The Great Pie Adventure Part I

Mixed Berry Pie from Sweet Life

And thus our journey begins with mixed berry pie from Sweet Life.

Part of what’s unique about Sweet Life is that you can just look at the pie and know that it wasn’t made in a factory. You can see where the filling bubbled over while it was baked.

It is served warm (upon request) and not the “I-nuked-it-in-the-microwave-and-now-it-tastes-like-rubber” kind of warm but rather oven-warmed.

Even though you just picked it out of the case you can pretend it’s fresh out of the oven.


The crust is golden and lightly covered with sugar. Where it comes together it is just a touch too dry. Perhaps that’s how they get you to buy milk? Of course, you could have it served with vanilla gelato (they don’t have ice cream and I of course made it the one night they were out of vanilla gelato).

Where the crust meets the filling, there’s a thin layer of sogginess, an unavoidable part of any pie. The filling is rich, almost sticky not runny by any means–almost like jelly. It smells of blueberry, a prominent component of the filling. The raspberries are present, the blackberries an undertone and the strawberries a mummer. Meanwhile whole blueberries are present in just about every bite. The raspberries, blackberries and strawberries seem to work together to support the blueberries, creating a tart yet sweet filling which compliments the light crumbly crust well.

As a whole, the pie works well together. It is fresh, it is local and it’s filling.

Sweet Life Patisserie|755 Monroe Street, Eugene, OR 97402-5135|(541) 683-5676|Hours:  Mon.-Fri. 7a.m.-11p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8a.m.-11p.m.|Cost for a piece of mixed berry pie $4-$5

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5

College student friendly? Yes.| Food 4.5 out of 5| Prices: 4 out of 5| Environment: 5 out of 5 AND they have coffee.


13 responses to “The Great Pie Adventure Part I

  1. I have always preferred pie to most other desserts, save maybe well-made bread pudding. Here in the SF Bay Area, finding incredible pie that offers a reasonable portion for a reasonable price is not easy to find. Your photograph is excellent, so good in fact that my stomach instantly started growling.

  2. I had a phenomenal food day in Eugene this summer, with homemade pizza smothered in backyard swiss chard, Ninkasi, and this mixed berry pie from Sweet Life. As an added plus, the man at Sweet Life was so nice!

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