Sweet Thyme Bakery - Lexington Center
Sweet Thyme Bakery in Lexington Center opened 2 days ago and since I work in the area, I decided to go in this morning to buy something and check it out. They are located in the old Depot Square Gallery Space which is diagonally across the street from the Library and next door to Eastern Bank. Apparantely they are a "Chinese Bakery with French training". The space is very clean and sparse. A counter of baked goods and shelves off to the right with pre-wrapped breads and cookies. I decided to get their "Yogurt Cheese Bars" in Pumpkin Chocolate and Blueberry Chocolate. The woman behind the counter doesn't speak great English so it was a little difficult to understand what they were but I figured out they are like cheesecake. There were some odd flavors like Sesame and Rose Raisin.
The ingredients on the pumpkin bars read: Pumpkin, Walnuts, Cheese, Yogurt, Eggs, Choc. I threw out the wrapper so I might have the ingredients in the wrong order but I specifically picked them because they didn't have flour written on the ingredients (or sugar!). And no flavoring - vanilla? No salt? They are wrapped in waxed paper so you can't really see what you're getting.
When I opened them, I was kind of surprised to see a "crust" which I figured out what like an Oreo Cookie crust. As a person who has MANY friends who food allergies that range from moderate to severe, I found this a little off-putting that cookie crumbs (and their ingredients) weren't written on the label. And to me, one of the best parts of pumpkin is to have it spiced with warm yummy spices. There was literally no spices and I didn't detect any vanilla (which would fit since it wasn't on the list of ingreds!!)
The Blueberry Chocolate - same thing. I thought the cookie crust actually tasted a little stale. All in all, pretty bland. I really wasn't impressed.
They don't sell any beverages - yet - and most of their items are packaged in bags so you can't just buy one (unless it's one of those "yogurt cheese bars").
Maybe their breads will be better but until they can get a little better about labeling their ingredients, I'm not apt to go back. I do find in intreresting that Nourish, Cake, the new Deli and now this Bakery have all opened within months of each other. We're all sadly trying to figure out how long it takes before they all leave.... :(
I'll be curious to hear other reviews as people find their way here.
They have a URL but when I checked it today, the website is under construction.
There are some positive reviews on the Lexington listserv from the past couple of days. I'm going to head down today and check it out.
I'm very glad for all of the new options in Lexington, and am optimistic for them to stick around. Cake is wonderful! And I've heard good things about the new deli, though I haven't gotten a sandwich there yet. We walked in one day and chatted with the owner, and he was really friendly and eager to please. It's all Boars Head (which I don't love) but which may play well in this town. He gave my daughter some cheese and made sure we left with a menu. With all of the tourism on the green they may do well. It's really the only place to get a quick lunch down there, and we've thought for a while that a sandwich shop was needed.