Sunday, March 13, 2016

Butter Love Bakeshop

Richmond (District) Coffeehouses ~ Part 25

(Also: The proverbial "double-avicide with a solitary lapis" breakfastary trip.)

Place: Butter Love Bakeshop
Location: 3717 Balboa Street (betwixt 38th and 39th Avenues)
Hours: open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30am; Saturday and Sunday at 8:00am
Meal: Smoked Gouda-Jalapeño[1a] Quiche Cup; Blueberry[1b] Scone; and a very decent cuppa 
Mr. Espresso® (I didn't ask which roast/blend it was, though)

(Wait for the EweToobular juxtaselection.)

Because it is St. Laundry Day (this is the one annual holiday that most Irish-Americans like to forget about) and I needed to eat breakfast and it was raining outside (... again), I figured what "butter" way to combine both activities (and to get only half as wet [or is that "to stay half as dry"?]) than to check out a new bakeshop in the ol' neighborhood while doing my laundry at one of the nearby 'mats on Balboa Street. Even though Butter Love Bakeshop is not technically a coffeehouse, I am still counting it in my Richmond (District) Coffeehouses series (it serves good Coffee and the baked goods/pastries are much better and diverse than you can get at most ~ if not all ~ standard coffeehouse joints).

Butter Love Bakeshop is a brand spankin' new (as in they have only been open for the last two to three months or so) bakery/bakeshop/bakehouse and is located in the same space that Nibs Bakery & Cafe (see previous 'blog entries from April 4th, 2010 and April 18th, 2010) used to be. Sadly, Nibs Bakery & Cafe closed up (bake)shop a while back; however, I am very happy to report that Butter Love Bakeshop is a great replacement. There is really not a lot of seating ~ just four tables (two tables for two and two tables for four), but I expect that most people will be doing take-away service for pies and pastries and such, anyway.

I wasn't quite sure what I might be able to get in the way of any savoury breakfastary repast(ry) items, but I was happy to see a few different things at the front counter that all looked very tempting. The other choice of their scones (which sounds like they offer at least two different ones daily depending on what is fresh and seasonal) was a Raisin-Apple(?) Scone (there was some confusion by the teenager-guy working the counter as to exactly what the other scone of the day was; it really didn't matter as I was looking towards [Damn lazy eye!] the Blueberry Scone, anyway). And not that I could have gotten one, but for those of you that do partake of the dead, decaying porky-flesh they do also offer a Ham and Cheese Croissant

Now I normally wouldn't get a piece of pie (even though tomorrow is actually Pie Day ~ 3/14/16 [See, for any of you non-mathematical geek-types, if you round up  3.14159 to the ten-thousandth's place it would be 3.1416.]) for breakfast (well, I have been known to have a slice or two of cold Pizza pie, but that's something entirely different altogether), but I was almost tempted to get a piece of what was cut open and displayed on the front counter. While I was eating my scone and drinking my Coffee, I overheard another customer ask what the pie was; he was told it was a Pineapple-Blueberry Pie! Now if I had known that, I probably would have skipped the scone (and I don't mean across a pond; "skipped the scone" is kinda fun to say, though) and gotten a piece (or two) of that. Who would think of that fruity combination? Absolutely brilliant! And from checking out their on-line menu, I see that they also have something called a Butter Pie(?!?). I have no idea exactly what that means, but I am sure that both Admiral Halsey and Uncle Albert would have approved (and there you have your EweToobular juxtaselection; okay, so maybe it wasn't really worth the wait, but tough!).

Smoked Gouda and Jalapeño?! I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it actually works as a great combination. The smoky Gouda flavour with the espicy jalapeño was a very nice surprise. The scone was exceptional, too (much like Nibs Bakery & Cafe used to make); it had a nice crisp shell on the outside and a nice soft, chewy interior. (People, please keep in mind that scones were never meant to be used to kill two birds at the same time.)

I have no idea what Butter Love Bakeshop might have had to offer in the way of condimentary supplements. And, because I figured I'd be going to another local coffeehouse along Balboa Street, anyway, I did not bother schleppen any of my own hot sauces with me this morning. However, I bet that a little chipotle-style hot sauce would have gone great with the quiche-thing (but probably not so much with the scone-thing).

Welcome to the neighborhood, Butter Love Bakeshop! I hope to get back again soon and to see if the butter really does melt when you put it in the pie.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Smoked Gouda-Jalapeño Quiche Cup ~ 6.7; Blueberry Scone (Hmmm-mmm! I wonder if they ever do a Pineapple-Blueberry Scone.) ~ 6.9


1. For those of you paying attention (or even bothering to read this silly li'l 'blog-entry):

a. A jalapeño is a botanical berry.

b. As is a blueberry.

1 comment:

  1. They have more seating in the garden in back, though probably wouldn't want to go out there in the rain!