Last Friday I had a neat experience. I have been fighting the most ruthless virus and feeling like a hermit. Aside from seeing Cinderella last week I’ve hardly left my house except for getting the mail every day for work.
Anyway, I had previously paid for a special meal they were doing at my favorite bakery Bake 360. They have recently started a cafe in addition to the bakery that is delicious. The bakery is owned by Roy and Jennifer Olsen and they are such warm inviting people. It’s the first time in my life that I feel a sense of friendship with the owners and employees of a restaurant. People always talk about that but this is a first for me.
The bakery usually closes at 5 but recently they announced a special pop up restaurant they would be doing with Chef Roy and Chef Jeffrey Sanich. This promised to be a culinary experience and wanting to support my favorite restaurant and have a great experience I signed up! And it was an amazing meal! Certainly one of the fanciest and yummiest I’ve ever had.
Here’s what I was served:
First course- Butter Poached Red Crab with Citrus Braised Fennel and Caviar. One of my favorites of the night. Only problem was I could have eaten bowls of it!
Homemade Ricotta with Speck, Watercress and Chervil Oil. This was yummy but not especially memorable
Seared Divers Scallop with Microgreens, Celeriac Puree, Kumquats- I’m not a big scallop fan but these were delish
Heirloom Carrot Risotto- this was so creamy and flavorful. Yum!
Teres Major Beef with Potato Confit, Broccolini and Red Wine Demi. This was the highlight of the night. The beef was so tender. The only thing I didn’t care for was the broccolini.
And finally dessert was a Flourless Chocolate Cake with Shortbread, Raspberry Sauce and Clotted Cream. So great!
It ended up being a really fun night and a way to support some very talented people and have delicious food you don’t get every day. They said they already had 2 other chefs who want to do it so I’m really excited for it to be a part of my life in the future.
And like I said it was nice to have a break from sick Rachel for a few hours and eat some great food.
Tonight I am exhausted but wanted to give you an update on my last weekend.
It all started on Friday with my most recent 8 at 8 singles activity. I was expecting around 15 people and to my shock 56 people came. I felt kind of bad that I wasn’t more organized but luckily everyone was easy going and the restaurant was very good to us (especially because I had been confused over the reservation). I am also very grateful to a girl in the group named Carly who took a leadership role on the activity and saved the day. I still can’t believe that so many people came! Who knew speed dating would get such a crowd?
Saturday and Sunday I spent with my sisters Megan and Anna. Meg was in town for the weekend on a special discounted airfare from a an airline called allegiant airlines. I think her ticket was around $100. Just as a point of contrast my last ticket to California was nearly $400, so its a tremendous bargain.
Sometimes I think the small breather of a trips are the best and most refreshing. Doesn’t give you enough time to be sick of each other and you don’t have to do as much bending to change work, school and other schedules around to accommodate visitors. We kept it pretty simple but went to my favorite bakery Bake 360, watched Best in Show and then Sunday took a walk on Draper trail, taking a photo by the dinosaur a resident has in their backyard (random I know).
One last update, I have been having success in my work and in preparing for Slam the Dam. I feel confident in both. Just today my boss said I was a ‘lifesaver’. It meant a lot to me especially given I was gone for so long. The other great thing was that I truly took a vacation and hardly worked at all for the 10 days I was gone. I haven’t done that in nearly all my adult work-life. I’m not exaggerating with that statement. When I worked for JWA I worked so much my boss had to tell me to get off the computer and enjoy Hawaii. The same when I was doing the rentals full time and definitely true when I worked for Grabber.
I’m not trying to sound ungrateful for my past work experiences. Far from it. I’m just grateful to Poler for allowing me to take a real break from work. It may also be that I am learning to let go and relax a little more but I doubt it? Either way, I’m grateful for my job.
When there is a local establishment that does great work I like to use my blog to give a little shout out and maybe try to promote it in my own little way. One such place is a bakery in my hometown of Draper, Utah called Bake 360. I can honestly say it is as good if not better than any bakery I’ve ever been to. Everything is meticulously made and you feel guilty tearing into it (in more ways than one) because they are so pretty, works of art really.
Just to show you I’m not alone here are some of the yelp reviews:
An exhaustive review is unnecessary – Just go! Right now!
I’ve tried most of the items in that majestic glass case and every single one is phenomenal. Eclairs? Delicious
After one visit to Bake 360 I would now trade my Elvis collectible dolls, the contents of my secret lockbox (doh!), and what’s left of my dignity for just one more visit to Bake 360…
Oh, the poor tattered remains of my diet….After our Saturday visit where we ordered a fairly stupid haul of pastries to sample, my wife asked how much the damage was. When I gave her a figure in the low $20 range, she was gobsmacked. The love and care that goes into each product is evident and while paying a bit more might have been understandable, I really appreciate the effort to keep things reasonable.
I’ve only been there three times since I discovered the place a month ago (and one time I didn’t even eat anything – I just smelled the air and bought stuff for friends. No, no – real friends. Not “air quotes” friends).
Things I might have said recently about Bake 360:
I really didn’t mean to get in my car, drive 10.24 miles, and purchase baked goods there. It just happened.
I haven’t gone there like, 26 out of the last 30 days. So I don’t have a problem.
Those are not crumbs all over my car. I don’t know what you’re talking about.
I wouldn’t have to go if there were better bakeries close by.
My name is Kristin. And I’m a Bake 360-aholic
Well, that should give you some ideas. They always have a wide selection of pastries including scones, kouing aman, chocolate croissants and apricot pastries with pastry cream.
If you aren’t in the mood for pastries they have a whole case of other desserts like eclairs, brownies, cheesecakes and tarts. All are some of the best I’ve ever had.
Some particular standouts are the creme fraiche cheesecake and raspberry tarts.
My trainer says if you are going to have a treat make it a ‘hell yeah’ treat. Meaning don’t waste your calories on some lame cookie. Get something really good. Bake 360 totally fits that bill. They even have pastry classes I’m dieing to take. Although they say you only take the class to realize you should buy them!
The service is also great at Bake 360. The staff is all well versed on every item including explanations as to where ingredients were sourced and how it was prepared. They even have french macaroons for the gluten free crowd (although not always in stock).
The only flaw with Bake 360 is there is no seating so you have to take your treat elsewhere; however, there is a coffee shop called Dancing Yetti’s next store that makes all kinds of drinks and has 2 sofas, so in a pinch you can bring your treats there and get a drink. The lack of seating keeps the prices down and you can get a lot of pastries for under $20.