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October 11-20, 2011


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

We ponged over to Ping during Happy Hour under the Hung Far Low signage:

We had enjoyed Pok Pok and Whisky Soda Lounge and were glad to make a visit to their sister restaurant.

A shochu cocktail ($5.00) made with drinking vinegar had a pleasing astringency and the draft beer ($5.00):

... was a hoppy pour to wash down crunchy, tiny, dried fish ($1.00):

... followed by ceviche ($10.00):

... with a nice heat and fresh crisp bites of veg.

A chorus line of kicky quail ($12.00):

... were fine fried fowl that needed no dipping sauce.

The Ju Pa Bao ($5.00):

... was a soft bun with a thin pork chop. This swinewich was good belly ballast legged on by a skewer of seafood ($2.50):

... to fill our octopi holes.

This Chinatown snacking station was a cheap and cheerful hung out.

Ping Restaurant

102 NW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nuvrei Patisserie:

... has been supplying Barista with baked goods (so we have already had our share of their quick breads with our morning caffeine) but this bakery has now opened their own café where we grabbed a bacon cheddar biscuit ($3.00):

... a pumpkin muffin with vanilla streusel ($2.50):

... and a jalapeno Cheddar bagel ($1.50):

All of these dollops of dough were dense demonstrations (but in a good way.)

Nothing mindblowing, just fine floury foods served by a cheerful staff. The sandwiches with Tails & Trotter's meats look like an interesting option for our next visit.

Nuvrei Patisserie Café
404 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR




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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Remember the Maine ($8.00) was a difficult cocktail to forget. This vessel of rye, sweet vermouth, cherry heering and absinthe was easy to sink into at Toro Bravo:

The Manchego and bacon burger ($10.00):

... was a saliney sandwich sided with a sesame seed bun. House made bacon, Romesco, and pickles played in this meaty mitt which we washed down with a draft wheat beer ($5.00):

The bar nuts:

... were populated with pepitas to prime our palates.

French kisses ($2.00 each):

... were foie gras stuffed prunes smacked with salt in luscious, liver lipped lumps.


... were flipped in flour before a swim in the deep fryer with thin slices of lemon and fennel. Romesco raised the tide of tastiness in this surfing of satisfaction.

Soft balls of sheep cheese ($7.00):

... rolled onto bread to create lovable, lamb-tation rations with mint and harissa.

This Toro-fic chow will bring us back for more Bravo-worthy bites from the swell staff (at this sister restaurant to Tasty n Sons.)

Toro Bravo

120 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR




Monday, October 17, 2011

Nostrana's wood burning oven:

... ignited our interest in the pizza vongole ($13.00):

They deliver these wheels without wedges allowing diners to scissor off servings. Little clams, spinach, bacon, chilies and lemon oil beached within a blistered band of bread. We washed down this sensational circle with some top notch tipple.

A rye Old Fashioned ($8.00) with sciroppo di gomma, Angostura and Angostura orange bitters was a nicely balanced whisky whistle wetter while the Manhattan ($10.00):

... maintained a marvelous marriage of myrtle berry liqueur, Dolan dry vermouth and Peychauds bitters.

Barmen Douglas and Taylor tailored some fine drinks including a "Rickey the hard way" ($13.00):

... which had carbonation introduced in a Perlini shaker:

We appreciated this effervescent effort in an elixir of Hendricks gin, lime juice, lemon cucumber juice, Bokers bitters, basil and absinthe.

Rotisserie chicken ($19.00):

... rolled in with juicy flesh on a bed of chard and polenta. A spicy onion relish sent this fowl flying.

We were seriously impressed by the craft, quality and delectability of the goods at this impressive Italian eatery.

1401 SE Morrison
Portland, OR





Sunday, October 16, 2011

The 2nd Story is lukated above Cellar Door Coffee Roasters. We scaled the stairs to this small plates and cocktail corner:

... where we sipped on Garden Lemonade ($8.00) and a Peach Whisky Sour ($8.00):

Both fruity formulas were refreshing, but we favored the thyme management of the vodka and cava spiked lemonade.

Tangy chevre added bleats to the pleats of buckwheat crepes ($9.00):

... flecked with toasted slivers of almonds. Spuds studded this almond pesto dressed pancake pouch of pleasure.

