Friday, December 12, 2014

Portland Bakery: Nuvrei's Mac Bar

What: Nuvrei's Mac Bar
Where: 404 NW 10th Avenue
When: 9-5pm Wed-Sun
Honeys Heart: Macarons and a surprise box of goodies! 

A few weeks back Katie and I had macaron overload (don't get me wrong, not a bad thing!) and attended Farina Bakery's opening one night and Nuvrei's new Mac Bar opening the next. Yes, we were lucky (and Katie was pretty much in heaven) with back-to-back nights of delicious macarons.

Nuvrei was celebrating the opening of their Mac Bar (more about that in a bit) but took the opportunity to also feature their other patisserie offerings. Upon arrival we were handed "passports" to get stamped at each station which included bagel sandwiches, croissants, a baked good, and of course macarons.

We started upstairs with the Pretzel Bagel Sandwiches.

Nuvrei offers 6 different kinds of bagel sandwiches in their cafe including salmon, avocado turkey, and fried egg. It's probably a good thing that neither of us work in the Pearl because these would be the most perfect quick lunch. 

Next up on our checklist were croissants and baked goods. 

As you can see, Nuvrei offers a ton of different croissants including chocolate croissants (so, so good), sesame thyme croissants, and walnut croissants. They also offer sandwiches with croissants, which I'm sure must be super tasty too. 

We also tried the Double Chocolate Brownie Cookie, which was essentially brownie batter in cookie form.Yum.

Last up was a trip downstairs to the Mac Bar for Nuvrei's famous macarons.

This new counter space will feature macarons, freshly-baked croissants, and drip coffee from 9am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday with fresh croissants baked until 2pm. The space is very small, so it's essentially just a cute, easy spot to duck into for a quick treat and coffee before heading back out into the Pearl.

Before taking off for the night, we could either select a pastry from Nuvrei's display case upstairs or get a surprise box. Of course curiosity got the better of us and we both went with a surprise box which included a couple croissants, a macaron, and Bacon Cheddar Biscuit

Katie and I have been to quite a few blogger events in the past couple of years but I have to say, this one was one of the more creative and fun events we've been to in a long time. The passport was super cute, gave everyone something to do instead of just hanging around, and was a great conversation starter too. Well done, Nuvrei! We'll definitely be back.