Monday, September 19, 2011

Life can be sweet at Sweet Life Patisserie

First off, let me start by saying that this post was very close to not being written. Since my first visit to Sweet Life Patisserie in Eugene, OR two years ago, it has been one of my favorite food establishments in town. However, while their pastries, for the most part, are absolutely delicious, their service is awful, to the point where I am now questioning whether or not I should continue supporting them. Hence the "can" in my title. Life can be sweet there, if you are able to enjoy your pastry without having to deal with totally undeserved altercations with grumpy, rude, and unhelpful staff member. But seeing as the owner/bakers are not to blame for the actions of an employee or two, I felt that they deserved recognition for their tasty treats.

I haven't had the chance to try any of their cakes or cupcakes yet because I usually go for the breakfast pastries, but have heard great things about their indulgent desserts. 

This adorable frosted sugar cookie puppy was a present for my little brother, but I've tried a cupcake shaped one in the past and it was a giant piece of buttery, sweet, heaven!

Who doesn't need a giant pile of assorted sprinkles and colored sugar!

Anything with "all-butter" in the title must be good, right?

Their French Breakfast Cinnamon Muffins have a nice cinnamon-sugar coated crunchy muffin top and buttery, sweet bottom.

Our indulgent breakfast before a hard day of moving. The pecan sticky bun is gooey, nutty, insanely sweet and to me, one of their best offerings. My blueberry muffin was buttery and moist with a nice crunchy top and bursts of blueberry sweetness throughout. 

Unfortunately I don't remember what the exact name of this brownie is, possibly double chocolate, but it's so unbelievably moist, fudgey, rich, chocolatey, and decadent that it is possibly my favorite dessert offered at Sweet Life. Unlike cakey box-mix type brownies, this is one where a little bit goes a very long way. I happily savored this luxurious treat, taking a bite here-and-there over the course of a few days. 

After tasting the above mentioned over-the-top delicious brownie, I was expecting this peanut butter one to be outstanding, but was sadly disappointed. Rather than moist and rich, it was dry, crumbly, and lacking in flavor. However, it did look slightly old or maybe like a thin end piece of the batch, which could have been the reason why this brownie wasn't too great. 

In an attempt at a healthier (vegan and baked= healthy... kind of) breakfast, I ordered a blueberry baked fritter. Looking back I really wish I'd ordered the cinnamon rolls next to them because they are absolutely delicious! I ended up throwing out the majority of the fritter and picking off the sugar glaze topping which was the only flavorful part of this pastry.

All in all, Sweet Life Patisserie is a great place to go for anyone interested in gourmet, better than the norm breakfast pastries and desserts. But I do have one piece of advice to the owners: put more thought into who is hired as your counter staff. No matter how amazing your product may taste, no one wants to buy a happy thing like dessert from an unpleasant person.

Sweet Life Patisserie: 755 Monroe st. Eugene, OR 97402

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