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All You Can Eat

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January 9, 2009 at 5:00 AM

Seattle bakery bonanza: I went. I ate. I’m overweight.

For this week’s Ticket round-up I took a trip to several of Seattle’s long-loved bakeshops, visiting a multicultural melange of neighborhood bakeries that have stood the test of time. Read what I had to say about them right here.

It’s funny: while I live with a (slender) guy who can eat three doughnuts in a sitting without flinching, and a kid whose middle name is “maple bar,” I’m not a big sweets eater. But rest assured, I’m a lot bigger now than when I started on my rounds. Here’s a look at some of what we sampled. And do me a favor: don’t drool on your keyboard, OK?

Remo Borracchini’s (established 1922):

Madison Park Bakery (established 1929):

Nielsen’s Pastries (established 1965):

Mon Hei Chinese Bakery (established 1979):

Le Panier (established 1983):

If I had to choose a “Best of Show” among the many pastries, cookies, cakes and tarts I tried, it would have to be Darcy Person’s “potato” from Nielsen’s, which was a zillion times better than the Bavarian cream doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts I was enamored with as a kid:

Check out Erika Schultz’s video of the action at Nielsen’s. So, that’s how they make those kringle!

So, what’s your favorite bakery, and what do you buy when you go there?

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