Let’s do it. Let’s get this heart-shaped, luv-n-stuff holiday rolling. Let’s wrap it up with a tasty hot beverage and call it a day. The 900 heart-shaped cookie cutters we own are dusted off and ready for action. Let’s put ‘em to work!
Our neighbors at Smith Teamaker and Sterling Coffee Roasters are helping to spread the love (and fuel our cookie baking.) Give your sweetie a box of heart-shaped goodness and a steaming cup of high-test love.
The Sweet Tea
One dozen assorted heart-shaped Two Tarts cookies, plus a lovely assortment of five tea sachets from Smith Teamaker
$14 (plus shipping )
The Cup’a Cup’a Burning Love
One dozen assorted heart-shaped Two Tarts cookies, plus 500 grams of whole bean java from Sterling Coffee Roasters
$24 (plus shipping)
To ensure we’ve got enough heart-shaped goodness to go around, please place your order by Saturday, February 9th.
Local delivery is available for a small fee.
To order, call the shop at 503.312.9522 or email Emily.
What In Tartnation?
Rain, freezing fog, threats of snow and school delays – it’s no wonder this winter has been busy! Who wouldn’t want to hole up in a bakery with a few cookies and a hot beverage?
Here are a few winter varieties loaded with the extra Vitamin D (for delicious) you’ve been missing.
A tropical version of our pecan tessies, these are akin to a
miniature toasted coconut pie.
Two bites of chewy goodness for those of you
who adore coconut.
Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie
As if brownies weren’t chocolatey enough one their own, we’ve swirled in a good dose of chocolate cheesecake batter in
to the mix. ‘Nuf said.
Passion Fruit Creams
Given that passion fruit doesn’t grow here, we feature these zesty tropical cookies only during months in which local fruit is scarce. They’ll be available until Marven’s rhubarb hits the market stand.
Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies
Our bite-sized version of the perfect carrot cake. Filled with cream cheese frosting (of course,) they deliver the pleasure of a big, fat slice of cake, minus the guilt factor.
Cocoa Nib Stars
I don’t know why these particular cookies do it for me, but they do. In my mind, they have it all – crunch, chocolate, and fragrant spice. We bake cinnamon cocoa nib shortbread stars, then sandwich them together with dark chocolate ganache and dip them into more dark chocolate.
Black Currant Hubba Hubbas
Ditto what we said about the passionfruit creams – these crimson-hued beauties help get us through the winter. Sweet-tart black currant buttercream is sandwiched between to vanilla bean shortbread rounds. So lovely.
In Portland, opinions are like knit caps – everyone’s got one.
When it comes to (feel free to insert any variety of nouns, such as “coffee” or “music” here,) the flow of opinions runs like the timber-stewn waters of the Willamette in spring.
So hey, we’re going to put our toes in the water and tell you about our obsession for Lovely’s 50-50.
First off, this is a sister act. And no, it’s not the sort of family-owned restaurant that entertains with pay-per-view fights akin to something you’d see on Jersey Shore. Sarah and Jane Minnick are lovely. No doubt about it. Occasionally you’ll even catch a glimpse of their mom working the floor.
Lovely’s is one of those restaurants that has it all – without even trying. Warm and inviting, busy without a daunting wait, and some of the best damned pizza we’ve ever had.
There. We said it. Laid down the gauntlet. Lovely’s 50-50 has mind-numbingly delicious pizza. A wood-fired, thick, chewy crust topped with whatever lovely, local ingredients are in season. Flavors change rapid-fire, which means you’ll face a new round of impossibly difficult choices with each visit.
And dang it, this is not going to be a one-course meal! The thought of Lovely’s salads and ice cream are cause for reverie, too. Thank goodness they’re on the other side of the river.