Thursday, September 06, 2007
Ode to the Northwest Pastry
As we have been getting to know our new friends from Michael's program, and talking about similar likes and dislikes, we found out some terrible news this week.
Maple bars are no where to be found! We had NO IDEA that maple bars are only found in the Pacific Northwest. We spent ten minutes trying to explain to our new friends what a maple bar looks like, and better yet, tastes like, and they stared at us with blank expressions on their faces.
The best part is that this particular friend we've met, who is from New York, has an older brother who lives in our own hometown of Newberg, Oregon. (It really is a small world!) So, we called up his brother and wife on the phone to ask them if they knew what a maple bar was. We had convinced our friends that in Oregon, anyone and everyone knows what a maple bar is. And of course, they knew exactly what we were talking about.
The brother decided to do some detective work and found this website.
This is where I learned that there really are no maple bars near us. I had no idea that maple bars are "ubiquitous in Oregon and Washington, to be found at gas stations, grocery store bakeries, convenience stores, etc."
So, if anyone comes to visit us, we may have to request an order of maple bars to share with our East Coast friends.