Stop #2 along our bakery crawl took place at the Good Food Here food cart pod. I had heard about a little place called Sweet Pea’s Brulee, which serves homemade crème brulee… from a food cart… This I had to try. Their menu was filled with lots of tasty options, all of which are housemade: salted caramels, S’mores with handcrafted marshmallows, their own Sweet Pea’s Fudgesicle, and a selection of crème brulees with rotating flavors like coffee cream or the traditional vanilla using their own Tahitian vanilla extract (yes, they seriously have their own handmade unfiltered vanilla bean extract). I decided to go with the Marshmallow Topped Crème Brulee, their traditional vanilla flavor topped with their homemade marshmallow (it was as incredible as it sounds).
Our first stop on my birthday bakery crawl was Alma Chocolate, a quaint little chocolate shop in NE Portland. While Alma’s storefront has been open since 2006, I just recently heard about it as the place to get good quality, locally made chocolate confections.
While it is a small space, there is loads to look at and covet – a display case of delicious chocolate truffles and freshly baked cookies, tables with their housemade bark and toffee, and a bookcase of fancy chocolate buddhas, hamsas, and other “icons” made of dark chocolate and covered in 23 karat edible gold leaf.
For my birthday this past Saturday, I rented a limo, purchased some bottles of wine, and took 6 of my closest girlfriends out on the town for the first ever Bakery Bingo bakery crawl! It was definitely one of the best days I’ve had yet and we had so many great treats!
Our crawl stops included 4 great places on the eastside of Portland then ended with one of my favorites from the westside of the river:
- Alma Chocolate
- Sweet Pea’s Brulee food cart
- Fifty Licks Ice Cream and the Euro Trash food cart (this was the last minute substitute for The Sugar Cube which was unexpectedly closed for a private event)
- Suzette’s Creperie
- Saint Cupcake
By the time we arrived at Suzette’s, we were all incredibly full but somehow kept eating, even if they were small, somewhat strained bites. It was like Thanksgiving when your stomach is aching it is so stuffed but the food is so delicious you keep eating.