Petite Provence

Petite Provence

Quite the date spot is located at 4834 SE Division in Portland. The name of this beautiful French restaurant has one of the best set ups I have ever seen. When enter you can choose to sit and eat or go straight to the bakery counter and order a coffee and/or a pastry.

I did both… Mainly because a cute man offered to buy me lunch and I couldn’t refuse a free meal before my dessert.
My first dessert was the Chunky Monkey: an eight layered cake. Within the eight layers it contained chocolate, caramel, cream, and banana flavors, with a possible hint of cream cheese. The chocolate overwhelmed the dessert for me.

Again, I love chocolate, but when I get dessert with other flavors, I want to taste it all. The dense chocolate, although creamy and tasty, overpowered and ruined this dessert for me. It was simply too rich.

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Bonuses of this dessert were the caramel and banana creams (although they were over powered), the crunchy chocolate bottom layer that gave a crisp contrast in texture to the creams and cakes, and the slice of apricot on top of it all that added a hint of tang to the whole thing.

Over all, great experience. I would recommend Petite Provence to anyone looking for a good meal (or pastry and coffee) in Portland… Especially if a cute boy(or girl) offers to pay. They also have locations elsewhere in The Dalles, Lake Oswego, and on NE Alberta in Portland.

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Part Two: Pix Patisserie

Pix Patisserie

Part Two:

More chocolate. Like I mentioned in my earlier post, the nice young man with shaggy hair picked out my desserts for me at a cute little place called Pix Patisserie. Dessert number two was the “Shazam,” and it looks like it might “Shazam” you right in the mouth.

The definition that Pix post on their website (check out my blogroll on the side for a link to their page) of the “Shazam” is: “Rich and creamy caramel mousse, salted almonds, and more caramel… Shazam!”

I love almonds.

I didn’t find any almonds.

But for $6.75 I was very happy (you can also get a 6 inch for $35, or an 8 inch for $45). Covered with coco powder, and gold pixie dust, I couldn’t wait to break into the chocolate shell. Inside I discovered a super buttery and smooth caramel mousse, with a smooth liquid caramel filling that slowly oozed out.  I don’t doubt that there were almonds somewhere in there, but I didn’t notice any.

The contrast of smooth airy mousse, creamy thick caramel, and crisp dark chocolate made my mouth happy.

If I were to compare between the “Queen of Sheba Truffle Cake” and “Shazam,” I would give “Shazam” more brownie points for sure.

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