Sunday, February 10, 2008

Where's the Best Bakery Treats in Tacoma?

At Corina's Bakery!

What initially attracted me to the bakery was the story of its beginnings. It was started and is owned by a husband and wife team. They met while working side by side in a bakery, got married, and had children. Walt, the husband, was an American immigrant here on a green card and went to Iraq where he was twice wounded. While in the hospital for the second time, he was worried about missing his citizenship ceremony in Baghdad. Fortunately, fellow Marines came to his aid and he was able to get his citizenship. Meanwhile, his wife decided to put her baking skills to work and start the bakery. Upon returning to the USA, Walt took on an exhausting schedule of helping in the bakery, going to work (on base), taking classes, and raising his children. It's really an inspiring story; check it out at Michael Yon: Online Magazine.

Since reading the story at Michael Yon I wanted to visit the bakery. Besides wanting to support American veterans (we're a Navy family; my husband, my father, and my grandfather are all Navy veterans), I wanted to try some of the delicious sounding treats I read about at an old News Tribune article. So, off we went for my birthday.

Upon arriving at the bakery, which is located on 6th just up the hill from downtown, we noticed it is a cute, little, hole-in-the-wall type of place. Inside we found four tables with chairs and a comfortable little seating area with a couch and two comfy chairs. It was nicer than you'd expect for the location. We were greeted by a friendly, smiling, employee who patiently waited for us to make our very difficult choices of which desserts to try.

We ended up choosing two varieties of desserts and shared tastes all around. My daughter chose a peanut butter pie that was light and creamy and oh-so-delicious. It consisted of chocolate cookie crust, light and fluffy peanut butter cream, and a richer, denser chocolate topping. I can't describe just how wonderful this pie was and I know wonderful pies. My son and husband each chose a slice of chocolate cheesecake. The cheesecake was rich, chocolatey, and seemed to have just a hint of cinnamon to it. It was too wonderful. I'm not sure I could choose a favorite between the two desserts. Josh and I shared off of the three pieces we purchased since the serving sizes are very generous.

In addition to the two desserts we chose to try, they also had a regular cheesecake, a chocolate raspberry cheesecake, a berry cheesecake, banana pudding, red velvet cake, hummingbird cake (description at the News Tribune article), a lemon coconut cake, a german chocolate cake, magic cookie bars, cappaccino brownies, lemon bars, pumpkin loaves, blueberry muffins, and a few other choices. The cakes are enormous and the serving sizes, as I said before, are also enormous. They also serve french press coffee and other drinks. To top it all off, the price was very reasonable; we paid just over $12 for the three generous servings of pure delight. That's much less that you'd pay for three desserts at a restaurant and those wouldn't have been any where near as large or as delicious.

So, if you'd ask me where you should go for dessert or a treat, I'd tell you a very definite, "Corina's!"

Go there!



Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

The desserts sound amazing. Cheesecake is my all-time favorite dessert, and it's really hard to find great cheesecake, so I'm going to have to try to pawn the girls off on one of my family members so GB and I can go eat

Leslie E. Young said...

I LOVE that place!

Make sure you go across the street to Infinite Soups. Also owned by a very cool couple. They were the ones that told me about Corina. Also, the cupcake place on Pacific is good too. And kid-friendly!

Hope you and the kids are feeling better!! Did it come on or after your bday?