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PDX - Pix Patisserie

Jill-O | Dec 8, 2003 11:59 AM

Went to Pix after dinner last night.

They had a nice selection of smaller versions of their desserts, priced at $2.50 each or 4 for $8, with a couple selections being only $2.00.

We had 5 minis (descriptions from Pix's site): Ichabod Creme (A crisp crust filled with spiced almond cream and pecans, golden caramel, and topped off with a pumpkin creme brulee); Tart Ménage á Trois (Almond cream, chocolate ganache, and orange vanilla bean crème brulée all pile into a buttery tart shell.); Pear Rosemary Tart (Cashew cream and roasted pears baked into a pâté sucrée and covered with a milk chocolate/rosemary ganache!); Tart Citron (Luscious lemon curd in a crisp, buttery pâté sucrée shell); The Royale (Chocolate mousse blankets a crisp hazelnut praline filling and dacquoise base surrounded by a mosaic of nougatine).

Each of these little gems was about 2" in diameter, about 4 bites each. My friend and I split everything, so we had about 2 bites of each dessert - certainly less than eating a slice of cake or pie yourself, more equivalent to a cookie or two, I suppose. Not too much damage, really...

My three favorites were Ichabod Creme (smooth and rich and spiced like pumpkin pie); Pear Rosemary Tart (chocolatey, fruity, herby and decadent - an amazing combo of flavors); and the deceptively simple Tart Citron (bright lemony flavor and on the tart side with rich butter flavor from the crust).

I had a really nice glass of muscat along with the sweets. Great list of dessert wines, beers/lambics and I'm sure they make a damn fine cup of coffee.

The only down side I have found to this place is that it is small and get crowded on Fri and Sat nights. I guess they are trying to fix that by having their dessert dim sum nights at the Eagle lodge on SE Hawthorne and 50th (warning: they charge $3 admission) where they have more room and can do other things too (entertainment, etc.)

If you're in holiday rush mode and shopping like a crazy person, especially at the shops along Hawthorne and Division, you should treat yourself to a little sweet at Pix with either caffeine to pick you up or a drink to help you relax. Good for what ails ya!

P.S. - Although I didn't order it last night (friend doesn't eat pistachios), the pixie bar is one of my favorites there.

Link: http://www.pixpatisserie.com/index.htm

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