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Ricciarelli at Arizmendi Bakery

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Arizmendi Bakery

3265 Lakeshore Avenue – Oakland, CA

Approximately $1.30 (Sold by the pound – by I forget exactly how much.)



I keep forgetting to tell you about the last great cookie I ate!

I was at my brother’s house in Seattle over a month ago – the same day he brought it back from a trip to SF/ Oakland  along with a few others from the same bakery. Everything he’d

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Annie Oakley Cowgirl Cookie at Food Front

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Oatmeal | 0 comments

Food Front Coop
2375 NW Thurman Street – Portland

(Find it in the self-server pastry case in the store’s deli area.)

Okay, I know. Vegan. If you’re scrunching your nose right now you need to get over it and just don’t worry. Everything is fine. It is more than fine. Because no joke, this cookie is better than approximately 85% cookies I come across in the world, vegan or otherwise.

This is why.

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Chocolate Chip at Stella Taco

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Chocolate, Chocolate Chip | 0 comments

Stella Taco
2940 NE Alberta – Portland

Q:  Why is it that a taco joint is completely NAILING chocolate chip cookies?

Stella makes exactly one* baked good and they make the $*!% out of it.

Somebody in that kitchen, clearly, is a cookie scholar – and  is managing to get these gems under a glass dome at the cash register on a regular basis. (I’ve seen them every time I’ve been there, with maybe one exception when they’d sold out.)

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Ginger Snap at Lauretta Jean’s

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Ginger, Ginger Molasses | 0 comments

Lauretta Jean’s
3402 SE Division. Portland

First thing’s first: it’s not really a “gingersnap.”  This is not a criticism; most days I would rather eat a soft, chewy ginger molasses cookie than a crispy, brittle one. (Not that a very good gingersnap doesn’t have its place in the world. It totally does.)

That being said, while not necessarily an earth-shattering ginger molasses, it is certainly a solid option – not shy on spice and flavor and overall pretty satisfying.

Note: I thought it tasted even better two days later than it did freshy-baked. Only a well-made, not over baked cookie will pass this integrity/longevity test.


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Chocolate Chip Cookie at The Slanted Door

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Chocolate Chip | 0 comments

The Slanted Door cookie kiosk
Ferry Building Marketplace- San Francisco

Note: I found this cookie NOT in the actual Slanted Door restaurant, but instead just outside of it, amongst the kiosks in the main hallway of the Ferry Building Marketplace. I’m not sure whether this a regular Slanted Door cookie stand or if it exists only occasionally. Looks like I assed-out with the information-gathering on this one. Sorry guys. 

I was with my mom on a short visit to S.F. last week and by the time I found this nugget last Saturday, we’d walked probably 5 miles and tasted about 4 other cookies in the Ferry Building/farmers’ – all of them before noon. The day before that, we’d tasted about 3 others in the city. This was the most remarkable of the bunch.

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Almond Biscotti at Roman Candle Baking Co.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Almond, Biscotti | 0 comments

Roman Candle Baking Co.
3377 SE Division St. – Portland

This is the second time I’m talking to you about biscotti. (The first was just last month.)

Note: I should actually say from Roman Candle, not at. I found these biscotti  at Case Study Coffee on NE Sandy  — along with a solid lineup of other RC pastries. I’ve never actually seen it at Roman Candle because their pastry case was close to empty 9 out of the approximately 10 times I’ve been there -despite the fact that it was nowhere near closing time on any of those visits. (This is one of my beefs with RC – but I won’t get into that now.)

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