From the 1940s until 2003, Mom’s Pies flanked Highway 126 in Vida. The hearty fare sustained road trippers on long drives, but it was the homemade pies that made the eatery famous and kept its doors swinging all summer long. Restaurateur Lou Sangermano’s parents owned the eatery before he purchased it from them, later selling the road-stop building in 2003. But the allure of the popular pies his parents made stuck with him, and in 2011 Sangermano reopened the shop as a pie-only destination at Valley River Center, in a space much closer to the crowds who always loved his family’s pies.
Scrapping most of the former restaurant menu to focus on its beloved pies, the new Mom’s Pies bakes 10 different pie flavors each day to sell by the slice, whole pie, or fresh-baked whiff. Visitors who ate at the original location back in the day can taste some of the same flavors they formerly craved, as each pie is still baked according to the pie shop’s original 1940s recipes that called for fresh, whole ingredients, such as locally picked berries.
Before opening Beeter’s Bakery, Heather Jakubenas owned and operated a successful bakery in Texas, where she won numerous awards for her custom cakes, including a first-place prize in her division at the Oklahoma Sugar Arts show in Tulsa and a second-place finish at the That Takes the Cake! show in Austin. Motivated by a desire to be nearer to her family, Heather packed up her sweet supplies and moved back to Oregon, where she set up her new bakery inside a fully renovated 19th-century farmhouse. Inside this inspired setting, she and her team collaborate with clients to come up with creative and unexpected designs, with past work including cakes shaped like suitcases, wide-eyed ladybugs, and Thomas the Tank Engine. They also enjoy sharing the creative process with their clientele and host regular birthday parties where kids can decorate their own 6-inch cake with icing, sprinkles, and scratch-n-sniff stickers.:m]]
Visitors walking past Crumb Together’s storefront catch sight of brightly colored red, yellow, and green outdoor tables. The satisfied looks of customers sipping mochas and lattes gives them pause, but it's the smell of melted chocolate that finally draws them in. Once indoors, vibrant local artwork welcomes them, as do different cookie varieties that sit on the counter waiting to be sampled. Just below them in the glass display case, made-from-scratch ginger snaps lay side by side with oatmeal raisin cookies cookies. Gluten-free options and upon-request vegan options promote the bakery's belief in the inalienable right to snack. Once selected, the gourmet treats can be nibbled on the premises.
Jennifer Richardson of KEZI 9 News recently wrote an article about Bon Mi, explaining that it’s owned by a Korean and French couple, which pays tribute to the historical intermingling of French cuisine and Vietnamese cuisine, particularly French cuisine’s introduction of bread to Vietnamese dishes. Bookended by baguette halves, the restaurant’s traditional bahn mi sandwiches come stuffed with sliced grilled meats, pickled veggies, housemade aioli, and asian dressings. The menu showcases café standards such as a ham-and-gruyere sandwich on a baguette or a croissant alongside Vietnamese pho soup swimming with noodles and bits of steak.
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Ever since Baskin Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.60) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—Firehouse #31, a crunchy cinnamon ribbon with hot-candy pieces buried in a bright-red twirl of cinnamon and vanilla ice cream. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($4.30–$6.50).