Tucked in a little strip mall off Capitol Hwy, between Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy and Sunset Blvd, lies a cute little bakery known as Baker & Spice. I can’t remember how I first heard about it but Baker & Spice has been on my list of “Bakeries I Must Visit” (and now blog about) for a little while. I don’t often head out to the Multnomah area, but a couple days ago, I met my brother and dad nearby so I super excited to finally check it out!
A few years ago, in December of 2008, my now-husband surprised me by taking me on a culinary walking tour of Portland. I could not think of a more perfect way to spend the day! The tour offered by Portland Walking Tours is so much fun, especially for foodies like me. We learned about beer making at Bridgeport Brewery, the history of tea at the Tea Zone, single origin chocolates at Cacao, and then my favorite – bread making at Pearl Bakery!
During the spring of my senior year of high school, I went on a trip to backpack the Inca Trail in Peru. It was one of the best trips I have ever been on – seeing Machu Picchu and other ruins, meeting wonderful Peruvian people, and eating delicious food. Coincidentally about a month after we got back Andina, featuring “novo-Peruvian” cuisine, opened in the Pearl District. Three of my trip companions and I excitedly went to check it out and relive our fantastic trip. Andina totally fit the bill, with beautiful pictures of Peru lining the walls, our favorite dishes including Lomo Saltado (steak strips wok-fried with onion, tomatoes and papas fritas fries – so good!) and of course Inca Cola, Peru’s national soft drink (it’s like liquified bubble gum, but somehow it works).