Anchorage Away: Mandy Dixon’s Bakery Picks

Sweet Caribou701 W. 36th Ave.

Proudly announcing themselves as purveyors of macarons with “Alaska-sized flavor,” this Paris-worthy patisserie got its humble start at the South Anchorage Farmers Market. Shortly after opening its brick-and-mortar location, the bakery received a warm reception from Anchorage locals for its cosmopolitan polish. James Strong, the owner, makes an annual pilgrimage to Paris to keep up with the changing style, look, and technique of French patisserie. And he balances the Parisian influence with a devotion to local Alaskan flavors, with ingredients like fireweed honey and Alaskan blueberries as the backbone of the macaron menu.

Mandys Pick:
“The macarons are perfection. My favorite is a Fireweed Honey Macaron. Alaska has some of the best honey in the world, and Fireweed Honey is a very light-colored, faintly spiced local honey that brings something special to these cookies.”

The Flying Dutchman European Pastry Shop2101 Abbott Rd.

A beloved local institution since 1982, the Flying Dutchman specializes in supplying the small but diverse community of Anchorage with Dutch and German-style pastries. This sweet slice of Old-World charm comes courtesy of the original founder and pastry chef, Dutch expat Ben Koper. Trained in the kitchens of the bygone grand hotels of Europe, Ben channeled his 50 years of pastry experience and commitment to high-quality ingredients into the Flying Dutchman. Though Ben has since passed away, his daughter Frieda carries on the legacy, one that is cherished by generations of Alaskan residents. And while this specific brand of nostalgia may not resonate with newcomers, the longstanding,
high-quality pastry does.

Mandys Pick:
“While they have a lengthy selection of pastries and cakes, their chocolates can’t be beat. We often order them during Easter and Christmas for the Winterlake Lodge because they use antique chocolate molds to create these unique, Old-World chocolates.”

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