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Macrina Bakery

June 6, 2011

I was stoked to find out that Macrina Bakery was literally next door to our condo that we stayed in!  Why, you ask?  Macrina Bakery was voted one of the Top 10 Best Bread Bakeries in America in Bon Appétit magazine, that’s why.

We stepped in and smelled doughy, baked heaven.

There were so many things to choose from!  We had a hard time deciding on a lil’ something sweet or a lil’ something savory.

Since we couldn’t decide, the only thing we could do was to indulge in something sweet AND savory.  Dad went with the ham and cheese dumpling (right).  It was a flaky pillow stuffed with gruyere cheese and bits of ham on top.  Obviously it wasn’t enough because Dad asked, “Where’s the ham?”  TM went with a parmesan rosemary ham biscuit.  It was a little dense but very flavorful.  Both were excellent when warmed up a bit.

I saw the word “nutella” and knew I just HAD to try the nutella brioche.  I loved the kosher salt on top to give it that salty/sweet combo and there was a huge pocket of nutella in the middle!  I’ve never had anything nutella that was short of amazing.  This cocoa puff is not to be mistaken for the other cocoa puff or the cereal.  This cocoa puff had a pocket of cocoa pudding-ish goodness inside the bread with some chocolate on top as well.

There were so many other things I’d like to try from Macrina Bakery.  I would definitely love to make another stop there the next time I visit Seattle!

2408 First Avenue   Seattle, WA

Breakfast again anyone?!?

April 20, 2009

After our amazing sushi breakfast at Tsukiji, we ate our second breakfast of the day back at our hotel.  We stayed at the Tokyo Hilton and breakfast was included so we decided to check it out.  I knew we would be eating a lot on this trip but breakfast usually isn’t my meal of choice.

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It was a breakfast buffet and although I wasn’t hungry, I forced myself to eat some stuff after I saw the spread they had.

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One side of the buffet was Japanese style breakfast and one side was American style breakfast!!  We could choose from rice, fish, tsukemono, etc. for the Japanese style breakfast.

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Japanese people often eat salad as part of breakfast too.  Both of my Aunt’s whose houses we stayed at served salad at breakfast. 

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There were plenty fruits and oatmeal too.

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There were all sorts of juices, fruit, sliced meat, breads and pastries to choose from.  They had fried rice, shumai and miso soup.  It was amazing!  They even had a made to order omelette bar at one end.  Our huge sushi breakfast was just 3 hours prior but I couldn’t resist trying this breakfast buffet out.  I was definitely excited to take full advantage of it the next morning on an empty stomach!!

Choco Pear

January 20, 2009

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My cousin Laureen told me to go to her favorite bakery in my area.  Paris Baguette.  We ate dinner nearby and decided to stop in on the way home if they were still open.  To my surprise, they are open until 11 PM Monday through Saturday and until 10 PM on Sundays!

Most of the breads were sold out at 9 PM but since we were there to pick up dessert, we found what we wanted.  We got one green tea cream cheese bread and one choco pear. (pictured above)  Those are slices of fresh pear on top of the cake!  I love Asian desserts because they are not TOO sweet but still have a lot of flavor.   It was exquisite and beautiful as you can see, and tasted as good as it looks!  I am anxious to go back and try their bread and other cakes.

3561 El Camino Real  Santa Clara, CA 95051


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