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Holiday brunch

The owner of Compote Cafe starts the New Year off right — with family, friends and plenty of good food.

By shäna lane-Block Photography by leah nash

Shäna Lane-Block (top left), the owner of Southeast Portland’s sunny Compote Cafe, says New Year’s Day is ideal for a celebratory brunch.

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I love any excuse to get dressed up in my own home. It’s an opportunity to get fancy, which I really like to do, without the hassles involved with actually going somewhere. I can take off the uncomfortable heels whenever I feel like it. I don’t need a bulky coat hiding my cute little dress. It won’t rain on my hair. the other thing I love is brunch — so much so that my cafe and bakery, compote in southeast Portland, is pretty brunchy, too. not because we expect a late-morning crowd; it’s just my favorite food to make and to eat. salad is a good accompaniment to breakfast, eggs are good for lunch, and pastries are good at any time of the day. I used to do an annual brunch on christmas Day — until I had children and realized I wanted to spend christmas morning in my bathrobe watching my kids unwrap presents, not preparing a buffet for guests. But new year’s Day? that’s a different story. It’s a great day to cook for people. Most restaurants are closed, and everyone partied the night before, so they’re more than grateful to come over and let me cook.

MIX Magazine December 2012  

Eat • Drink • Get Out • Get Together

MIX Magazine December 2012  

Eat • Drink • Get Out • Get Together

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