1. Paseo!

    Well, this was our second time visiting these delicate little shops. There are two Paseo’s in the Seattle area, both of them are in tiny little buildings without signs or anything. If you weren’t looking for it and missed the line outside the door, you’d miss it.

    To summarize- Paseo is a great little sandwich shop specializing in Caribbean sandwiches such as cuban roasts, cuban presses, grilled pork sandwiches, etc. At first, after reading reviews on Yelp! I thought I got my hopes too high. So many 5/5 stars on Yelp!, that my expectations were skylevel. It’d be tough to meet them.

    The first time I went, I had the cuban roast sandwich, probably their most popular item. We stood in line for about 10 minutes and received our warm sandwiches. They were delicious (i’ll go into depth later) but I felt rushed during my time in there. This was the Fremont location.

    Today, we went to the Ballard location. We got there two minutes before it opened and were greeted by a couple of others who also were wanting these delicious sandwiches. I chose the Midnight Cuban Press- described below by Paseo as

    "Our contribution to the Fremont arts. Cuban roast pork nestled atop sweet banana peppers, draped w/ sheer slices of smoked ham & Swiss cheese melted between a hot press. It’s a shame to eat such a masterpiece. (No lettuce or jalapeños)"

    I’m personally not a huge banana pepper fan, but I’ll eat them. Mind you, I hate jalapenos and I do not think that they belong on sandwiches.

    We received the two sandwiches and went on our merry way. Together, they were about $20. Pretty expensive for two sandwiches, not gonna lie.

    As we drove to our destination, we each took bites of our morsels of goodness. She had the Cuban Roast, I the Midnight Cuban Press. Man. This one was good.

    The Summary-

    1 (Atmosphere). Two very small shops, but they’re so friendly. You can walk right into the line (which will always exist) and wait less than 15 minutes for a mouthwatering piece of heavenly goodness. However, there is little room for eating inside and the line has to move pretty quickly, so you may feel rushed. Beyond that, the fact that there are no signs may hinder from its notability, but its popularity is sustained through the word of mouth. If you look for it, you can find it, even without signs.

    2. (Food eaten) The Midnight Cuban Press was by far the best sandwich I’ve eaten.

    On top of a freshly baked and toasted baguette was a thin layer of homemade garlic butter. It wasn’t overpowering and it made the whole area around the sandwich shop smell amazing. After that came the banana peppers, fresh and crisp with a sour “zing” as you bit into them. Then the Swiss cheese, melted on top of some ham. The ham was pretty good, above average, but it complimented the cheese very nicely. Behind that lay the real stuff- the roast pork. Nothin’ special, just plain roast pork.

    However, put it all together and you get a masterpiece of a sandwich. It’s warm and toasted, has the aroma of a delicious garlic buttery crust with fresh roast pork and ham in it, and tasted absolutely wonderful. Yet, for $9.50, is this a ripoff…?

    3. Overall, there’s not much to say about Paseo other than it being absolutely wonderful. Your food will be the best sandwich you’ve ever eaten, as long as you dont extremely overhype the sandwich before actually having it (sandwiches can only taste so good!) The atmosphere was… interesting. It’s a small place, but because it’s so popular and good, you can’t expect a walkup-and-order place. It took some time to order, but the food was worth it. The sandwiches were amazing. That’s all. 9/10. The only thing I’d love is a larger area to sit.

     
  2. Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish- Bakery Nouveau

    Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish- Bakery Nouveau

     
  3. Lemon Blueberry Tart- Bakery Nouveau

    Lemon Blueberry Tart- Bakery Nouveau

     
  4. Bakery Nouveau

    Don’t warm, flaky croissants and a cool glass of water sound great on a Saturday morning? I thought so too, so, after an hour of playing of tennis, we decided to hit up Bakery Nouveau as our first destination on our adventure to find amazing food.

    I’ll keep my posts organized like so-

    1- Overview/atmosphere

    2- Food eaten/review

    3- 1-10 stars. (Food, atmosphere, overall)

    1- I’ll be honest, unless you’re specifically looking for this friendly little bakery, you probably won’t find it. It’s hidden in The Junction in West Seattle, right by Cupcake Royale and other intriguing shops that girls would describe as “cute”. However, after tedious hours of Yelp! searching, I decided to take a trip to this pristine cafe.

