It's 5,000 miles from Seattle to Paris as the crow flies. Despite the distance, the Emerald City is shining proudly in the area of pastries—good news for those who can't quite cross the Atlantic for the real thing.
The most ubiquitous pastry round these parts is the plain croissant, with enough choices to warrant a comparative tasting challenge. (I've chosen two that are the cream of the crop.) But it doesn't stop there—you can find lesser known pastries, such as kouign amann, as well as Japanese bakeries with inspired takes on French classics.
These 10 pastries all stand out in the shop, bearing the right levels of buttery flavor, sweetness, appealing texture, and a little something extra which would make me point and say, "You want that one."
About the author: Jay Friedman is a Seattle-based freelance food writer who happens to travel extensively as a sex educator. An avid fan of noodles (some call him "The Mein Man"), he sees sensuality in all foods, and blogs about it at his Gastrolust website. You can follow him on Twitter @jayfriedman.