*Post by Mark.
When Short Order debuted in the Farmers Market last winter it was only one half of the equation. Soon thereafter Short Cake was born - a bakery located just a scone's throw from the farm-to-table burger restaurant - making the entire vision of Chef Nancy Silverton and the late Chef Amy Pressman complete.
Whether grabbing a pastry to go or a more savory meal at Short Cake's counter (think open-faced toasts, salads and sandwiches), market-goers can appreciate an extensive menu of baked goods made with top notch, locally-sourced ingredients like Straus Family Creamery Dairy and TCHO chocolate. And the caffeine is provided by Single Origin Coffee, brewing up a collection of jitters-inducing espresso drinks and hand-brews from Santa Cruz's Verve Coffee Roasters.
If Short Order and Short Cake have breathed new life into an old guard of restaurants and vendors at the market, one needs look no further then their young chefs for the inspiration. Christian Paige embodies the ingredient-driven mission statement at Short Order, while Amy Pressman's vision lives on through Short Cake's head baker Hourie Sahakian. The Glendale-native's passion for baking was discovered by Pressman in a chance meeting at, of all places, the gym. A few short years and a career-change later, Sahakian finds herself entrusted with running Pressman's dream bakery. One need only gaze into the cornucopic glass cases, brimming with unique, alluring treats to see how well she's capitalizing on the opportunity.
Nick of Treasure LA and I recently had the privilege to sample our way through Short Cake's glass case. We munched on chocolate chip cookies, walnut shortbread, and house-made jam crumbles (all pictured below) that use jam made specially for the bakery by LA's own small-batch preserve company SQIRL. Let's file this experience as way too much of a good thing... the delicious goodies just kept coming and coming.
And how about a few signature drinks from the coffee bar with which to wash all the food down? Why not! There's the Salted Caramel and the Affagato, sure... but the highlight of the bunch is Aunt Nancy's Shakerato. The aptly named drink combines whole milk, Pacifica wildflower honey and enough espresso to jump start an eighteen wheeler. Who needs bath salts when you can have four shots of espresso coursing through your bloodstream? This stuff is as good as it is potent.
And because the blondies aren't the only ones who get to have fun, Sahakian proudly offers her own creation, the Brunette (below, top). Pinenuts and thyme highlight the rectangular bar, while its darker complexion comes from the use of brown muscavado sugar. We're also treated with cornflake-topped cereal cookies (below, top). My chocolate and peanut butter cravings are sated by a Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar and a delightful triangle that layers two types of chocolate over crisped rice (below, left). And we have two slightly more savory show-stealers in the bacon cheddar and Comté thyme croissants (below, right).
To top all this off, we get to share an off-menu Short Order Black Forrest custard shake (below) with Short Cake regular and pastry enthusiast Nastassia of Let Me Eat Cake. While I was lucky enough to head home to nap off the ensuing sugar coma, I'd recommend enjoying the treats in moderation, or along with some of the savory options like a house-made tuna salad croissant sandwich.