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2017 05 02 20.23.43

Wiz Bang Bar Smith Teamaker Big Hibsicicle Sherbert: In the Pine Street Market, an indoor food hall in downtown Portland, is a soft serve and sundae bar named Wiz Bang from Salt & Straw, the ever-popular ice cream shop that has branched outside of the city to several LA and San Francisco locations. Central to Salt & Straw's success is their ability to strike a chord between the familiar and unexpected, with comforting flavors that are also intriguing and sometimes daring. The soft serve that I ordered, the Smith teamaker big hibiscicle sherber... (read more) 4.0/5.0

4.0 sherbert hibsicicle big teamaker smith wizbangbar saltandstraw portland icecream softserve recommended
2017 05 04 12.25.39

Blue Star Donuts Buttermilk Lemon Poppyseed Donut: Portland is pretty serious about donuts. On my latest visit, I saw a much higher percentage of commuters eating donuts for breakfast than I have witnessed in any other city. So when I was about to fly out from PDX and realized there was a Blue Star next to ticketing, I willingly went through security a second time in order to see what all the fuss was about. There were many flavors I was interested in trying, from their strawberry-rhubarb jam-filled pastry to a more traditional donut ring ... (read more) 3.0/5.0

3.0 donut poppyseed lemon buttermilk bluestardonuts portland dessert sweets
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Pok Pok's cha manso: Remarkably good combination of Thai iced tea with fresh lime juice. Lightly sweetened, refreshing citrus aftertaste that is the perfect complement to spicy foods. 4.5/5.0

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Ken's Artisan Bakery's cannelle: Crusty, caramelized exterior with soft, custard interior. Perfect level of sweetness, good vanilla flavor (with a hint of lemon?). Seems small but is actually very filling. 4.0/5.0

recommended pastry cannelle bakery portland kensartisanbakerys 4.0
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Salt & Straw lavender honey ice cream: Excellent smooth texture. Too often, honey ice cream is too sweet and lavender ice cream is too floral. This ice cream is neither and is very well balanced. Scoop is extremely generous. Maybe too generous as I'm only interested in a taste. 4.5/5.0

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Biwa's ginger soda: Refreshing drinks that begins mild but ends with a kick. Good level of carbonation and very lightly sweetened. 3.5/5.0

ginger soda drinks biwa portland recommended biwas 3.5