Mt. Tabor Bread’s New Location

Dear Liza,

Way back in 2018, in what we now refer to as “The Before Times”, (before the Covid Pandemic) I wrote a blog about a local bakery called Tabor Bread. We often stopped by on our long walks up Mt. Tabor, picking up drinks and substantial snacks to hold us on our hike.

It had a real brick oven and baked wonderful breads in the old-fashioned way.

So imagine my horror when we heard, mid-pandemic, that because of the lack of in-person business, the bakery was closing its doors. Tabor Bread was more than a place to get muffins and sandwiches; it was a Portland institution!

Fast forward to this summer, and Grandpa Nelson found an article in the Willamette Week newspaper that said that Tabor Bread is re-opening! Hooray!! And that their new location is on Belmont Street, just a mile up from us! Hooray again!!

And just last week, as Auntie Bridgett and I were walking to deliver an item for “Buy Nothing”, a local sharing organization, we just happened to pass right this new location. We stopped in.

We found an impressive and delicious collection baked goods, and picked up something for everyone. A buckwheat blueberry muffin, a cardamom bun, and a molasses cookie later, we strolled home to enjoy our finds. Even with out their old brick oven, they were all delicious!

Also, lined up on long shelves, were many bags of different kinds of baking flours. I am always interested in trying new flours. Between the baking and the eating, of course, we will be heading back soon.

Always something new to see, find, and eat!

Love, Grandma Judy

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