Archive for July, 2015

Sweet Stuff at the Farmers Markets

July 24, 2015

I’m addicted to Seattle Farmers Markets. Besides the meat and produce being way better than what you find in the grocery store, there are lots of cocktail-making opportunities and PLENTY of desserts. What’s not to love? Recently I’ve been market hopping in order to try every micro ice creamery, of which there are many. Let’s start with Half Pint.

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The flavors are fun, and tend towards the fruity. I fully enjoyed the vanilla and blueberry pints I bought (they go great with a fruity dessert, or just with some fresh fruit). The owner is from New England so you know she knows her ice cream! You can find Half Pint at the U-District Market, along with several other smaller markets. Next up was Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company, which has been around for years and makes not only excellent ice cream but these gourmet Klondike-type bars:

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Lots of flavors of ice cream are available in these chocolate packages, and I got the peanut butter flavor because nothing says “chocolate, I love you” like peanut butter. And indeed it was love at first bite. The bars are available at the Wallingford Market along with several others, and also at some grocery stores (including, I was excited to find out, Madison Market). You can also buy the pints at some locations. Try ’em out while the sun lasts!

 

ETG

July 20, 2015

I feel like I know almost every bakery in Seattle, so when I stumble accidentally across an amazing spot like ETG I’m always (happily) caught off-guard. This delightful, thimble-size bakery/coffeehouse in Fremont has been there since 1982, although the bakery component is more recent. As one might expect from a coffeeshop that’s survived 30+ years in Seattle, the espresso is excellent. But the baked goods were also surprisingly high-quality – I could tell just by looking.

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But just to be certain, I got the chocolate banana bread and the cinnamon bun, both recommended (with good reason) by the barista. Banana bread was good, but the cinnamon bun was what really blew me away. Yeasty, fresh, just the proper amount of sweetness and icing, this was truly a delight. If you’re in Fremont (and sooner or later you must be, since it’s the center of the universe), check out ETG.

Brown Sugar Baking Company

July 13, 2015

I’m mostly a gluten-full, dairy-and-nut-lover, but I was excited to try Brown Sugar Baking Company a couple weekends ago at the Columbia City Farmer’s Market. I was impressed at how many baked goods these folks are able to make vegan and gluten-free – not easy with cookies, cakes, and pies!

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I was happy with my first choice, a mixed berry gallete. While it was certainly different from the butter & flour versions I’m used to, I would say it was still pretty good. It was neither gummy or powdery and was the right amount of sweetness. I was a little less enthused about the cookie, probably because I’ve been eating so many flour-full cookies lately and this one tasted a little strange.

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I’m thinking a chocolate chip cookie without eggs, butter, and especially flour is just a different beast altogether, and this is probably one of the better ones out there. So, while vegan/gluten-free isn’t really my lifestyle, I’d recommend this bakery to anyone looking for an allergen-free dessert!