Month: March 2019

CtrCity’s Offbeat Sweet Treats

Ctr City’s diversity of delectable desserts will cause any sweet tooth savant to pause and figure out how to take it all in. Dare to go beyond the cheesecake as we highlight downtown Anaheim’s most sweetly scrumptious finds.

What may be out-of-the-ordinary for some can be traditional for others. At Adya you can try Ras Malai and Gulab Jamun, both traditional Indian sweets. And “the official dessert of Hungary” also known as Kürtöskalács, has a home right here in Anaheim at House of Chimney Cakes. Named for its cylinder shape and piping hot center, it consists of a crispy sweet bread with a light fluffy dough inside. Our local versions are capped with delightful toppings.

Try the Maninos Tropical Fruit Sundae. It happens to be a vegan option but the real reason to try: it’s one spot outside of Disneyland where you can indulge in Pineapple Dole Whip. This tower of goodness also features toasted coconut shavings and is topped with fresh mango, strawberries, kiwi and strawberry guava sauce. Chim-chim-cher-ee!

But when it comes to vegan options, Healthy Junk takes the cake with their Bunny Love–a moist confection topped with fresh grated carrots appropriately timed for Easter.

For a totally different kind of bunny, The Blind Rabbit, speakeasy complements a refined menu and extensive drink list with seasonal desserts. Remaining on their winter menu (for now) is a Peanut Butter Panna Cotta: a chocolate ganache with a grape gelée corn flake pine nut crumble.

And consider not only the edible, but drinkable: Your liquid treat can be sugary and sweet or have unexpected kick. The Blind Rabbit’s Boy From Detroit cocktail made with rye whiskey, coffee infused Campari chocolate bitters, vanilla and cinnamon smoke is one way to bring some heat to your sweet tooth. Or try pairing beer and waffles from The Iron Press. A smooth stout like Modern Times Beer Black Coffee House Stout might be just what the Pressed Churro Waffle calls for: it’s a sugar coated churro, vanilla ice cream and nutella confection with maple drizzle. Or, you can have a beer (or two) as a standalone dessert like 21st Amendment’’s Hell or High Watermelon, a light fruit ale.

Don’t know where to begin? Take a stroll at our Street Sweet Dessert Festival taking place on April 6th from 5-9 PM on Center Street Promenade. Attendance is free and a sweet tooth is mandatory.

Adya

440 S Anaheim Blvd #201, Anaheim, CA 92805
714.533.2392
Adyaoc.com

House of Chimney Cakes

173 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805
714.603.7859
thehouseofchimneycakes.com

Healthy Junk

201 W Center Street Promenade B, Anaheim, CA 92805
714.772.5865
thehealthyjunk.com

The Blind Rabbit

440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
theblindrabbit.com

The Iron Press

440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
657.220.9388
theironpress.com

Okayama Kobo Brings Japanese Charm and Bakery Know-how to Anaheim

A journey that began thirty-three years ago in Osaka, Japan continues in the heart of Center City, Anaheim. Japanese bakery Okayama Kobo’s parent company took three years to find the right location, its first outside of Japan.

Vice President Rocky Yoneyama’s aim was to introduce a café with over two hundred stores in Japan to the U.S. consumer. It was a bit of a risk, but one that so far, seems to be paying off as a steady stream of customers line up at the counter each morning for the pastry shop’s array of treats. All of Okayama Kobo’s baked goods are made with its proprietary Hokkaido flour. Additive and preservative free, bread made from the dough is baked fresh daily.

The name Okayama comes from the chain’s second bakery. Okayama is a picturesque town and the capital of the Bizen province, which not so coincidentally is the name of the cozy beer bar next door: a sister store to the bakery. “Kobo” means workshop, which fits the behind-the-scenes look at the bread-making process you receive upon walking in.

Rocky hired a Japanese-based designer to create a modern yet homey feel. Natural wood tables add to a warm, family-friendly vibe. The aesthetic extends next door to the brewpub—you can easily cross from one to the other, cozying up in either space. Groundwork Coffee is featured on a drink menu that includes kombucha, nitro cold brew and assorted teas.

With over 500 rotating recipes, delectable treats on display range from more familiar like Sunrise (plain or matcha), a soft dough covered in a thin layer of cookie crust, to savory treats like the popular Japanese beef-filled Curry Pan, to satisfying sandwiches served on Japanese-style hotdog buns such as the Yakisoba Coppe, made with traditional fried noodles with sausage and ginger.

By far, the best-selling item is the minimally perfect Salt and Butter roll. “Once they tried it, they got hooked to it.” Yoneyama says about the soft style bread unfamiliar to many Americans. He often sees the same customers on a daily basis.

“We wanted to get into marketing where it was an average demographic in the U.S.”, Yoneyama says about the shop’s location, about a block from Muzeo. “And it’s right in front of City Hall, so we were able to think about connecting with the city.”

He didn’t waste any time making that connection. Rocky is working with the city to organize Anaheim’s first ever Japan Fair taking place on Saturday, May 25th. With free admission, it will feature food, entertainment, merchandise and cosplay. Rocky assures us Okayama Kobo will make its delicious presence known as well.

Aside from the Japan Fair, he created a special event for Bizen Beer Bar on March 16th where you can sip imported Japanese and locally brewed beer for $5 while enjoying the feats of a troupe of four to five authentic samurai performers. “And…you can drink with them!” he says. We can’t wait!

Okayama Kobo Bakery & Café

155 W. Center Street Promenade

Anaheim, CA 92805

714.603.7332

Okayamakobousa.com

Bizen Beer Bar

155 W. Center Street Promenade

Anaheim, CA 92805

714.603.7332

Okayamakobousa.com

Japan Fair – May 25th, 2019

W. Center Street Promenade

Anaheim, CA 92805

Anaheimjapanfair.com