There’s no better time to indulge your sweet tooth, and at Pastries Bisous (315 Commercial St. S.E., Salem; bisouspastries.business.site) you can delight all of your senses with their tempting French macarons. Staple flavors include a raspberry cream (most popular), Belgian chocolate, affogato, birthday cake, sea salt caramel, earl grey, vanilla and seasonal selections like the marionberry and the Oregon strawberry.
What really sets these macarons apart from something you’d find at your nearby grocery store is the delicate technique and care put into handcrafting the desserts as well as the quality and freshness of the ingredients. They also pride themselves on making all of their fillings from scratch. Pastries Bisous accepts custom orders for special events – including their fun and beautifully-crafted number cakes for birthdays and anniversaries. Not only do you have to taste them for yourself, but you have to see and smell all of the colorful offerings and pastries at their French-inspired bakery. Visit the bakery 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Another decadent stop to consider is the Vintage Restaurant & Bar (837 Lincoln St. W., Eugene; 541-349-9181; eugenevintage.com). They are most known for their sweet and savory crepes which include over a dozen variations or the option to build-your-own. You’ll also find a handful of weekly specials, breakfast items, their popular French onion soup, sandwiches, salads and my favorite – fondue!
Whether you choose to indulge in their cheese fondue or opt for my preference, the chocolate fondue (vegan option available), you won’t be disappointed especially with all the fixings for dipping that come along with either choice. Patrons also seem to enjoy the creative handcrafted cocktails and the fun fishbowl drink (Friday special); beer, wine and mocktails available, too. Visit the Vintage, located in a charming little house in downtown Eugene, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (brunch until 2pm) Wednesday through Sunday.
For a different kind of sweet treat, Mo Cha Tea House (12520 S.W. Farmington Road, Beaverton; 503-747-2712; mochateahouse.com) specializes in Boba teas, shaved ice and beautiful Asian desserts like the brick toast (also known as honey toast). This little spot offers both pick up and dine-in, and although they have a menu filled with tasty milk teas, smoothie variations, a handful of savory food items and finger foods, their standout items are the (not so) mini brick toasts. Flavors include the Mo Cha Special, Crazy Oreo, Berry Cute and S’more N’ More. Imagine French toast, but bigger and better and piled high with ice cream, berries, syrups and more – yum! Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, extended to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A second location can be found at 14900 S.W. Barrows Road, Suite 101, Beaverton.