Saturday, March 27, 2010

Food: Palm Beach Bakery and Cafe


It might not look like it at first, but Palm Beach County is a pretty cosmopolitan place. With a population of over 1.7 million, you can find people here from nearly every part of the world. There's even a sizable Finnish population living in the Lake Worth/Lantana area.

I only bring it up because if you're hungry for Finnish baked goods and you're ever on Federal Highway, stop by the Palm Beach Bakery & Cafe on east Ocean Avenue. The only clue to what's inside the unassuming, tiny white building is the Finnish flag outside (it's respectfully accompanied by an American flag).

Jouko Vaskivuo is the baker and owner, an old-school Finn who cooks up a huge variety of European and Scandinavian delicacies. My favorite is the pulla, a Finnish bread made with cardamom, almonds, and raisins that will knock your socks off. You can also find stellar danishes and excellent apple strudel.

Come early, though, because Jouko bakes everything in the morning and the pulla (along with most of the other stock) is typically gone by the afternoon. Hyvää ruokahalua!

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