When I lived in Paris, I had what I thought was the best hot chocolate ever at a little tea shop called Bouillon Racine in Quartier Latin. In fact, I still recommend it to all my friends headed to Paris. I'd never had anything so flavorful and decadent and haven't since.
Until last weekend that is.
My friend took me to Pix Pâtisserie in South East Portland. They have all sorts of amazing looking desserts and pastries there. But she took me for the Chocolat Chaud. The most evilly amazing thing you will ever consume, I guarantee (I don't really guarantee. I stand behind it, I just won't refund your money if you're a freak and don't like chocolate or something.)
|I totally apologize for the crappy cell phone shots. I didn't have my camera.|
It's a circus of textures and rich flavors that dances on your tongue. My friend said it was like drinking a melted brownie. It comes with a spoon because it's so thick and molten and once you mix together the cream and chocolate bits and what I assume is fudge with your spoon, you will have a foodgasm.
And do you see that little chocolate man it comes with? I put him in the molten concoction to melt, like a food hot tub.
Sipping is divine too. It's like a soup of chocolate. Like that much thick flow of flavor should really require a permit.
|I think the chocolate man is trying to climb on my face|
But I couldn't even finish it! It was so rich and thick and heavenly, I couldn't get past 2/3. Next time, totally sharing with someone.
|I did my best.|
I also have to mention how completely adorable the shop is. The gal working at the time was super sweet and (how much do I love this?) was wearing a Storm Trooper necklace. Total happiness.
She also informed me they do have a few vegan options and a variety of sorbets. A girl's gotta look out for her vegan rommies, you know.
|SE location, from the Pix website|
Cheryl trained at the pâtisserie of MOF Philippe Urraca in Southern France. In 2001 she moved to Portland and set up shop at the Portland Farmers Market. The next year, the first Pix Pâtisserie opened its doors, bringing European flare and edible art to Portland with an assortment of elegant pastries and handmade chocolates. To complement each delectable masterpiece, Pix Pâtisserie serves an array of dessert wines, Belgian beers, and fine spirits. Each location serves our signature pastries but with each shop having its own personality!Pix has two locations, one in SE Portland on 34th and Division and one in North Portland on Williams.
I'm told they also have parties there. I know where I'll be having my next birthday.