|Sweet. Potato. Latte. Awesome.|
Imagine a classic Thanksgiving sweet potato side dish: Whipped sweet potatoes covered with melted marshmallows. Then imagine that as a warm winter drink.
Inspired? Then go to the new Shilla Bakery on Rte 40 in Ellicott City. They have all kinds of pastries, cakes, coffees, and other drinks. But my new crush is the sweet potato latte.
This isn't a latte with a hint of sweet potato. This is dessert in a paper cup. Creamy, sweet, actually tasting like someone whipped marshmallow and sweet potato into a warm version of a milk shake. I loved it. I didn't need more than a few bites of the other desserts that we had ordered, but the sweet potato latte made my night.
The Shilla Bakery is a really cool place to hang out. Families. Teenagers. Four women sitting at a table with coffees, forks, and a roll of sponge cake. Everyone can have fun for an afternoon or after dinner. We recommend the macarons, which have a crunchier exterior than the perfect ones from New York City but that come in a range of interesting flavors.
HowChow regular Min ordered a sweet potato cake from Shilla for a birthday. She thought it was delicious -- dense in texture, but not overwhelmingly sweet. She originally thought it was covered in coconut, but that turned out to be finely-grated cake crumbs.
|Sweet potato cake|
Bon Appetit a little farther west on Rte 40 is a straight-up competition with Shilla. I need to check out their latte options. The new Bean & Burgundy Bread has probably triple the space, and they're trying to offer coffee, baked goods, and a bigger savory menu as well. They're all casual variations that offer a nice way to get out of the house as the weather gets cold.