Who goes to Pasadena for pastries? Certainly not me. I live on the other side of town.
A little pastry shop recently opened on Colorado Boulevard. For those of you with only a vague mental image of Pasadena, it’s not “that Colorado Boulevard.” It’s waaaaay down the Boulevard, across from Pasadena City College, and next door to a very busy Starbucks. Oh, and it’s also home to some of the biggest, boldest, most deliciously magnificent flavors I have experienced in a very long time.
The first brick and mortar shop of ‘Top Chef: Just Desserts’ finalist Danielle Keene, this is the cutest little pastry shop that you are going to thank baby Jesus for bringing to your backyard. Just open last week, what they lack in selection, they more than make up for with vibrant tastes that you will knock your socks off!
I only meant to order one item, but I changed my order several times and completely confused the very polite, young counter girl. I ended up leaving with three items, and twenty-fours hours later wished that I had filled a giant box with goodies – For Christmas gifts! Really!
The giant slab of fresh fig newton? Glorious. The coffee cake that I devoured while putting milk in my coffee? Extraordinary. The lemon poppy seed cake pictured above? Criminal.
I enjoy lemon. I seek out lemon. I add lemon to everything that I cook. I occasionally obsess about lemon. I famously adore all things lemon. And yet, I have never tasted lemon quite like this. Intense flavors that remind you of a custard or a curd, and yet these are somehow ethereally light and airy? It’s a mystery that I shall never solve, nor do I care to. That is why we have talented pastry chefs! It was, by far, the most extraordinary dish that we enjoyed last week. And the week before. And…
If you live in Pasadena, go now. If you live close, go this weekend when the college kids have vanished. If you live in Kentucky, begin searching flights now.
I’ll be in Pasadena every week for meetings. And I’ll be in this little shop for lunch (Yes, delicious pastry most certainly does constitute a sensible lunch) as often as I possible can. And hopefully, all of those poor saps that are buying out the Starbucks pastry case next door will come to their senses. They have LA Mill coffee, too.