Friday, September 25, 2009

New in PDX: Back to Eden Vegan Bakery Boutique!

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jess sconed.

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.

Pumpkin Bar

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

Wall seating

Muffins & Scones Case

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!!

Karla's sundae

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!

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Mike S said...

Do they have any gluten free options or plan on adding any?

Alberta Street is starting to pick up quite a bit, seems a lot more street traffic now.

Though I miss sitting outside at Vita Cafe.......and the Reuben sandwich is better then the Chicken Fried Steak IMHO....but I like the CFS also.

nora said...

oh god, a rosemary sea salt choc tart? and that scone sounds like it'd be the best part of anyone's week!

K.E.N. said...

hey mike s.
they do have gluten free options. i noticed that the cheesecake they had was labeled as such. Pretty sure if they have that, they have more!

jess- i had forgotten about the marshmallow-at-the-bottom-of-the-cone thing!

millie said...

seriously, that rosemary chocolate tart was absurdly delicious. i need to get back up there asap.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Wow, wow, wow! I heard this place was coming, but it looks even more magical than I imagined.


sgcorrie said...

I didn't know they were serving Cellar Door! It's one of my favorites!

Mindy said...

We stopped in Friday night, got two cupcakes (a valencia orange gingerbread for me, and banana with chocolate buttercream for the bf), a pumpkin bar, and then the guy gave us a toffee bar to try too. Everything was wonderful. My bf even ate his cupcake a day later and it was still super moist and fabulous. I am so excited about this place! It is so nice to have a place like this on the North side, and the guy (I didn't catch his name) was so super friendly.

Chelsea said...

I have got to get over there! That scone is just beautiful! And that is some list - quite a few of those I'd forgotten about or didn't even know about in the first place. I would add the IDA house (18th and Alberta), and Courtney from Held told me there's a vegan (or vegan-friendly?) tattoo shop somewhere on Alberta...

Kylie said...

Holy moley that place looks AWESOME! I can't wait to devour their goodies and go there every day once I visit Portland again (and eventually move there)!
I want to recreate those pumpkin bars!

Mary said...

Pumpkin bar OMG! You lucky, lucky duck.

herbivore said...

I need to visit portland one of these days. I can't believe I haven't been yet!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I'm dying to go there! I need to come visit!

Judy said...

Great post! I am intrigued by that Rosemary Sea Salt tart.

Back to Eden Bakery said...

Thanks for the beautiful blog post, Jess!

And we are increasing our gluten-free options daily... we currently have cupcakes, muffins, fudge, truffles and cheesecake that is gluten-free (and of course vegan!)

Thanks to everyone who's been in so far.

Janessa from Back to Eden

bjorkedoff/drowninginademitasse said...

excuse me?!white chocolate peanut toffee?!mail me soooome!

BumbleVee said...

Darn scone recipe....I hve been scrolling backwards looking for the scone recipes...... now...I'm off to Google a Maple Walnut Scone.....

I will try the strawberry cake recipe I found though...

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