6839 SE Belmont St. – Portland
Coquine is a (relatively) high end, full service restaurant at dinner time, featuring seasonable and sustainable food in a lovely, comfortable setting. It is situated in an otherwise residential neighborhood next to Mount Tabor in SE Portland.
Roman Candle Baking Co.
3377 SE Division St. – Portland
This is the second time I’m talking to you about biscotti. (The first was just last month.)
Note: I should actually say from Roman Candle, not at. I found these biscotti at Case Study Coffee on NE Sandy — along with a solid lineup of other RC pastries. I’ve never actually seen it at Roman Candle because their pastry case was close to empty 9 out of the approximately 10 times I’ve been there -despite the fact that it was nowhere near closing time on any of those visits. (This is one of my beefs with RC – but I won’t get into that now.)
2390 NW Thurman – Portland
Man, have I been on some kind of an almond jag lately. I made marzipan for the first time a couple of weeks ago (so much easier than I realized). I also bought a Bakeshop almond croissant at Extracto Coffeehouse last week, and anyone who knows me knows that this is far off of my beaten pastry path. Not sure what’s happening in my head and mouth, but something in there is telling me it needs to eat almond paste.
Whole Foods Market
NE 15th/Fremont – Portland
This is the first time I’m talking to you about biscotti.
It is not because I hate biscotti. It is because I don’t see them; biscotti are like wallpaper to me.
Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery
5427 Ballard Ave NW – Seattle
Oh. My. God. If you enjoy a meringue like I do, go to this place. And if you enjoy toasted almonds inside your massive meringue, through and through like I do, don’t waste any time.
Duuuuuudes. This is a really good meringue.
404 NW 10th Avenue – Portland
Nuvrei, a Portland bakery supplying superior almond croissant, berry brioche and an exceptionally fantastic flourless chocolate chewy cookie to the city’s best coffee shops, has opened a retail café above their bakery in The Pearl District. In case you’ve never had a Nuvrei item in your mouth before, let me spell it out for you: this is great news.