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pdx pastry report

babette feasts | Mar 29, 200608:54 PM

Monday was the pastry tour of Portland, here are my thoughts, for those who might be curious.

I'd say I was overall most impressed with Ken's on 21st. Loved the canneles and macarons, mini chocolate croissant was very good too, probably would have been amazing earlier in the day.

I liked what Pix is doing, had the royale with cheese which was an intriguing combination that worked, also a tartlet with ganache, creme brulee, I think some praline. I was a little surprised to find prices that high - also found the atmosphere quite contrary to the food. $6 fancy tartlets and stuffed monkeys? OK. Are most Portlanders OK with those prices, or do they cause unrest?

Pumpkin spice coffecake at crema was moist and delicious. Cool place, I like the industrial theme that seems to be going in in Portland, with the concrete and garage doors.

Stopped in at Bakery Bar but went savory instead of sweet, ham and brie sandwich was a good respite from sugar. Pastries looked good, mostly I appreciated what a simple operation it is, they make it look easy.

Seems like I'm forgetting something, my stomach can't still hurt from only four bakeries!

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