Maria, the proprietress
Today was the second of my now weekly treks to investigate new shops and businesses that make something sweet. With Leila again as my trusty sidekick, we armed ourselves with a puppy umbrella and were ready to stomp though the rain. We settled on someplace not too far from home, Curio Confections in the U-District.
I asked Maria, the proprietress at Curio Confections, about her candy selection. She apologized for the rather low inventory that morning, as well as for the fact that they had just run out of coffee. I was OK with those facts, except that I would’ve ordered some fruit jellies if they had been in stock. I took a quick look over what was in the glass display case, and ordered her gingerbread pudding and an orange spice tea.
Now here’s where I begin to fall in love with the place. Not only did Maria offer to top the gingerbread dessert with whipped cream, she offered to put it in the oven. I know that ovens are a very old staple of any kitchen, but they seem to have fallen out of regular use by those in the food trade looking for a quick warm-up. Believe me, please, restaurants and bakeries I frequent, the oven is superior to the microwave. Even though it takes longer, if given the choice between a beepy nuke and an oven, I’ll choose the oven every time.
The rainy Northwest – as viewed from indoors
Although a bit grey, the above photo illustrates what I love about Seattle in the fall and winter months. Its quiet, slightly moody, contemplative side, punctuated with tall evergreens and ever-present sounds of droplets falling or wooshing wind. Cool, rainy weather is a great excuse to seek shelter and get cozy. Urban planning may dictate that our city’s future is UP rather than OUT, but I love looking out a window at a group of older, well-kept homes rather than more condos.
Here are some more cute photos of the shop’s interior:
This sanguine ship-shop has lollipops!
Perhaps we could convince them to make hot air pinatas?