Elizabeth Montes was a decorative painter of dolls and puppets in NYC before she caravaned across country nearly a decade ago and gave herself up to chocolate. She'd made her own truffles and small chocolates for friends and family for years before she left New York for a new home in Portland with her then boyfriend now husband Rodney Muirhead of Podnah's Pit Barbecue.
In 2001 Montes began handcrafting chocolates out of her apartment kitchen and selling them at the PSU Farmers Market for several years before opening Sahagún Chocolate Shop on Northwest 16th Avenue in 2005.
I got to spend a morning with Montes at her shop last week as she planned and readied for Mother's Day and I'm here to tell you that there are all kinds of amazing things you can do for your mom or any special mom in your life at Sahagún this year.
Have you tried the Luscious Caramels?? They're salty, buttery and dark chocolate sweet all at once. And I mean "all at once" literally -- there's no nibbling or pulling apart with these. You pop the whole thing in your mouth and bite down so that the caramelized sugar, which isn't thickened by corn syrup, washes over every last one of your taste buds in a rush of roasty salty sweet.