Raised on a Belgium farm, pastry pro Francois Goedhuys now peppers palates with European fare handcrafted from seasonal produce often plucked from his organic garden. The bistro's breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu tempts stoic tongues with a treasure trove of healthful noshables. Tuck in the eggplant sandwich painted with pesto and flattered with cheese on eight-grain or french-italian bread ($7.95) or the lamb stew swimming with german potatoes ($12.75).
The Secret Cookie Service’s agents arrive in style at locales around La Jolla and San Diego, dropping off cookies in signature suits, black ties, and white sunglasses. After negotiating the deal via text, agents agree on a drop point and arrive within a time window of 30–60 minutes. Though the agents are virtually untouchable by government agencies, they have been spotted numerous times by outfits such as TV’s Fox 5 San Diego and NBC San Diego as well as The Huffington Post, the Boston Globe, MSNBC.com, and 365 Things To Do In San Diego.
As the mystery surrounding the service grows, the FBI and CIA have released the following statement: “The original chocolate-chip cookie is based on a mother’s recipe. However, we have reason to believe The Secret Cookie Service is in possession of other recipes for concoctions such as cookies ‘n’ cream, white-chocolate chip, and pumpkin chocolate chip.” The FBI agent also announced “the cookies are made without preservatives, probably to make them easier to smuggle across state lines inside of one’s stomach.” Thickening the plot, officials then concluded the press conference by revealing that the service has donated more than $2,500 to UCSD, a known hotbed for cookie consumption.
The supreme confectioner at Sugar and Scribe Bakery weaves generations of Irish family recipes into a mouthwatering menu of daily baked fluffy and moist treats. Cyndi's Polish Kiffles ($4 per bag) lead off the pastry menu, while a loaf of irish soda bread challenges appetites not to leave a crumb behind ($15). More than 15 pie iterations—including Kentucky Derby pie ($15 for a 9”) and Grandma Kate's blueberry ($12 for a 9”)—interrogate appetites as part of a windowsill crime watch. Graspable cupcakes include hot-chocolate whipped cream and Grandpa Soapy's lemon-curd cake ($3.50–$5). A gooseberry-frangipane tart puckers satisfied mouths ($4), and savory taste buds swoon over fluffy artichoke-and-feta stratas ($6) and triple-cheese quiche ($6). Made to quell canine confection cravings, dog treats, such as Little Pumpkin nibs ($6), reward well-behaved pups and bribe watchdogs into playing dead.
Bakers bring organic and artisan breads to a golden-brown finish on a daily basis, as well as create all of the sauces and flatbreads that play starring roles at their new late-night bistro. The inventive menu features small plates such as beef carpaccio and buffalo mozzarella bruschetta, as well as more sizable entrees, including a meatball panini and a pear-and-gorgonzola flatbread. A carefully compiled list of wines and local beers helps complement meals and make Grandpa’s claims of signing the Declaration of Independence more believable.