In the 16th and 17th centuries, the skills of the pastry chef were added to those of the bread maker so that in modern Britain (as opposed to France), domestic and commercial bakers used the talents of both. Though the lines have been blurred, the benefit of combining these two trades mean extra goodness at several establishments throughout the Valley. Here are 15 of our favorites.
15.) Essence Bakery Cafe
This sunny spot of upscale comfort food and delectable sweet treats in Tempe comes courtesy of chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos, who honed her pastry skills in Paris, and her husband Gilles Combes. Delights like homemade cookies, mini desserts, and crave-able raisin, almond, and chocolate croissants line the pastry case, but it is the French macarons, in rotating flavors like mint, caramel cream, pumpkin spice, and pink grapefruit, that Essence is most famous for.