incredible edible portland (day 2: 11/14/08: Crema, Cup & Saucer, Portland Wine Merchants)

Crema treats

Crema treats

Crema Bakery & Café, Portland

Crema Bakery & Café, Portland

My second day in Portland was just as filled with deliciousness as the first, if not more so.  We started out the day with coffee and savory pastries at Crema, a coffee shop/bakery near Kathy’s house.  Their black coffee was some of the best I’ve ever had, and I had a difficult time choosing between all the wonderful-looking offerings.  I ended up with a manchego-mushroom biscuit that was somewhat like a scone; Kathy had some kind of flaky turnover filled with eggs & veggies.  Apparently on the weekends, the line goes out the door, and for good reason.  We were there on a Friday morning and   it was pretty full but we got a table.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera battery charged when we were there, but I popped back in later that day to snap a couple pics of their delectable-looking baked goods.

SE Hawthorne St, Portland

SE Hawthorne St, Portland

After we were sufficiently caffeinated, we decided to do some shopping in SE Portland, on SE Hawthorne St.  The neighborhood is a mix of trendy independent boutiques, a couple (inter)national shops like American Apparel, and lots of reasonably-priced restaurants.  We decided to re-fuel

the Cup & Saucer Café, Portland

the Cup & Saucer Café, Portland

at the Cup & Saucer, a cute little diner-style place serving mostly soups and sandwiches.  The food wasn’t anything “amazing”, just your standard stuff, but our BLT and Turkey Chili hit the spot after a morning of walking around, and between the staff and the customers, it was a good place to sit and people-watch. 

portland-wine-merchants-cropNext on the agenda was Portland Wine Merchants, a little wine shop tucked on a side street just off Hawthorne and run by an old neighbor of Kathy’s.  Although there were definitely some pricey options in the shop, the focus seemeed to be on great wines in the $10-to-$20 range.  The owner was really helpful and the store had such a nice ambience that I wanted to linger there even after we had made our selections (a Pinot Noir for Kathy, and a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Grigio for me, to go with the potstickers we were planning on making for dinner). 

Decisions, decisions!

Portland Wine Merchants: Decisions, decisions!

Even more wine at Portland Wine Merchants

Even more wine at Portland Wine Merchants

Kathy picking out produce at Zupan's

Kathy picking out produce at Zupan's

Our last stop for the day was at Zupan’s Market, an upscale grocery store, for ingredients for that night’s dinner. We picked up seafood and pork for our potstickers, and kale for a side dish. At that point it was getting late in the afternoon so we headed home to get organized for our evening of cooking. Very soon (I promise!) I will be posting Kathy’s mom’s potsticker recipe as well as my recipe for “Chinese-style” kale…

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One response to “incredible edible portland (day 2: 11/14/08: Crema, Cup & Saucer, Portland Wine Merchants)

  1. YAY day 2!! this is great and i can’t wait to read the next one!

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