Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sticky Fingers has Soul

Turns out Washington's favorite vegan bakery Sticky Fingers has a franchise in Seoul, Korea. Rewind to almost two years ago when Korea TV broadcasted a documentary starring Miyun Park, the president of the DC-based nonprofit animal advocacy group, Compassion over Killing. A Korean native and Sticky Fingers fan, Miyun filmed some of her interviews at the underground (literally, you have to walk down steps) Sticky Fingers location.

That's all it took for a few Korean guys to watch the piece, fall in love with the story and call up owners Doron and Kirsten. With that, downtown Seoul made room for Sticky Fingers.

Depending on the ingredients available, the Seoul location features many of the same egg-less/dairy-less cookies and brownies; but the cheesecake is only in America. According to the DC bakery, the location "over there is beautiful."

Makes sense that the Koreans would jump on a vegan franchise. Think about the last time you had an Asian dish with cheese or any dairy product for that matter. About 90% of Asians are lactose-intolerant, so other than fried rice, many dishes are naturally vegan.

Perhaps the Koreans also have a half-price basket near their cash register. Only a day old, the left-over Cowvin Cookies (a bit hard), Little Devils (perfectly moist) and saran-wrapped Old-Fashioned Cookies (Pecan and Chocolate Chip) were worth the trip alone.

Sadly, the festive Peppermint Brownies weren't in the basket. The new menu item ($3) features a brownie (fudgier than the Little Devil) topped with a whipped frosting and peppermint chunks.

For me, the Cowvin Cookies still take the cake (pardon the pun). Similar to the Little Devils, two grainy oatmeal bars (instead of brownies) act as "sandwich" ends to a vegan frosting center. Despite the half-price appeal of yesterday's left-overs, those Cowvins felt hard, so I splurged for the fresh batch.

The couch, occupying a majority of the tiny indoor space, spoke to me. The red heart pillow was too much to ignore, so I washed down my treats with a large cup of organic coffee ($1.75) and soy creamer, from the couch-- spying on the cashier, who got a few phonecalls regarding holiday cake orders.

Need an alternative holiday gift? Their homemade cards on display are crafted by two local girls (much like the bakery itself). The fair-trade travel cups are also friendly at $5, and include unlimited $1 coffee refills.

The Seoul-ful bakery is saving the world, one Little Devil at a time.


At 1:17 AM, Blogger sethlavdc said...

Like the rest of the sweets-loving world I've been following your cakelove oddysey. Glad to see you finally happy at a bakery!

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Crazy Girl City said...

I used to love hitting up the Korean bakeries when I lived over there for a year.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger the kitchenette said...

Have you found any replacements in DC?

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said...

That's so cool & I just love the name of the bakery!!

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Brunette said...

How cool- I have no idea how the chemistry behind vegan baking works, but the results sound delicious!

At 8:32 AM, Blogger the kitchenette said...

Margarine and oil are vegan-safe, and of course, bring on the alternative milks (rice, soy, almond). I've watched my dear vegan friend throw soy milk into just about everything-- it's amazing.

The chemistry absolutely boggles my mind too. Which is why..I'm an English major.

At 12:14 AM, Blogger MW said...

Woo hoo for vegan bakeries. Right on!


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