October 15, 2012

Finding Sweets in Portland with Blogging Friends!

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

The final stop on our ten-day Oregon adventure was the awesome city of Portland. We got to spend four wonderful nights here — enough time to really relax, unpack, and thoroughly enjoy the city.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

We also met up with two of our favorite food blogging families, Josh, Maria and baby Caleb of Two Peas and Their Pod, and Lauren, her husband, and sweet daughter from Lauren’s Latest. It was so fun exploring Portland with these guys! How fun is it traveling with fellow foodies?? We found some seriously good stuff. I can’t wait to tell you about it below! :)

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

We all three stayed at the ultra swanky the Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland. We were all on the top floor, just doors down from each other. I loved being able to just run down the hall, knock on the door and see my friends and say Hey! Let’s eat cupcakes! :)

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

How funky is this bathroom?? Love the zebra and cheetah print robes, lol!

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

On our first day in Portland, Kevin and I went to Multnomah Falls with Maria, Josh, and Caleb.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

How gorgeous are these massive falls?

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

The steep trail to the top was already beginning to show a hint of fall.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

The next day the boys went to the zoo, and Maria and I began our sweet adventure! We started with these cupcakes from Cupcake Jones.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Here we have a S’mores Cupcake, topped with a homemade marshmallow and a homemade graham cracker! Wait ’til you see what’s inside this one… :)

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Next we got a Peanut Butter Cup cupcake…

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

A Peanut Butter & Jelly cupcake…

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

And a cookie dough cupcake!

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

The cookie dough cupcake was topped with a chewy, homemade chocolate chip cookie. Oh my goodness, this one was fabulous! It was a fluffy, brown sugar chocolate chip cake stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with vanilla bean buttercream. So delicious! I loved this one.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Here’s that S’mores one! This was a chocolate marshmallow cake filled with chocolate graham cracker cream topped with milk chocolate buttercream frosting.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Ooh, this rich chocolate cupcake was filled with chocolate peanut butter ganache topped with peanut butter frosting. Who could ask for anything more?? :)

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

This one was the surprise show stopper!! Maria and I both agreed this PB & J cupcake was our favorite!  The cupcake is a white velvet cake — so perfectly golden and lightly sweet, it reminded me more of a perfect pound cake — filled with homemade berry jam and topped with peanut butter frosting. So yummy! You must try this one! :)

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Next we headed over to Nuvrei Bakery for a respectable breakfast. ;) We started with a lovely lemon poppy seed scone and the Pretzel Bagel — a bagel with a pretzel crust! Interesting twist.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

This giant fluffy chocolate chip cookie was my favorite! It seemed to have a layer of milk chocolate with chunks of dark chocolate. So good!

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Next we walked over to Ken’s Artisan Bakery to try their french macarons. We walked all over Portland finding sweet bakeries! Had to walk off all those calories. :) Here we have the chocolate hazelnut macaron…

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

A seriously delicious fresh blackberry macaron…

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

And a salted caramel coffee macaron.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Oh my goodness you guys. I just had to take a photo of this salted caramel coffee macaron after I tried it!! It is so ridiculously good!! The salty caramel, the light hint of coffee, the sweet, fluffy buttercream, the chewy, light macaron. Perfection!! This might be the best macaron I’ve ever had. :) Look out Bouchon!!

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

If you are looking for just a tiny bite of something sweet, Two Tarts Bakery is the place to be! They have the cutest mini cookie sandwiches, mini whoopie pies, and even mini chocolate chip cookies.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

On Saturday we met up with the Peas and Lauren and her family for an afternoon walk around the city. The weather was gorgeous and sunny, perfect for checking out Portland’s Food Truck scene! Our first stop was the Waffle Window. This one’s technically not a food truck, but it is literally a window, lol! I don’t even know if I can tell you about the crazy waffle. It was so darn good. This is a fresh, hot, dense, caramelized, perfectly sweet waffle covered in chocolate, peanut butter, ice cream, and homemade vanilla bean whipped cream. I could’ve eaten this whole thing by myself, no problem! :) Kevin made me share though, and I can assure you, not a single crumb was left on this plate, lol!

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Lauren and her family ordered the Nutella Banana waffle. Loved this Nutella-y waffle! :)

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Oh my gosh you guys. How crazy is this cupcake?? Our next stop was a genuine food truck, the Sugar Cube. This is a warm, gooey, fudgy chocolate buttermilk cupcake dipped in chocolate ganache, piled high with ruffled potato chips and drizzled in dreamy salted caramel sauce. To die for.

Where to Find the Best Sweets in Portland, Oregon

Kevin ordered a Chocolate Hazelnut Chip Cookie Sandwich with Roasted Banana Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce. I am still dreaming about that caramel sauce! It was so good!

