Back in June, here’s what I wished for in the Seattle dessert scene:
- Icebox cakes
- More proper sundae/parfait shops
- More desserts on food trucks
- Tiny everything
- More creative flavors
What happened? Well, some of them. And I’ll take that.
More creative flavors are happening. Phorale is totally on a mission to put shaved Japanese KitKats on everything. And apparently really into horchata. I’m seeing more flavor combinations, more testing of ideas. (And I can’t forget Soi’s roti brunch awesomeness.)
More sundae shops are sort of happening. I want to see what happens with Frankie & Jo’s and The Central District Ice Cream Company. I’m super hopeful.
Below the fold, have my dessert wishes for 2017:
The return of pudding
I just like pudding. It’s as comforting or fancy as you want to make it. Canlis could serve a tiered dream of a parfait while Nate’s could sell pudding cups. Both would be awesome.
(Also, I’m still kind of sad that Seven Beef pulled that gorgeous rice pudding from their menu.)
As of right now Cafe Trophy is… kinda it for fancy puddings. We can’t rely on Jennifer Shea to fix everything, people. Also, they’re in Bellevue and I’m a slacker city kid.
And yes, I know a ton of places serve rather excellent budinos. I want chocolate pudding and tapioca pudding and layers and cookie pudding cups. We’ve had plenty of retro treats make comebacks, so why not pudding?
This kind of happens, but not enough. Adding salt doesn’t count; Fran’s Chocolates has owned that longer than I’ve been alive. (Unless you add a neat salt blend – that would be awesome.)
If you’re not sure where to start, I’d look at agua fresca blends. The herb combinations alone should get some ideas started.
Casual afternoon tea
Afternoon tea in Seattle is limited. We have a tiny number of high teas, which are fancypants and require reservations. I like those, but they’re not practical. I want a small tea, something more than just a cuppa + a treat. A small plate. Maybe a small sandwich, maybe a truffle. And something involving greenery or a protein, because even I need something besides carb heaven on occasion.
(Remedy’s the closest we have, but ever since they stopped making sandwiches it’s not the same.)
Given our startup meeting world out here lives in coffee shops, I feel like this should be everywhere, and yet it’s not. Instead we have coffee shops and a lot of muffins. Good muffins, yes, but I want more. Scotland’s attitude towards giant scones and cakes spoiled me a bit here, and now I want Seattle to join in on the fun.
Anyone want to make this a thing?