This Valentineâ€™s Day, trade in the box of chocolates for chocolate paint. Pastry chef Yannis Janssens at Lee & Marieâ€™s Cakery Company highly recommends it with strawberries.
Named for owner Andy Travagliaâ€™s daughterâ€™s grandmothers, Lee & Marieâ€™s Cakery is a bakery-cafÃ© hybrid thatâ€™s serving up a sweeter side in South Beach. Chat Chow TV shared an Ã©clair with chef Janssens and talked sugar and spice, and everything nice.
â€œLee & Marie, both of them were famous for baking, of course,â€ explains Janssens. â€œLee is famous for cheesecake and Marie is famous for the German chocolate cake. We still sell those. Theyâ€™re actually our top-seller cakes. You can buy the whole cake or you can buy by the slice.â€
Pair your pastry (try the Heath-Bar fudge Ã©clair) with Panther Coffee served in antique cups and saucers, a nod to the quaint shopâ€™s comfy-chic charm. While Lee & Marieâ€™s main masterpiece is the sweet, they offer a savory menu as well.
â€œWe do have lunch and a breakfast menu,â€ Janssens admits. â€œItâ€™s not super large, itâ€™s whateverâ€™s available at the farm. These are the ingredients that we use and then we make salad, sandwiches with [them] and in the mornings we make croissants with [them] and croissant sandwiches.â€
If youâ€™re feeling guilty about the caloric intake, know that your purchase is going towards a good cause. Lee & Marieâ€™s actively supports those affected by autism by employing and providing housing for autistic adults.
Check out the video above to see why Janssensâ€™ Belgian roots make for one extra-decadent cupcake, why pop-cones are heavenly, and what other Valentineâ€™s Day gifts are available.