Category Archives: Bakeries

Gluten-Free Restaurant in The Springs Cited

Coquette’s is singled out for its baked goods.

Coquetts-logoColorado celiacs who cannot eat gluten and also those who prefer gluten-free rejoice! Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery in Colorado Springs has been named one of the country’s best.  Here’s what In Love With Food posted in “10 of the Best Gluten-Free Bakeries in the U.S.” posted:

Award-winning, family-run, inspired by the Greek tradition of valuing food as not just something to eat, but something to celebrate, there really wasn’t any doubt this place would be a hit. This spot serves as a full restaurant, with appetizers, burgers on freshly baked gluten-free bread and even sells its gluten-free flour blend.

I’m happy that a business outside of metro Denver appeared on a national list, but my choice would have been for the Rheinlander Bakery in Arvada. It’s an exceptional, family-owned German bakery that went gluten-free some years ago when owner Ed Dimmer’s wife was diagnosed with celiac. It’s a bakery, period — and has been for more than half a century.

 

Culinary Odyssey in RiNo

Foods plain & fancy in River North.

A few days ago, my friend Julia Joun and I took ourselves on our own  food tour in River North (RiNo), an emerging neighborhood in Denver. Her foodie credentials are solid. She she runs the Flatirons Food Film Festival. At this point, my credentials reside mainly on this blog, which I’m proud to say has won several awards. We left Boulder at 9:30 a.m. and didn’t return until almost 6 p.m. What a great and delicious day.

Rosenberg’s Bagels

Rosenberg-logoWe actually started at Rosenberg’s Bagels in Five Points, near enough to RiNo to count. A couple of years ago, when bagel shop and deli were a bright gleam in Josh Pollack’s eye, he stopped by and dropped off a bag of New York-style bagels. Were they ever good! Read my post here.

The Welton Street light-rail stop is directly in front of Rosenberg’s door, while some customers, like us, come in the back way from Clarkson. The gal from one of the city’s Whole Foods came in that way too, to pick up the morning order. Whole Foods is fussy about its sourcing, so this is a testimonial to the quality, taste and authenticity. Knowing that we had a long day of eating ahead, we shared an everything bagel with salmon cream cheese.

Racks of bagels.
Racks of bagels.
Retro style interior.
Retro-inspired interior with big tufted banquette.

Rosenberg's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Babette’s Bakery at The Source

TheSource-logoIf one baked item for breakfast is good, two are better, so Julia and I proceeded to The Source, a renovated, repurposed and totally cool 1880s foundry that now houses restaurants, retailers, watering holes and other semi-related businesses.

011We made a beeline for Babette’s Bakery, which initially became known for its fabulous artisainal French country breads. The pastries fall in the to-die-for category too. We split one, bought things to take home — Julie snagged some bread to take home, and I bought a ham and cheese croissant for my husband.

Baker at work.
Baker at work.
Decisions, decisions, difficult pastry decisions.
Decisions, decisions, difficult pastry decisions.

Babettes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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‘Brekkie’ in Australia

White bread, “the big brekkie” & fine bakeries.

AustralianFlagAfter two weeks in Australia, I have concluded that there several discernible constants.

“Damper,”  a rough rustic bread is an iconic Australian bread that is traditionally cooked over a campfire. That’s not what you’re likely to find in a B&B. There, thin slices of square white bread prevail. The host typically leaves a carafe of juice, an electric tea kettle and a toaster plus makings for tea and coffee and some sliced bread plus butter and jam. Fortunately, good bakeries are scattered about that landscape, even in fairly small towns.Banjo's Bakery in Campbell Town, Tasmania turned out to be one of some 40 in the country.

Banjo’s Bakery Cafe in Campbell Town, Tasmania turned out to be one of some 40 in the country.

Greek-inspired spinach pie was a good breakfast offering.

Greek-inspired spinach pie was a good breakfast offering.

And so was this berry and cream tart.
And so was this berry and cream tart.

When there is a standard breakfast menu, you’ll usually find a choice of eggs (including Benedicts), pancakes and the
big brekkie.

The big brekkie in the beach town of Bronte beach. It has the typical eggs, toast, bacon (more like our Canadian bacon than strip bacon), tomatoes and as a bonus, a couple of asparagus spears.
The big brekkie in the beach town of Bronte beach. It has the typical eggs, toast (here, rye), bacon (more like our Canadian bacon than strip bacon), tomatoes and as a bonus, a couple of asparagus spears.

Costly Candy from My Connecticut Hometown

$250 truffle from Norwalk chocolatier.

Knipschildt-logoI interrupt my usual Colorado fixation with this post about Connecticut. When I was growing up, Norwalk, which had been urban-renewed within an inch of its life, was the more vibrant of the two downtowns. South Norwalk was by the New Haven Railroad tracks. It had the railroad station, City Hall, the big library, the big  post office and a lot of vacant turn-of-the-last-century commercial buildings. Neglect turned out to be a good thing, since those buildings remained ignored.

