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'Arugularium Creperie Bakery' opens in Sellwood

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Owner Chris Douglas makes crepes in one of Sellwoods newest restaurants, Arugularium Creperie Bakery at 8337 S.E. 17th Avenue.“Crepes” come in a number of sweet and savory versions for any time of day.

A new restaurant, “Arugularium Creperie Bakery”, has opened at 8337 S.E. 17th Avenue to positive reviews. The small bright restaurant welcomes families with children, and offers traditional, specialty, and gluten-free choices.

Ms. Chris Douglas opened her bakery in October after seven years selling crepes at farmers markets. “I wanted to present my own homemade food, using fresh, local ingredients,” she says. “More people are looking for gluten-free foods now, and a creperie affords a nice variety. We make crepes with buckwheat flour, polenta, and beer-batter. I like experimenting with unique flavors, and the sweet and savory crepes can be either a full meal or a satisfying dessert. Hot and cold beverages accompany such savory fillings as chicken arugula, bacon and brie, cheese-walnut-pears, or smoked salmon hash. Hot soup is served with rustic French bread. Sweet crepes may feature maple pumpkin butter, cinnamon, lemon curd, caramel, chocolate, local jams, bananas, or crème brulee.

“Our cold ‘green therapy’ drink, made with arugula, has become a year-’round favorite,” she continues. “I love arugula – a ‘super food’ that keeps its color and flavor. I use it in my recipes for pesto, chicken arugula soup, and crepes. It’s the reason behind our name: Arugularium. I plan to sell arugula pesto someday – it’s very versatile.”

Arugularium’s dining area seats 24 indoors, with room for 16 more outdoors in nice weather. Presently they’re open Wednesday and Thursday 10 am-3 pm, Saturday 8 am-3 pm, and Sunday 9 am-4 pm. “We hope to increase our hours,” muses Chris. “Check us on the web at: www.arugularium.com. Our menu changes often.”

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