Taza Social Coffee House Hosts Sugarbloom Weekend Pastries

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Taza is a caffeinated pacesetter in the San Gabriel Valley.

Thanks to homegrown talent, Arcadia’s merits are starting to extend beyond Santa Anita Park and Din Tai Fung Dumpling House. The next generation is in evidence at Taza, a “social coffee house” that former entertainment executive Sonny Mediana opened with his wife along Huntington Drive. Taza is the first specialty coffeehouse in the area, featuring premium equipment, multiple roasters and inviting decor, complete with refurbished wood, exposed bulbs, and decorative Andy Warhol skateboard decks. On weekends, they also have some of L.A.’s most innovative pastries, courtesy of Sugarbloom Bakery founder Sharon Wang, and my group felt obligated to order every pastry, since they all looked so good.

Pastry Chef Los Angeles

Sharon Wang is Taza’s weekend pastry chef and has big plans for Sugarbloom.

Sharon Wang graduated from The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and spent eight years working for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. The company relocated her from Yountville to New York and Los Angeles, so you know she’s got skills. She recently returned to her hometown of Arcadia and started an entrepreneurial endeavor called Sugarbloom, with Taza as her weekend showcase. She’s also working on a trial basis at n/naka with Niki Nakayama, another chef with a connection to Arcadia.

Croissants Los Angeles

Mediana previously mentioned SPAM musubi croissants ($3.75) and convinced us to return for this fun riff on a Hawaiian classic combining buttery pastry, SPAM strips, kimchi accents, and a nori dusting.

Croissants Los Angeles

The brilliant pretzel croissant ($3.50) incorporated whole wheat and sesame seeds.

Croissant Los Angeles

Our haul included a third croissant, buttery pain au chocolat ($3.75) with molten chocolate pockets.

Scone Los Angeles

Not all maple bacon pastries are created equal, but I really enjoyed Chef Wang’s take on the flavor combo. Her supple scone supported a juicy bacon strip, maple syrup icing and powdered sugar that she applied judiciously.

Cookies Los Angeles

Miso butterscotch cookies (3 for $3.75) were nice and savory, studded with white chocolate chips.

Cake Los Angeles

Apple cider cake provided a knockout punch, with toasted almond scales and sweet, tangy apple up top. Since slabs are so substantial, I’d recommend splitting this cake with other people…if it’s even there.

Chef Wang switches up her pastries each week, to keep the selection fresh and original. Check the Taza Facebook Page for updates.


Joshua Lurie

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