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September 1-10, 2011


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Saturday, September 10, 2011

C&M flew in for a wedding so we grabbed brunch with them before their evening event. We couldn't find many places that took midday reservations until we found ourselves in Veritable Quandary.

The catfish ($15.00):

... was moist marine meow with wilted spinach and cherry tomatoes. Perfectly poached eggs and hollandaise sauced this seafood serving.

Chilaquiles ($14.00):

... looked more like nachos and didn't have any of the menu mentioned guacamole. These chips with queso freso and scrambled eggs were on the bland side and not really my thing.

The berry crisp ($8.00):

... had a topping that was sweeter than I prefer but the chocolate cake ($8.00)

... had a pleasing sucrose subtlety with cherries portside.

It was great to catch up with our pals before their matrimonial meetup at this perplexing place.

Veritable Quandary
1220 SW 1st Ave.
Portland, OR




Friday, September 9, 2011

The Dump Truck may not have a name that is evocative of eats (at least not the front end event) but this cart conveys diverse dumplings from a Portland food pod.

I got a sampler ($5.50 for 6):

... with pork purses, mushroom, cabbage, rice noodle and ginger bundles, potato curry cradles and bacon cheeseburger packets. I used the recommended sauces for each of these stuffed steamers which were fun but I found the wrappers to be a little more al dente than my tastes run, but friendly drivers of this truck seem to have a convoy of contented customers to sling their 'lings.

The Dump Truck

SW 10th Ave. & Alder St.
Portland, OR





Thursday, September 8, 2011

When we heard that Beaker & Flask had a bar business, we ran to the Rum Club lured by the 'lixirs at this nice nook down the block from their mother ship.

The Sister Ray ($8.00) was a Fernet Branca inflected Old Crow(!) and rum refreshment with a velvety underground of cassis.

A nifty n'walins nod followed with a notable Vieux Carre ($9.00) and sensational Sazerac ($10.00) from alchemizer Emily behind the stick.

Shrimp cocktail ($8.00):

... was a tastetalgic touch before we hit the luscious chicken liver with pickled watermelon rind and vegetable matter ($8.00):

Pierogi ($7.00):

... surfaced as sombreros of corn and potato pasta packets. These plump Polish pillows cushioned our cocktails commendably.

The Rum Club is one of those places that make you feel immediately at home in their laid back and laudable lounge.

Rum Club

720 SE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A peachy salad ($10.00):

... with crunchy specks of speck and glistening glacier lettuce was a succulent start to an afternoon at Evoe catching up with a pal. This pork-a-dotted, stone fruit plate was a fine fuzzy-frawned, formation.

We shared a swell sardine sandwich while sipping on effervescent Ameztoi Txakolina between bites of artichoke and fennel salad ($8.00):

... with delicate drapes of shattering guanciale to add jowliness to an already jolly afternoon

3731 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR




Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A daikon and seaweed amuse:

... greeted us at Biwa:

... where chicken heart ($4.00):

...chicken liver ($4.00):

... pork belly ($3.00):

... and scallop ($10.00) yakimono:

... were impeccable, impaled, grilled goods. These skewer things were removed from radiation before hydration deprivation to produce good offal, marvelous midsection and marine muscle magnificence washed down with draft beer.

Rice balls rolled in two ways - grilled with shoyu:

... and nori wrapped with a puckery plum pad:

Both strains of grain were hand held triable angles.

Salt-grilled mackerel ($11.00):

... was mackably moist with crispy bits at the periphery that was krill to our grills.

Ramen ($11.00 plus $3.00 for smoked pork shoulder):

... had a nice noodley pool of swiney slurpage with tenderly boiled eggs.

This far southeast izakaya is a Biwa-ichin stop for stabbed, grilled and soupy sustenance worth cycling back to.

215 SE 9th Ave.
Portland, OR


Mark your Calendar

Traci has been Jardiniere-ing for fourteen years now and in celebration of this multi-lenium milestone the 1997 menu is being Des-classified for an evening of Jardins variety eats.

On Monday, September 12th, lobster strudel will be the first of three courses in this celebratory prix fixe dinner including wine pairings from the 1997 wine list.

Jardiniere 14th Anniversary Celebration Dinner with Traci Des Jardins

September 12th
$55 3 course menu including 3 wine pairings

Jardiniere Restaurant
300 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA




Monday, September 5, 2011

All the stools were taken at Le Pigeon:

... so we carriered ourselves to the communal table where we pecked on a a plate of seeductive marinated figs. A warm, tender muffin created a trail of bread crumbs leading us to a cippolini onion rooted, foie gras terrine topped with fried sage leaves and soy bean praline ($18.00):

This birdy bundle was a swell start with a plate of sous vided and fried-finished octopus ($15.00):

Pureed porcini truffled around with hearts of palm and tatsoi wedged against slices of nectarine. This fruits and mer-iage toed the line of the promising pigeon English that got us to fly by.

Sweetbreads ($26.00):

... got a booster seat of veal breast done pulled pork style. The smoky glands and juvenile moo mound melded with savory bread pudding, a contrast of crunchy slaw and cherries to set of the sweetness of the meaty bits.

Duck ($28.00):

... was rosy rare with a buckwheat crepe burritoing foie with a nudge of nectarine which we flew through with glugs of 2007 Harmonia Pinot Noir.

Foie gras profiteroles ($10.00):

... with sea salt and caramel sauce completed our foie-in-every-course dinner. These livery stables profited from their roll in sucrose and saline gilded with a glass of the 2003 Caselnau de Suduiraut Sauternes.

We will definitely swoop back to this bird feeder for their swell chow and friendly staff.

Le Pigeon

738 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR




Sunday, September 4, 2011

filled a bodacious crostata ($3.00):

... at Fleur de Lis Bakery. This free form frisbee had a nice tang to the stone fruit fortressed within a shattering shield of pastry.

This impressive fruit pie was a de Lis-ious demonstration of fleur-ishing talent.

Fleur de Lis
3930 NE Hancock St.
Portland, OR




Saturday, September 3, 2011

We grabbed a couple Spunky Monkey coffees:

... from a stand at the Portland Farmers Market at PSU:

... before surveying the sprawling 'semblage of gustatory goods.

Bingo! sandwiches:

... made a mean Wag fried egg ($6.50):

... encased in a tender house made roll with Tillamook cheddar and bacon. It was a huevo-lation of simple, savory, sunrise sustenance (packing materialed with potato chips.)

Buskers provided a backdrop as we picked up a soppressata at Chop:

... and a hunk of porkstrami at Tails & Trotters.

This groovy grocery gathering was an impressive Portland produce and product 'porium not to be missed.

Portland Farmers Market at PSU




Friday, September 2, 2011

Cheese Bar is a nicely nouned name for a protein purchase point wedged in with a sandwich stop. I perused the fromagerator loaded with lactation variations:

... before lunching on mac and cheese ($7.50):

Rectangles of tri-cheesed pasta elbowed in with Tails & Trotters ham was griddled to crustify these Cheddar, havarti and parma-slabs.

Curdious counter service was devoid of any well worn pick up lines that the name would suggest (and I coincidentally happened to be wearing my "space pants").

This manipulated mammal moisture market was a nifty nosh nook.

Cheese Bar
6031 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR




Thursday, September 1, 2011

I checked out the "Good Food Here" food cart pod:

... and made the trough-ic choice of Lardo.

There were medical personnel standing by as I bypassed the standard fries to "make 'em dirty" ($6.00):

... with the addition of little luscious lumps of cracklin's and petite pork pieces. This alchemizing agent lent pigticular potency to these parmesan, sage, rosemary and pepper potatoes.

Pigstrami ($8.00):

... was sandwiched with carroty fennel slaw, mustard and thin sheets of pickles in a crusty Fleur de Lis Bakery ciabatta pen. This little piggy house went to market but I'll have to return to this vendor when the porcetta is being served on the wee wee weekend.

4262 SE Belmont
Portland, OR









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