Archive for the ‘Phinney Ridge’ Category

Chocolat Vitale

April 25, 2015

Seeing as how April in Seattle has been about as cold as February, I thought I’d take myself out for some hot chocolate at Chocolat Vitale in Phinney Ridge. Oops, did I say hot chocolate? I meant drinking chocolate, of course! The difference is in thickness – drinking chocolate is a much thicker, richer version of hot chocolate… and therefore better. This little chocolate/beverage cafe does it right, complete with steamed milk and your choice of chocolate.

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I chose the darkest available, a dark cocoa from Venezuela (you can also get it as a mocha, which I imagine would be divine).  The owner disappeared into the back and returned a few minutes later with a steaming, foamy, and incredibly chocolatey cup:

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I also got one of her own chocolates (most of hers are imported from Europe) – a dark chocolate nut cluster. It was good, but the true highlight was indeed the drinking chocolate, which was electrifying and comforting at the same time. It had a deep, complex flavor, and easily satisfied my chocolate cravings for the day. In case you were wondering, the drink can also be ordered cold – so I’ll be stopping by again this summer!

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A La Mode Pies

October 29, 2012

There are whole pockets of Seattle that remain a mystery to me, and Phinney Ridge is one (is there any reason to go there, besides Red Mill Burgers?). But, in my never-ending quest to try every bakery in Seattle, I went out of my comfort zone to seek out A la Mode Pies, and ended up being glad I did. The space is bustling but with just enough seating to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee with your pie.

The main focus here seems to be cream pies, although there were a few fruit pies – the most interesting-looking was the Blue Hawaiian, which combines coconut with berry and pineapple flavors. But the cream pies looked too good to pass up, and I went with the Bourbon Butterscotch:

I liked the wafer-cookie crust, and the butterscotch pudding-like filling was good, but I didn’t taste much bourbon (this may have something to do with the fact that I drink my bourbon straight, and have lost the ability to detect more subtle doses). There was also too much whipped cream on top – although it was good quality. I got the Mexican Chocolate Pie to go, and it was truly big and rich. It took me four days plus one extra person to eat it. But I do recommend it for those that like complicated, sophisticated chocolate flavors – there is a small amount of cayenne sprinkled on top and the cinnamon flavor is strong.