Sweet Life Patisserie – Eugene, OR

Although I have visited about 25 of the 50 states of our great nation, I can’t believe I’ve never written about my experience at any of the eateries in those states. I apologize for that, readers! My close friend Stephanie asked me to partake in a drive up to Oregon and at first, I was reluctant just because of my lack of knowledge on the state and for my severe lack of funds (funemployment can do that to you). After perusing some websites and blogs, I accepted her offer joyfully and started the road trip plans. Needless to say, I was enlightened – in a way – about the plethora of interesting places that are located in this beaver state of 3.8 million people(a little more than the population of Los Angeles proper).

When I heard the words “Eugene, Oregon,” my pop culture-obsessed brain flashed back to a 2004 episode of The Simpsons where Lisa portrays Sacagawea and Lenny & Carl are Lewis & Clark, discovering the Pacific Northwest. Yes, I know this is non-sequitur to the post, but I love this show so much that I wanted it to be a part of it. Enjoy!

Alright, back to business. Not knowing that Yelp in Oregon is underused, I originally passed over Sweet Life due to its 124 reviews and less-than-detailed user reviews. Thankfully, I’ve learned from fellow bloggers to never take Yelp seriously and do a double take by going on other websites. By simply hitting up their facebook fan page, I found that they had over 13,000 likes and over 500 check-ins. From this, I witnessed the imbalance of certain websites in different states and how social media plays a huge role with a small business like SLP. There are many a review of the history behind Sweet Life and how it came to fruition from two sisters in a garage to the present location so to change things up, the purpose of my post will be of my specific experience only and the sweets I consumed.

The facade of Sweet Life.

After coming in contact with one of the managers, Aaron W. on the day of my departure, I was exposed to some great Oregon hospitality which I never knew existed especially in a college town like Eugene (GO DUCKS!). I was told to just stop in whenever I arrive in Eugene and they would take care of us. After our 12-hour drive up the Interstate 5, showering and dining nearby, we went to Sweet Life and witnessed some of those 13,000 likes in real life. There were over 30 people in line just minutes before closing time! Who knew Eugenians loved their dessert? I was immediately exposed to bright colors, scintillating aromas and lots of attracting visual displays. Dessert has always been able to make a stranger in a strange land feel at home and walking into Sweet Life was no exception.

Tiramisu – espresso-rum-soaked sponge cake filled w/ tiramisu rum cream & chocolate shavings w/ chocolate ganache & topped with rum cream ($4.50-4.75).

Fruit Tartlet – Shortbread crust filled w/ custard topped using seasonally available fruit ($4.75).

Cloud 9 (White Russian) Cake – chocolate cake layered & topped w/ whipped cream, frosted w/ ganache ($4.50-4.75). 

Sour Cherry Cheesecake – vanilla cheesecake w/ graham cracker crust, sour cream & cherries on top ($4.50-4.75).

 Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookie ($3.25).

The chocolate caramel shortbread cookie was by far my favorite plated dish of the night. The shortbread was buttery and flaky and just right with layers of caramel and chocolate adding to a texture paradise in my mouth. The cakes were all delicious, with the Cloud 9 leading the race for my tastebuds. Honestly, all their desserts as well as the items I gazed upon in their 20-foot long display had my head reeling with a sugar high. From the service to the desserts to the atmosphere, my friend and I had a great experience at Sweet Life. If you ever find yourself at a Ducks game or driving on through Eugene, make sure you stop at Sweet Life and pick up some eats to go. Believe me, you will not be disappointed. Now to order my dry ice, Fed-Ex delivery for my birthday next month…

More photos from my night at Sweet Life can be found here(link also on sidebar) – Sweet Life

Sweet Life Patisserie
755 Monroe Street
Eugene, OR 97402-5135
(541) 683-5676

– gmangoman a.k.a. hemang

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‘Craft for Crap’ Party: A Beer Belly LA Event – 8/28


Okay now that I have your attention, read on!

Beer Belly LA - Jimmy Han

Reminiscent of the “Cash for Clunkers” program that sprouted back in the summer of 2009 by the government to persuade Americans to trade in their pollution-exuding eyesores of automobiles(using the term loosely here) for money to put towards those Prii that you now see everywhere, the folks at Beer Belly LA are hosting their first ever “Craft for Crap” beer party. What does that mean for you?

Come in on Sunday, August 28 to the Western Avenue brewery with any one can, bottle, mini-keg, WHATEVER-sized capsule of “crap” beer (per person) in exchange for a craft brew that is being offered by the fine people from Cismontane Brewing.


*According to the CA ABC, Beer Belly LA cannot give out “free” beer so now when you trade in your crap beer, you will have to shell out the crazy sum of  $0.01. YES. One penny. Deal with it!*

The Cismontane brews available for the night will be:

  • Citizen steam lager
  • Black’s Dawn Imperial Stout
  • Coulter IPA

Need help figuring out what exactly is a crap beer? If it starts with Bud, Millers or Coors… then you’re on the right track. In my opinion, Natural Light and Caguama win the race for crap beers. I don’t think I’ve ever posted so many swear words before in one post but I guess I am just very passionate about my readers having the opportunity to get their tastebuds on some high-quality, craft brews!

