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paradox | Dec 16, 2001 01:19 PM

ok, I'm on a roll. Also I hope my previous subject "Portland eats" was not taken as an insult, only eats to be had in PDX. Bakeries in PDX that I really like: Great Harvest, downtown at 810 SW 2nd has phenomenal bread baked daily esp the Dakota Bread. Dense, soft and flavorful, heavenly. I am not a fan of very crusty breads or crunchy scones, so be forewarned. Goldbergs out in 4516 SW Vermont, across the street from the wonderful community center (which is gorgeous and a great reason to not join the annoying 24 hour fitness gyms). Now I haven't actually been in Goldbergs, but I had a sample of their bread at the Farmers Bread and loved it. My third vote is for the Bakery at the Daily Grind at 4026 SE Hawthorne. Way in the back of a sort of strange(as in non-slick, funky) natural food store is a vegan bakery that has these amazing protein cookies: chewy, chock full of nuts and carob chips, always moist, huge. one cookies lasts me three days in the fridge. You can even get spelt cookies which makes it more full of protein. They have these great scones: usually Marionberry or ollieberry and others. They are flavorful,full of berries and softly dense, sort of crumbly, not good for dunking. Anyway there is a pretty big selection of stuff back there. Oddly there is a natural food deli/restaurant in the next room, and it looks horrible: vegetables that look like they've been cooked to death and that even look canned! I am so spoiled by Rainbow Co-op in SF, I find the Nature's deli up here to be 1) highly overrated, everything tastes of vinegar to me 2)quite expensive. Food Front Co-op on NW Thurman is also
expensive but their take=out just looks better, I can't vouch for it except for the soup which I thought was pretty good - I'm a big fan of thick split pea or lentil soup that is not from a can or watery like it can be in a lot of places.
By the way, the chinese place I recommended previously is called FuJin on 35th and SW Hawthorne.
I am not mentioning a lot of expensive places because my goal is to not spend much more than $15-$20 tops.

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