Y’know what’s great about Portland? Aside from the fresh air and the abundance of trees and the pretty houses and the delicious food and the amazing beer?
On my first day in town, I got acclimated over a cup of French press in Matt’s kitchen, then felt sufficiently prepared to face the rest of the city. A quick walk down the block brought us to Crema, a coffee shop/bakery with an abundance of windows and a tempting pastry counter.
With a strict happy hour agenda scheduled for that evening, we showed the only bit of restraint that would appear during the course of my visit and just ordered one treat to split: a savory version of the cinnamon roll. The dough, flaky and biscuit-like, was studded with corn instead of raisins, and cheddar cheese replaced the cream-cheese frosting; it wasn’t easy to share, but when we started eating again a few hours later, we were grateful we hadn’t gone overboard. This was a good start, but there was plenty of food in our future.
2728 SE Ankeny Street