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October 5, 2005
The Blond Giraffe is set up like a small coffee shop/bakery with small seating areas and a large counter to place your orders. They sell a wide variety of hot and cold beverages- for an herbal treat you should try the "Yerba Mate" a delicious coffee substitute.
The pies and products made with key lime here are the main draw. The Blond Giraffe has earned many awards and rewards for their pies including the "Best in Florida" and "Key West's local favorite". Take their word for it, they are awesome.
If you can't make it down to Key West, you can order their famous pie dipped in chocolate on the Blond Giraffe's website www.blondgiraffe.com ; You can also order other key lime goodies here. For the ultimate experience though, you simply must visit this bakery for yourself in Key West!
From journal Key West, Florida
March 26, 2002
The second location is more of a "shop," where customers can sit at a table and enjoy their dessert. The first location, on Duval, is more of a "to-go" place. This is where we stopped in to grab some of their famous Key Lime pie after dinner one night. It's basically a little shack on one side of duval... you stop in at their pick up counter and order your dessert. "To-go" is the only option - there are no tables! There is a counter, if you really desire to eat your dessert there, but we opted to take it home and enjoy it on the porch of our guest house.
Key Lime pie is the quintessential Key West dessert (i.e. you have to try some!). It's offered at almost every restaurant in the city. Made from those tiny little tart limes that you sometimes see at grocery stores, Key Lime pie is said to have originated in Key West. The recipe is basic (egg yolks, key lime juice and sweetened, condensed milk poured into a graham cracker crust), but there are many variations of it. At the Blond Giraffe, the recipe that is used was handed down from the owner's grandmother. It features a delicate pastry crust, a tart custard filling and a rich, downy meringue. Delicious!!
You can also shop the Blond Giraffe online at http://www.blondgiraffe.com/.
From journal Spring Break in Key West