I ate several delicious cupcakes on my trip to Seattle, but my favorite cupcakes came from Yellow Leaf. These may be some of my favorite cupcakes I’ve ever gotten from a shop. I found it while I was wandering in downtown Seattle, a tiny single shop unlike the bigger names here (Cupcake Royale, Trophy Cupcakes).
Right when I walked in I was hit with the wonderful sweet aroma of baked goods. Then I was able to take in the appearance. This place was so cute! A small little store with a small selection of items ranging from macarons to coffee.
From what I heard, Shiro was an apprentice of Jiro from the famous Jiro Dreams of Sushi documentary and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro. Sukiyabashi Jiro is a Michelin rated 3 star restaurant in Japan that serves omakase meals. Omakase means that the chef chooses what you eat, similar to a tasting menu where everything is prearranged for you.
After working under Jiro, it is said that Shiro came to the United States and used his knowledge to open up his own restaurant. Shiro is now retired, so I guess you could say that it is now the apprentice’s apprentice’s restaurant. It is not like Sukiyabashi Jiro, where there are 10 seats at a bar and they only serve omakase. Here, there were about 14 seats at a bar but also a few tables to dine at. The menu consisted of several individual items along with the option of omakase.
Note — (Yep, I’m still posting about my trip to Seattle. Sorry. After my Seattle posts there’s a few more places in Shanghai and then I’ll return to my Bay Area posts. To speed things up, I’m posting 3x a week. Don’t expect this regularly, though)
While searching for places to eat in Seattle, one name kept on popping up everywhere: Tom Douglas. Tom Douglas owns several restaurants in Seattle and has earned a few James Beard awards. In the same area as some of his restaurants–Serious Pie, Lola, and Dahlia Lounge, he also owns Dahlia Bakery, known for cranking out fresh and delicious goods throughout the day.
Cakes have cupcakes, but why don’t cheesecakes have mini cheesecakes? I love everything in mini: they’re cuter and help me with portion control. With these mini cheesecakes, I get to eat more flavors without stuffing myself. Mini cheesecakes should be more popular.
Enter the Confectional. They’re one of the many little shops in Pike Place Market. They have a good selection of flavors each day and sell mini cheesecakes, cheesecake pops, and cheesecake truffles.
On my last day in Seattle, I had to get some form of a frozen creamy delicacy one last time. Lucky for me, I found Gelatiamo.
Gelatiamo is a small Gelateria close to Pike Place Market. Besides gelato, they also have a case of baked goods. I saw these cute looking popsicles and the guy behind the counter told me they were trying out these new gelato pops: gelato in ice pop form, dipped in chocolate.
I know Seattle isn’t exactly known for their English goods, but I had heard of the Crumpet Shop and had never eaten a crumpet before, so this was on my list of places to go during my Seattle trip a while back.
The shop is in Pike Place Market and has one entrance from the street and another from the inside. They serve savory, sweet, and crumpets with eggs. I got to watch them toast the crumpets and slather it with butter as I waited.
Crumpets are similar to pancakes, except smaller and thicker. They also have more air bubbles, making them a little spongey, and are slightly salty.