Essential Bakery Cafe

I realized that I hadn’t blogged a lot about food lately. Almost a week. Anyways, Happy August to everyone first of all. You know how I love this month – it’s my birth month and my Augusts are always filled with all sorts of fun things to do, places to see and people to meet.

We went to the Essential Bakery cafe in East Madison last Friday after work with my folks. Dad has requested some sandwiches and soup so we went. It was quiet since most people head there for lunch or tea.

Dad ordered a basil chicken salad sandwich on sourdough with a bowl of smoked salmon chowder which he gladly shared with us, Mum had a grilled portabello sandwich on rye, Mike had a Reuben and I picked the B.R.A.T. [bacon, red onion, arugula and tomato [Gruyere aioli was amazing] with a spinach side salad [topped with dried currants, halved grapes, and balasmic vinagrette].

For dessert, we bought some pastries home: Dad picked the Rustic Pear tart [he liked pies/tarts], Mum had the Opera [she loves anything with a hint of coffee], Mike had the decadent Chocolate Tart and I had a lemon meringue tart that they called Citron.


Over the next few weeks, there will be a guest chef on da*xiang – my mum. She’s the reason I even cook.


  1. That sounds like a wonderful place! I probably would have *loved* the basil chicken salad. Mmm! What day in August is your birthday? I’ll add it to my calendar. Oh, and that’s a really great rug!

  2. mademoiselle a.

    Applause for the guest chef!!! *notepad and pencil ready, tuck in apron, control finger nails, stading all ready*

  3. Ko

    I like Ma’s choices the best. I think I would have gone for the grilled portabello and the Opera too. 🙂

  4. Cindy Fredericka

    Hmn…. I’d like to haf de Basil Chick, Grilled Portobello, Opera & Lemon Meringue tart send electronically to me ya? Gosh de Opera looks like to die for.

    I like de way you introduce yr Mum as de guest chef. 🙂 3 cheers for yr guest chef!!! Blog, blog, blog her dishes pls….pls…..

  5. This place looks wonderful. I’ll have to visit there if we get back to Seattle in the future.

    We went to Macrina Bakery & Cafe when we were in Seattle and found the food very tasty! 🙂

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