Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy Sparrow cafe

Happy Sparrow is a super cute Belmont Street cafe owned by super cute couple Danny and Mary Quach, who are in their shop every morning before even the sparrows are awake, baking up hot pockets of goodness for Southeast Portland's morning people. What are they up to in those pre-dawn hours you ask. Kolaches. A Czech pastry of sweet yeasty dough filled with wonderfully fresh local ingredients, sweet and savory, and baked up puffy and warm. Fresh berry, jelly, and even Nutella filled Kolaches are a favorite with the early crowd, who also come in for a tall mug of Mount Hood Roasters coffee. And for the lunch bunch there's Puled Pork, Sausage and Tillamook Cheese, and even Salmon and Cream Cheese. Pair one of those with a local berry smoothie and you can't go wrong. My visit was around Thanksgiving and I was fortunate enough to sample a special Kolache filled with Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, and Housemade Stuffing. Bring home a sack full of these next year and it's guaranteed no fighting over the dark meat at the kids table.

Owner Danny Quach chats it up with some locals in for a Kolache lunch.

Owner Mary Quach (left), busy serving hot Lattes and Kolaches during the lunch rush.

The Thanksgiving Kolache.

Sausage and Tillamook Cheddar Kolaches with a Local Berry Smoothie.

Photo assistant and food model Katie Ryan chomping into some sausage and cheese Kolaches.

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