It’s 2017! Time to finally write up my top list of 2016 food.
I’ve been trying to write a list up for a bit now, and failing. You see, I’m a picky dessert eater, but I also love lots of desserts. Here’s a short list of some of the things I ate and loved in 2016 (it would be a lot longer if I thought about it more):
Eclair, Patisserie Madeline, Edinburgh. Holy freaking crud that eclair was a thing of beauty. (Also, more eclairs need to be topped with crispy chocolate. Just saying.) We may go back to Edinburgh just to eat it. No joke. Not like the lemon cremeux was anything to sneeze at, but that eclair was glorious.
Coconut lumpia, Lumpia World. Great warm, epic cold. It’s one of the few food truck items I can take home and share. (I mean, try to share.)
Canlis souffle, Canlis. It’s an amazing experience and one of the best souffles I’ve ever had. Better so that I can call ‘bar food’ since I ordered it in the lounge. Got to have good stories behind fancy snacks, y’know.
That freaking one-off tart at Coyle’s Bakeshop. Rachael Coyle and Toklas Society hosted a talk about the process of getting Coyle’s Bakeshop up and running, and made two raspberry and mascarpone tarts for everyone to share. They were delicate, light treats with pea vines, people. Pea vines. I’m super sad that no one outside a handful of industry members got to try them; they’re one of the best things I’ve had at the shop.
Cinnamon sugar pretzel, Anchor End. I admit, I’m still not sold on the icing, and it needs to be cream cheese. Still one of the best pretzels I’ve had in my life. I use them to watch people’s eyes light up. (Also, they’re really fun to share since they’re so huge.)
Morsel’s jam, Morsel. Like the biscuits, in love with that freaking raspberry jam that is pretty much mashed berries. (Sod House Bakery does a similar style; Morsel wins because biscuits.)
Key lime pie, A La Mode Pies (Phinney Ridge). I just can’t compare them until West Seattle sells to-go wedges of pie the size of my head. For now, Phinney Ridge is where I’ll go for my pie fix.
Mini custard-filled waffles, Nero Waffles. Chris’s vote would be for the pepperoni bubble waffles at Wowderffle, but that’s savory. These we wanted to ship home by the dozen.
That marmalade at Cantina Lena. Yeah, I’m mainly in for the churros too, but have you tried that marmalade? It’s the perfect cold compliment to hot crispy dough.
All the chocolate chip cookies, pretty much. I’m a big fan of London Plane and Slab, and Met Market continues to wow me for sheer warm cookie goodness. Not even going to try and pick a winner, because I’d fail.
What desserts did you love in 2016?