That was then, and this is now, and the charms of old South Norwalk have been discovered. South Norwalk (promotionally and predictably rechristened SoNo) is now home to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, hot clubs, cool restaurants and one-of-a-kind buinesses. Imagine my surprise when TheDailyMeal.com’s post and video about “The World’s Most Expensive ‘Cheap’ Dishes” included Knipschildt Chocolatier of South Norwalk.

This truffle doesn't look much different from others. but its rare ingredients make for a $250 price tag.
This truffle doesn’t look much different from others. but its rare ingredients make for a $250 price tag.

The Daily Meal wrote:

Chocolate Truffle: La Madeleine au Truffle, Knipschildt Chocolatier, Norwalk, Conn.: $250 

Master chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt is selling the most expensive chocolate truffle in the world from his shop in Norwalk, Connecticut. It’s made via a seven-step process and contains chocolate ganache made from 71 percent Valrhona dark chocolate, French Perigord truffle (or Italian white truffle if they’re not available), and truffle oil. If you want one for yourself (or for your significant other), you’ll need to order it at least five days in advance so Knipschildt can import the truffle.

Fritz Knipschildt also runs a cafe and retail shop called Chocopologie on Washington Street, the main drag of South Norwalk. Next time I return, I’m going to the cafe and will pay homage the over-the-top truffle with a cappuccino and a chocolate treat of some sort.

Chocopologie By Knipschildt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cheesecake in a Jar & On The Air

Grand Junction company adds line of savories.

Decadence-logoChef Lee Mathis’s great gimmick was to offer his tasty cheesecakes in cute little Mason jars. I happily ate some of those delicious well-named Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes  a number of years ago, he has added a line of savories to his traditional sweet flavors. Because people can’t wrap their noggins around savory cheesecakes, Mathis calls them savory spreads. I caught Mathis’s interview on Colorado Public Radio’s ‘Colorado Matters.’ The segment was called “Colorado Chef Took a Long Strange Trip to Create Cheesecake in a Jar.”

Decadence-jar

They are sold close to home (meaning at Western Slope farmers’ markets, fairs and festivals, at Grand Junction area retail locations) and in/around Richmond Virginia. They can also be ordered for shipping.  The jars are shrink-wrapped and packed frozen in custom cardboard holders or in custom-made mini-wooden crates, then packed in a thermal cooler with composite, reusable gel packs, and shipped via FedEx right to your door. When a cheesecake craving hits, just thaw and eat.

National Pie Day is Today

This “holiday” started in Boulder.

NatlPieDayThere’s probably a “holiday” celebrating every food from abalone to zucchini, but there’s just one whose Boulder origin is undisputed — and that’s today, January 23 — National Pie Day. Local food/restaurant writer John Lehndorff’s peripatetic column called “Nibbles” started in the Daily Camera and is now at the Boulder Weekly. It is in that paper that he recently wrote “How Boulder became the birthplace of National Pie Day.” He should know, since he founded it along with Charlie Parpazian, who was instrumental in launching both National Pie Day, the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival.

In advance of National Pie Day, TheDailyMeal.com selected “The Best Pie in Every State,” Colorado’s would be Rocky Road Pie, if it actually existed. Here’s what the site whimsically posted:

“Rocky Road is a beloved ice cream flavor across America, but Colorado’s Rocky Mountains mean it truly belongs to this state. This pie, inspired by the ice cream flavor, is made with delicious ingredients like whipped topping, miniature marshmallows, chocolate pudding, and walnuts. Count us in.”

National Pie Day, BTW, is not to be confused with National Pi Day, which is March 14.

 

Donut Magic on Colfax

Voodoo Doughnut at home in the Mile High City.

072Voodoo Doughnut got its start in Old Town Portland (Oregon, not Maine) back in 2003 and soon became a cult favorite — the kind of place that in-the-know locals would take guests to wow them with the cool, funky vibe and phenomenal selection of donuts (I prefer this spelling).

Retro interior and rope lines to channel traffic in the small store.
Retro interior and rope lines to channel traffic in the small store.

When Voodoo came to Denver, it wasn’t to a sanitized shopping mall or an upscale suburb but rather to Colfax Avenue, a fascinating, vibrant arterial with an urban mix of people and business that cater to them. There always seems to be a line, even on a midweek mid-afternoon.  This may be a deliberate strategy to add to the mystique of the wild flavors. The make cake donuts, raised donuts, crullers and fitters with various fillings and toppings — many of them cereals that I wouldn’t eat on a bet but many people really like — and display one of each on revolving shelves in a glass case.

If the artwork on the boxes weren't black a line drawing on pink cardboard, I'd call it psychedelic. The slogan is "Good Things Come in Pink Boxes."
If the artwork on the boxes weren’t black a line drawing on pink cardboard, I’d call it psychedelic. The slogan is “Good Things Come in Pink Boxes.”

My husband and I came out with just three treats: a huge classic glazed donut, an even bigger apple fritter and sinful Maple Bacon Bar donut. All were really delicious. I’m ordinarily not much of a donut eater, but I’d have a tough time if the store were closer.

1520 East Colfax Avenue, Denver; 303-597-3666. Useful facts: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except select major holidays). Cash only; ATM on site.

Voodoo Doughnut Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato