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.
A few days ago, I got a nice email from Pix Patisserie owner, Cheryl Wakerhauser (who goes by Pix, hence the bakery’s name) after I published my post on Pix. Her email included yet another connection in my food-obsessed life!
I had asked her which chef has inspired her. “Chef Jerome, who was my instructor at culinary school in Canada 12 years ago,” Pix replied. “He was French and would talk about working in France. One day I said, “I want to work in France!” He took me seriously and arranged a stage with Philippe Urraca (Meilleur Ouvrier de France). It is there I really started to understand what French Patisserie was. You can now see M. Urraca as the head judge in the documentary film Kings of Pastry.”I had just watched that movie! Kings of Pastry follows 16 French pastry chefs who are competing in the Pastrymaking & Candymaking section of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsmen in France) competition, which is held every four years. In the three long and intense days of competition, they prepare six-foot sugar sculptures, elaborate pastries, and decadent cakes. It is super interesting and I definitely recommend it for foodies like me!
I’m sure you are thinking, “Erin, this is BAKERY bingo. Frozen yogurt is not a pastry nor is it a fancy dessert.” Ok that is all true, but sometimes you just gotta get a lighter dessert. As always, after dinner last night I was hoping for some dessert but I didn’t say anything as I was trying to be good this week. As luck would have it, Brice asked me if I wanted to get fro yo. Why yes, I would! It’s fat-free, high in calcium and high in protein – so it totally doesn’t count in my book! 🙂