Barbur World Foods
9845 Southwest Barbur Blvd – Portland
I’ve been meaning to tell you about this maamoul that I picked up a couple of weeks ago at the in-house bakery of Barbur World Foods – a specialty grocery store that imports foods internationally – mainly from the Middle East and Europe.
When I unwrapped the cookie, a warm and deep vanilla scent filled the air. It actually made me shiver, I’m not lying. And the very smoothly-ground date filling was kissed with orange blossom water, all of which had soaked into the buttery, shortbread-like crust – making the whole affair moist, fragrant and sensational.
Really sweet and rich, in a baklava sort of way.
And it was only a buck and half.
Just for future reference.
Mexican Sugar Cookies
Location: Possibly every Mexican bakery in the world
$: Not very expensive
I like to write mainly about the cookies I come across that excite me and give me brief moments of joy. Occasionally, however, I will meet one (or in this case, several) so dreadful that I feel compelled to warn my fellow cookie monsters to take heed. Consider this both a precautionary tale as well as the seed for discussion. If there are Mexican cookie lovers out there, I want to hear your voice. Tell me what I’m missing. I am nothing if not open-minded in my quest for maximum cookie enlightenment.
Ay, the Mexican cookies. Where do I begin?
6015 Phinney Ave. N
$ ? (not more than a buck apiece, possibly less)
chocolate almond shortbread & green tea shortbread
Dear Fresh Flours bakers:
Buy a bag of salt. Please. Your cookies are very pleasing to the eye, as are the rest of your wares. I have no doubt that top notch ingredients are at play here, but they are totally lost on me because I CAN BARELY TASTE THEM. Because you don’t use any G-d blessed salt – the most fundamental of all flavor enhancers. What gives?