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I love this scone.
Maple Walnut Scone
ZOMG, right? Back to Eden Bakery has opened it's cozy and super adorable storefront & boutique on NE Alberta! It's located right next to Townsend Teahouse (vegan bubble tea, anyone? made with actual tea!) and the adjacent cart lot currently housing the all vegan Open Heart Cafe and Homegrown Smoker BBQ*.
I've taken two visits since they opened last Tuesday, and I'm all smiles in there. Everyone is! You can just feel how proud the staff is of the storefront. There are baked goods, bulk candy, Temptation soft serve, vegan products, cookbooks, Oregon's own Coconut Bliss scoops, Oogave ice cream floats and Cellar Door Coffee - a favorite local roaster.
That scone above? It starred one of my favorite flavors in the world, maple, and was such a precious, sweet scone. I brought it home for breakfast with my semi weekly morning coffee and it could very well be the best thing about this past week. I mean, I wanted to hug the bite I dipped into my coffee. But I didn't.
The very first baked good I tried from Back to Eden was the pumpkin bar above. I considered cake and pie, but the pan of pumpkin bars on the bottom of the main case called out to me. The classic crumbly, slightly salty topping, a thin layer of rich pumpkin, and crust = instant favorite. And reasonably priced and portioned, at $1.75 or so.
Crowd on Last Thursday
Inside the case:
My friend Millie dug her slice of Chocolate Rosemary Sea Salt Tart
Karla had a Temptation sundae with Dandies Marshmallows and house caramel sauce. I think her sugar high lasted for hours. Maeve and I stopped by earlier today for soft serve with caramel sauce, and I'm still buzzing sweetness. Temptation soft serve is sa-weet! Seriously though - vegan soft serve on Alberta!!
The marshmallows remind me of how a local ice cream shop would stuff a mallow at the bottom of waffle cones when I was little and my sister and I were always delighted to find it...and at the savvy...
Back to Eden's own Janessa, and Lucas outside the boutique
* Side note, HGS is moving a few blocks east to 27th& Alberta in the old Spud Locker location next week. Can we discuss how NE Alberta officially has a vegan walking tour now? When I moved to the Alberta District in 2004, I would go to Vita and the Coop, and then the Coop and Vita. Granted, I lived there for two weeks and then fell into SE Portland love.
NE Alberta vegan highlights:
- Lunch at Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ - my pick is the combo with chronic tempeh, smoked soy curls, mac & cheese and add the fabulous smoked corn.
- Vegan shoe shopping (or realistically, show window shopping) at Pie Footwear at 29th.
- Grilled vegan cheese sandwiches with roasted jalapenos in trippy The Grilled Cheese Grill school bus
- Chicken Fried Tempeh at Vita
- Tempeh topped pizza slices at Bella Faccia
- Mason Jars full of booze or the Floor Punch at the Bye & Bye all vegan bar. Oh, and BBQ Platters (sub brussels for the collards!), one of my favorite things to eat in PDX, hands down. Meatball subs, Eastern Bowls with Peanut sauce and more.
- Coming Soon: The All Vegan Held Belts storefront!
- and Goodies *and* Cellar Door Coffee at Back to Eden, of course
- Tour de Crepes - I wasn't wild about the crepes here a few years ago, but I hear they've gotten great!
- Last Thursday: the insanity, the wonder, the stands. Petunia's Pastries has some gourmet vegan treats at their stand - I was in love with the Chocolate Hazelnut cupcake. There are usually at least 95 stands selling hand crafted vegan truffles, as well.
- Tofu Po Boys at Palm State Gumbo
- Michelle! my Alberta vegan guide.
- Alberta Coop at 15th.
- Mash Tun for tempeh hot wings
- Tin Shed for breakfast
So just walk the street up and down repeatedly, and pick your vegan indulgence!
What am I forgetting?
I'm going to consolidate these tips on my new location soon!