Tasty Cultural Sweet Treats

May 1, 2012 12:00 AM

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the best places in the nation to experience cuisines from around the world thanks to the region’s large multicultural population. Neighborhood bakeries, snack carts, ice cream shops and more serve a wide range of authentic satisfying sweets and treats.Eye on the Bay Hosts Liam Mayclem and Thuy Vu sampled delicious delicacies from around the globe first heading behind the scenes to a Chinese fortune cookie factory, a Japanese shop for some mochi, a Russian bakery for Vatrushka and then wrapped up their culinary adventure making Norwegian cookies.

Eastern Bakery
720 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 433-7973
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Eastern Bakery is the quintessential local spot well known for it’s one of a kind moon pies – not to mention its delicious Coffee Crunch cake. The pork buns are incredible.

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Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 781-2627
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This Chinatown bakery is a San Francisco favorite – it sets the benchmark for mouth watering egg tarts. The coconut buns are a wonderful sweet treat. You just can’t eat one.

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
56 Ross Alley
San Francisco, CA 94108-1204
(415) 781-3956
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Hidden down Ross Alley, visitors will discover the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Walk through the door and take a deep breath of the sweet aroma of fresh fortune cookies being made by hand. There are plenty of shapes sizes and flavors including chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

Minamoto Kitchoan
648 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94104-5001
(415) 989-1645
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Minamoto Kitchoan is a beautifully decorated Japanese confectionery store. From vanilla creme cookies to gelatin cherries, there are plenty of yummy desserts to eat. This is one stop you can’t miss.

Benkyodo Co.
1747 Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 922-1244
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Benkyoto is a family run business that offers a wide variety of Japanese snacks, candies, and treats. Their selection of world class mochi guarantees guests an authentic taste of Japanese treats.

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Russian Family Restaurant & Bakery
719 Camino Plaza
San Bruno CA 94066
(650) 588-2950
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Want to experience the taste of Russia? Tatiana and Vladimir the chef/ owners of “The Russian Family Restaurant and Bakery” will tantalize your taste buds with dishes like Syriniki, and Chakhokhbily Chicken. And sweets like Pirozhki Pies, Napoleon and Vatruska. Everything made from starch in their San Bruno kitchen.

200 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 981-0983
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The Baklava is a staple, but the new comers on the scene are the pistachio flavor from the Kadaifi and the Galaktoboureko’s creamy custard filling. Of course Kokkari’s traditional Greek Coffee is a must, however be warned, it’s extra strong!

Nordic House
2709 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 705-1932
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If you would like try your hand at Norwegian desserts, the spot to go to is Nordic House in Berkeley. You’ll find the proper cookware as well as all things Scandinavian.

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