Posts Tagged ‘nutella’

Westman’s Bagels

March 11, 2018

Seattle has long been lacking a decent Jewish bakery or bagelry so I was thrilled with Westman’s opened up two blocks away from me. This tiny walk-up counter features several fantastic varieties of bagels and cream cheese that taste like home to me, but what folks might not know is that there are also quite a few Jewish (and non-Jewish) pastries.

On my first visit I got a nutella rugelach and salted chocolate chip cookie. It’s hard to find rugelach in Seattle so I didn’t have high expectations, but this tasted pretty legit! Rugelach can be difficult and time-consuming to make so I’m impressed that Westman’s takes the time to bake these little treats. That being said, the cookie was even better – actually one of the best I’ve had in Seattle. It isn’t very big but what it lacks in size it makes up in flavor.

On my next visit, I went straight for a chocolate roll, but couldn’t resist the hamantash they’d made for Purim (another difficult-to-find Jewish specialty). The roll was a little on the dry side and had a pronounced orange flavor that didn’t appeal to me, but the hamantash was a treat. The dough was perfectly crumbly and I liked the addition of sesame seeds to the apricot filling. If this little street stand were only open on the weekends, I’d be perfectly content.

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Eastern Cafe

October 22, 2016

Looking for that coffee shop with outlets, free wifi, space to work, and most importantly, dessert? The Eastern Cafe is all of those. Ride the streetcar or light rail, take a stroll around one of Seattle’s most authentic neighborhoods, and then enjoy this pleasant cafe in the International District. Good coffee and a hip but friendly atmosphere, this is a great place to post up with your laptop or a book.

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Make your work-from-home experience complete with a tasty dessert crepe (savory options and sandwiches area also available). I got the fruit and nutella crepe:

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With plentiful nutella and bananas, real whipped cream, almonds, and powdered sugar, this is a treat worthy of Parisian sidewalk cafes.

Moore Coffee Shop

March 30, 2016

This cozy downtown coffee shop is known for its “latte art” – this goes beyond the usual heart or wavy pattern – but the beauty here is more than foam-deep. Try the Nutella mocha for a decadent pick-me-up (although the Aztec with cinnamon and other spices is also delicious):

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The Moore Coffee Shop also makes sandwiches and sells amazing homemade tamales, but I came mainly for the waffles on my last visit. Made fresh while you watch, there are both sweet and savory options (I need to try the bacon waffle with marscapone cheese). Sticking with my theme of the day, I got a Nutella waffle with banana.

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This simple combo has always been a favorite of mine (I blame/thank Paris for that) but I liked the American addition of maple syrup. Truly a treat.

Empire Espresso

January 27, 2015

In need of a sweet treat and a strong espresso one dark winter day, I took myself down to Columbia City to check out Empire Espresso. I had heard about their waffle concoctions – all sorts of exciting topping combinations (lime and powdered sugar!), and their coffee (single-origin, made for hipsters). I also knew it would be a cozy and friendly place to get some work done, and I was lucky to come at a time when it wasn’t jam-packed.

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I got my espresso plus the nutella banana waffle. The coffee was intense and gave me the boost I needed to chip away at my never-ending supply of work. The waffle was large they sure didn’t hold back on the bananas:

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Which was fine, since ever since I visited Oaxaca (see my “on the road” page) I’ve been obsessed with banana-based desserts. And nutella always works for me! My only complaint was that the waffle, while perfectly fresh and not over or undercooked, was a bit on the heavy/salty side. It seemed like it was cornmeal based but I could be wrong. In any case, I would have preferred a lighter, fluffier, and sweeter waffle. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my overall experience here and I can see why this place is so popular!

The Crumpet Shop

October 24, 2009

I thought I’d try something a little different this week, and instead of going to a bakery I hit up the Crumpet Shop at Pike’s Place Market. If you’ve never had a crumpet, they’re a little bit like an English Muffin… only better, because they’re made on the premises.  The Crumpet Shop also sells a wide variety of tea (and, of course, coffee – this is Seattle after all).

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The Crumpet Shop keeps early hours (7-5) and they tend to run out of supplies (meaning crumpets) towards the end of the day, but they were still going strong when I arrived at 3:30.  The menu is surprisingly extensive considering that every concoction has to fit on a crumpet, and there are both sweet and savory options.  The savory items, which include breakfast sandwiches (ham and eggs) and lunch snacks (tomato-pesto-cheese) are unique and tasty, but for a teatime treat, I opted for dessert. I sought the recommendation of the lady at the counter:

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I knew I wanted something nutella-based, and at her recommendation I went for the nutella and orange marmalade crumpet.

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SO DELICIOUS! The bittersweet, tangy marmelade went perfectly with the sweet, mild nutella.  The crumpet was toasted to perfection, and the cup of tea I had completed the feeling of warm fuzziness I had inside. This place has been catapulted into my top ten list (coming soon).