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Little Girl at little t Bakery


That little girl has a problem. She is looking at the counter, that picture in the lower right, and she’s beginning to realize it could be a long day.

Her brother, on the other hand, has clearly learned from his yoga classes. He is aware that the one baguette will suffice.

Twenty years ago Tim Healea was young baker from Portland looking for work in New York City. Suzen hired him and we loved him. Our clients at Cooking by the Book loved him.

But Tim loved Portland and missed the Rose City. He returned to become the head baker at the famed Pearl Bakery in the Pearl District, an amazing urban renaissance. Tim was on the US team in 2002 that competed at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris and earned the silver medal for the best bakers in the world.

Suzen had lost contact with Tim but was watching the Food Channel when she saw Tim and his team in Paris competing.

“THAT’S TIM! THAT’S OUR TIM!” Suzen said. With exuberance. She ran to me, pulled me to the screen and pointed.

“I guess he’s gotten even better,” I said.

Tim’s little t name for his own bakery in Portland comes from that Paris experience. He was the youngest person on the team. The “little guy.”

Here is a fact that cannot be challenged: little t is one of the two best bakeries in the United States. It is that good [the other is Dominique Ansel by us here in New York City]. On our recent trip to Seattle and Portland, we sampled bread in over twenty “good” places. That baguette you see pictured is absolutely the best bread of the trip, the best bread we’ve ever had. The taste and texture, the crust, the accompaniments, everything on that plate was perfect.

We were not as perplexed as the little girl about what to do when we left. We simply bought a box of goodies.

In the sense of full disclosure, I did not take the pictures of the two adorable kids. When I tried, the little girl was very shy and her tears wiped out the powdered sugar. The kid’s gracious mother sent me these two pics, which are from an earlier blog post of her own at her site. Please take a peek at:

Tim is an artist. If you are in Portland, or have the opportunity to visit, then little t needs to be at the top of your list.

One Recommendation and One Warning


This is my last Super Bowl post for the year. I hope the better team wins, and I have my cookies ready to celebrate. These beauties are from Duane Park Patisserie at 179 Duane Street. It’s at the end of long triangular block, complete with iron-fenced park, that reminds you of Paris, and the bakery’s treats will do that do. Since 1992 Chef Madeline Lanciani has employed her abundant skills in creating French pastry treats galore. While everyday there is wonderful, she and her talented staff are precocious on holidays and special events. The cookies and treats at Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Super Sunday are famed throughout the city. If you ever need a personalized treat in New York City, the Duane Park is the place to go.

As you can see, I expect the Giants to win. If that happens, we will have a good week. My happy Irish side will bloom and there will recipes here for treats that you will all enjoy.

Should the Giants lose the game, you will learn what it means to be one quarter Scottish. I will begin with my favorite haggis recipe. Haggis is a savory pudding made with sheep heart, liver and lungs all mixed with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and salt. Stock is added for, well certainly not for flavor. The mixture, and it can only be called that, is placed in a sheep’s stomach and simmered for hours. It is served with boiled potatoes and Scotch whiskey. Neither hot sauce, nor lemon juice, nor any other concoction can really help you out here.

If I were you, I’d become a Giants fan and very religious all at the same time.