A Small, Yummy Adventure

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As I have mentioned, my Pfaff sewing machine is at least 50 years old. I got it, used, as a wedding present in 1974, from my mother’s boss and dear friend, Madeline Campillo. In those 44 years, it has been repaired twice. It was time again, and the closest shop that works on Pfaffs is in Montavilla, just east of Mount Tabor.

The shop, called Montavilla Sewing Center, handles sales and repair of sewing machines and vacuums, and has a selection of all the fanciest machines. Once we got ours checked in, we wandered around appreciating the technology. We met Holly, who creates beautiful machine embroidery with these new machines and then puts the embroidered squares together in quilts.

Holly making beautiful things

Since we were in the neighborhood, Bridgett suggested we go by Mt. Tabor Bakery for a snack. I was impressed with all they do! They sell bread, sure, but also local beers, scones, soups, and cheeses. We enjoyed coffee and a ‘breakfast cookie’ while watching a women literally rake the coals in the huge brick oven, getting it ready for tomorrow’s baking. This is back to basics, honest to goodness BREAD.

Mt. Tabor Bakery

She explained that the coals get raked so their heat can saturate the bricks, which extend for about two feet in all directions. In the early morning, the baker rakes out the coals, mops the still really HOT oven, and puts the bread in. What a process, and all so we can eat yummy bread.

Wood fired bread oven!!!

We noted the times and days that they offer ‘bread flights’, ‘cheese flights’ and ‘charcuterie flights’, so we can come back and get ridiculous with really good food.


Grandma Judy


Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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