Island Treats

Sweets to the Sweet


photo (13) My mom was in town visiting, which means, for all of us, a nonstop eating extravaganza. Food is our love language. And luckily she rolled into Bellevue on Market day, making a visit a top priority. Over the years we've tasted plenty of goodies at the Market, but I thought I'd highlight a few.

In addition to an entire Veraci pepperoni pizza, we got a few almond croissants from Aura Bakery.

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My mom kept marveling about how enormous they were for $3.75, and I must say, after our trip to Maui, suddenly farmers market prices seem quite reasonable! Take, for example, the little pies at Adrienne's Cakes & Pies. On Maui, the equivalent would set you back an additional $1.75-3 per pie!

In addition to the almond croissants, my daughter picked out a pain au chocolat for a right-then snack from the dazzling array.

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Then we happened by Island Treats and made the "mistake" of sampling the "Pretzel Things." Mm...pretzels and caramel robed in milk chocolate. Yep, we bought a bag.

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My kids wolfed theirs down to prevent the chocolate from melting, but I managed to savor mine by putting it down between bites. With age comes wisdom.

Of course we bought two pints of strawberries. I love how the farmers grow several varieties, including these new earlier ones. It used to be we had to wait until June for strawberries, but not any more!

And, finally, I have to include this rhubarb:

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Almost five years ago I posted a recipe for rhubarb cake. Even non-rhubarb-lovers love this Aunt Hazel's Rhubarb Cake, which I recently made again for a brunch. Since people ask for the recipe, I decided to link back to the original post. You need about five stalks to make the 13x9 cake. And it calls for 1/3 cup of nuts, but I would definitely up it to 1/2 cup next time I make it. Enjoy.

Sweets to the Sweet

When I push send on this post, I'll be on Maui, weathering an approaching tropical storm in order to be at my son's swim meet. Therefore I thought it appropriate, first off, to feature Saturday sweets vendor Island Treats.

The island in question isn't Maui, but rather Mercer Island--close enough, right? Especially when the website mentions the effect of Northwest rainy weather on toffee-making (it zaps any self-control). At least in Maui, I'll be drenched in an ambient 87F rainstorm.

Our lovely confectioners

My sad little iPhone pics don't do these yummy sweets justice, so let me just say, they tend to combine my favorite things: dark chocolate, marshmallows, caramel, pretzels. I'm not personally a fan of the bizarre in my chocolate, preferring to rip out my fillings with the good old-fashioned stuff. And since Island Treats took better pictures than I did, just check these out:

My personal Kryptonite
Another fatal flaw

Some people can resist candy. I know. I've heard of them. But can they also resist pie?

This Saturday we'll be favored with another visit by! If you caught them on their first visit, June 13th, you got a taste of their unique, irresistible mini pies.

Well, this Saturday, August 8th, marks their second visit to our Market.

Dates for the calendar

Alvin and Tina offer a seasonal variety of handheld pies--I sampled Green Tea Matcha in June--and they avoid over-sweetening, which is great if you prefer to taste your filling, rather than having it overpowered by the sugar.

I'm betting we might see the Matcha again, and probably a peach pie, but just to be safe, you could always buy a sampler:

I'll be sorry to miss, being enroute from water-logged Maui to California (it's travel time for the fam), so please do have a caramel and a mini pie for me!