THE SUGAR CUBE RE-OPENS AT CORNER OF ’12th & AWESOME’
Kir Jensen’s sassy sweets cart is now open at its new location 1212 SE Hawthorne.
The bustling corner of 12th and Hawthorne just got a whole lot sweeter. The Sugar Cube has swung back into business, parked outside Southeast’s newest sandwich shop, Lardo.
Just over a month ago Rick Gencarelli’s former food cart opened its brick-and-mortar location at 1212 SE Hawthorne, and the picnic tables have been packed ever since. Customers can now belly up to a salty pork stack and brew, followed by one, or two, or three of Kir Jensen’s addictive delights.
As some Portlanders may know, this isn’t the duo’s first flavorful encounter. Rick and the Sugar Cube’s Kir Jensen first met as cart neighbors at the pod on SE Belmont. This time the salty-sweet pair will reunite at the corner of what Kir calls, “12th and Awesome!”
The Sugar Cube’s goodies have gathered quite a following over the years, with ingredients like Ovaltine that are undeniably nostalgic. ”My desserts are straight up comfort. They resonate with people. Everything I make, I make with love, care, and a lot of sass.”
Kir will be whipping up some of her fans’ favorites, along with some new creations like the Twisted Toll House IC Sando – hazelnut chocolate chip cookies, roasted banana ice cream and salted caramel, and the Passions Float with vanilla bean ice cream, passion fruit, fresh ginger and ginger ale.
To top it all off, the ice creams featured come customized especially for the Sugar Cube, from none other than the ice-cream moguls of Salt & Straw. Kir’s daily specials will also highlight local bounty. First up: Jar Pies – layered vanilla bean panna cotta, Oregon blueberries, frozen lemon curd, ginger crisp topping and fresh whipped cream.
Portland’s tiniest bakery will be open Tuesday through Sunday 11 am to midnight, in happy harmony with Lardo.
SUGAR CUBE SWEETENS UP PPCA CAKEWALK
Sunday, September 9, the Sugar Cube will join over 30 of Portland’s top pastry chefs, bakers, chocolatiers, fromagiers and beverage makers (including pastry chef Alissa Rozos of St Jack) at the Portland Pastry Chefs Association‘s first annual Cakewalk. From 5 to 9 p.m. at the Olympic Mills Commerce Center at 107 SE Washington Street, guests can sample goodies and take part in one of 14 cakewalks throughout the night. Entry is $10 for the chance to win an original full-sized creation from one the event participants, and those who don’t take home a cake will still receive a cupcake for playing along. Event tickets are $35 and proceeds benefit Share Our Strength, Oregon Food Bank and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. More information can be found here.