If you’ve already been lucky enough to enjoy the art of the craft beer, bring along your friend (we all have one… or more) that loves the aforementioned crap beers or will never buy a beer on draft besides the nightly special at the local dive establishment. It is 2011 and the people you socially interact with in public should not embarrass you with their crap beers.

Aren't you thirsty now?

Bring the beer and the friends to Beer Belly and enjoy a taste of the Cismontane brews amongst other Craft Beer enthusiasts as well as the owner, Jimmy Han. I’ll be bringing some extra ones just in case you forget yours!

For more information or details, check out the official Facebook event page here: Craft for Crap: A Beer Belly Event

See ya then!

Beer Belly LA
532 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387.2337
Twitter: @BeerBelly_LA

– gmangoman a.k.a. hemang

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Saladish Grand Opening (Pasadena)

If you were one of the few people at Old Town Pasadena in the early hours on June 18th, you might have noticed a line of people outside of a restaurant with some security guards standing…well, guard. Most likely than not, you thought nothing of this and had no idea that one of the Los Angeles Lakers players was to be serving lunch as part of a grand opening celebration. That’s right, you heard me, serving lunch. Which superstar athlete was going to be doing this on busy Colorado Boulevard just steps away from the soon-to-begin Make Music Pasadena Festival? Why none other than The Athlete Formerly Known as Ron Artest, now known as Metta World Peace.

Fans began to line up as early as 8AM and came from as far away as Riverside. 

What is Saladish you ask? A fast casual eatery designed to please the diverse and health-conscious palettes of Angelenos and Southern California residents alike. With success at their Rancho Palos Verdes location, demand and hype brought the healthy restaurant to the San Gabriel Valley. From dark wood walls to faux foliage and ivy on the ceiling, the decor focuses on everything eco-friendly in a clean and sophisticated manner. Seating is limited, which is expected with a fast-casual, but the venue is quite large and is a nice place to people watch from the large glass windows facing the bustling Old Town area.

Aeroponics at work. Tomatoes sustained mid-air constantly sprayed w/ nutrients.

They focus on using aeroponics, an agricultural technology that involves growing produce stationed in mid-air with water and nutrients being directly applied to the roots that produce fast-growing and organic ingredients on site for the diners to enjoy. Customers can experience this technology as they enter Saladish and can enjoy the locally grown ingredients from a lengthy L-shaped bar as they watch the salad artists make their dishes come to life.

Just a small section of the various fresh ingredients offered in the salad/wrap bar.

The fine folks at the Pasadena location invited me in a full hour early to experience what Saladish has to offer. I was given the option of wraps or salads and I chose salads. To me, the ingredients in wraps are sometimes hidden and not often appreciated (oh and eating the extra carbs doesn’t help me out either). I asked for sample sizes of the soups and salads mind you, so don’t take the photos to heart in correlation to the prices listed. You get a lot more bang for the buck. Photos of Ron Artest, fans & the mayhem that pursued are after these food photos.

Chicken Tortilla Soup (10 oz for $3.95)

Minestrone Soup (10 oz for $3.95)

“The Classic” baked potato – sour cream & chives ($4.95)

“Loaded Potato” – bacon, sour cream, chives, tomatoes & cheddar cheese ($6.95)

Blooming Apple – apples, chicken, bacon, candied pecans, blue cheese (Salad: $9.95, Wrap: $8.95)

Roasted Portabella – cherry tomatoes, avocado, mixed greens mozzarella & portabella mushrooms (Salad: $9.95, Wrap: $8.95)

Southwestern Chicken – tomato, black beans, corn, tortilla strips, cheddar cheese (Salad: $8.95, Wrap: $7.95)

Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman meets w/ Ron Artest

Ron’s youngest daughter, Diamond, helped out behind the counter. Adorable.

Ron doing his part in getting as many autographs as possible for all his fans! 

Outside with the hundreds of fans lining Colorado Boulevard.

Ron Ron went to the Saladish booth @ the Make Music Festival to see the staff/fans.

Hundreds of plates of food were served, autographs & photos were signed and taken and the fans were pleased. As one can see with the photos above, the people in Pasadena loved Mr. Artest. So much so that policemen and policewomen working the festival were redirected to escorting Ron Ron to the Saladish booth and back to his blinged out car to get a smooth getaway.

Now that the organized chaos that was the grand opening lunch is over, hurry on down to Old Town Pasadena and check this place out. It’s healthy, it’s a fresh concept and they’re doing their best to buy local and help out in the community.

My amateur video editing is taking me longer than usual, so stay tuned for an addition when I finish it!

There will also be a ron artest giveaway, with more details to come. Stay tuned!

Enjoy the rest of my pictures from the grand opening here: Saladish Grand Opening (link also on the sidebar).

12 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 304-3100
Twitter: @Saladish

– gmangoman a.k.a. hemang

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