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We're back from Portland after a relaxing week in the city and at the beach. 


It's really hard to decide where to have breakfast - at Stumptown Downtown for the best espresso (and good bagels or decent pastries) or the Pearl Bakery for the best bread and pastries (and decent espresso). We opted for the Pearl Bakery.



Gibassier and Cappuccino at Pearl Bakery


We then visited the Clear Creek Distillery and had a guided tour by the proprietor, Steve McCarthy, with whom I had gone to college. We tasted the most extraordinary pear liqueur and pear brandy and cassis liqueur and grappa and ... I can't remember what else, for some reason.



The pot stills are imported from Germany and are the same as have been used for hundreds of years to distill eau de vie, except for the modern electronics, of course.



Barrel aging room with Steve, my wife (on the left) and DIL (in the middle). Steve's the one with the beard.


We had lunch after this at the St. Honoré bakery-café. Yummy bread and a smoked duck breast salade. Bakery in action for entertainment.



Scoring boules at the St. Honoré Bakery


My grandson had just finished a week at "Rock and Roll University." We attended the final concert.



Theo's the vocalist.


Then, off to Neskowin for 4th of July fireworks (viewed from our terrace).



We did some wonderful day hikes.



Cascade Head


I got in a bit of baking. An unfamiliar oven is always a challenge. This Italian Bread was baked using Susan's Magic Bowl technique.




We had a wonderful time. It was hard to leave. It always is.



Mt. Hood from PDX


Now to try to catch up with the NYBaker recipe tests.


David

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Baker_Dan

Hey everyone! I'm an avid reader as of a few days ago and finally decided to add some content! I"ve been baking at home for a couple years, attended Oregon Culinary Institute for Baking and Pastry, and now work in a test kitchen, baking up yummy deliciousness. I, as many others, have high hopes of someday opening my own bakery right here in Portland and focusing on artisan breads.


Last night I took one of my favorite Italian bread recipes and simply changed it from one loaf to three smaller baguettes. At the time of the picture, one had already been consumed by my girlfriend and a friend that was visiting. I've been working on getting my slashing down on baguettes and think that I finally nailed it here. Let me know what you think!


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Coops and Places to buy Whole Grains in or near Portland Oregon

February 21, 2009 - 8:33pm -- dlt123
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Hi all, I did a search for coops in the Portland area through the TFL search engine, but could not find any threads.


I live in Newberg Oregon about 19 miles from Portland and close to Salem.  I am looking for good places to buy Whole Grains in bulk.


Does anyone who lives in or near Portland know of a coop or grain supplier with clean, high quality grains that is reasonable in price?


Thank you,
Dennis

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