Cupcake Jones

Cupcake Jones

It's not like me to be so Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to the new stuff in town. For example, I got to Clyde Common for the first time just last week (and really liked it, by the way. And the fact that we scored an extra dessert due to a mistake by the kitchen didn't make me cry, either.) But in an … [Read more...]

Review: Random Order Coffeehouse


(updated 6.2012) There is a really good bakery just down the street from my house. The thing is, you’d never know it was there unless you were to go inside. You see, it’s not a bakery. It’s a coffee shop. But aside from croissants and scones brought in from Pearl Bakery, all of the items are made on site, daily. A … [Read more...]

Review: Baker and Spice


<updated 5.12> Baker and Spice is nowhere near my house, yet I seem to have developed quite a knack for inventing errands that take me to or near its Hillsdale location. "Ummmm… I need to go to Fred Meyer. Yes, the six other Fred Meyer stores closer to home were plumb out of tulip bulbs, so I had to cruise out … [Read more...]

Review: Fleur de Lis French Bakery & Cafe

Fleur de lis Portland Bakery

Refreshed: 6/12 - hours, text. Major update on its way! A few weeks ago I was enjoying a quiet cup of coffee at Fleur de Lis Bakery, when I overheard two women at the next table talking about “Food Dude”. This has happened to me several times, and I always enjoy hearing what people have to say. “You know his secret”, … [Read more...]

Review: Ken’s Artisan Bakery

Ken's Bakery Portland

Updated 6/12. Text, details, photos. When I think of bakeries, my mind rushes back to Manhattan Beach in the 60’s. Once a week, my dad would stop on the way home from work and pick up all kinds of rolls for breakfast the next morning. It's called Becker's, and according to my mom it is still thriving after all these … [Read more...]

Review: St. Honoré Boulangerie


Updated 6.12. Hours If Disney Corporation was told to design a French bakery, I would guess that St. Honoré would be pretty close to their final result. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It is more the movie version American tourists expect from a French bakery, but not like any I have ever seen in France. It … [Read more...]