I've been meaning to try this place out for a while just because the combination sounded so unlikely. The lure of a good cigar from the The teevy challenge provided the needed impetus.
Actually, I don't recall seeing a baguette in there, there were however, red bean buns, green bean buns, peanut crusted buns, a number of different type of almond brittle type cookies, and a few more french type buttercream creations in the fridge. Almost all of the baked goods are already wrapped in cellophane packets ready for takeout
I tried 4 things, a peanut crusted bun, one of the almond brittle type cookies, a "cornbread" and a mochi type glutinous rice ball with red bean. Of these the cornbread was by far the worst, with almost no discernible flavor, but retaining that spongy quality of a lot of the baked goods i've had from chinese bakeries, the peanut crusted bun (though still with that same texture) was pretty good, not very sweet but a nice peanut flavor, i think it would be pretty good with tea, the almond brittle cookie was nice but not nice enough for me to be a takeout container of about 10 of 'em. The best thing, not surprisingly was the one thing that was not preenclosed in plastic bag - the mochi, maybe it was the only thing made on premises? I should say that were a lot of other offerings and if it's anything like the chinese bakeries I've been to that have a lot of western type stuff on offer, it's probably got a few more keepers side by side with a lot of stuff that may be not so great.
anyway, the owner is a pretty interesting guy, apparently used to play tennis for the korean davis cup team, and it was pretty fun to listen to his sporting memories.
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