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[PDX] New bakery in Hillsdale?

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  • Mariko Jan 27, 2005 02:45 PM
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Hey hounds. I heard a new bakery opened in Hillsdale. It is located where the Hillsdale Pastry Shop used to be, and I believe the new place is called Baker & Spice? Anyway, just wondering if anyone has tried it and what the story is. There really can never be too many bakeries, you know.

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  1. Baker & Spice is a regular at the Portland Farmer's Market. They're pretty good. I have pictures on my site. See link for their Christmas stuff. (The thumbnails start on that page and continue to the next. Just click for larger pics.)

    Link: http://extramsg.com/modules.php?set_a...

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      Marshall Manning

      Yes, Baker & Spice took over the spot of the old, sadly-departed Hillsdale Pastry Shop. When HPS closed, they said that they gave their recipes to the new owners, but from my one visit last weekend it doesn't appear that they are using them. We tried a couple of things, something like a sugar and butter muffin (they said it tastes like a cake donut, which is true...but why not just make a good cake donut?) and a pastry that was croissant dough twisted and covered with a maple frosting (I guess this is their version of a maple bar?) that was overcooked and a little too dry. I don't know, maybe people want these "designer" pastries, but neither of the items we had held a candle to the old donuts at the Hillsdale Pastry Shop, and it was twice as expensive, as a cinnamon twist and a maple square at the old HPS was $1.70, while these two items combined were $3.50, and they weren't anywhere near as filling, either.

      Marshall

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      1. re: Marshall Manning

        I used to go to HPS when it was Ikeda's (my orthodontist was across the street), and my parents have been going there for years. I remember fondly their maple bars (or squares, really), and their chocolate donuts with the whipped cream filling. They were SO GOOD. The English Muffin Bread wasn't bad, either.

        Maybe the new place is still trying to work out the kinks. Remember, there's no such thing as a bad bakery (except maybe for the bakeries in grocery stores. They can be yicky).

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          Marshall Manning

          Mariko, how about a history lesson? We've only been in Hillsdale for a couple of years and were sad to see the pastry shop close. My wife said that HPS catered her sister's wedding reception 25 years ago, and I remember seeing that they celebrated their 50th anniversary a little while before they closed. Was Ikeda's the original name, or had HPS been at another location and moved into that one when Ikeda's closed?

          Marshall

          1. re: Marshall Manning

            Hey Marshall. My parents might remember more about the bakery. I went to the orthodontist in the late 1970s, and Ikeda's was going strong then. Ikeda's was the original name as far as I know. They changed the name to HPS, but the owners were the same (maybe Ikeda's was too ethnic a name or something!). I will ask my folks about more details.

            One interesting factoid about the place is that within a relatively short span of time, TWO cars drove through the front door and into the bakery (I think it was an old lady the first time. The bakery had to close for several months for repair, and then a couple of months after that, the other car drove through! I could be wrong about this, but I definitely remember the old lady crashing through).

        2. re: Marshall Manning

          That doesn't make any sense to me. Why would a baker, and a good one at that, use recipes from a shop that is closing.
          We bought pastries from Baker and Spice at the Portland Farmers Market every Saturday and they were always great.

          Rodney

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            Marshall Manning

            Rodney, I guess you never had their maple squares (G)?

            The only reason they closed was that they'd been in business for 50 years and the owner was retiring and didn't have anyone in the family who wanted to continue the business.

            When I was in line at Baker & Spice I heard someone asking "What used to be here?" and someone else said "Oh, it was Hillsdale Pastry Shop". The first person's comment was "Oh...that old place", as if there's something wrong with a place that's been around a long time. Sometimes the old way is the best way...

            Marshall

            1. re: Marshall Manning

              Yeah, its true. I'd never been to HPS. I didn't mean "going out of business" in a negative way but I can see where it came out that way.

              When are you coming in to see our "messed up wine list"??

              rodney

              1. re: rodney
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                Marshall Manning

                When are we coming in?

                Well, when can we get a reservation (G)?

                Carolyn's rarely home before 6:00, so our odds of getting a table and pizza before 8:00 are pretty slim, right?

                Marshall

        3. Ouch. That will be a hard act to follow.
          Hope that they don't change the recipe for maple squares or chocolate-covered cream-filled things.

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            Marshall Manning

            Well, we tried Baker & Spice again this morning, and as last time it was a bit disappointing. The blueberry yogurt muffin was okay texture-wise, but the blueberries inside had a light medicinal taste that wasn't pleasant. The crumb cake (coffee cake)was okay, but the topping was a bit on the dry side. The coffee cake at your neighborhood Starbucks is actually better. I considered getting a croissant dough cinnamon roll, but they looked dry and slightly overcooked like the twist I had last week.

            Boy I miss Hillsdale Pastry Shop,
            Marshall

            1. I liked the HPS too and have fond memories.. I went to wilson and sometimes would go the HPS and have a maple square and milk for lunch. i miss the maple squares!

              I have to say that Baker and Spice has really grown on me. I like their pies and I like to get a mocha and their Ham & gruyere croissant or the savory bread pudding.

              has anyone else warmed up to Baker and Spice since they have been there for a little while now?

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              1. re: amopdx

                I think it's one of the best values for pastries in town.

              2. There are things I actually like at Baker and Spice. I like their baguettes and I happen to like that maple syrup pastry made with croissant dough. I like it better than I like maple bars...but then I like croissants better than I like doughnuts. They make this very nutmeg-y glazed coconut cake that is pretty yummy too.

                I had never been to HPS, so I don't know what I am missing, but I am glad that there is somewhere close to where I live where I can pick up a fresh baguette and dessert for dinner.

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                1. re: JillO

                  "maple syrup pastry made with croissant dough"

                  i will have to try that, sounds tasty!

                2. Baker and Spice has some really great stuff. Their coffee (Z Beans) is locally roasted, and their baked goods are as good as St. Honore in many cases. If there was any justice in the world, the Starbucks next door would be closed by now due to lack of business!