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Whole Grain Shortbread at Tabor Bread

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Shortbread/Sugar Cookies, Whole grain | 0 comments

Tabor Bread
5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Portland

I might be on a shortbread jag. Like I said in my last post, I have not historically been a shortbread-chaser.

But… being that Tabor Bread mills all of their flours right there in the bakery – from several different kinds of whole grains (spelt, rye, whole wheat, kamut, and more) –  their shortbread, naturally, offers a unique and welcome twist on the traditional.

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Hemp Seed Hazelnut Oatmeal with Carob at Laughing Planet Café

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Oatmeal, Whole grain, Vegan | 8 comments

Laughing Planet Café
Portland – various locations (plus Eugene and Corvallis)

Are you still here?  Because if it were me reading this post, I would have scoffed at “hemp seed”, my nose would have scrunched at “hazelnut”, and you would’ve lost me completely at “carob.”

And, as if it needed one more strike against it?  It’s vegan!

There is NO reason that this should be a good cookie.

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Ginger Oat Shortbread at Costello’s Travel Caffé

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Ginger, Oatmeal, Shortbread/Sugar Cookies, Whole grain | 0 comments

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.

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Maple Pecan Oatmeal at Wanda’s Café and Bakery

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Oatmeal, Whole grain | 2 comments

Wanda’s Café & Bakery
Nehalem, OR*

Something told me that the very minute I declared that I’ve never experienced a good bakery in any beach town that I would experience a good bakery in a beach town. Which is, in fact, what happened. Like, the very next day after I wrote it.

It was as if I were daring a good cookie to come my way.  And check it out…it did!  People, this is a good cookie. I would go a few miles out of my way (on foot, even) for this cookie. If you find yourself driving on US 101 anywhere near Manzanita and Nehalem, Oregon (and you fancy a hearty morsel of chewy oats), you should, too.

I will tell you why:

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Oatmeal currant & cranberry at Common Grounds Coffee House

Posted by on Feb 12, 2011 in Oatmeal, Whole grain | 0 comments

Common Grounds Coffee House
4321 Se Hawthorne Blvd – Portland

Note: I owe this find entirely to one of my favorite cookie eaters and tipsters. (I was getting ready to write that the above link has nothing to do with cookies, but I then realized: what in the world could have more to do with cookies than…Santa Claus?   It’s all a big circle game,  my friends.)

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