Now that summer has come to an end (though the weather seems to think otherwise), I’m reflecting back on some of my summer adventures. This year I explored the West Seattle Summer Fest with a good friend who lives on California Avenue.
Some particularly neat booths at the street fair included Otra Vez (jewelry, clothing, purses, and more), Honeybee Blossom Burlesque, and Mertha Shoes & Accessories. I purchased a beautiful glass float from Avalon Glassworks.
In addition to exploring the endless booths lining the Junction, we ventured into Coffee to a Tea, which houses Sugar Rush Baking Company. According to its bakery menu, Sugar Rush opened in 2005 and started out as a coffee shop. Skim their cupcake menu and you’ll want to visit West Seattle as soon as possible!
I tried the vegan chocolate cupcake and my friend had the “Pucker Up,” a lemon cupcake filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon buttercream. The vegan chocolate was flavorful and surprisingly convincing, and my sample of the lemon cupcake was light and fluffy.
For dinner, we went to our favorite sushi place at the Junction: Mashiko. My friend, who often borrows my camera and gets angles I didn’t think of, snapped this cool photo of the paper lanterns lit by the restaurant’s skylight:
We tried pear sake, which was incredibly refreshing and light. For the meal, I had the tempura shrimp and unagi roll with garlic mayo and cucumber. My friend had chef’s choice, three temaki, including creamy scallop.
For dessert, we hit up Cupcake Royale and tried the Strawberry 66. The frosting was sweet and fresh, but the cake was a little bland in comparison. Cupcake Royale’s description:
Sweet and summery strawberry buttercream swirled atop our delicious, NEW More Moisty-er! vanilla buttercake. Made with strawberries from Skagit Sun Farms, eggs and dairy from Meadowsweet, and flour from Shepherd’s Grain, this cupcake is 66 percent Washingtonian! It’s like an old-fashioned strawberry shortcake. Only better.
The West Seattle Summer Fest was one of the most interesting street fairs I’ve seen, and West Seattle has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping, sushi, and cupcakes. I highly recommend a visit if you have the chance!