Portland, Ore. pastry shops
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Ken's Artisan Bakery( Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Known for: Ken Forkish opened his bakery more than a decade ago, and his empire has expanded to Ken's Artisan Pizza and a cookbook titled "Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza." His bread has inspired a great deal of praise from foodies and others, but it's the pastry selection that mesmerized customers on a recent morning.
Highlights: Bread pudding, apple galette, macarons, hazelnut butter cookies, brioche, walnut bread, ciabatta.
Info: 338 N.W. 21st Ave.; (503) 248-2202, http://www.kensartisan.com. Open 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Most items $2-$4.