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:
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).