Larson’s Bakery in Ballard’s Loyal Heights Neighborhood

Larson's Bakery in Loyal HeightsKnown by many if not most Satellites, the beloved local pastry known as the Kringle is a huge pretzel shaped bread-cake thing that, for about $15, you can bring home from many high-end supermarket bakeries.  Perhaps not so well known, although infinitely more complex and varied, the Larson’s Bakery itself, where, on the corner of 24th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street, you will find a true, traditional and deluxe version of a Scandinavian bakery.  Not a surprise as the old and established area of Ballard is well known for it’s Scandinavian ties and a sense of being, in the midst of big-city Seattle, a small town full of character.

rows of fine pastriesIt’s an exploration to shop here, everything may resemble the sweet rolls and pastries you are used to in the American counterpart, but the resemblance fades at the first bite.  This is the real thing.  What’s good?  Everything from the cookiescardamon bread, the fruit and custard and cheese twists for breakfasts or brunch, the cakes, available or to order, pastries, amazing cookies, tarts, little green frog cakes, and on and on.  The coffee on the other hand is far from Italian and I can rarely get through a whole cup.  It’s better than 7-11 coffee anyway, but other than that, this place will bring you back again and again just to make your way through the many wonders and new and tempting sweet breads and pastries they offer.  And if you are in need of a wedding cake, they do that as well, including one modeled after The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.  And they keep very nice hours, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 6 a.m. on Sundays.  Let me know what you think!

Oh, and if you have kidlets, there’s oodles of frosted cookies, cupcakes, marzipan pigs, and the ubiquitous slices of fine white cake better than most you’ve ever had.

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About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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