85 Degrees

June 3, 2012

in bakeries/cafes/dessert places

Man, I was stuffed after Friday night’s dinner! Although Capital Seafood offered complimentary dessert (cold red bean soup) and it was still National Donut Day (my thoughts over at Thick Dumpling Skin) I couldn’t fit another morsel in…

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…even for the most hyped bakery in The O.C.!

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Described as “The Starbucks of Taiwan,” 85 Degrees, a popular Asian (and subsequently, Australian) chain actually reminds me more of Los Angeles’ Porto’s

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…meets Korea’s Paris Baguette?

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Take a tray and pack it with goodies…

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…some people were obviously experts!

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Super crowded with never-ending long lines. Here are some treats that looked appealing to me…

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…there were also some more…er…interesting options.

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My Mom and Dad shared a chocolate croissant and freaked out…

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…hopped on line for another one to bring home…

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…I’ve got it wrapped tightly in the freezer. Had another serious evening of eats last night (which I’ll blog about later) so that guy won’t be making an appearance again for a little while!

85°C Bakery Cafe (Irvine) on Urbanspoon

{ 10 comments }

1 Lisa June 3, 2012 at 7:57 am

Even though I lived in LA for my entire life, I haven’t even attempted 1/8th of what you’ve tried. Even Porto’s or 85C! Oooh but I have tried JJ Bakery since I live a block away from it. Have you? It’s delish!

2 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet June 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

I actually didn’t try anything yet – just looked! Haven’t heard of JJ Bakery but I’ll bookmark it!

3 Allie@sweetpotatobites June 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

85C is great! the half moon cake is one of my favorites.

4 Alice June 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

Hey Lin! Glad to see you hanging around familiar places! To be honest, 85 Degrees might be a bit hyped. JJ Bakery still remains my favorite when it comes to Taiwanese bakeries. :)

If you’re ever in Irvine or Arcadia again, I highly recommend Liang Mama’s Kitchen. Their hand-pulled noodles are really delectable!

Hope you have a great day!

5 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet June 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

Thanks Alice! Keep those suggestions coming!

6 Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds June 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

@ Alice: I love hand-pulled noodles! The texture makes such a difference!

@ Lynn: I thought I would miss 85 Degrees so much when I moved to China… but it turns out 85 Degrees is everywhere! In Shenzhen alone… I’ve spotted at least SIX locations. This makes me very happy :)

7 Teresa Decher June 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

This looks so amazing! Definitely going to have to check it out.

8 Floey June 4, 2012 at 4:13 am

I would pass by this place all the time when I was in school, and there was always a Disneyland-long-line outside! My friends swear by their taro bread and sea salt coffee.

9 Lucy (Beyond Bourke Street) June 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm

The 85 Degrees bakeries we have in Australia have these AMAZING bread/cookie sticks. They’re hard as rocks, but perfect for dunking into coffee. A little like biscotti! Highly recommended. I also like their Japanese cheesecake, sugar toasts, and fluffy, super-soft breads :D

10 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet June 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Yum. Thanks for the suggestions from down under!

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