Archive for the ‘Greenlake’ Category

Mighty-O Donuts

November 12, 2012

I’m an ardent supporter of Top-Pot doughnuts and have always considered Mighty-O to be the ugly stepsister in the Seattle Doughnut dance.  Turns out Mighty-O wears that glass slipper pretty well.

 

Located in Greenlake, Mighty-O prides itself on vegan, organic ingredients (yes, you can make a vegan doughnut, and yes, it’s just as bad for you as a doughnut made with animal products) and on being an ethical company with strong ties to the Seattle community.  On my visit, I wasn’t sure what to expect – the doughnuts I had bought in stores that carried Mighty-O had been lacking in flavor and slightly stale. I hoped for a better experience on their home turf… and I got it.

I chose the “French Toast” flavor (on the left) and the lemon poppyseed.  The joy upon scarfing down the lemon poppyseed was absolute. Moist, cakey inside with a strong lemon flavor, and a glaze that was just the right amounts of sweet/tart.  The girl at the counter told me the French Toast doughnut would still taste great tomorrow, and although I was skeptical I just couldn’t justify eating two doughnuts in one afternoon (I had just had brunch!). So the next day I popped my French Toast in the microwave for just a few seconds, and sure enough, it tasted completely fresh, not to mention amazing. Great flavor, and I’m pretty impressed they nailed the essence of French Toast without using eggs!
Mighty-O, I’m your new biggest fan and I will be back… but I wish you’d open a few more locations (Cap Hill would be perfect).

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Cake Envy

February 13, 2012

Cake Envy in Green Lake sells some of the loveliest-looking desserts in Seattle of the cake/cupcake variety, and their location right on Green Lake makes the proposition of spending a sunny afternoon noshing on cake that much more attractive. I visited this relatively new establishment on a sunny, warm day in February(!) to see how it stacked up to Trophy, Cupcake Royale, and I Love NY Cupcakes.

Cake Envy doesn’t stop at desserts; they also serve tea sandwiches, coffee/tea, and beer/wine in a light, modern atmosphere perfect for studying, reading, or just pigging out. They offer free wifi and outdoor seating (or just take your cupcake a few steps to the lake). I opted to stay inside and sample the coffee, after ordering four cupcakes to go.

I thought the best thing about their cupcakes were the unique flavors. I chose (from left to right) Creme Brulee, Espresso, Cookies and Cream, and Green Tea. I was a little disappointed that everything was buttercream (is Royale the only place that does ganache?), and that the icing was so airy. I know some people would die for a light buttercream frosting, but I prefer dense and flavor-packed. The Green Tea cupcake was definitely interesting, although a little bitter. I did like the cake itself, but I remain a Cupcake Royale fan first and foremost.

 

Hiroki

November 14, 2011

A neighborhood bakery with a Japanese twist, Hiroki specializes in fresh, unique, European cakes and pastries. Located in Tangletown, that confusing area that’s not quite Greenlake, not quite Wallingford, Hiroki is a hidden gem (with parking!).

The space itself is unassuming, although a nice spot for a cup of tea or espresso (they do both). There was a decent array of things to choose from, and I scanned the display eager for the Green Tea Tiramisu I’d heard about.

Sadly, I didn’t see it, so I opted instead for the regular tiramisu and the chocolate gateau. I was a little surprised by the prices, which seemed high, but I rarely let my wallet come between me and good tiramisu.

The chocolate cake was good, but not amazing. It was just a little too mousse-like for me – I like my cake to be cake-like! The tiramisu, on the other hand, was excellent. Even though it lacked the green tea flavor I had been looking forward to, it was still unique in terms of it’s incredibly lightness. Every bite felt like air – really delicious, flavorful, air. It allowed me to eat much more than I really needed to eat, and made me disinclined to share.  I’d go back to try the green tea variety, or just to eat more of the “regular” tiramisu.

 

Urban Bakery

October 10, 2010

I don’t make it over to Greenlake very often, so it was a pleasant change of pace to be walking around the park and exploring the little pockets of neighborhoods along the shore.  I decided to stop in at Urban Bakery for a quick round of blogging (and snacks) before continuing the trek.

The location is convenient if you’re out for a stroll – it’s at the northernmost tip of the lake, right across the street from the walking path. They sell coffee, sandwiches, and baked goods. I had done a little research on Yelp earlier that day, and decided to steer clear of the scones in favor of the cookies. I opted for a classic chocolate chip cookie (really, who can resist?):

It tasted a little like the packaged cookie dough you buy at the grocery store, but in this case, it’s a good thing. I mean, let’s be honest, who doesn’t like grocery store cookie dough? Of course, this was BETTER than that, with a generous allotment of chips and a melt-in-your-mouth texture. It made me want to try more of their cookies, but to be open-minded I went for a brownie next:

Which, despite the walnuts and powered sugar (both good touches) was a little bit of a letdown after the cookie.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but so many desserts taste too salty, this one included. Everything else was just right (texture, chocolate, etc) but the salt seemed too noticeable. To be fair, I gave half to my friend, who declared it “amazing,” so it really might just be me.

However, I will most definitely be returning for more cookies.

 

Cafe Chocolati

January 28, 2010

Chocolati, a Seattle chocolatier, has several cafe locations in addition to their factory in Greenlake.  I stopped by their Wallingford location (they also have a location in the downtown Seattle Public Library) to see what all the fuss is about.

The cafe is the right combination of Seattle-grunge-coffeeshop and Seattle-fine-chocolateshop and there was a heady aroma of both coffee and chocolate (the best of both worlds!).  Although some people have complained about poor service, I didn’t have any problems (although I didn’t go with the barista’s recommendations).

There was no real food, so if you want a sandwich or some breakfast with your coffee you’ll need to go elsewhere. However, in terms of desserts, there were two different displays to look at – one consisted of all the different chocolates offered (made in their own factory) and another of various cookies and dessert items:

I chose two chocolates – the Bittersweet and the Cocoa Beware.  To round things out, I also grabbed a Chocolate-Dipped Chocolate Chip cookie:

The chocolates were good, although I didn’t think the Bittersweet was bitter enough. The Cocoa Beware was much more intense and interesting, with a hint of nutmeg.  But the real highlight was definitely the cookie. It was everything I like in a cookie – soft but not chewy, crumbly, buttery, flavorful. The high-quality chocolate coating (and chocolate chips) made it complete. I would definitely go back just for the cookie (or a cup of hot chocolate… I hear it’s really good!).