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December 1-10, 2011


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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Whether you venture to Manhattan or the Vieux Carre an essential element of civilized sipping is bitters. That's why we were so elix-cited to get our mits on the Cocktail Bitters Traveler's Set from the Bitter Truth.

This tin of tipple toners includes an excellent array of 20 ml totables.

Recipes for some of our favored fluids are included in this voyage variety - Jerry Thomas' own decanter bitters infuse the old fashioned, creole bitters boost the improved brandy cocktail...

This stocking-worthy jet set gives pleasing, portable, poisonality that can sashay by the TSA.





Friday, December 9, 2011

Lincoln had a backlog of 'bibers as the barman worked his way out of the weeds this evening.

After a leisurely wait, we were rewarded with a "beachcomber" ($8.00) splashed with rum, lime juice, maraschino and triple sec in a refreshing tide, but our interest was grabbed by the "double agent" ($9.00):

... as it infiltrated our systems with bourbon, Aperol and peach bitters to produce a preferred potion to kick off the weekend.

Flatbread ($13.00):

... was a freshly baked flap of olive oiled dough that we spread with ricotta, chunks of honeycomb and a mizuna and fennel salad.

Onion rings ($6.00):

... got extra crunch from coarse bits of cornmeal studding the circular snackage.

Sorcetti ($10.00 for small size):

... were savory stumps of 'sta with a lamb ragu. These loveable lumps are worth a reorder when we roll back.

Showing up during the weekend kick off crunch may not have been a wise move, but the grub and glugs were worth the wait.

Lincoln Restaurant

3808 N Williams
Portland, OR




Thursday, December 8, 2011

We declined dessert during our recent dinner at Oven and Shaker and vowed to engage in their abbreviated afters offerings upon our return.

The ricotta fritters ($6.00):

... were fine formations of fried fromage but didn't hit our sweet spot (since they swung towards the savory.)

The "Tuscan brownie sundae" ($8.00):

... was given an Italian accent with the addition of Amarena cherries to this cravable vanilla ice cream, Chantillified cream and chocolate brownie combo. We raided this ration with relish.

Oven and Shaker is big enough that seats seem to free up quickly during peak hours. We will return to check out their "fried soup", salads and more of those pleasing pizzas.

Oven and Shaker

1134 NW Everett St.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We vampired through a plate of boar collar ($12.50):

... at Pok Pok Noi:

... where this exciting boar was tied up with chilled mustard greens (which we used as a tortilla to tote sticky rice and meat.):

This garlic and chili neck were fine chunks to choke down with a caliente bloody mary ($8.00):

... and a gingery rum and lime "Khing & I" ($8.00):

Steak "salad" ($12.00):

... got some crunch from rice powder and heat from chilies in this fish sauced flank with fresh herbs and lime juice.

We took pok-ticular pleasure in the Thai street food inspired chow at this cozy counter service canteen. They even have some of our faves from their other venues (like those insanely good chicken wings that we had at Whisky Soda Lounge.)

New York is lucky that the Pok Pok empire is heading their way next...

Pok Pok Noi

1469 NE Prescott
Portland, OR




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Oven and Shaker was putting its operating system to the test as cocktail craving crowds converged at this Pearl District pizza parlor.

Nostrana's latest bread-eren business has wood burning wares that don't come with scissors (as they do at Nostrana) - these pies arrive segmented in six slices.

Brussels sprouted from a bacon bedecked pie ($13.00):

... with a cinderlating scorch to the round of robbiola and pecorino.

Arancini with saffron risotto ($4.00):

... was a faux fruit with a crisp crust cradling lamb. We added to this planetary plate with orbs of tuna meatballs ($6.00):

... which were arranged in an edible orrery in a salsa'ed solar system. The gravity of the goods from the oven was also pulling from the shaker side (we glugged an old fashioned ($9.00) cocktail and a "ginger yum yum" mocktail ($5.00):

We'll have to check out the desserts on our next visit.

Oven and Shaker

1134 NW Everett St.
Portland, OR




Monday, December 5, 2011

Interurban's F*ck You Fire menu
was a reference to a recent episode that caused their cantina:

... to take on a campfire aroma.

Our whisky whistle wetters were both orange-scented sips.

The scofflaw ($8.00) had rye and dry vermouth with lemon, grenadine and orange bitters while the Seelbach ($8.00) was a bourbon, orange liqueur, angostura and peychauds bitters 'bibe. We savored these sips with bites from the 'breviated menu.

The "almost a corndog" ($6.00):

... was a blanketed pig with snap. This winning wiener was a delectable duveted doggie alongside a board of cream cheese, crackers, pickled onions and cocktail sauce augmenting some terrific tinned smoked oysters ($9.00):

The same sauce rode with bacon wrapped shrimp ($9.00):

This swine saddled surfing was fine finger food in this smoke filled bar.

We look forward to returning in a couple weeks when the full menu (including a Peter Luger inspired burger) will be served.

Interurban Bar
4057 NE Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR





Sunday, December 4, 2011

The civilized thing about brunch in Portland is that many restaurants offer self serve coffee while you forgo food.

We waited for 45 minutes to hit a 2 top at the Screen Door.

This popular porous portal piles on the portions of Southern sustenance. We realized that we over-ordered when we saw our sweet potato waffle ($12.95):

... turn up with a tower of fried chicken stacked 3 abreast. This crispy coated clucker and levitationy loaf of tuberlent tastiness was an abundance of brunchness alongside a side of praline bacon ($3.95):

Soft strips of belly were spread with sweet nutty nuggetry that wasn't really our thing. It was like someone was making pecan rolls and subbed in swine strips for the bread, but it was a little too wobbly for our tastes.

Poached eggs on vegetable hash ($11.75):

... was a dino kale, parsnip, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts and tuber tumble. This wintery wallop of garden goods was nifty nosh with a slice of Dave's Killer Bread (created by a former con and addict who makes some sensational seedy starch.)

The unrelenting queue stretched to the street as we left without getting hit. We will have to return to Screen Door for dinner at this hospitable, homey, hub.

Screen Door Restaurant

2337 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR





Saturday, December 3, 2011

Our breakfast at Barista was boosted by a buttery, ham and cheese stuffed croissant ($4.00):

Nuvrei is the crescent creator for this demitasse doughminion. Their baked goods vary from serviceable to satisfying but the caffeination is consistently contentment in a cup.


539 NW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR





Friday, December 2, 2011


The recently opened, dinky, downtown outlet of Bunk Sandwiches:

... dispensed a delectable meatball parmigiano hero ($8.00):

We savored this messy, meaty, tomato trounced trough of cheesy enjoyment with a solid pork belly Cubano ($9.00):

... with a crisply paninified perimeter to shield the Swiss and swine within.

We will be back to this bunker for more of their breakworthy bites - the roast beef looks particularly appealing for our next visit.

Bunk Sandwiches
211 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR




Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dense dallops of dough at the Daily Cafe:

... were what remained for us tardy 'tomers. We tucked into these pucks of bran apple:

... and date cornmeal ($3.00 each):

... which were concentrated carbohydrates compacted into stumpy sustenance.

There was a mix of apple varieties within the fibery formula with some sensational, tangy tidbits wedged in. Next time we will have to visit when the selection is less picked over.

The Daily Cafe
902 NW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR









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