This week we were lucky enough to talk to our very own Alison from our Belmont store. Along with her tips on what to purchase from our Zupan’s bakery this summer, she gave us some reasons on why she loves the Belmont part of Portland.
Zupan’s: What do you love most about working at Zupan’s?
Alison: I love my co-workers. They are so great and I love coming to work everyday knowing that there are people I care for around me. I also love seeing all the regulars who come in. I seem to learn more from them with each passing visit. I also love that I work in the bakery & get to pass out free samples and treats to sweet-tooths who are looking for more delicious desserts to try.
Zupan’s: What types of baked goods taste great during the summer?
Alison: I’ve heard a lot of customers talk about the Papa Haydn macaroons & how much they enjoy them. They are gluten-free and look gorgeous! As for summer desserts, they’re usually a lot lighter than the baked goods you eat in the winter. A lot of our items contain fruits like lemons and blueberries & don’t have a lot of weight to them. For the 4th of July, I’ll be baking a red, white, and blue cake. It’s a simple angel food cake with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream on top in the shape of an American flag. It tastes really good and is easy to make!
Zupan’s: What is your favorite Zupan’s bakery item?
Alison: My favorite item is probably the Guinness Chocolate Cake. It is so delicious and what I love about it is that it isn’t completely covered in icing but leaves the sides with a crumbly crust. I definitely recommend it to chocolate lovers out there and if you can’t finish a whole cake, I suggest buying the snack size of it.
Zupan’s: What else can you tell us about the Zupan’s Belmont store?
Alison: I love and am so happy to be working at this store! We have such a nice neighborhood with wonderful people! A lot of store owners around here come to Zupan’s for their shopping and we have built really good relationships with them. This store has such a different dynamic than the others. I really appreciate our customers here – they really make coming to work much more enjoyable!