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any GOOD sweets that are not sugary like cupcakes...?

chower Dec 10, 2009 10:42 AM

Hi, im a new chowhounder :)
Ok, so all the fro-yo and cupcake boom didnt really catch me.
Fro-yo is considered "HEALTHY" dessert, but its just low in calorie but super HIGH in sugar.
Cupcakes are obviously super high in sugar, i dont even know why people make line to get that greasy sugary 800kcal monster. its too sweet, i can't even eat half of it.

Anyways, i love dessert, but i want something not sugary.
Anybody know any good place to try? any bakery with low sugar? maybe a new dessert?

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    chower Jan 2, 2010 12:17 AM

    Thank you so much everybody for the great info.
    Asian bakeries sound right.
    I have tried Amandine and few others and loved them.
    Harajuku Crepe sounds really good, ill probably try as i live in beverly hills and really close.
    Anyways, thanks again everybody :)

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      TracyS Dec 18, 2009 03:10 PM

      Agree about asian bakeries being less sweet.
      Not sure where you're located, but Patisserie Chantilly in Gardena has lovely desserts that aren't that sweet.

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      1. re: TracyS
        Emme Dec 18, 2009 07:17 PM

        In light of the suggeestion for Asian Bakeries, there's a new-ish place for Tokyo style crepes in Beverly Hills called Harajuku...

      2. omotosando Dec 10, 2009 05:12 PM

        This is not local, but I just ordered Sweet Orange 'Tortas de Aceite' Crisps from La Tienda http://www.tienda.com/food/products/c... They are imported from Seville, Spain. They are only slightly sweet, have only 150 calories and the ingredients are flour, extra virgin olive oil, sugar, crystallized orange, sesame seeds, baking powder and salt. Nothing artificial. They are delicious.

        Anyone know if I could buy such a creation at a local bakery?

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        1. re: omotosando
          Hello_Katty Dec 11, 2009 09:22 AM

          Not bakery fresh, but I've seen (and sampled) these at O & Co at Westfield Century City a while back. Call first, as they seem to be sold out on their website: http://www.oliviersandco.com/FO/Catal...

          1. re: Hello_Katty
            omotosando Dec 11, 2009 12:04 PM

            Thanks Hello Katty. I will check it out next time I am at the Century City mall. They look very similar to what I ordered from La Tienda, although without the orange flavoring.

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          Jelly71 Dec 10, 2009 03:41 PM

          mexican pastries are also not "sugar bombs" - you can often find them n regular grocery stores where there is a high hispanic population. they are sold like donuts and bagels in that you get a plastic bag and fill it with what you want.

          1. mollyomormon Dec 10, 2009 01:32 PM

            On the westside, the desserts at Amandine and at Jin Patisserie aren't overly sweet. Or there's always cheese....

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              SeaCook Dec 10, 2009 12:38 PM

              Porto's Bakery in Glendale has many less sweet deserts. At the last party I was at someone brought a tray of mini desserts from Porto's called fancies. There were little fruit tarts, whip cream filled pastry horns etc. But the best was the mango mousse. It was in small clear plastic rectangular cups that look like glass with a slivery tiny plastic spoon delicately inserted into the top which was a thin layer of guava gelee. It was heaven!!! Not too sweet creamy, rich and very mangoeee. I ate three and I still wanted more!

              So I say get thee hence to Porto's!

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                Ernie Dec 10, 2009 12:29 PM

                Generally speaking, you might have good luck at a Chinese bakery. There are several in the SGV. Their pastries tend to be not as sickly sweet as Western-style bakeries

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                1. re: Ernie
                  Mr Taster Dec 10, 2009 02:01 PM

                  Absolutely concur on the Chinese bakery recs... try JJ Bakery in Arcadia, for example. 1130 South Baldwin Avenue. Their cakes are distinctly un-sweet. For cakes that are sweeter (yet not treacley sweet like what you describe) check out the fresh fruit mousse cakes at Van's Bakery in San Gabriel-- 860 E Valley Blvd. (She made our phenomenal wedding cake) Lastly, you should check out the Angel Maid bakery in the Culver City area-- their white cake is wispy and airy, really delicious. 4542 S Centinela Ave.

                  Mr Taster

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