Archive for September, 2017

Bambu

September 24, 2017

Bambu is a popular national chain of Vietnamese dessert/tea cafes, originating in the great state of California in 2008 and now with a surprising number of locations, especially in Texas. Their Seattle location is in the International District, and it’s a well-lit, welcoming place with families and teens hanging out. They specialize in “dessert drinks” that combine all kinds of unexpected ingredients (basil seed, avocado, grass jelly, mung bean, etc) with tapioca and coconut milk. It being a hot summer evening, I was more intrigued by the shaved ice:

I got the “green tea cheesecake” – a layer of green tea shaved ice, topped with a layer of “cheesecake” flavored shaved ice, topped with fresh fruit. The fresh fruit was a lovely addition, and the texture of the shaved ice (especially the cheesecake) was smooth and creamy.

My companions got something similar, with chocolate instead of green tea. In both cases, I thought the flavor was a little light (I like more intense flavors) but if you don’t like overwhelming tastes or textures it’s a perfect dessert. There are many spots in Seattle that have started doing shaved ice, so I need to do more “research” and see how Bambu stacks up to the more local establishments!

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Sweet Alchemy

September 10, 2017

Now that Capitol Hill has about seven ice cream spots I can walk to (soon to add a Full Tilt on 15th Ave), I don’t have to feel jealous about other neighborhoods’ creameries. And it’s probably a good thing Sweet Alchemy isn’t too close to me, since I wouldn’t just be tempted by the ice cream (very tasty), but also by the baked goods. I got the rosemary shortbread in addition to the London Fog ice cream (involving Earl Grey tea).

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They don’t go light on the flavors – the savory component of both the pastry and the ice cream made for a more complex dessert. Although there’s nowhere to sit, the decor is welcoming and hip, as is the service.

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Step in off the Ave and try the ice cream – I still need to try the “Cinnamon Toast,” involving baked churro bites…