the Birth of a Bakery

Friday, November 10, 2006

cupcake birthCurious about how one would start a new bakery business?

An intrepid pair of flavor lovers are sharing their bakery beginnings story with the readers of eGullet. Steven and Jill of the Sweet Life Bakery in Vineland, New Jersey have begun to tell the tales of their progress in working for themselves.

Follow Steven and Jill as they craft their business plan, deal with a flour allergy, sell their first cake, puzzle with bourbon ball pricing, and work on the fine skill of public relations.

Tastier than reality TV!


Best of Eugene Awards

Friday, October 27, 2006

Special best of Eugene cake Imagine my surprise to open up the Eugene Weekly and find that I got second place in the category of Eugene’s best blog.

Really, its an honor to be nominated- I’ll bake y’all a cake as soon as I get a chance! This pictured one is a Sweet Life cake made for the cover shot that displays cute little bits of Eugene. If you look closely, you can spot a tie dyed t-shirt on the bottom tier.

Now- on to the tasties: the Forkin’ Good category:

BEST ASIAN

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Eugene, Oregon Food Destinations

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Eugene Food DestinationsThis entry is part of the Food Destinations Project. Check in to see if your upcoming vacation spot is highlighted by one of our eaters!

If you were to pop into my world at the University of Oregon, these are my show-n-tell spots for some of the best eats in Eugene! Most of them are casual, all of them have heart…

Eugene Breakfasts

Eugene Lunches

Eugene Coffee / Snacks

Eugene Dinners

Eugene Desserts


Sweet Life Delivers!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Sweet Life deliveredEugene pastry lovers rejoice- guess who has been added to the restaurant delivery service Pony Express? Sweet Life!

I haven’t ordered for them to be delivered yet… it kind of feels too dirty to get pastries like that. Perhaps I will feel brave enough soon! Though with Pony Express’s flat fee of $3.95, you’d have to order enough goodies to make it worth the call!

Looking over the menu is interesting to see how they deal with the fact that their offerings change daily. To reflect that, several sweet things are offered in the flavor of the day, such as chocolate cake, tartlets, cheesecake, Pot de Creme, Biscotti, Creme Brulee, Chocolate Orbs, and fruit pie. While the menu looks great I see favorites that are missing- my beloved parfait cups and the dense slice of chocolate pave. Perhaps a tip to the driver can procure special off the menu treats with a scoop of gelato too?

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Sweet Life

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Sweet Life's Chocolate Mousse Parfait originally posted on Something 2 Eat, May 24,2004.

Not so Secret Vegan Agenda? In Eugene?

And so the sweet sweet Sirens of Sweet Life beckon my sated tummy to their temptuous lair. “No really, I’m fine,” replies my stomach, which is soon wrestled into submission by my eyes which have spied glistening fruits, gleaming frostings, and gilded Nipples- oh my!

With a new enlarged and smartly painted cafe, Sweet Life has expanded its dessert cases and offerings to now tempt its lucky customers with a variety of gelato flavors. The brightly colored walls are inviting, and Sweet Life is brimming over with charm.

The pie and cake specialties are always calling my name, but more often than not, the chocolate mousse receives my approving nod. This creation typically receives special flavoring considerations and is often embellished with mocha or rose flavored whipped cream. This succulent cup of perverse chocolate foam serves its purpose well, and I reward it with swift retirement from it’s zoo-like existence trapped behind glass (don’t feed the animals, here the ‘animals’ feed you).

Vegan delights are finding a happy social scene to commingle with the rest of Eugene’s sweet appetites. In fact, I dare say these often politically classed cuties (the desserts dear, the desserts!) are purposefully pushing the envelope of dairy-freeness to tempt us into asking the dairy question of ourselves…

if one can still find ganache, and whipped ‘cream’, maybe it’s ok to enslave soybeans instead of cows?

Sweet Life Patisserie - 755 Monroe St., Eugene, Open late!
Quality: 3 outta 4 forks… Mmmm, fresh. The desserts are made daily.
Presentation:4 outta 4 forks…Titilating. These desserts often receive special frills in the way of garnishes- often a true beauty to eat.
Value: 3 outta 4 forks…
Local Color: 4 outta 4 forks…fun collection of folks that seem to be gettin less scarey lookin? (must be the chocolate)
Service:… Self serve, counter service cheerful.


Chao Pra Ya Thai Cuisine

Friday, November 12, 2004

originally posted on Something 2 Eat, May 24,2004.

Fit to be Thai’ed

The flavor of a restaurant can be wonderfully gleaned from its specials… the scent of which tickled our noses as we first walked in. This evening we choose a house special: Eggplant Garden with Tofu, and a board special: Pumpkin Curry Noodles. Both were perfect concoctions of sweet and heat, with eggplant that surrendered in our mouths like a cherished lover… love at first, second, and twentieth bite! I think I’m in for a long term relationship.
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