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.
This coming Saturday, July 2nd, marks the start of the 98th Tour de France. This 21-stage bike race takes over 250 cyclists on a 2,100 mile trek through the French countryside, the Pyrénées mountain range, and ending at the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 24th.Each year I look forward to watching the Tour. Growing up, my parents who were avid cyclists would always have the TV turned to the race or race recaps during the month of July. Competitive cycling is much more exciting to watch than perhaps you imagine – watching the teams execute their strategy, guessing if the break-away riders will maintain their lead till the end of the day, and of course witnessing the crashes (I always get freaked out when they show close-ups of any injuries but the threat of crashes every time the cyclists veer around tight corners too close to one another definitely makes it more exhilarating to watch). To really get into the spirit of the Tour and feel like you are experiencing it in France, head to St Honoré Boulangerie in Portland! This awesome French bakery will be playing live coverage every morning from 6am to 3pm (7am to 3pm at their Lake Oswego location) and replaying the races throughout the day on large screen TVs. I absolutely love their Portland location on NW Thurman. It is not too far from Forest Park, so it became somewhat of a tradition for me to go for a run in the park then stop in at St Honoré for brunch. During the summer months, they have several bistro tables on the sidewalk and open the large windows making it seem like an open-air café. Grab yourself a table, a café au lait (or if you want to go more my style, order a chocolat chaud – a French hot chocolate), and one (or more!) of their delicious fresh-baked pastries or baguettes and you can almost believe you are in France! What to Get:
I have lived in the Pearl District/Downtown Portland area for about 4 years now and had never been to Ken’s Artisan Bakery on NW 21st. I’m really not sure why – I love bakeries (obviously), I love fresh baked bread, and Ken’s is known for having fantastic quality food, but for some reason I just had never ventured inside their cute cafe. I decided last weekend that I would finally check it out!
I was slightly overwhelmed by so many awesome choices staring at me from the bakery display case. Realizing that I probably wouldn’t go wrong with anything I picked, my approach was based on the time. Seeing that it was 10am and they didn’t have breakfast sandwiches, I thought to myself “I really should have a breakfasty pastry to be healthier” so I decided on a Rhubarb Galette – I mean, that has fruit so it totally counts, right? The galette was a good balance of tart rhubarb and buttery pastry with a sprinkling of raw turbinado sugar on top, which gave it a nice sweet crunch.