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May
22nd

Store grazing: Old-world bread at local European markets

Kusher Bakery in Fife specializes in Ukrainian breads including, clockwise from center rear, farmer bread (with no yeast), baton lubitelskiy, poppy seed strudel, caramel cookies (walnut-sized), bulochka (foreground center), and rogalik (left). Peter Haley / Staff photographer
Kusher Bakery in Fife specializes in Ukrainian breads including, clockwise from center rear, farmer bread (with no yeast), baton lubitelskiy, poppy seed strudel, caramel cookies (walnut-sized), bulochka (foreground center), and rogalik (left).
Peter Haley / Staff photographer

Carbavores in search of old-world bread — have I got a place for you. A reader tipped me to a newer bakery and grocery store in Fife that makes the kind of bread that is densely textured and rich in flavor. It’s sturdy enough to hold up on a panini press and hearty enough to sop up the richest stew.

The bread at Kusher Bakery is made simply, using a fermented dough mixed from straightforward ingredients with no preservatives: flour, water and salt. The recipe is Ukrainian — a family method handed down through generations.

Owner Anatoliy Zaika has been baking the bread for five years in the South Sound. He previously operated Kusher as a wholesale bakery in Federal Way for four years before opening his Fife Ukrainian bakery and grocery store to the public less than a year ago.

“It’s healthy, it’s simple ingredients,” is how Zaika described his bread, which he makes in about a dozen variations — from savory to sweet. Read more »

Dec.
23rd

Hey, last minute shoppers, hit up a Tacoma bakery for a gift


One good reason to visit El Zocalo Bakery and Torta Shop: Marranitos. The pig-shaped cookies are a molasses cookie.

Deck the halls, trim the trees, blah blah blah. Oh, and hopefully you’ll find an extra five hours to bake that cake today.

Ugh.

We’re all right there with you. Blasting the oven for a baking marathon isn’t exactly at the top of a list that includes 627 holiday dance recitals, 4,897 gifts to wrap and 11,878 parties to attend in the next 48 hours, right? Oh, and don’t forget that your mother-in-law is on her way to visit for the holidays!

Lucky us, we have our pick of international bakeries to backfill our busy lives. The bakeries featured in this story are unusual finds and quite possibly places you’ve never even considered for party cakes, pastries or cookies, even last-minute gift baskets. Diners here can tour the globe in international baked goods without ever leaving the South Sound. From Mexico to Russia to Germany and Korea, far-flung cultures are well represented in pastry form. Read on. Read more »