Delicious pastries, fresh strawberries, sunshine – pretty much a perfect Saturday morning in my opinion. I started the gorgeous day by wandering through the rows of Farmer’s Market booths, picking up some lemon cucumbers and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Once I got a little hungry, I knew it was a great opportunity to try a new bakery! Everything on display at the Delphina’s Bakery booth looked incredible and I had seen their breads before but never tried them, so I thought it was a perfect place for my breakfast treats.
Some friends I trained for the Vancouver Marathon with invited me to go on a “bakery run” this past Saturday. The plan would include starting at New Cascadia Traditional bakery, which is owned by another runner, then after our run we’d meet back at the bakery for post-run treats. Duh, of course I was in.
New Cascadia was started by Chris and Teresa, the husband-and-wife team, after Chris found out he was gluten-intolerant. They started experimenting with gluten-free baking at home, then in 2007 became a vendor at one of the local Farmer’s Markets. With a growing loyal following, they opened their retail location in SE Portland.
When asked what kind of bakery I would like to open someday, I respond by saying that in my dream world it would be great place to take a date with sit-down service, cocktails and wine; a giant display case filled with beautiful pies, cakes and cookies would tempt you from the moment you walk in the door; and of course, it would be known throughout the city for its desserts. If you love desserts and have been to Portland at least once, this might sound familiar since my dream bakery is basically Papa Hadyn. It is pretty much the ultimate dessert location in Portland, whether you are there to celebrate a special occasion (we were there to celebrate our 2-year anniversary!) or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. While they offer great lunch and dinner, it’s really the desserts that brings people in the door.