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Bakeshop

We love baked goods. If you have followed this space for any amount of time, then this doesn't surprise you in the least. There is very little in this world that we appreciate more than a perfectly crafted croissant or hand pie: they are comforting, heart warming, and are somehow able to make any day better. We are constantly on the search for the best of...

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Ready for the Weekend

Happy National Donut Day! Donut? Doughnut? Which do you prefer? I've always preferred doughnut. But when a bakery refers to them as donuts, I don't discriminate. I happily gobble them down. If you are in Portland, we definitely recommend checking out Pip's Original or Blue Star to get your fried dough fix. Will you be indulging in doughnuts today? I couldn't resist eating a few and...

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Ready for the Weekend

Cory is off picking up the keys to our new apartment as we speak! I still kind of can't believe we are moving, even as I sit here surrounded by boxes. Once he is back, we are thinking of going out for a celebratory brunch at Maurice, but we may have to make a pitstop at St. Honoré Boulangerie to pick up a bag of chouquettes. This weekend...

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Dapper & Wise

On a rather unusually sunny afternoon in late January we had our first visit to Dapper & Wise. They opened their doors just a short time ago and are now roasting beans and serving up hot cups everyday of the week, except Sundays. It is owned by the brilliant folks who first opened Insomnia Coffee, two family friendly coffee houses where they welcome live music, displays of...

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We Love Woodblock Chocolate

Charley and Jessica from Woodblock Chocolate are amazing. Not just because they are making some of the most delicious and inspiring artisan chocolate in Portland recently. Not just because they are genuine, warm and inviting people who aren't afraid to have a conversation about life in general, life as business owners and life as parents. And not just because they let us sample more chocolate than we could...

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Laduree and the Difficulties of Writing

Writing can be difficult, whether you write often or from time to time. Reporting dry information about a location in the world, a relatively well known business, or a person with accolade-a-plenty can be as simple as a three and a half minute Google search and some half decent regurgitation. Writing sincerely and from the heart is much, much harder. Producing something original, poignant and...

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Something Sweet

Here's hoping you get to share a little something sweet with someone you love today. Cory and I are pretty spoiled living right down the street from one of the best bakeries in town (you remember those morning buns). We still can't help but daydream about the lovely treats we are going to discovery on our trip. Happy Sunday everyone...

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Blue Star Donuts

On an unusually sunny (yet freezing cold) afternoon, Jade and I decided to stop by the recently opened Blue Star Donuts. I have never had a more satisfying donut than at Blue Star Donuts. It's on SW 13th and SW Washington. The recipe that they use to make their dough, a classic brioche from the South of France, just about blew our minds. It's not cakey,...

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