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.
So truth be told, I never really liked banana cream pie, I always loved bananas but thought the combination with custard in a dessert seemed weird. Then I got a job as an accountant at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants corporate office. One of McCormick’s top restaurants is Jake’s Famous Crawfish, where my new team took me for lunch on my first day. I was told I had to try the banana cream pie – “it is incredible!” my new manager exclaimed. I didn’t want to appear like a whiner by saying I didn’t like banana cream pie, so I obliged. Plus who am I to say no to a dessert?!