Passing through Rohnert Park last month, I was happy to see that 9 Islands, the Azores-style bakery and café, had reopened after the fire. While the selection is still pretty small, the pastry cases offer a little more variety than my earlier visit.
I picked up an orange queijada de nata and two items new for me, a linguica roll and a bolo darroz. The proprietress proudly said that the bolo darroz was the house specialty. Despite the name, this sweet roll contains no rice. These Azoreans are funny people. Queijadas have no queijo (cheese) in them, and this bolo darroz contains no arroz (rice). She described it as very sweet and suggested having it with coffee. When I asked if the linguica in the roll was Fernandes Sao Jorge brand, the proprietress said almost apologetically that she used linguica from back East that was already chopped up. [It never fails to amuse me the things I pick up on Chowhound, where else could I learn linguica connoisseurship?] She also warned me that on Saturdays, the queijada was baked the day before.
At home I heated up the foil-wrapped linguica roll in the toaster over for a couple minutes to warm it through and freshen up the crust. The red grease soaked through the bottom seam to stain the bread. This wasnt very interesting, as the linguica didnt have that much character.
The filling of the queijada was fine, but the shell was thicker and softer than I recall from my first visit. I guess these dont hold up well over night.
Fortunately, after these two misses, the bolo darroz was fine especially after I heated it a bit in the toaster oven. While the top crust covered with orange-scented sugar was indeed sweet, the rest of it wasnt particularly sweet. It reminded me of a crumbly, moist and dense coffee cake texture. Id buy this again.
9 Islands Bakery Cafe
1 Padre Pkwy
Rohnert Park 94928
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