Wonkaville

Could you guess where I am? A couple thought maybe Washington or Alaska.

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I’m actually in Oregon! This morning “the kids” (me, Abe, his sister Anna and her hubby Zack) took a little road trip back into civilization for some coffee in the adorable town of Bend

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Yelped around for the best coffee and found Thump

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The little cafe has a lot of personality!

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The rest of the kids enjoyed their caffeine; I sipped ginger tea

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From the prepared food case, I ordered a Blackberry Spice Coffee Cake with brown sugar and hazelnut streusel

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Traded bites with Abe’s super cheesy veggie quiche…

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…and Anna + Zack’s Marionberry bar

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Even though it was delicious (and indeed spicy!) I wound up giving a hunk away to A + Z; the slice was huge and I was still kinda full from last night’s potluck

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Afterwards, we walked around the adorable town

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Unfortunately, since it was early (and Sunday) not much was open

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Such a shame, because all the stores looked SUPREMELY fabulous

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Finally, we found one to go in

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A fine candy store, but a few blocks away we hit the motherlode:

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I’ve been to MANY MANY MANY sweet stores (including Dylan’s) and Powell’s definitely takes the cake – er candy – in terms of selection, charm, and curation…

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…stuff I didn’t even know existed…

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…presented thematically….

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…they even have a WILLY WONKA SHRINE…

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…and a “Where Are They Now?” of the cast!!!

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[ A little trivia – I have the same agent as Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) himself! ]

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Around the Bend, and back again – we’ve got a lakeside wedding to attend in a few hours!

22 thoughts on “Wonkaville

  1. Tiffany

    That first picture looks like a painting. I’ve only been to Oregon once but it was in the spring time and it rained the whole time. I definitely didn’t see anything like that!

    I would destroy that candy shop.

  2. Natasha

    Holy CRAP! I want to go to that candy store…love the fact that your enjoying yourself! Enjoy the wedding and take a snap of what you and “the hand model” in your wedding garb.

    Who knew there was such a thing as bacon beer?!~
    🙂
    Natasha

  3. Amy

    Hey! You’re in my neck of the woods! I live a couple hours west of Bend – lovely town & Stumptown Coffee is the best…

  4. Fredric Delmais (@FredricDelmais)

    My guess of your location would have been Montana – The Last Great Place. Do you know what NJ & Oregon have in common? They are the only 2 states that don’t allow self-service gas stations. It’s the only state my wife would move to (she hates pumping gas). Is Powell’s Sweet Shoppe related to Powell’s Books in Portland? I’m curious when visiting places (esp. small towns in out of the way locations) what do people do there work wise?

  5. Monet

    Adorable to say the least! I wish I was walking around here this morning 🙂 Thank you for sharing with me. I hope the beginning of your week is both peaceful and fun. I’m sipping on a cup of coffee and looking forward to a day of resting and baking. Perfection, in my books! I hope you are well, my friend!
    PS. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to your comment! I’m doing well. We are taking it one day at a time and rejoicing in the small moments of beauty/life.

  6. Ashley@bakerbynature

    I pretty much want to pack my bags and move there; that is the cutest little town i’ve seen in a long time, and stumptown coffee too?!

    Kidding, of course… i love nyc… but boy do those small towns have their charms.

  7. mandyunruh

    I am obsessed with Bend, and mentioned it to husband today as we drove around Mar Vista looking at the sad, tiny houses that we still cannot afford to buy. I was like, “If we want pretty on our budget, we’d better move to Bend.” Sigh…why must our careers be in LA?

  8. idreamofgreenie

    I have no shame in admitting that Willy Wonka (old not new) is my favorite movie of all time…man do I want to check this place out! Now that I conquered Washington this past weekend, Oregon is high on the list.

  9. Rica M Yulo

    Thanks for introducing the Whoppers Peanut Butter. It’s not available here in the Philippines but I asked a few friends in the US if they could ship some over. I think I could finish an entire box 🙂 I’m a Reese’s addict!

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