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Littlest Love is a  boutique bakery located in Nashville, Tennessee. We specialize in developing custom desserts (cookies, cupcakes pies, bars, etc.) with our clients for their private events. 

 

 

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Littlest Love's blog is all about testing/sharing fun recipes, learning more about the pastry scene in Nashville and around the world, and hosting pastry and dessert pairing pop-ups in Nashville, TN!

Update on Littlest Love

Lyndi Stein

Hello all!

I'm so lucky to say that 2017 has been an incredible year so far, and we still have the amazing Fall and Winter seasons upon us. It comes with a confusing array of emotions to let you know that Littlest Love is changing directions. Let me explain...

In early 2017, my husband, Justin, and I held our annual retreat to reset and discuss our goals and intentions for the year. It's something we do to check in with each other after a hectic year, and while it's hard work and can be emotionally draining, it's so valuable to be sure we are on the same page with our short and long term goals. During the retreat, Justin prefaced a question asking me not to be upset or answer right away. I agreed, and he asked:

"Do you really want a store front?"

My entire world turned on its axis as I held off on replying and sat with the question for a few days. I thought back to my reasons for opening my own business.

  • To be authentic and share what I love to do, which is creating a brand that stands for community and connection around the table.
  • To have autonomy and freedom to find balance in my life.
  • To be able to travel and start a family, and really be present with those I love.

After learning so much about opening a bakery and/or bar store front, I realized that none of this would be possible. And suddenly, my internal dialogue began to tell the story that I'd failed. If I was no longer going to be Littlest Love, who was I going to be?

Around this time, Molly Martin, a beloved friend and talented chef, asked me to open a catering business with her. As I listened to her talk about this concept, I began to feel my heart race. Did she mean she wanted to share kitchen space? No, she wants us to be business partners. What about Littlest Love?

"What ABOUT Littlest Love?" I thought.

And then I realized how serendipitous and yet completely obvious this all seemed. As we began meeting, planning, starting the business, signing operating agreements, opening accounts, and making incredible food together, I realized this was the dream I'd been seeking out for so long.

  • I feel authentic in sharing colorful, seasonal food with every client.
  • I have seen that with a business partner, specifically with Molly, that collaborating is so much more creative and inspiring.
  • I have found balance and freedom in my personal life, as we each take on half the stress and double the joys of the business.

The new, more honest story of my inner dialogue? I am brave and adaptable. I never would have found true happiness with Littlest Love, and I was brave enough to admit that, despite investing my time and money into the business for the last four years. I was adaptable because I was truly honest with myself, which allowed me to change with my head held high, knowing that without those experiences from Littlest Love, I would never be where I am today. So here we are...

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I'm not sure why, but it's taken me this long to introduce you to Juniper Green, where you will find a delicious array of seasonal, savory fare along with the delectable confections that have stemmed from Littlest Love. You can enjoy our flavorful menu at your next baby shower, business lunch, big soiree, and even your Thanksgiving table, so please check out the website and follow us on Instagram!

What will become of Littlest Love? You'll find that a lot of my ordering options will roll into Juniper Green, along with some fun, new menu items! Another reason to follow along? Littlest Love will be sponsoring pop-up events hosted by Juniper Green where you can buy tickets to enjoy dessert and drinks in fun locations around Nashville. Also, I'll be blogging here more. You'll find some of my favorite recipes, along with seasonal dessert ideas and plenty of city guides around the world of my favorite bakeries.

Thank you to the moon and back for your support, encouragement and trust in me for all of your sweet celebrations! I look forward to serving you through Juniper Green and sharing my thoughts here on littlestlove.com/littlestblog.

City Guide: Bakeries in Denver

lyndi stein

I baked all last week for Thanksgiving, so it was about time someone returned the favor. Thankfully, my sweet-toothed cousin gets me, and we spent our last day in Denver with her as our bakery tour guide. We only had three hours, so it was a lot like speed-dating. We quickly purchased, sampled and moved onto the next place.

We stopped at six places, some sweet, some savory, all delicious! It was a day to be remembered, so I photographed it, jotted down some notes, and here I am... Sharing it with you.

Enjoy!

Babette's Artisan Bread

This bread and pastry shop can be found in The Source, one of Denver's many food halls. I've been saying for years that Nashville needs one of these! They have a brewery, an art and retail space, a coffee shop, a mini market, an upscale wine and liquor store, a badass bakery (yes that's Babette's!) and a couple restaurants to boot. And offices upstairs! Who wouldn't fall in love with a space like this?

We traipsed about The Source for a bit, and landed in Babette's, where I was instantly drawn to the rows of perfectly laminated pastries, crusty breads and simple decor. It was obvious that the folks at Babette's care for their craft. Each item was flawless, and I could've eaten one of everything. I landed on the Morning Bun, a delectable, flaky and buttery pastry, its edges rolled in a thick crust of cinnamon and demerara sugar. If we had more time and less bakeries to get to, I would've gladly purchased one of everything!