 

Our Portland Favorites

Here’s a list of our Portland favorites. We think you should check these places out! ;)

Hotel Monaco
506 Southwest Washington Street
Portland, OR

Cupcake Jones
307 Northwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR
(503) 222-4404 ‎ · cupcakejones.net

Loved the cookie dough and PB & J cupcakes here! They have mini versions too, but they’re not filled like the big ones. Splurge on a big cupcake here!! :)

Nuvrei Pastries & Cafe
404 NW 10th Avenue,, Portland, OR
(503) 972-1700 ‎ · nuvrei.com

Loved the warm chocolate chip cookie.

Ken’s Artisan Bakery
338 Northwest 21st Avenue, Portland, OR
(503) 248-2202 ‎ · kensartisan.com

Oh my gosh. It is my goal in life to have another salted caramel coffee macaron from here. Must make this happen.

Two Tarts Bakery Inc.
2309 Northwest Kearney Street, Portland, OR
(503) 312-9522 ‎ · twotartsbakery.com

Tiny treats! Perfect for a small bite.

Salt & Straw
2035 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR
(503) 208-3867 ‎ · saltandstraw.com

Loved the ice cream here!! My favorite was the coffee ice cream. :) Still dreaming about it!

The Waffle Window
2624 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR
(503) 265-8031 ‎ · wafflewindow.com

Oh my gosh. I can’t even talk about how good my Chocolate Peanut Butter waffle was. So good.

The Sugar Cube
thesugarcubepdx.com

Funky, salty, sweet, caramely desserts!

Mother’s Bistro & Bar
212 Southwest Stark Street, Portland, OR
(503) 464-1122 ‎ · mothersbistro.com

We went here for breakfast with everyone and Maria and I split the Crunchy French Toast. Check out her photo of this french toast! Oh my goodness, I was so surprised at how much I loved this! Definitely right there in one of my top two favorite french toasts ever. The Griddle Cafe still holds that number one spot in my heart! :) But this was a close second. :)

 

Thanks so much for following along on our Oregon Adventure! Here’s where all we’ve been:

*Thanks so much to Travel Oregon for sending us on this adventure through Oregon!



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1
Elizabeth Rhyneer October 15, 2012 at 2:51 am

Amanda, what a great post and I will print off your list to take with me next time I’m in Portland. Should be such fun to try out all the goodies there.

Eliz

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noviamorau October 15, 2012 at 5:13 am

I envy you! What wonderful days you have! But I am always busy and busy…How I wish several days like that!

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Paulette October 15, 2012 at 5:17 am

Caleb is darling, the falls are amazing and I just gained six pounds looking at all those wonderful goodies. Thanks Paulette

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Maria October 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

Loved eating my way through Portland with you! We need to go back for that salted caramel coffee macaron! To die for! When is our next trip? :)

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Gena@BakeAllTheThings! October 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

Oh I love Portland and all things sweet so I especially love this post!

You hit up several of my favorites [Mother’s Bistro, Bread & Ink [the restaurant that has Waffle Window], Salt & Straw Ice Cream, and Cupcake Jones! Yum!!

Now I can’t wait for my next trip to try Nuvrei and Ken’s!

Next time you’ve GOT to try the Snow White Crepe truck at 11th & Alder, and Mio Gelato, oooooh and my faaavorite restaurant there – Iorio!

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erica October 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

You didn’t have voo doo donut? Its one of Portland’s best?

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Suzanne October 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

Wow, you had some seriously sweet fun there! Makes my weekend treats of a chocolate covered cake donut and a “monster” cookie (peanut butter with oatmeal, mini-chocolate chips and mini-M&M’s) seem downright boring.

Multnomah Falls is such a classically beautiful place, isn’t it? Love your photos and the pretty effect you achieved with the waterfall.

Have a great week, Amanda!

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Olivia @ Liv Lives Life October 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

Wow. After looking through all of these pictures, I really wish I had a cupcake! Or at least some chocolate…. :-)

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Sheri October 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

Ohh…..I enjoyed reading your post!!! I love the state of OR & camp along the ocean! I am printing the places you have done that are new to me when visit again. Thank you!!

Sheri

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Diane October 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

Oh my gosh! This post made my hungry! Now I have to go bake something!

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Marsha October 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

My Goodness! I think I’ve gained a few pounds over the months just viewing your blogs. Yum!

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Kate Jones October 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Wow! Gorgeous waterfalls!! *sigh* It looks so beautiful in Autumn!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Christina October 16, 2012 at 12:01 am

I used to live in Bandon! my family used to have a Thai restaurant up there but then they moved back to Texas. Hope you enjoyed it! Coastal Mist is great! One of our friends, Kevin and Tara. :) Hope the weather was nice when you were there.

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Carla @ Carlas Confections October 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Looks like you had such a great trip! What yummy sweet treats! I ate at Salt & Straw (and Voodoo) with Lauren, Julie & Megan I think the week after you were there. So fun! Great places and great girls! :D

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