Friday, April 1, 2011

Bakery Verbena

Cinnamon Twist
Bakery Verbena , $1.75/each

Treat-seekers in Seattle's University District have a new destination: just four months old, Bakery Verbena has firmly taken root in a north Ave house formerly occupied by Blue Dog and the late, lamented, Curio Confections.

Verbena owner Jan Sailus learned the baking trade back in Pennsylvania. After several attempts to talk her way into an apprenticeship, Sailus finally found a baker willing to take her on--on the condition that she agree to take over the business. Under Sailus, that bakery not only thrived, but expanded into a sit-down eatery.

Sailus is at Verbena early each morning, baking a wide variety of sweet and savory pastries. Most of her products are familiar classics done extraordinarily well, with balanced flavors and ideal textures. The cinnamon twist is flaky and tender, rich but light, spicy but not too sweet; it's a luxurious snack that you can polish off without a regrettable sugar hangover.

In order to both minimize waste and connect with the community, any of the bakery's day-olds are donated to Teen Feed, a Seattle organization that assists homeless and hungry youth.
Verbena also has a spot the in the P-Patch community garden across the street; look for uber-local herbs and veggies to show up in baked goods later this summer.

Bakery Verbena

5509 University Way NE
Seattle, WA
(206) 257-4798

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1 comment:

mahesh said...

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