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Intelligenstia Coffee | A Pistachio Lover’s Haven

Do you have a favorite nut? Are you an almond admirer or a pecan freak or are walnuts your thing? For me as much as I love almonds, pecans and walnuts (cashews are good on their own but don’t like them in desserts) I really have a thing for pistachios. It is weird really because most of my life I absolutely despised those hard white shells and wrinkly green little nutmeats. But then something changed and I discovered that I really liked pistachios. Who knew! Now I can’t get enough of them, especially in dessert form. Pistachio cakes, crushed pistachios garnished on frostings, when I see a glimmer of green pistachio flecks my heart flutters with excitement. That brings me to a pistachio lovers haven – Intelligentsia coffee. Intelligentsia offers an array of sweet treats daily to accompany their coffee selection and they have two truly incredible pistachio delights: pistachio teacakes and pistachio éclairs.

The teacakes are buttery and rich dense cake that is studded with crushed pistachios. They seem to be soaked in a lemon simple syrup too and are bursting with bright spring flavors.

The pistachio éclairs are a thing of beauty. The éclair shell is perfect, tender yet firm, housing a delicate pistachio cream filling.  The sweet icing on top is coated with finely crushed pistachios as well. This éclairs is on of my favorite pistachio desserts around!

If you have a hankering for something nutty, bright and sweet Intelligentsia is the place to quell your pistachio cravings!

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  • DessertForTwo
    March 23, 2012

    I’ve always liked snacking on pistachios, but I don’t like nuts in my desserts. THEN, one day I had a bite of pistachio gelato. It changed my life. I can’t get enough!

  • Esi
    March 23, 2012

    OMG, I love pistachios. Like a lot! So excited to visit the ORIGINAL Intelligentsia in Chicago 🙂

  • Olga @ MangoTomato
    March 23, 2012

    love pistachios!!! I wish I could reach into the computer and grab a few of the treats.

    if only 😉

  • Allie@sweetpotatobites
    March 23, 2012

    the pistachio eclair and coffee in the first picture just look divine!

  • Gastronomer
    March 24, 2012

    Did you just say, “nutmeats”? Just checking!

    The eclair looks amazing. Pistachios are my friends too.

  • Let Me Eat Cake
    March 24, 2012

    Cathy – just making sure everyone is reading 😉

  • Ariyana
    March 31, 2012

    Superb post. I agree about pistachios (that meat: yum!!) but I would not have been able to write a post with such nutty but cebarrel flair. (Eiher one or the other for me.) BTW, I also love cashews. Wish I hadn’t been barely in blogland for another hiatus. I love reading librarian’s blogs.

Sweet Somethings:

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