Judging by the number of Tigers hats I see around town there must be a lot of Detroit transplants living in Seattle. Our numbers are clearly strong enough to drive demand for our favorite foods. Take that Seattle! We’re going to outnumber your crunchy vegan people soon.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve seen around town:
1. Vernor’s- I am not personally a fan of ginger ale but it’s still cool to see it in stores. Sold at both Safeway and Met Market.
2. Awrey’s baked goods- you have to look around but sometimes you can find their danish. Found at QFC.
3. Sander’s hot fudge and Bumpy cake- Woot! My personal favorite import from Detroit. I literally squealed when I saw a bumpy cake at QFC last month. Found at QCF and Safeway.
However there is one food still missing from Seattle- real paczki.
Now don’t get me wrong, a certain Seattle bakery has been making paczki imposters for years. Back in 2009 I saw a sign in Bakery Nouveau’s window advertising Paczki Day. Holy crap! Balloons and everything! I should have known better than to buy a Midwest delight from a French bakery. It was TERRIBLE, especially when paired with an overly-strong Americano. You know, since they don’t serve Maxwell House drip.
I’ve been faithfully keeping the Paczki Day tradition alive since I moved out west and getting by with Krispy Kreme raspberry-filled donuts. Not the best, but you gotta do what you gotta do right?
Yesterday I was in Metropolitan Market and saw the larger-than-life paczki in the bakery case (from Bakery Nouveau). Do I dare give them another try? The Polish in me couldn’t resist. I bought the last raspberry one, looking all sad and lonely next to a gang of salted caramel ones. BTW- only a Seattle bakery would dare make a wonky flavor like salted caramel.
Drats! Disappointed again! The dense donut part was extremely dry and the filling was so tart it irritated my tongue.
Looks like it’s back to Krispy Kreme. Ugh.