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.
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!