Pane d' Amore Bakery on Bainbridge Island

4569 Lynwood Center Road NE

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


Fresh bread comes out of the oven until 11am

The Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery opened this week in the Lynwood Center on Bainbridge Island. Before opening the doors of their bakery they had previously supplied breads and pastries to The Treehouse Cafe, who is now their friendly next door neighbor. Pane d’Amore opened their doors in Port Townsend four years ago, then expanded to Sequim before also adding this Bainbridge location.  And if you are local, you may know they brought their truck over and sold bread at the Treehouse Cafe on Mondays too.

I got a chance to check out the bakery twice last week, which truly is more than a bakery.  The first day I visited I bought wild lingcod, greens from Bainbridge’s Tani Creek Farm,  pasta made in Port Townsend (above) and a loaf of fresh bread (also above).   I was very excited to see milk in glass bottles, so excited that I had to return the next day to buy some half & half from the Strauss Family Creamery, chocolate milk from the Golden Glen Creamery, aged salami, tomato sauce and goat cheese.

Much More than Bread

The store also carries gourmet chocolates, salmon, wine & beer, spices, gourmet ingredients, deli meats & cheeses, pastries, fresh eggs, juices and other dairy items like yogurt.   The shelves are not 100% full, but items are on order and the manager Elliot Yakush said they also plan to carry shell fish and expand their deli case.  Their goal is clearly to provide, fresh, locally grown or harvested food.  And, people are indeed impressed and intrigued.  While I was there on day three the store had an impressive crowd, and more than one person walked in and exclaimed, “your open, I’m so excited!”

The bakery is the big draw, they bake between 10 and 20 varieties of bread every day. The pastries are quite impressive too, I love the crispy croissants and the bakers are proud that they use all organic ingredients.

I know many islanders who live on the south end are pleased to have a bakery and gourmet grocery in their neighborhood. Lynwood Center is just down the hill from our elementary school – I am very happy it is now on my daily route.  I think the store will do quite well both with locals and tourists exploring The Lynwood Theatre, Fort Ward, Lytle Beach and Point White.

On June 7, 2010, in Activities, Parks, Shopping, by

Blackbird Bakery on Bainbridge Island

The new, cool sign behind the bar at Blakbird Bakery. I think they’re right!
Even though we are a stone’s throw from the big Mermaid herself (yes, I mean Starbuck’s), Bainbridge Island only has one – and it is in our Safeway, which, as you can imagine, lacks any sort of coffee house vibe.

Thankfully, we are well taken care of with other charming coffee shops/bakeries.
Here are my top three:

from Blackbird Bakery on Bainbridge Island

One of Blackbird’s holiday creations, personalized Gingerbread People!
1. Blackbird Bakery
Why? Location and a great latte. I think they make the best non-fat latte around. Either they use some really great milk or it is not really non-fat at all. Either way I am happy when I am sipping it out of their cool mugs. I love being able to get my coffee, sit at the bar facing the street and people watch. Or, I take my coffee and go the post office, grocery store, bank, book store, etc. – all on foot! Being in the heart of Winslow makes it my very favorite. Also, my kids love their creative cookies and their t-shirts!
Treehouse Cafe' on Bainbridge Island

The new outdoor seating area at The Treehouse Cafe’.
When it is not 20 degrees outside, like it was today,
there will be many people enjoying this spot.
2. Treehouse Cafe’
Why? Great ambience, close to Lytle Beach, and yummy hot chocolate. The Treehouse Cafe’ is on the south end of the island, so it is out of my errand running zone, but it is close to my kids’ school. I usually hit Treehouse on my way to or from Fort Ward State Park or Lytle Beach. Last weekend my kids and I needed to get outside, so we went for a a very chilly walk out at Fort Ward. Afterwards, we warmed up with their hot chocolate topped with real whip cream, the best. I’m looking forward to using their new outdoor seating area this summer (they are expanding because they are so loved and so successful). Their pizza is awesome too, especially while dining at their leather couch!
Bainbridge Bakers on Bainbridge Island
And yes, more outdoor seating, it is all about the sun in the Pacific Northwest.
And, when it is cold or rainy, they have a great amount of indoor seating too.

3. Bainbridge Bakers
Why? Free wi-fi, lots of seating, and good baguettes. This is where I work when I need a break from the office and with their ample indoor and outdoor seating you always have a good shot at getting a spot. Their location in The Winslow Green on the west end of Winslow Way is still close to everything and parking is easy.

There are several more good coffee shops on the isalnd, but for the reasons just mentioned, you are most likely to find me at one of the above havens – especially when it is so very cold outside.
On December 8, 2009, in Coffee, Community, Restaurant, by

Ferry in Eagle Harbor on Banibridge Island
1. It is truly an island
Yes, there is a bridge to Poulsbo and beyond, but the Sound between here and Seattle is a perfect buffer to the action of the big city.

2. The low crime rate
I know we are not isolated from bad things or bad people, but I can breathe a little sigh of relief when I step off the ferry. The statistics speak for themselves. However, the incident at the pool the other day, proves it is very hard to totally get away from crime.

3. The great Bainbridge Island School District
We go back and forth with Mercer Island for the top spot in the state. However, as a former teacher, I know test scores are not everything. I love the small school my daughter attends. I love the feeling of the school, the kindness of the staff. The small size ensures that my daughter won’t get caught in any cracks and I love that Judy, the school secretary knows the names of everyone in our family!

4. Islandmoms Facebook
This group is awesome. It is a wonderful support community. If you are looking for a recommendation for a painter or doctor, this is the place to go. For feedback and advice on anything island, this is the message board to read and write on. If you are looking to borrow snow boots or a costume for your child, a total stranger will probably let you borrow them. It is great!

5. The Treehouse Café
They have the best Cesar salad and our family loves eating pizza on the couches in the restaurant.

6. Blackbird Bakery
An island institution. I just like knowing it is there. I am not too hip on their sweet stuff (my youngest daughter is though) or coffee, I actually like their loaves of wheat bread.

7. Dancing Paint Ceramic Studio
A great spot to spend an hour or two on a rainy or sunny day. It is a beautiful, light filled studio in downtown Winslow. You and/or your kids will love the creative outlet . . . and you thought you had enough coffee mugs, never! )now closed :(

8. The Bainbridge Island Public Library
Carmen the children’s librarian does a top-notch job with storytime. My preschooler loves to listen to her read and act out stories! Pierre the French Mouse is pretty cute too.

9. Sawan Thai Kitchen
Green Curry Chicken, yumm. Three-Star Spicy is spicy enough for me!

10. Bainbridge Performing Arts Theatre
Folks from Seattle ferry over to see our plays . . . and folks from Seattle come over to be in the plays too. They offer a great theatre program for kids too. My daughter loved the camp she was in last summer.

On March 31, 2008, in Activities, Community, Personal, by

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