park just keeps getting tastier, and with Madison Kitchen you can now get your coffee, pastry, deli, and sweet tooth fix. Cozy on a rainy day, and sidewalk seating when it’s sunny, this little cafe has it all. I got a half sandwich and salad and sat back to consider my dessert options.

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While munching away on my BLATT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, turkey, and tomato sandwich), I eyed the selection of goodies. There was a solid variety, some traditional and some more unusual. I got a bit of each category:

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On the upper left is a mini rustic apple tart, which I quite enjoyed served warm (although the bottom fell out). The crust was lovely and the tart had that homespun, made with love, feel. On the upper right is what I’ve always called a Dream Bar – a bar cookie with coconut, pecans, and brown sugar. It’s like a pecan pie with coconut, but I found it a tad too sweet. My friends really enjoyed it though, and it seemed like a popular item. The last is the brownie, which I thought was perfect. Cocoa-y and somewhat fudgy, crackling top… very satisfying. I heart this place.