Voodoo Doughnuts

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Based in Portland, perfected in Denver? Maybe. It's the only Voodoo we've ever had the pleasure of visiting, so I couldn't really tell you if that's accurate. But I can't promise we won't research the other locations just to be sure!

We walked in and were instantly intoxicated by the sweet scent of sugar, melted chocolate and fried dough wafting through the air. We were transformed into what we imagined Willy Wonka's doughnut shop might look like. The bright colors. The vividly imaginative donuts. Maple. Oreo. Raspberry. Peanut Butter. Snozzberries! We immediately felt both overwhelmed and excited over what was about to happen!

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And then we panicked. Realizing we were going to so many other bakeries, we held back a bit with our choices and went with some pretty classic doughnuts. I had the Old Fashioned Maple and Justin went for the Hibiscus Yeast. Mine was dense and reminded me of that perfect first bite of maple candy. Justin's was fluffy and light, and had a tart, fruity flavor that paired nicely with the barely (if at all) sweetened yeast base.

Both were glorious, but I wish I'd also snagged a Blueberry Cake and a Memphis Mafia. Voodoo's website describes the Memphis Mafia as such: "Fried dough with banana chunks and cinnamon covered in a glaze with chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts and chocolate chips on top!" 

So obviously we're going to Portland just for this. Buying flights now...

Sugar Bakeshop & Coffee House

This quaint, little spot was tucked away in an unassuming strip mall, but my cousin marked this as one of her favorite spots in Denver. Also, I saw on Instagram that they had poptarts, so naturally we made this our longest pit stop.

The cutest shop one ever did see. A carefully designed menu, beautifully plated pastries and cookies and pies and more. This spot left me wishing for an extra stomach!

We took a really long time nailing down our choices for this place, because the variety was spectacular. We ended up with a chocolate pecan poptart and a lemon bar. Honestly, if you can stop me from getting a lemon bar at a bakery, you must have some kind of special powers, because it's not likely I'm walking away from one. 

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The shortbread crust on the lemon square was divine, but the poptart stole the show! That flaky crust was filled high with cinnamon, chocolate and pecans, and took me back to Thanksgiving all over again. The perfect Fall treat!

Little Owl Coffee

FYI: This was not a bakery stop. We had to fuel up for the final leg of our tour! Also, this place is absolutely picturesque and the coffee was stellar. We bought two bags of beans, enjoyed our Americanos, and set off to our final location(s)!

Photo by @justinrearden

Photo by @justinrearden

Rosenberg's Bagels

In all my deli experience, I've never been so excited to eat a bagel sandwich! Maybe it was the bright mustardy-orange vinyl booths, the harsh, New York accent of the friendly guy behind the cashier or the plump bagels piled up high like fluffy, carbohydrate pillows. Or maybe it was because I hadn't eaten anything but sugar all day! Either way, it felt a lot like entering heaven in the form of a completely authentic, Jewish deli.

We got a pastrami bagel sandwich (on egg-everything). And potato salad. Aaaand a pickle. And I wish we'd taken a stash of rugelach, potato knishes and bagel balls. Bagel balls are exactly what they sound like: cooked bagel dough in ball form, stuffed with cream cheese and rolled in their "everything" mix.

Honestly, I couldn't get over this place. It was a perfect gem. Also, I have zero food photos because we demolished it before a camera could come close. And it was beyond delectable. Sorry not sorry!

The Rolling Pin Bakeshop

My cousin made a game-time decision to rush me over to this bakery while we waited for our food at Rosenberg's. I almost attested, but I'm so glad I didn't! The Rolling Pin Bakeshop is simply put, the cutest bakery ever. Their attention to detail shows as much in their space as it did in their pastry case.

Beautiful, ginormous four-layer cakes spanned the first bakery case, followed by several classic, French pastries. The floors were lined with perfect Parisian black and white tiles, the hutch labeled "Cream & Sugar" sat quaintly in the corner, and the guy helping us behind the counter could not be more friendly.

Photo by @mini_beasttt

Photo by @mini_beasttt

On our way to the airport, Justin and I talked at great lengths about our regret over not getting carrot cake. My cousin did not make the same mistake. She nabbed a slice to-go, that lucky gal. She did send us a photo of her beautiful slice of carrot cake just before she devoured it (pictured right), and she also made sure to text us again a bit later and let us know it tasted better than it looked. We're already talking about ways to deliver said cake to our sad tastebuds in Nashville.

I hope y'all enjoyed this bakery tour of Denver! Just putting this together has already enticed me to look into flights back in the summer to see cake... I mean family.

What did you think, Colorado-lovers? Did I miss anything that I should add to my list for next time??