Xico in Southeast Portland is known for making regional Mexican cuisine with the freshest possible ingredients—and that extends to dessert. Mindy Keith, Xico's resident pastry chef, is daring and talented, and has a knack for creating unique Oaxacan-inspired desserts. Take this chocolate cake.
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Saint Cupcake fans, rejoice. Owner Jami Curl has taken her old store and turned it into a whimsical shop where baked goods and candies collide.
When we hear the word manifesto we usually think of history class, not ice cream. But Chad Drazin, the creator of Portland's Fifty Licks ice cream, swears by his two part manifesto —"purity of flavor" and "texture above everything else"—and we're grateful for it.
When I heard that Kerns Kitchen, NE Portland's acclaimed pizza destination, was offering a dessert pizza on their new dinner menu, I was equally intrigued and frightened. And obviously had to give it a try.
Here in Portland, we are firm believers that life is short and so we eat our dessert first. Only, we cleverly disguise dessert in the form of pancakes, waffles, donuts, and other indulgent breakfast dishes. Check out our favorite sweet breakfasts in PDX.
Portland ice cream shop Salt & Straw has created a five-pack of flavors that pay homage to the annual Autumnal feast, including mincemeat, pumpkin custard and spiced chèvre, and yep... even turkey. We tried them all.
A standard affogato is a clever pairing of two of life's most glorious treasures: espresso and ice cream. Fifty Licks' version of the affogato takes it up a notch by combining their Toasted Milk Ice Cream with freshly a brewed cup of Cafe Cubano.
Portland's food scene seems to get better every month, and that includes an ever expanding offering of sweets. So while it's impossible to mention all the great ice cream, pastries, cookies, and plated desserts that we love in the Rose City, here are some that we've enjoyed recently.
Lisa Clark, owner of Petunia's Pies and Pastries, doesn't let multiple food allergies stop her from indulging her sweet tooth in Portland. Her list of gluten, soy, and dairy-free goodies is worth munching your way through whether you've got similar dietary restrictions or not.
Bite-sized candy shop Quin is a sweet addition to downtown Portland.
Megan Vargas is a great source to tap for some of Portland's best sweets. The nominee for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Pastry Chef award has been leading the pastry program at Andina since 2010, and was born and raised in Stumptown. See her favorites, from pastries as rich as a block of butter to a Mexican lollipop bedazzled with gumdrops.
Portland's new bakery from Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson has a Kouign Amann worth its salt.
Tarts at Ken's Artisan Bakery change with the seasons and are always a good way to go, particularly this strawberry-topped beauty.
You may have tried the cookies from Bluebird Bakers at shops like Lamb's and Zupan's in Portland, but their first retail shop is a whole different experience. That's in part thanks to the "cookie bar" where you can try absolutely everything that's on offer before you buy.
A good-sized chunk of honeycomb candy adorns the ice cream while smaller pieces garnish the plate; the slightly peppery and fruity flavor you may detect comes from a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. With a tantalizing variety of textures and terrific taste, this torte, like Ox's other desserts, is full of quality and fun to eat.
At the new brick and mortar shop of beloved Portland farmers' market staple Petunia's Pies & Pastries, you don't have to be vegan or gluten-intolerant to appreciate the abundance of options in the display case (of which pies are just the beginning). Here are owner Lisa Clark's top picks in the shop.
Portland, Oregon's Salt & Straw is known for churning up unusual ice cream flavors. We're big fans of their Coffee Bourbon ice cream, though we found last fall's rich and savory foie gras flavor a little challenging. In honor of Father's Day, they're launching a sixpack of beer-inspired ice creams featuring local breweries.
At Blue Star Donuts, Micah and Katie Camden offer unique glazes and toppings for their light and fluffy brioche doughnuts. Here's our first look at this downtown Portland, Oregon, establishment.
In 2011, Kate McMillen started Lauretta Jean's as a farmer's market pie stand. Thanks to rave reviews and increasing demand, a second storefront has opened on SE Division. We stopped by to see what's baking.
I'm a pie loyalist on Thanksgiving itself—don't you dare substitute another dessert—but I love seeing what else can be done with classic Thanksgiving flavors. Pumpkin pie milkshakes? I'm on it. Apple-pie oatmeal? Sure thing. So I was super-curious about the Thanksgiving-themed ice cream flavors from Portland's always-creative Salt & Straw—though the idea of stuffing-flavored ice cream made me a wee bit nervous.