Our friend Sara knows that I’m always looking for good coffee and recommended Bouchon BakeryBouchon Bakery. As picky as I am, I approve. It’s not my favorite but I’ll certainly have it again. Since we were there, why not try some more goodies? Who could resist all this?

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We started with the Ham and Cheese Croissant. You can have it hot or cold, hot means they’ll press it (which they tell you beforehand). This is certainly a rich buttery treat, not to be had too often. I’d like it more if it wasn’t pressed because I like the fluffiness of croissants but none of this went to waste. Trust me.

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We dove into the scones next. The Bacon Cheddar Scone had a nice texture but the flavor tasted more like artificial bacon bits to me. Lon had no complaints and gobbled the rest of it up. The plain scone, again, had a nice texture, neither of us thought the flavor was memorable though.

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The Raspberry Almond Croissant, Sara’s favorite, and seemingly everyone else’s, as they were quickly running out of these Labor Day morning…is delightful. You just can’t go wrong with crunchy toasted almonds and a raspberry filling. We got the chocolate filled one too (I guess I forgot to take a pic, somehow one always slips by) but it was way too sweet.

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Of course, I also had to try the macarons (and suffer the consequences for eating food coloring).
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The vanilla had a nice strong flavor but it was also ultra sweet. The pistachio and coffee didn’t have enough flavor and were also too sweet. The Raspberry had a weird filling (possibly licorice) that we did not like. The Orange/Passion Fruit (we think) was tangy, which was nice, but still too sweet, and the chocolate won because it was the only one that wasn’t too sweet. In the end, I’d skip the macarons.

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The unexpected winner for me was the Nutter Butter. I didn’t even want it when Lon ordered it, thinking it would be cloyingly sweet and just sickening after one bite. I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter cookies. Boy was I wrong about appearances. The Nutter Butter is a peanut lover’s heaven and the sugar level was restrained in European fashion. The cookies are light, crispy, and crumbly, perfectly suitable for the smooth, also light inside, that will catch the crumbles. The peanut flavor tastes natural. What more could you ask for?

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Most of the goodies we got were around $3 (the macarons were $12 for the assorted box) but I avoided ordering the dessert pastries which were $7 and up. That’s just too much for a single serve dessert! We loved the atmosphere, which was upscale yet casual, and had we realized we could earlier, we would have brought our doggie. (Yay for doggie friendly eating places!) Several items were too sweet for me but I will definitely be back to have a cup of coffee and a Nutter Butter, will probably try some breads too.

Thanks Sara!

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