    It was a gloriously sunny day and after tennis, I was ready to chow down on some good food. Not exactly a croissant and danish type mood, if you ask me. We waltzed right into the bakery and were immediately greeted by a line of locals ordering and devouring their goods. The aroma was astounding. You could smell the crispy, flaky, buttery croissants and the warm, gooey, sugar glazed pastries. After minutes of standing in line trying to figure out what we wanted, we settled on the Blueberry Tart, a Berry Cream Cheese Danish, and the Twice Baked Chocolate Croissant.

    2- My personal favorite was the Twice Baked Chocolate croissant. It was buttery and soft, but easy to pull apart. It was the first thing I saw, the first thing I tried, and the only thing I absolutely loved. It had a perfect ratio of chocolate to dough. It would definitely be worth going back for this alone.

    The blueberry tart was also spectacular. The lemon filling was tart enough, but combined with the powdered sugar crust and sweet blueberries, this was a delicious piece of art. It looked simple, but the flavors clashed in your mouth. At first, you’d be overwhelemed by the tartness of the filling, but then would be eased by the sweet, flaky dough and blueberries popping in your mouth. Overall, I would give this a 10 star rating for taste, but I wish they had used raspberries or another berry instead.

    Finally, the danish. I’m not really a danish fan, but my friend loves them, so we had to try one. It was the same crispy, flaky, delicious dough, but the creme cheese with blueberries was a bit too… rich? I’m not a big fan of cheesy desserts (i.e. cheesecake, danishes, etc), but I’ll definitely eat them if given to me. It was good, just not spectacular.

    3- The atmosphere was great. It’s a “cute” bakery nestled in the Junction, with little traffic, a line of locals, and on a sunny day, it deserves a 9/10. The only turnoff was the lack of seating they had inside.

    The food was.. pretty good. The twice baked choco croissant was impressive. Had all their food met the level that the croissant had set, the bakery would’ve easily earned a 10/10. Maybe the croissants ruined the rest of the food for me, but the other foods were just above par. The food earned a solid 7.5/10.

    Overall, I was very pleased with the bakery. The foods were exquisite but simple. The flavors were perfectly matched with each other, and their pastries were great. If I lived in the area, I’d definitely visit at least every other week. If I’m driving through West Seattle, I’ll be sure to visit for the twice baked chocolate croissant alone. However, I don’t think that the bakery is worth the 35 min trip all the way to Seattle. Nevertheless, it’s a great bakery that deserves a 8/10.

     
  5. Our first adventure to Bakery Nouveau was a success!
Expecting deliciousness after having read incredible reviews on  Yelp.com, I was prepared for greatness. And sure enough, Bakery Nouveau  lived up to its name. There was a small line, but it moved quickly and I  got my food in no time! They had quite an assortment of breads, pastries,  and some small desserts.
The Chai Tea Latte did not live up to standards and did not have  enough milk, but that didn’t overshadow the gooey croissants and  danishes.
To sum up:
What I ordered: Twice Baked Chocolate Croissant, Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, and a Lemon Blueberry Tart. 
Pros: Line moved quickly, Delicious Food, Quaint Atmosphere, and Delicious smells.
Cons: Drinks, Lack of seating.
It wasn’t until I finished my food, that I realized how delicious it was! Overall my review: 4.5 stars.
My favorite: Lemon Blueberry Tart. (Danish if it had been raining. Hello, Seattle)

    Our first adventure to Bakery Nouveau was a success!

    Expecting deliciousness after having read incredible reviews on Yelp.com, I was prepared for greatness. And sure enough, Bakery Nouveau lived up to its name. There was a small line, but it moved quickly and I got my food in no time! They had quite an assortment of breads, pastries, and some small desserts.

    The Chai Tea Latte did not live up to standards and did not have enough milk, but that didn’t overshadow the gooey croissants and danishes.

    To sum up:

    What I ordered: Twice Baked Chocolate Croissant, Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, and a Lemon Blueberry Tart.


    Pros: Line moved quickly, Delicious Food, Quaint Atmosphere, and Delicious smells.

    Cons: Drinks, Lack of seating.

    It wasn’t until I finished my food, that I realized how delicious it was! Overall my review: 4.5 stars.

    My favorite: Lemon Blueberry Tart. (Danish if it had been raining. Hello, Seattle)

     
  6. The Beginning

    Welcome to our blog!

    All we do is travel the earth.. (actually, Washington) in search of delicious food.

    Our goal is to get on Oprah. And write a book.

    Go big or go home.

     
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    Angels and Airwaves- The Adventure

     

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