To say I love a good interview is an understatement. I am an avid talk show/podcast follower, listening or watching everyone from Jimmy Fallon to Terry Gross to Marc Maron and David Axelrod. I truly love listening to smart, funny, people talk about what they do best and the influences that made them who they are. In Crackle TV’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld takes this formula and switches it up interviewing only comedians, in an unscripted format, with much of the conversation happening on the ride to their destination: a local coffee shop. The result is often enlightening, and needless to say, always entertaining.
I have never gone into a Seven Stars Bakery without finding lines of locals picking up their favorite pastries, muffins, croissant and beautifully baked breads. Tori, Cassie and I met at the Hope Street location today to do a bit of shopping and indulge in a little something delicious from this busy café/bakery and, as always, found the place humming with hungry patrons.
Seven Stars Bakery Hope Street Providence RI
Snaking our way through the stanchions to the case, we were greeted with an amazing array of baked goods: ginger scones, sticky buns, raisin danish, chocolate almond croissant – what to choose? We picked out our pastries, placed our orders for cappuccinos and tea and quickly grabbed an open table.
The interior of this Seven Stars location has an industrial vibe with cement floors and a huge metal door on one wall that once belonged to a wood fired oven until the shops bread production was moved off site. Cozy café tables and counters line the front wall and window, while in the rear there is long wood table with benches for communal seating. We were lucky enough to get a table by the window on this beautiful, sunny fall day. Getting seating here can be bit challenging in cooler weather, but as temps warm up the seating situation eases when they open a petite but pretty patio for outdoor dining.
I am kind of a pushover for good latte art and the baristas here are experts in that department (witness the gallery of masterpieces on the wall behind the coffee bar). The owners take an equal amount of care choosing their coffee, developing relationships with fair trade farms and using local coffee roaster New Harvest. The result is delicious coffee that perfectly complements their baked goods. We all enjoyed our treats today. Cassie and I split a moist and delicious pumpkin walnut muffin, while Tori chose their buttery, flakey bacon, goat cheese and prosciutto danish.
The bread at Seven Stars is stellar so we grabbed a crusty baguette for the road before heading out to shop the fab shops of Hope Street. I highly recommend trying the olive bread made with Kalamata and Moroccan cured olives – sogood!