Bushel & Peck Bakeshop
3907 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd – Portland
I know I just wrote that I’m having a chocolate chip moment. But my current jam? Sesame seeds. Sesame seeds in sweets, specifically. A drizzle of tahini (sesame butter) and honey with a sprinkle of sea salt on vanilla ice cream? I’m serious. It’s perfect. Do it!
5351 NE Sandy Blvd – Portland
I have given high praise to two cookies in the past that were both purchased at Ristretto Roasters. Both the Chocolate Chocolate Nib and the Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, were baked by Kim Boyce, author of the beautiful Good to the Grain baking book.
And now…. Boyce has her very own retail bakery! Bakeshop opened just this past week on NE Sandy Blvd. (Her goods will continue to be available at Ristretto – as well as Extracto Coffee House, Breken Kitchen, Case Study Coffee (adjacent to the bakery), and probably a few other joints that I don’t know about.
Costello’s Travel Caffé
2222 NE Broadway – Portland
I had driven by this place countless times over the past several years and never thought to stop in. I guess I just thought it looked and sounded kind of dopey: “Travel Caffé.” Like it was trying too hard or something. What the hell is a “travel café”, I would ask myself? And anyway, I am not traveling, I live two miles from the joint.
Common Grounds Coffee House
4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Portland
Wow. I’m not sure where to begin with this one. I have talked about 7 different ginger molasses cookies on Carpe Cookie so far, each one of them delicious and worthwhile in its own right. It can go without saying that the ginger molasses (or even just straight up molasses, sans ginger, like this one) is one of my pets. I love it.
Ginger Molasses Cookie Salon
(What is a cookie salon?)
Date: June 8, 2011
Attendees: Beth S., Brooke M., Topher S., Scott B., Sarah V.B., Joanna M.
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3039 NE Alberta St. – Portland
As I have mentioned, I am not a vegan. This, if you have read any of my other cookie reviews, is stating the obvious. But despite my love of butter and eggs, some of my favorite cookies ever have been, to quote the used car salesman who sold me a 1988 Nissan Pulsar, “critter-free.” (True story: he was a vegan used car salesman and he really did say “critter-free” in reference to his dietary practices. I’m not making it up. And yes, I really did buy a 1988 Nissan Pulsar (in 1996) – T top convertible, cherry red, btw. It (I?) was pretty smokin’, if you wanna know the truth.)