Posted by: adventuressetravels | December 27, 2011

Seattle Sweets

theo chocolate

The laid-back atmosphere hides its culinary secrets well, but Seattle is a foodie’s paradise.   With some top-notch restaurants and a bar that serves what I am convinced is the best drink in the world,* Seattle also have sweets that are consistently superlative.  My  most unique, talented, and delicious discoveries are:

4.       Café Besalu 5909 24th Avenue

Far and away the best bakery I have ever eaten at, and as a sweets aficionado, that’s saying something.   Do not by any means miss going to this world-class bakery.   Located in Ballard, a sleepily charming neighborhood in Seattle.

Apricot almond cream Danish

Cherry tomato feta quiche

Gruyere carmalized onion puff pastry

Nectarine danish

  1. 3.       Colombia City Bakery –  Locally grown organic ingredients, fresh-baked with a creative flourish, and phenomenal fresh baked bread makes Colombia City’s sandwiches some of the best in the world.  Just thinking of their tomato jam sandwich with goat cheese and arugula makes my mouth water.  The lavender lemon cake is delectable, perfectly moist, fresh and infused with local lavender goodness.

 

On a side note, I didn’t know how much I enjoyed lavender as a flavoring until I was in Seattle where the little flowers seem to be ubiquitous as a flavoring, from lavender bitters in cocktails to lavender-frosted cupcakes.

 

  1. 2.       Molly Moons  http://www.mollymoonicecream.com/

Molly Moons makes superlative ice cream.  Not gelato, helado, or in any way soft serve, their old-fashioned US ice cream is out of this world.  Many ice cream parlors I have been to focus on unique flavors at the expense of the quality of their ingredients.  Not Molly Moons. Everything is so delicious I don’t know what to recommend.  Some of my favorites are their balsamic strawberry, honey lavender, cherry chunk, and salted caramel, but don’t let me talk you out of their other flavors.  Everything I have tried of theirs is scrumptious.  Take it from an ice cream connoisseur.  Do not miss the opportunity to go to one of the best ice cream parlors in the world.

  1. 1.       Theo Chocolate  www.theochocolate.com

Theo Chocolate is a chocolate-lover’s paradise.  With fantastic organic, fair trade certified coco beans, their chocolate is an exercise in decadence.  They feature both familiar and fantastic chocolate bar flavors, from traditional milk chocolate to salted almond or curry spice.

While their bars are amazing, Theo really shines in their truffles, with flavors as exotic as lavender caramel with pink Himalayan sea salt.  These Theo chocolates are so good you need to close your eyes to truly savor the whirlwind of intense flavor.

If you are in Seattle, I highly recommend stopping by Freemont and walking into Theo Chocolate Factory and sampling some of these delicacies.  If you have a little more time, you should try to make it to one of their phenomenal tours.  Tours are $6 and are always booked a week in advance, and if you are a planner definitely book yourself a tour in advance.  However, if you’re anything like me and play your life by ear you can still get a tour of Theo Chocolate Factory.  Every day at 2:30 pm there is a walk-up only tour.

*The Marrakesh Express at the Hideout is an unparalleled drink.  Actually everything at the Hideout has been perfectly mixed and delightful, but the Marrakesh Express stands a head and shoulders above any drink I have sampled.

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  1. 🙂 That Marrakesh Express is still, and will probably forever remain, the best drink I’ve ever had. I still find myself lost in wistful daydreams about those cardamom bitters.


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