The baked pasta ($9.00):

... was emotisquashed with grins of delicata and dotted with pepitas over blankets of bechamel-bolstered, spinach-spackled noodles.

This upper unit is worth the incline.

2nd Story
2005 SE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR




Saturday, October 15, 2011

We did a lap around the Portland Farmers Market before we ordered breakfast at Verde Cocina:

The handmade tortilla station:

... sold us on the huevos rancheros ($8.00):

... topped with a plethora of produce plucked from the PSU purveyors. Chickpeas and beans gave body to this yolk-sauced sensation.

The chilaquiles ($8.00):

... used the same melange of veg with some tender tortillas tucked in this enticing, eggy entity.

Verde's victuals were our kind of chow - we sailed through our shopping fueled by this keen, green cuisine.


Verde Cocina
PSU Farmers Market
Portland, OR

On our way back from the market, we happened upon a procession of peeved and placarded Portlandians:




Friday, October 14, 2011

We went over to Cool Moon:

... for a couple chocolate dipped sugar cones:

... filled with their coffee crackle creation. Vesuvio (coffee toffee) and chocolate supplemented our double flavored scoopage ($3.95 each plus .80¢ cone upgrade) at this Pearl District parlor.

Broken cones were put aside as canine treats for detouring dog walkers, but the churnage alone was enough to levitate us in for a lunar landing.

Cool Moon Ice Cream

1105 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR




Thursday, October 13, 2011

The lamb tongue ($9.00):

... at Wafu:

... was budded with daikon, gin, ponzu and truffle oil in a sumptuous, salivatory setup. We lapped up this starter that stuck out as stellar.

Their take on edamame ($3.00):

... was a stack of sichuan salted, togarashi, garlic and soy sauced beandazzled bumps. These soy greens were people...pleasers.

We supplemented our wafu ramen ($9.00):

... with pork belly ($3.00) and a perfectly runny boiled egg ($1.00) that mingled with mustard greens, scallion, kamaboko and chicken oil (I guess that's a smaltzy synonym). The noodles had a nice bite to them as we snagged them from their sodiumy solution. We slurped up this nest and egg and asked the waitress what to order next visit - dry noodles, octopus and tempura here we come.


3113 SE Division St.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Whisky Soda Lounge:

... is part of the Pok Pok and Ping dynasty. This eatery empire is popular of plenty of reasons, but the pig ears ($7.00):

... would be a good gauge of their ear-ily addictive food. Strips of 5 spice stewed audio appendages were fried to create a crispy, chewy, piercingly pleasing pile of deeply flavored snackage. Black vinegar amplified this nibblely nosh (which qualifies as required eating.)

Cocktails are done with an Asian angle. We got a Tamarind Whisky Sour ($8.00) tanged with lime juice to bolster this palm sugar and bourbon 'bibe.

The salted plum Vodka Colllins ($7.50) had a salted plum garnish to this lemon juice and soda solution that we sipped with sating shrimp chips ($2.00):

Deep frying boiled farm eggs ($8.00):

... gave them a "skin" that sat in a sweet and spicy tamarind sauce. We chomped on these 'bryos with crisply fried shallots.

Ike's Vietnamese fish sauce wings ($12.50):

... were sticky with a sweet tang. We ordered these moist motivators "spicy" which worked well with the backboard of pickled veg.

Whisky Soda Lounge is the sort of place we love - ropey martial arts movies, funky decor, excellent elixirs, swell snacks and a friendly staff.

Whisky Soda Lounge

3131 SE Division St.
Portland, OR





Tuesday, October 11, 2011

We went with a flight of fish at Bamboo Sushi:

... that was a line up of salmon and trout to calibrate our coho to king contentment:

This sampling of seafood was a more bam than boo way of beginning our dinner.

Yuan-zuke salmon, amebi and hotate ($4.00-$5.00):

... were all nifty nubs of nigiri with the shrimp heads:

... offering a crunchy crossover to the maki-belly'in morsels of "Lucky 13" ($13.00):

This alba-cored roll up of cukes, avocado and scallop was followed by a "Ring of Fire":

... with fried oysters, cucumber, yamagobo and albacore. Fried shallot rings cashed in this Johnnyrous joint of seafood.

Bamboo was worth shooting to for some swell sushi.

Bamboo Sushi
310 SE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR









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