I defy anyone ... anywhere ... even NYC ... to have a better rugala.
Coming back from the Berkeley Farmer's market I thought I saw a gas station on my way over to the market selling gas for $1.09 ... right ... $2.09 ... Anyway my path took me down Adeline Street and a half a block from the Berkely Bowl I eyed Crixa Cakes. Well, I could LOOK, couldn't I?
Oh my goodness. What amazing cakes and cookies. Searching the boards I just found the link below. Really, really, I urge you, go to Crixa (is it on the 125 best list this year? If not, I may send them an email about this to consider next year).
Cakes on thick layers of whipped cream. The wonderful fresh ginger cake described in the link below. Apricot coffee cake, Floria bars, almond cake, cookies, Boston Cream pie, Tiramisu cake, Soprano cake (like tiramisu but even more Italian?).
Being full from sampling at the farmers market, I just ordered coffee (Peruvian organic) and bookmarked the place in my mind.
However I was mezmorized. I could surly force down one tiny rugala.
WOW. Exactly the right size (I hate those over large ones). There was almost a puff pastry outer shell. Not your leaden rugala. It was lightly dusted with confectioners sugar. The poppy seeds ... oh the poppy seeds. I'm using this as an example of texture and not taste. You know how you sometimes get those brownies that are rich, buttery and almost melting?
The poppy seed filling was like that. A pleasant restrained taste of poppyseed, but rich, buttery. Words are failing describe this.
I also thought the Rose Congu Iced Tea looked interesting. Wonderful gently sweetened tea that had the essence of rose petals. One of the people buying some cake said the apple cake was outstanding.
Has anyone tried this place?
Really charming little place. Seems like a nice place to relax either before or after battling the hoards at the Berkeley Bowl. Benches under a huge pine tree (redwood?).
They also had a large list of English tea by the pot.
9248 Adeline Street
Berkeley, Ca 94703
Not a darn thing about them on the web. Even Citysearch just lists their address. These people need better marketing.