Sometimes, I don't even have to seek out sweetness: it finds me.
Case in point: on a recent trip to Portland, OR, I found myself out to dinner with friends Mary and Dave at Mother's, a bar and restaurant downtown. It was all extremely delicious--most notably the biscuits.
When it came time for dessert, something terrible happened: they declared themselves to be "too full".
Happily, our perceptive waiter could sense my sadness at passing back the dessert menu, and soon after appeared with a small tray of cookies--a crumbly, buttery shortbread, and a sort of cherry-nut-oat cookie.
Needless to say, this prompted discussion with said waiter about said cookies, which then resulted in even more freebies: this time, a sweet lemon-coconut bar which was beautifully rich and decadent.
Happily, Mother's has a bakery case by the entrance, making it easy to go in and pick up some sweets-to-go, including big versions of the cookies we sampled.
And, most importantly, they're all baked on premises:
Mother's Bistro and Bar, 212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR; mothersbistro.com.