Oh, how I love little bakery treats.

There is something very special about the moment that you smile at the barista and point to the delicacy that you’ve chosen to take home. Something crunchy and sweet to dunk in your homemade latte? Perhaps a gooey treat just begging to be topped with a scoop of your favorite ice cream? Or maybe you’d prefer a savory quiche to stow away until tomorrow’s breakfast?

Yesterday afternoon, my Mom and I visited Night Kitchen Bakehouse & Cafe at Seaboard Station in downtown Raleigh. It’s a new bakery near Peace College — right around the corner from Phydeaux. When you walk in, you’re greeted with a smile and the soul-warming smell of brewed espresso. (My coffee addiction isn’t obvious, is it?)

Latte

I ordered a small latte and some bakery items to bring home. With dinner, Rich and I enjoyed half of a garlic & rosemary focaccia loaf (dipped in olive oil, balsamic, and cracked black pepper). Fantastic bread! For dessert, I brought home a slice of citrus & olive oil pound cake for myself and an individual bread pudding for Richard. The bread pudding was obviously made in a muffin tin, it was so cute! Great minds think alike, as we each decided to give our treats a boost in the microwave and top them with vanilla bean ice cream!

Yum

Yum

If you’re in the downtown Raleigh area, swing by Night Kitchen for an afternoon pick-me-up and something tasty. An indulgence a day isn’t such a bad thing!

xo Cassie