Green Lake’s “Un-Bakery,” Jodee’s Desserts
Photos via Jodee’s Desserts
Whatever you do, don’t let the name fool you.
“My freezer is my oven, that’s what I like to say,” said Jodee Capo, as she sat at a table in her storefront on a rainy Sunday. “We’re an un-bakery.”
Her un-bakery, Jodee’s Desserts, offers a variety of raw, fresh-blended, organic desserts. She sells raw, vegan cheesecakes, raw chocolates and truffles, gluten-free and vegan cookies, fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies, and even savory lunch options like vegan soups, gluten-free sandwiches and fresh breads.
Jodee’s menu has choices for every allergy you can think of: wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and low-glycemic, all made from fresh, quality ingredients. There is no baking involved with any of the products Jodee makes, and she also dehydrates many of her treats at a low temperature, under 118%, which helps lock in enzymes, oxygen and other nutrients.
“Whenever someone new comes in, I always ask them to taste it first,” said Jodee, as she passed me a slice of vegan key lime cheesecake (and no, she wouldn’t tell me what was in it). “There’s so many preconceived notions about words like ‘gluten-free’ or ‘raw.’ I want you to taste the ingredients before you judge.”
Meet Contributor Chelsea Asplund
Chelsea Asplund leads Seattle Greenlaker’s social media and is a lifestyle contributor for the site. You’ll be hearing more from Chelsea on neighborhood happenings, but before you do, here’s a little about her:
What’s your favorite part about living in Green Lake?
I’ve lived in Green Lake for about a year, and I love that the neighborhood is its own little world. Once you’re here, it’s so easy to forget you live in a city. Green Lake is such a relaxing yet lively neighborhood. The lake just makes you want to get outside and be active.
Why do you enjoy social media so much?
I think it started when I was a preteen and discovered Xanga and my painful desire to chronicle my 12-year-old thoughts. Then eventually MySpace came and it was downhill from there. Now we’re in the Facebook-Twitter-Instagram-Vine-Snapchat world and I just eat it all up. I think what it comes down to is I love to communicate. I work in PR, and find it so fascinating how the channels have changed our industry — and journalism especially. I also speak in hash tags.
You are a self-proclaimed pop cultureist – explain what that means.
I’ve always had an affinity for pop culture – celebrities, television, movies, you name it. I blame my subscriptions to Teen People and Entertainment Weekly growing up. I have a weird talent of sorts where I can name almost any celebrity at the drop of a hat. I’m “that girl” who friends turn to and say “Who is that? They look so familiar.” I can probably tell you their name and what they’re most famous for in five seconds – even if it’s a commercial from 10 years ago. My brain just works that way. Oh, and Oscar Sunday is my favorite holiday.
Say it’s the weekend, where would we be most likely to find you (asked, in a non-creepy way of course!)
I spend a lot of time between Poulsbo and Seattle, but if I’m in Green Lake on the weekend it depends on the weather. Saturday mornings I’m usually grabbing a latte and walking Green Lake. The lake just calls for you. If a week or so goes by and I haven’t been to it, I immediately feel guilty. Green Lake just does that to you, and it’s a great thing.
What’s your favorite Green Lake hidden gem?
I live on the northeast side of the lake, so I have to say grabbing a “margarita of the day” at Rositas. Also Jodeee’s Desserts – her Green Lake Glow smoothie is my favorite.
Meet Contributor Erica Grivas
Erica is a professional writer and has written for the New York Post, Real Simple, Flower Gardens, Chicago Parent, and Connecticut Home and Garden magazines. She holds a certificate in Landscape Design from The New York Botanical Garden. She is a lifestyle writer for Seattle Greenlaker and has lived in Green Lake since 2009.
You will be hearing more from her on all things plants, life around Green Lake and much more. But first, here’s an introduction to Erica:
Why do you enjoy living in Green Lake?
Well, there’s the natural beauty, the lake, but to me what makes it home is the quirky artistic side of people that flourishes here. Recently someone painted over the traffic circle sign on my block, stenciling “RIGHT ROUND BABY”. Why? Why not? Keeps me guessing – and smiling.
You’ve written for a wide variety of publications, but what has been the most unique or entertaining article?
It’s a toss-up between trying to track down the original “Exorcist” child for “Inside Edition” and writing about a Dachshund convention at Green Lake led by a group which advocates hiking with “wieners”.
As a garden expert what do you like most about living in this area – plant wise? Definitely playing chicken with “zone denial” – getting to grow plants that are marginally hardy here, from places like Chile and New Zealand. The first sidewalk palm tree I saw stopped me in my tracks.
What’s your favorite Green Lake hidden gems?
1. Not so hidden, painted in very un-Seattle lime and teal and right near the Green Lake Way tunnel on Linden Ave. and 63rd St. but still largely undiscovered, is Bongos Caribbean restaurant. (The location previously housed the “farmers market” selling Yakima cherries.) Get the Desi sandwich or anything with plantains. Delish.
2. By rights the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden should be mobbed from May – November, because there are roses in bloom near constantly, and fountains, and topiary… luckily, not too many people realize that. Oh wait!
Green Lake Table Tennis Club
Whatever you do, don’t call it ping pong. The Green Lake Table Tennis Club is SO much more.
On Saturday and Sunday afternoons the Green Lake Community Center gym is filled with the ‘tick and tock’ of hundreds of ping pong balls punted back and forth from one of 16 tables. The group, which fluctuates between 20 – 60 players draws all ages (some as young as 7 years old) from Green Lake, Seattle’s Central District, Lynnwood even Port Orchard and beyond.
“This is an underground group of devoted afficiandos,” said Thomas Veatch, a 13+ year GLTTC player and Saturday kid’s coach. “Here everyone is welcoming – more than any club I’ve been to. It provides a great learning space.”