Hello! My name is Erin and I am a giant food lover, living in downtown Portland with my husband Brice and our imaginary dogs Zippy (a basset hound) and Macaroni (a miniature labradoodle). I started this blog to share my love of sweets and all the phenomenal bakeries, restaurants, food events we have in Portland.
My love of sweets:
Thanks to my mom, I think I was born with a sweet tooth and love of baking. One night when I was about nine years old, my parents went out to dinner so I thought I would bake myself a treat – they came home to see a mess of cocoa powder and flour and a smiling child eagerly peering into the oven. My mom asked me what I was making, my response was “a chocolate su-full!” My mom paused and then questioned “honey, do you mean a soufflé? That is a hard dessert to make.”
Unbeknownst to me, not knowing French or much about cooking at that point in time, that was what I had attempted. I can’t remember if it rose properly but I do remember it being delicious and having so much fun.
How Bakery Bingo got started:
In May 2011, Brice and I went on a visit to New York City and knowing my love of sweets, he suggested putting together a bakeries to visit and doing a “bakery crawl” during our trip. Best idea ever! Not only did we indulge on numerous tasty treats (see Bakery Crawl NYC), but it also inspired the beginning of Bakery Bingo. I figured if I can investigate all the best bakeries in NYC, why not do that in my hometown also! And so Bakery Bingo was born.
Open water. Bad service. Being late (though I often am). Spontaneity (see above – I like having a plan).
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