Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bakeshop - Bringing Sweet Sophistication to the NE

Well readers, I'm back again after nearly a two month hiatus due to the fact that I've made ourselves a mini-me.  Yes, I've had a little girl! A daughter of my own who's a sweet little angel (well sometimes).  It's no doubt been a challenge getting back into my regular routine, but I haven't had a shortage of good things to eat, so here I go again, telling you about it.  

Just the other week, we had our lovely friends Sarah, Blair and little Franka in town from Calgary.  Looking to show them a good time and offer them some of Portland's impressive eats, I headed over to Bakeshop (on Meg's recommendation) to pick up a few morning pastries.  Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed by their selection and the quality was so superb that it left everyone raving about it and wanting more.

Situated in the heart of Rose City in the NE, Bakeshop is set amongst a fast burgeoning area of interesting businesses such as Case Study Coffee Roasters, a bevy of interesting food carts and such. 

The bakeshop itself isn't large but most of the space is taken up by the wholesale business and the actual kitchen where their delicious goodies get made.  There's a small section for retail too, which is lovely and boasts a beautiful display of goodies, but it's not exactly a place where you'd linger and just hang out.  For that reason, I asked for a box of pastries and took it home to enjoy in the comfort of our home with our friends.

Wow! There were so many beautiful and delicious looking pastries to choose from - one more elegant than the next. Overall, I think the sweets had a lot of visual appeal and you can tell they were made by pastry chefs rather than just really skilled self-taught bakers.  I know how that must sound, but I gotta give kudos to the refined talent.

Indulging in an assortment of things including their chocolate orange pecan scone, the banana chocolate muffin, the marionberry scone and the piece-de-resistance, fig frangipane, it was hard to choose a favorite.  All the pastries were made with care and really excellent ingredients, including delicious creamy butter.  The homemade fillings and accouterments such as the local marionberries and the figs added a special PDX touch.

Service and Cost:
Experiencing really nice and prompt service, I have no complaints.  As I mentioned, there's not much of an atmosphere in their retail business so I don't have too much to say, but overall, if you're looking to make a quick pastry run, you'll find that Bakeshop does the trick.

Costs aren't cheap but not exorbitantly expensive either for gourmet treats.  Smaller pastries will set you back between $2-$4 while the larger ones are more in the neighborhood of $5.

3 Mmmms

Bakeshop - 5351 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97213

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