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


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


Yelped around for the best coffee and found Thump



The little cafe has a lot of personality!



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



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


Traded bites with Abe’s super cheesy veggie quiche…


…and Anna + Zack’s Marionberry bar


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


Afterwards, we walked around the adorable town




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


Such a shame, because all the stores looked SUPREMELY fabulous


Finally, we found one to go in



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





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…


…stuff I didn’t even know existed…


…presented thematically….




…they even have a WILLY WONKA SHRINE…


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


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


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

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  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    Looks like a cute little place! I love it! Have fun tonight.

  • http://www.beingchelsea.com chelsea

    We have a Powell’s in BoBoi

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com actorsdiet

      ha ha – BoBoi Idaho – i wanna go!

  • http://www.beingchelsea.com chelsea

    This is why I never comment on my phone… we have one in Boise and I agree that Powell’s is pretty insane/awesome.

  • http://vanillasugarblog.com vanillasugarblog

    love little road trips to small towns.
    did you buy the bacon soda?
    i guess one could make an ice cream float with that, perhaps?

  • http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com VeggieGirl

    Oooooh candy πŸ˜€

    Enjoy the wedding!

  • http://www.snacksnarkbark.com 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.

  • http://itallchanges.com Cynthia (It All Changes)

    How cool you have Gene Wilders agent. And those update photos are so cool. I love the where are they now shows.

  • 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?!~

  • http://fancythatfancythis.wordpress.com Ameena

    Maya loves Dylan’s so I think a trip to Oregon is in order if only to see a store that tops that!

  • 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…

  • http://twitter.com/FredricDelmais 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?

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      i don’t believe they’re related – but i have been to both and they’re great!

  • http://gravatar.com/shaggren128 skinnyrunner

    we have a powells near our house and its just like – super nostalgic and adorable.

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com 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.

  • http://bakerbynature.com 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.

  • http://www.everydayfoodie.ca Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I hope the wedding was awesome!!!!!! That store looks so cool!

  • http://professionalbakist.blogspot.com Ngoc

    Peanut butter Whoppers! Amazing.

  • http://mandysbaby.wordpress.com 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?

  • http://idreamofgreenie.wordpress.com 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.

  • http://ricamyulo.wordpress.com 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!