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December 11-20, 2011


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We ordered a couple "dealer's choice" cocktails ($10.00 each):

... at AQ Restaurant:

... and got a Boulevardier and a chocolate bittered, rye and vermouth beverage - both were lively libations.

Blackened avocado ($10.00):

... was blowtorched and black-sesamed. Grapefruit, parsnips and squid wed in this root and fruits de mer-iage.

Sturgeon ($14.00):

... was doctored with a cure of juniper berries. Paper thin slices of watermelon radish, hives of aerated yogurt and stumps of potato reeled in this seafood 'semblage.

Little neck clams with chorizo and butter beans were served with slices of succulent pork ($25.00):

... in a shellibration of swine. The legumes lifted the lusciousness of this soppably sensational supper.

Apple pate de fruits:

... mignardised us to doneness at this quote-worthy eatery.

Seasonal decor reflected the culinary concept of this new noshing nook. AQ is AOK.

AQ Restaurant

1085 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA





Monday, December 19, 2011

A couple of customers sitting outside of the Baker & Banker Bakery were devouring gigantic cinnamon rolls:

... and giving us unsolicited testimony to their ethereal nature.

These sizable spirals had hypnotically hedonistic heft, but we opted for one of the brown butter chocolate chip cookies ($3.00):

... which looked like toll-worthy tokens. We were nutty for this beurre noisette biscuit which had the mesmerizing mouthfeel of raw dough (yet it was bankably baked.) The integration of chocolate was done so that there was no dominant chunkage yet the distinct chocolate slivers were set at the perfect rati-dough and the radiated churnage lent a nuttiness that lifted the need for tree-based nuttage.

A crispy circumference and melting middle put these on our list of detour worthy desserts.

Banker & Banker Bakery
1701 Octavia St.
San Francisco, CA





Sunday, December 18, 2011

The French Laundry holiday party caused one reveler to swoon (resulting in some paramedic participation):

... but everyone ended up enjoying the reviving refreshments and curative company:

... at this annual adieu to the upholstery and carpeting before the winter break.

The French Laundry

6640 Washington St.
Yountville, CA





Saturday, December 17, 2011

We waded through the wassailers in San Francisco's Ferry Building:

... to check out Prather Ranch's new American Eatery:

This takeaway tucker stop uses a bunch of fellow ferry building foodstuffs including Acme bread and Rancho Gordo beans.

Pork and beef meatballs detonated in a torpedo roll with marinara sauce and mozzarella ($9.00):

This locked and loaded lunch was laden with beefed up, chili cheese fries ($7.00):

... which we savored with a tub of delectable garlic and bacon infused greens ($4.00):

We tapped into their Boylan's soda and some Equator coffee before venturing into the swirls of shoppers.

American Eatery is a swell solution to providing prepared Prather products to the comsuming crowd. We will return to check out the meatloaf (which they grind with their bacon ends) and their pulled pork sandwiches.

American Eatery

1 Ferry Building #33
San Francisco, CA




Friday, December 16, 2011

The cheese plate ($12.00):

... at the InterContinental Hotel's Luce restaurant would have had added interest with a runnier or tangier tie up to this trio, but marcona almonds and raisins added dimension to this dairy that was delivered with a chocolate souffle tart ($10.00):

This hockey puck was hit with brown sugar creme fraiche and bits of bacon toffee - it was okay, but ice cream (instead of the fortified creme fraiche) would have been more our thing.

Luce Wine Restaurant
San Francisco InterContinental Hotel
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA




Thursday, December 15, 2011

After one of our regular requisitions at Cork bottle shop we nipped into a neighboring nook for some stimulant and stumps.

Caffé Vita's coffee was vita-lizing alongside an average bagel and a nifty chocolate chip bun.

This neat as a pin portal of perky potions was a peppy pitstop next to a nifty vino venue.

Caffé Vita

2909 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, December 14, 2011

We grabbed a couple seats
at the Laurelhurst Market bar:

... where whistle-worthy whisky drinks:

... paved the way for cow chow.

On our recent carnivorous carnival at this grub hub, we noted the bar which beckoned us back for a burger ($13.00):

This pimentoed patty had strips of house made bacon sandwiched in a tender bun. There was more bread than needed for this protein portion, but we still enjoyed this beef bundle with the stack of spud sticks.

Mac and cheese ($6.00):

... elbowed in with a potato chip crust over cheesy tubes. Although good, this was not a reorder.

Laurelhurst rests in a relishable rank with meaty morsels worth mastication.

Laurelhurst Market

3155 E. Burnside
Portland, OR




Tuesday, December 13, 2011

We sat at the winding counter at Fullers Coffee Shop where we warmed up with coffee that did not exceed the expectations elicited by the retro 'roundings.

Bacon and eggs ($8.75):

... was a diner denominator dish done decently with precisely prepared overeasies.

Their famous "omelet" ($9.25):

... filled with mushrooms, ham, cheese and veg was a fine folder of fortification, but the star of these breakfast platters was the hash browns with a shattering shell of gold shielding the soft spuds beneath.

The friendly staff and crispy taters made this barista-free, old school diner a nice place to pull over for toasted house made bread and nostalgic nosh.

Fullers Coffee Shop
136 NW 9th Ave.
Portland, OR





Monday, December 12, 2011

Noisette opened a few weeks ago and is already beurre-sting at the seams with a fully booked dining room.

We were rezzie-less and were offered seats at the bar (which turned out to be the superior supper site with a view of all the kitchen activity.)

The tasting menu ($75 per person with a wine pairing for an additional $45.00) began with a buttery tartare of tuna with a daikon salad:

This pedestal of pristine line caught albacore was frilled with frisee and sauced with a chardonnay verjus which we washed down with sparking wine.

Butternut soup:

... got a puff of smoke from alder-embered salt in a creme fraiche sprialed pool of squash solution.

Arborio rice:

... was a dente dome with a moat of pea sauce swimming with hedgehog mushrooms. Sheer shavings of Oregon white truffles added a frill of fungus to this starch stack.

Spaetzle and spuds supported a seared divers scallop:

... with crisp bits of lardons and braised Belgian endive. The accompanying Pinot Noir was one of our fave pairings of the meal.

Foie gras:

... crowned a brioche cylinder to soak up bits of Sauterne sauce with a kiss of sweetness from date butter de-livered with a Riesling.

Duck breast with rutabaga puree:

... had a barley and wild rice salad pulled together with port sauce.

Tender braised short ribs and slices of dry aged NY steak:

... went with wilted greens in this cattley cuisine.

Yam chips and toasted almonds added crunch to a parsnip cake:

... bonded with cream cheese frosting resting in a cloud of beet mousse. We dug this rooty resolution to the meal with a glass of Beaumes de Venise.


... and espresso sent us on our way from this nifty new nexus of nosh.

Noisette Restaurant
1937 NW 23rd Place
Portland, OR




Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bleu d'Aubergne
melded marvelously with runny yolk in the Lovejoy Deluxe sandwich ($6.50):

... at Lovejoy Bakers. We blissfully breakfasted on this bacon bedecked bun of tarrgonian tastiness along with a less luxe (but still good) ham and scram ($5.25) sandwich:

Crusty rolls cushioned these embroyonic eats which we enjoyed in this busy baking business.

Lovejoy Bakers

939 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR









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