Back when I worked for McCormick & Schmick’s corporate office, I lived and worked downtown. It was great, mostly because I got to skip the awful driving commutes and just walk to work. The course I took home almost every day went down NW 10th Avenue past this little underground bakery called Nuvrei Pastries. Every day I would smell baking in progress, that fresh-out-of-the oven, hypnotizing smell wafting onto the sidewalk. The only reason I was able to escape each day without getting at least three pastries all for myself was that they typically were already closed when I walked by.
I was beyond excited when Lovejoy Bakers opened up in the Pearl District in 2009 – a reasonably-priced café with freshly baked cookies and pastries and delicious sandwiches on their own freshly made bread and rolls. The café is so inviting with their big windows, fun chalkboard menu, and their large pastry case and bread rack full of tasty treats.
I come here often, especially after I’ve finished a long run and need to “replenish my carbohydrates” – cookies are great for that, right? I am always intrigued to try something different since their menu is extensive and everything sounds great. Whether I pick up their Orange Hazelnut Danish or the Mediterranean Sandwich with hummus, fennel and tomatoes on their multigrain bread, it is always delicious and I can’t wait to go back.
Jacques Torres is known as the guru of chocolate. He has won the James Beard award (like the Oscars for chefs) for the Pastry Chef of the Year and numerous other awards. He has a show on the Food Network about chocolate. He is big time. His website says it all “Mr. Chocolate.” Of course I had to see for myself.
There was a large counter of chocolate truffles that all looked amazing. They were beautiful looking but not to the point you wouldn’t want to bite into it. Seeing as I was at the master of chocolate’s shop, I decided to go with a little sampling of truffles –