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?!
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.