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Pulled Pork Pastie, Spicy Slaw and Mac & Cheese ~ Pacific Pie Company January 25, 2013

Pulled pork pastie

Pulled pork pastie

I’ve been a loyal fan of Pacific Pie Company for years now and I like their savory and sweet selections equally that I order at least one of each every time I go there.  It’s a calorie busting visit each time so I try not to make a habit of going there too often, but when I do I don’t hold back one bit.  In fact my last visit even included a pastie, pot pie, sausage roll and peanut butter pie to go because y-o-l-o.

I decided to have lunch there on a rainy December afternoon with a coworker before heading out and running errands.  I was particularly hungry so I ordered a lot of food which is pictured above.  Let me preface that I only ate half of what you see on that plate so I’m not quite the oinker you will no doubt be wondering.  I chose the pulled pork pastie after ordering the pulled pork sandwich the last time I was there.  Let’s just say I almost needed a shower after eating it, yes it was that messy! Delicious but I wasn’t in the mood for a messy meal so the pastie was the way to go.  My side item is a spicy coleslaw and the sauce that came along with the meal is a tangy vinegar based dipping sauce that is also used in the pastie.  Too tangy in my opinion and not really needed because the pastie is already full of flavor.   Now here is the crazy part, I seriously thought I could also eat a side of mac and cheese so I ordered that too but that was a big mistake as you will soon be reading about.

If you are unfamiliar with a pastie (also can be spelled pasty) it is essentially a pot pie that you can hold and eat on the go but just be aware you will no doubt have flaky pastry goodness all over your face and hair if it’s made right.  I’ve had some of their vegetarian options (spinach & feta and veg & cheese) but since I’ve transformed into a carnivore I find myself ordering and craving pork more than anything else.  Hence, my order of the pulled pork pastie ($8).  Underneath the flaky buttery crust is a tangy blend of spices and an ample amount of pork.  My order came with a choice of either spicy coleslaw or a salad.  I don’t even like coleslaw but I really like their version.  All coleslaw should have a spicy kick of heat to it!  But if that wasn’t enough,  I also ordered mac and cheese ($3.50) which I will probably never order again.  I had high hopes considering I’ve never eaten anything bad there but I hate to even say that it wasn’t that great.  It was barely cheesy (a dry mac and cheese) and although the toasted breadcrumbs were a nice touch, there was zero flavor.  I had to add salt to even give it any at all. The first disappointment I’ve experienced at this place.  The second was it took over 20 minutes to make it.  If I timed it, it may be closer to 30 minutes so I’m being generous here.  It’s easier to order everything to go. There is a freezer of ready-made products as well ready to eat pasties in the display warmer.  And next time I’ll stick to what I like best which is pasties/pot pies and peanut butter pie ($4).  The “P” trifecta!

Best peanut butter pie I've ever eaten

Best peanut butter pie I’ve ever eaten

Location: 1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 503-381-6157

Website: http://www.pacificpieco.com/

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Oh My Peanut Butter Pie ~ Pacific Pie Company March 22, 2012

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Best peanut butter pie I've ever eaten

I’ve never been a big peanut butter pie fan and I’m not sure why.  I love peanut butter and anything with a good crust but it’s taken over 30 years for a pb pie to blow me away.  I’ve tried some homemade and restaurant ones and none of them left me really craving for more.  In fact, I remember one occasion where I turned down dessert when I found out it was a pb pie.  Anyone who knows me well will not believe this story but I assure you that it is true.  I am completely capable of turning down dessert.  It doesn’t happen often which is why I remember that particular day.  Well those days of over looking  pb pie are over now thanks to the Pacific Pie Company. 

Their version is the best I’ve ever had.  Period.  Hands down. End of story.  I shouldn’t be too surprised because they make some great food in both the savoury and sweet department.  Another reason to love them is their dedication to obtaining local and sustainable ingredients without a preservative in sight.  Yay!  I’ve  planned my work week around buying it so I could enjoy it with another coworker who also shares a love for it.  They do offer delivery service through another company if you are so inclined but there is a charge depending on the distance travelled. It’s a nice option to keep in mind but I’ve never used it to know the pricing for it. 

Ok, so back to the pie….It’s the one menu item that I will always go back to and the one that satisfies my sweet cravings.  I’ve tried to buy other desserts just to check them all off my food list but if I stare at the dessert case long enough I can’t resist buying it.  It’s like crack in dessert form and I won’t get my “fix” by anything else with the same amount of pleasure.  The topping is a chocolaty layer with bits of peanuts in it and the the crust is a standard graham variety.  It is the middle section that makes this amazing and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever had.  It is not too overpowering in peanut flavor and not dense at all.  It has a silky texture that is so smooth and creamy but not too rich that you won’t be able to inhale the whole thing in a few minutes.  My coworkers and I haven’t been able to figure out what the main ingredient in middle section is yet.  Cream cheese?  Sour cream?  Whipped cream? Fluff?  I have no idea.  We have our theories but I know if we tried to re-create it that it wouldn’t  match the original so why bother.  Pacific pie doesn’t charge a lot for pie heaven.

Location: 1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland OR 97215   Phone 503.381.6157

Website: www.pacificpieco.com

Cost: $4.50-ish (I’m the worst at remembering details like this, I only care about the pie)

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My First Lamington ~ Pacific Pie Company July 29, 2011

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Lamington: A traditional Australian dessert in the shape of a cube.  Made of sponge cake that is coated with chocolate icing then sprinkled with coconut.  An optional filling of  jam or cream can be in between the layers of sponge cake. 

I consider myself a dessert aficionado but I’ve never even heard of these cakes before the fine folks at Pacific Pie Company brought these to my attention and expanded my dessert portfolio.  I’m already a  huge fan of their savory and sweet pasties and pies so when the staff told me about their upcoming Australian Day specials, I came back the next day to try them out.

I have to say I really liked this cake.  I saved half of it for the next day and ended up eating it for breakfast with my coffee which complimented perfectly with the cake.  Why did I only eat half you might ask?  Anyone who knows me can attest that I rarely leave any leftovers where dessert is concerned but this time I went all Miss Piggy and bought a peanut butter pie too.  But back to the lamington…I would have personally wanted more jam filling but overall, it was a good dessert that I’m glad I got the chance to try.  It isn’t overly sweet so I’d probably eat it again for a breakfast snack rather than something to satisfy my sweet tooth.  For that, I would get their dreamy creamy peanut butter pie.  I’ve tried to only eat half of that pie but I have yet to be successful.  Yes, it’s just that good. 

Location: 1520 SE 7th Portland Oregon 503-381-6157

Website: www.pacificpieco.com

Cost: $3.50 if they keep it on their regular menu otherwise come back on Australia Day (January 26th)
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