One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Seattle a few years ago was the distinct lack of Italian bakeries. Moving from New York, I had become accustomed to a certain quality of life which included mass consumption of lobster tails (the pastry, not the seafood), anginetti cookies and--most importantly--cannoli. Now this is not to say that Seattle doesn't have its share of awesome bakeries--but most of them gravitate toward Nordic and French styles of baking rather than Italian.
But recently, I was tipped off that I might be able to score a cannoli at Remo Borracchini on Rainier.
Sure enough, they had cannoli--in chocolate cream as well as the traditional ricotta with fruit bits--as well as cookies by the pound, Hot Cross buns, and more Italian treats. The fact that they looked at me blankly when I asked if they had zeppole may give them slight demerits, but I was pretty thrilled to find a place to score cannoli. They may not be the finest I've ever had, but it's comforting to know they exist, and it did inspire me to get artistic and make a "CannoLisa Loeb". Remo Borracchini's Bakery is located at 2307 Rainier Ave. South, (206) 325-1550; online at nowcake.com.
Husband + wife duo Andrea and Matthew Porter own Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store in Seattle. Bluebottle is headquarters for Matthew's infamous Monkey World paintings and products. In addition to Matthew's artwork we showcase local and national talent in the art, craft and design DIY movement!
Kristen Rask is the owner of Schmancy, a small shop in downtown Seattle a hop and skip away from Pike's Place Market. Schmancy specializes in vinyl and plush toys as well as art. Located right next door to The Moore Theater box office, Schmancy is just as colorful as the street it inhabits.
Jessie Oleson is the creator of CakeSpy.com, a dessert detective agency dedicated to seeking sweetness in everyday life. What does this mean, exactly? Basically that she writes about, thinks about, and draws illustrations of desserts all day--and gets paid for it. Booyea! She lives in the Central District with her husband Danny, their pug Porkchop, and two guinea pigs, Falafel and Hot Pocket.
Sally Brock is the Boss and TV star of Fancy. Fancy features over 30 local artists and designers, and specializes in custom wedding rings, handmade with recycled precious metals and repurposed or fair trade gemstones. Located just south of Schmancy & Nancy downtown.