Back then, I was camera deficient, so I couldn't give her her birthday wish. But now I can!
Welcome to the first installment of:
ECL's Opinionated Opinion
on Local Bakeries
on Local Bakeries
Lately while driving around I've passed this cute little bakery I had never noticed before. It looks like the storefront space has been recently remodeled, and I've seen tons of bikes parked out front.
I thought it would be the perfect little bakery to check out for Melinda.
On Monday I persuaded the Stooges to hit the neat little bakery on our way to the 'burbs. This was after we experienced a very curious lunch at this little hole in the wall, so we were a little skeptical about trying another new place.
As we parked, we noticed a ton of bikes parked outside the bakery. That could mean a lot of SE hipsters hang out there--that could be good. Then we noticed that in the same block Food Fight had set up shop. Food Fight is a vegan grocery.
My head snapped between the vegan grocery and all the bikes locked up in front of the bakery. Synapses fired, and a cold fear of dread began to settle in my stomach. "Oh god," I mumbled, "This better not be a VEGAN BAKERY."
And, it is.
Sweetpea Bakery has been open for about two weeks. They have a nice big airy seating spot in the front of the store and a big open bakery behind the counter. The counter had a ton of vegan baked goods all lined up nice and pretty. And on the counter by the register they had a couple plates of unmarked samples...something like a muffin or scone or quickbread...
I tried a sample niblet, and it was spicy and pumpkiny, and a little rubbery. I was worried. These were vegan treats. No butter. No honey. No eggs. NO BUTTER!!!
I anxiously scanned the counter as a nice little vegan kid waited patiently for me to put him to work. Vegan coffee cake? Vegan cupcake? Vegan scone? Vegan cake? Or vegan cookie? So many choices, so many potential rubbery soy disappointments.
I decided to go with one of their little cakey things: it looks like an oreo, but in snacky cake form. Two little half moon cakes with a nice gob of vanilla frosting sandwiched between.
I also ordered a small chai. With almond milk.
Joelf bought a snickerdoodle.
The chai with almond milk wasn't so bad. The kid actually got that almond milk to steam pretty well. Shocking!
And the cake. I was SO nervous. What if it was caca? What's wrong with butter, people? Butter!!!
I took one bite of the little cakey thing, and I was pleasantly pleased. The cake was cake-like, not rubbery. It had a nice mellow chocolately flavor, not too sweet or rich. The vanilla frosting was sweet and crunchy...and then I realised that shortening and powdered sugar are vegan!
All in all, I really enjoyed my vegan snacky cake. Joelf later on told me his cookie was really good, too.
So if you're ever in the mood for something sweet and you're in a vegan frame of mind, Sweetpea Bakery is your new favorite place.
**Breaking news: According to their website, Sweetpea Bakery will begin serving GF baked goods this week...GF, vegan baked goods? Might have to go back...hmmm.
1205 SE Stark St
Portland OR 97214
503 477 5916