For breakfast or just about anytime, a Top Pot doughnut hits the spot. The 5th Avenue location is fun for hanging out, though I must admit to enjoying the closer-to-home Queen Anne shop. And while I can stare endlessly into the display and fantasize about the various flavors, it’s the old-fashioned that’s my favorite. These are cake-like doughnuts, and such a treat that I don’t need any additional sweetness to find them fulfilling.
Graduating from doughnuts, when I’m looking for something more sophisticated, Bakery Nouveau beckons. In deference to my sweet tooth, I’ve yet to try anything savory at the West Seattle store. After all, who can resist the buttery croissants, luscious cakes, and other sweet goodies? Bakery Nouveau is perfectly paired with a stop at the West Seattle Farmers Market.
When the weather warms and I’m downtown, Gelatiamo grabs my attention. The hard part is choosing between the many flavors. Mocha or mango? Cappuccino or caramel? Tiramisu or toasted almond? Pistachio or panna cotta? If you try to sample them all, you’ll waste too many sample spoons, and you’ll just get too confused. So sometimes I let them choose for me. That’s how I discovered caipirinha, which was refreshing. Though I was also ga-ga for the gorgonzola as a change of pace, so you might want to ask for it. (Bring along a pear to slice into it!) Owner Maria Coassin, who’s also passionate about her petit fours and pannetones, loves the many flavors that lend themselves to gelato-making. If you see her, smile and suggest she experiment with wasabi-ginger.
Further afield, a ferry ride to Bainbridge will bring you to Mora Iced Creamery. Oh, the ice creams, sorbets, and yogurts. I sampled some ice creams, from spicy chai to sabayon to dulce de leche with shaved chocolate. And I wished I was there for season offerings, like lavendar and goat cheese with fig. Mora is hard to resist as a first stop upon stepping off the ferry. Fabulous!
Last but not least, summer meant a trip to Palisade for some Polynesian-inspired cuisine and panoramic views, with my meal capped off by a baked Hawaiian. I’ll let this picture tell its own thousand words.