Seattle

One of my favourite quick weekend get aways is to Seattle, Washington. A 2.5hr drive from Vancouver, Seattle is full of great sights and more importantly great eats. During my visit in August I checked out some new & not so new sweet spots.  If you have a sweet tooth like I do, here are a few places worth visiting.

GENERAL PORPOISE - Located in the trendy Capital Hill neighbourhood this place serves up top quality coffee & the most amazing homemade doughnuts. This was the first stop we made when we arrived at 8:30 am and I was ready for one of those sugary crusted babies!  And can we just talk about how cute their hot pink Strada Expresso maker is? Adorbs!

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After trying to decide which doughnut to order, I finally picked the Chocolate Marshmallow.  Now how do I describe this?  Words that come to mind are: PURE HEAVEN! It was so soft & fluffy...and that oozy chocolately goodness. It reminded me of malasadas from Leonard's Bakery in Hawaii. If you've had one of those you'll love these.

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The Chocolate Marshmallow was yummy.  It paired perfectly with my coffee.  Happy and satisfied 😊

General Porpoise has a bunch of different flavours, but they only make 4-6 flavours each day. They have classics like Vanilla Custard and Lemon Curd with a rotation of other flavours like Peanut Butter & Jelly and Hawaiian Punch Pluot Jam!  I can understand why @bonappetitmag recently called them "the doughnut - and - coffee shop of your dreams".

CHOUKETTE - eclair'art - I accidentally  stumbled upon this lovely spot while we where heading to the Ferris Wheel at the pier. This French eclair bakery just recently opened, and is a must visit in Seattle IMO. They offer amazing flavours of their dough based eclair, from black sesame to a lychee, raspberry, rose water 😱 Yum!! I wanted to try them all!! Just look how beautiful these are!

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Too pretty to eat!!

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Definitely pay them a visit if you're in the area. You won't regret it. This photo was taken in the summer so  I think it may be time to make another visit for their Fall/Winter eclairs flavours!!! 😉

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The Huckleberry Marscarpone eclair was delicious! (summer flavour).

ELLENOS GREEK YOGURT - If you're visiting Pike Place Market a must stop is at Ellenos Greek yogurt. What's up with all the hype over their Greek Yogurt? Well I got the chance to find out. OMG, I can honestly say they makes the smoothest, creamiest, best tasting yogurt I've ever had...no joke! They use pure whole milk & only 100% natural fruits & topping to create this Greek yogurt perfection! I couldn't decide from the many flavours available, so the sweet server suggested the Lemon Curd. Damn! It's really that good!! Do I dare say I would possibly choose this over ice cream ?!  And the best part is it's relatively healthy, right?!

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CUPCAKE ROYALE

Cupcake Royale was Seattle Weekly's 2016 winner of Seattle's Best Cupcake and was featured as a must visit US food destination by both Zagat and the Huffington Post this past summer. With all that recognition, how could I not make this a stop in my Seattle sweet food tour?

Below is the Raspberry Pavlova which I sampled and it was really yummy!! Raspberry cake & lemon buttercream, drizzled with raspberry & topped with a pavlova. 

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The Lavender Cupcake was AMAZING!!!!  Voted top 10 cupcakes in the USA by MSN.com, this is a must try. They stir real lavender buds into their vanilla buttercream, and topped onto the moist, delicious vanilla butter cake. My only regret is I didn't buy some to take home back to Vancouver.  There are so many flavours to pick from it's a bit overwhelming for me. As I'm writing this I'm trying to convince Hubby to take a weekend trip back so I can try a couple of their seasonal cupcakes - like the pumpkin pie and chai cinnamon. How amazing do those sound?

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In addition to their fabulous made-from-scratch cupcakes, coffee, they offer their own ice cream too. Unfortunately, I couldn't eat another bite otherwise I would've loved to try their Red Velvet Ice cream on a fresh made Red Velvet waffle cone. Oh well more reason to make another visit very, very soon😉

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(Ice Cream photo credit: Cupcake ROYALE)

General Porpoise https://gpdoughnuts.com/https://www.instagram.com/gpdoughnuts/ 1020 E. Union St, Seattle, WA (206) 900-8770 Monday - Sunday 7:00am to 3:00pm

Choukett eclair art http://www.choukette.com/https://www.instagram.com/eclair_art/ 1500 Western Ave, Seattle, WA (206) 209-2243 Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm Tuesday 12:00pm to 6:00pm Wednesday - Friday 11:00am to 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm

Ellenos Greek Yogurt http://www.ellenos.com/https://www.instagram.com/ellenosyogurt/ 1500 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA Sunday 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday - Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm

Cupcake Royale http://cupcakeroyale.com/ https://www.instagram.com/cupcakeroyale/ 111 E. Pike St, Seattle, WA (206) 701-9579 Monday - Friday 8:00am to 10:00pm Saturday - Sunday 9:00am to 10:00pm