In January 2012, my friend Julia introduced me to Dahlia Bakery's egg sandwiches, a little handful of sunshine and a welcome introduction to an otherwise dreary Seattle winter's day. Dahlia Bakery was just down the street from where I was working at the time, and I would periodically stop in for one of their splendid to-go treats. On my 33rd birthday, I discovered some rich, dense chocolate hazelnut tarts in the bakery case that were packed with candied crushed hazelnuts, which lent a surprise crunch amidst the smooth texture of the chocolate.
My chocolate hazelnut tart disappeared (into my mouth) later that evening while I was standing in line for a screening of "I Am Not a Hipster" at the Seattle International Film Festival (trailer below, and it's on Netflix, so you have no excuse not to watch it right this second). Between the tart and the film, I'd count it as a very auspicious start to my 34th year of life. Of note, I've been by Dahlia Bakery several times since then and nary a chocolate hazelnut tart was found again. Whether that's due to my poor timing or some parallel universe where I happened to stumble upon this delightful dessert at just the right moment, only Tom Douglas knows.
Regardless of whether or not you live in Seattle and have access to Dahlia Bakery, you can stream Destin Cretton's stunning debut feature film "I Am Not a Hipster" from anywhere in the world. Do it. You know you want to.
Dahlia Bakery is located at 2001 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington.