Archive for August, 2015

Market Cookies

August 11, 2015

I can’t stop/won’t stop with the farmer’s market madness. Every time I visit a market I’m overwhelmed at the selection of goodies available, but today I’ll just take a second to focus on the cookies. Available at many markets (including Ballard, Wallingford, and Madrona) is Pinckney Cookies, born of one man’s quest for the perfect cookie recipe. I’d say he’s pretty darn close, as these cookies are addictive, complex, and original.

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I’ve tried every flavor (Pinckney is VERY generous with the samples) and I ended up buying a lot over the course of the summer. My favorites are the classic chocolate chip (rich, proper density and texture, YUM), dark chocolate oatmeal, and the Pinckney Original (chocolate mixed into the dough, walnuts, dark chocolate chips). My dad (and I) loved the oatmeal raisin because it isn’t too sweet and has interesting spices to elevate the flavor. The flavor of the day is reliably delicious, especially the whiskey one! Count me as a fan.

On the other end of the cookie spectrum (read, flourless) is the macaron stand by Luv Macarons. I never really got into the whole macaron craze (too light, sweet, and almondy) but I have to say, these little cookies make the perfect after-lunch dessert at work. Not too heavy, but enough to satisfy.

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So many fun flavors – they use real fruit and you can tell a lot of care goes into their product. My cookies got a bit melty on this hot summer day but they tasted great – light, flavorful, and sweet. Find them at the Terry Ave Saturday Market, the Fremont Sunday Market, and the Wallingford Farmer’s Market. Happy eating!

Chocolate, Elevated

August 6, 2015

Continuing my quest to sample all that the Seattle street markets have to offer, I’ve been converted to two artisan candy-makers (and wish they would open a Seattle storefront!). The first is Trevani Truffles, which can be found at the U-District Farmer’s Market as well as others in and around Seattle. Trevani is thoughtful with their ingredients (quality chocolate, local add-ons), creative with their flavors, and FRESH. They don’t use preservatives which was just one more reason to quickly scarf down the four truffles I got:

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I believe the one on the left is called “Cake” which is a white chocolate ganache with lemon. Normally I’m not a fan of white chocolate but the chocolatier convinced me to try it and I was not led astray. Flavorful, bright, and buttery! I also got a Cherri Bomb, which uses local cherries, and a Buttah (caramel with sea salt). Frankly, any of this stand’s fine chocolates are bound to impress even the snobbiest of chocolaholics and I expect I’ll be back for more (happily, they are at the U-District market year round).

Dolcetta is just as enticing so it’s lucky they’re at two different markets – Docetta is at the South Lake Union Saturday Market. There are chocolates, but there are also brownies and caramels for sale… so naturally I got some of each.

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The brownie was pretty amazing. On the fudgy side, but not overly dense, with a complex cocoa flavor. The candy bar was dark chocolate with a pretzel crunch – a perfect afternoon snack for work. Finally, out of several caramel flavors I chose the maple pepper. The flavor was nice but it was the texture that did it for me – soft, buttery, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth texture that leaves you satisfied but licking your lips. Here’s to hoping both these spots start selling daily in a location convenient to ME.

Sweet Bumpas

August 2, 2015

In case Seattle needed another player in the Ice Cream game, Matt Bumpas (formerly the pastry chef at Poppy) has created a winner with Sweet Bumpas. I stumbled upon this food truck at the Terry Ave Saturday market and I’ve been a huge fan since. The flavors are unique but they totally work – think sweet corn & lemon, banana and coconut, and cinnamon basil. I got pints of the chocolate malt and the banana coconut, and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

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The best part is, they also make their own ice cream sandwiches that are pretty much the most perfect things ever. I had to have both the peanut butter and jelly sandwich and the banana pudding sandwich.

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Both were outstanding with flavors that were true to their names (not just sugar, cream, and a cookie – these really tasted like their names).  I’m hoping they start selling these (or even just ice cream pints) at Madison Market or PCC because I need to be able to have this ice cream anytime – not just when I’m at the Terry or Fremont markets!