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April 1-10, 2012


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Stone IPA and Bayern Pils ($4.00 each) were gildy glugs at The Old Gold:

... where an Elk Burger ($8.00):

... en-deered itself with fontina and a dried cherry relish.

A chimichurri dip ($6.00):

... got body from white beans in a garliced-up, hippie helping with carrots, celery and crostini while the salt and pepper fries ($5.00):

... were crusty, crisp, spud spikes that speared the spot during our beer break at this casual cantina.

The Old Gold
2105 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR




Monday, April 9, 2012

The "Whisky #2" ($9.00) was Bulleit Bourbon lightened by ginger beer with an extra kiss of ginger at Yakuza Lounge.

This pleasing potion was good, but their take on an Old Fashioned ($11.00) hit the spot with an absinthe rinse, Bulleit (they were out of Jefferson) and a balance of bitters.

The pitted ice cubes diluted our drinks faster than we would have liked, but that's just being picky.

Plumes of parsnip puree paved the plate for crispy skinned black cod ($14.00):

These moist-middled morsels were our kind of chow. Shiso added a mint hint to this root and fruit de meriage.

The Yakuza burger ($12.00):

... had a brittle bundle of fried potato strings that added crunch to a juicy patty. A tang of goat cheese, a hint of sweetness from the house made ketchup and a hit of hot sauce made this a mob hit. Next time we'll try their marrow burger.

The friendly staff at this bustling embiberia kept the samurai suds:

... and beet cocktails flowing. We will definitely walk the earth back to this dojo of deliciousness.

Yakuza Lounge

5411 NE 30th Ave.
Portland, OR




Sunday, April 8, 2012

One Portland custom that we covet is the coffee stations set up for weary weekenders awaiting brunch.

Mugs hit our mugs as a mere 20 minute wait melded into a corned beef hash ($11.00):

... with poached eggs at Jam Cafe.

Grated potatoes were less brown than we prefer in this meaty melange, but it was still okay.

Spinach supported a pair of poached eggs blanketed in a feta 'fettied red pepper sauce.

This hippie helping ($9.00) was good alongside a slice of Dave's Killer Bread.

They cleverly preserve the pristine potential of their fruit spread by presenting a one-way-valve dispenser.

Not our number one brunch pick, but it is a friendly, funky, foodatorium.

Jam on Hawthorne
2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR




Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hot Cross Buns
($1.50 - not one a penny...):

... are rarely entitled to their starting syllable, but this y-Eastery , currant-studded, spiced, Crucifixion carbohydrate was still worth rolling with at Grand Central Bakery.

We gave equal time to evolution by naturally selecting a "monkey muffin" ($2.50):

Croissant dough bits were broken up and dredged in cinnamon sugar with a caramelly crust studded with chopped pecans. This ape-ealing eat had us theorizing that their rustic loaves might be worth some future investigation.

Grand Central Bakery
2230 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR




Friday, April 6, 2012

The delectable dumplings ($6.00):

... at Du Kuh Bee:

... were succulent swine sacks. Dente dough derma diametered meaty morsels that were even better than Frank's.

Korean beer:

...kimchi and pickled daikon primed our palates for our supper that we requested "spicy."

We drained a couple beers while the kitchen worked their way out of the weeds, but in about a hour, we got some swell hand pulled noodles ($12.00):

... with pork and cabbage. These chewy strands were worth the wait with heady strips of vegetal crunch contrasting with the manually manipulated strips of 'sta.

The oddly timed squid salad ($10.00):

... arrived at the end and had a nice heat to this cold, crunchy, calamari construction.

We left this hole in the wall headquarters of Seoul satisfying sustenance with a peppery perkiness.

Du Kuh Bee
12590 SW 1st. St.
Beaverton, OR




Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pastrygirl's display of biscuity bounty:

... led us to snag a blue cheese shortbread sandwich with blackberry jam cream:

This unmolded mold cookie blue in with a tang of 'tose and a pleasant acidic berry boost.

The canelé ($2.00):

... didn't have a beeswax crunch or vanilla seeds strewn in its tender belly, but it had a nice bronzed border (though we waxed sentimental for the bee-decked version.)

The lemon mascarpone tartlet ($4.50):

... was more our thing. Citrus curd struck a nice balance of sweet in a tender, crisp and buttery pastry. This 'pone mascar-lemonading as a plain of puckery potion is worth a reorder along with a cup of their French press.


7919 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, April 4, 2012

They were out of "bones" at Christopher's Gourmet Grill:

... so we went with the rib tips dinner ($13.95):

The mac & cheese:

... and collards:

... were solid sides with a porky pronouncement to the greens.

We gnawed on our dry rubbed rib tips with a bbq sauce that had a nice balance of sweet to the meat. We also dabbled with the vinegar sauce on the table, but the thicker agent that accompanied the meat seemed to be more in tune with the tips.

Next time we hope they have bones on the menu, but if not, the Philly cheesesteak and the fried okra might do.

Christopher's Gourmet Grill

3962 NE MLK
Portland, OR




Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The wood fire
was stoked at Ken's Artisan Pizzeria:

... as dough flew into this blistering baking box:

The Finocchiona ($16.00) 'za:

... was strewn with thin slices of Olympic Provisions fennel salumi to anise-titize the shaved fennel on the face of this mozz-aic of melted cheese and basil leaves set in tomato sauce.

Pork meatballs ($14.00):

... bounced with broccoli raab, mozzarella, provolone and garlic. A side of anchovies ($2.00) added a fishy flounce to this ball bearing bread washed down with a nice vino rosso.

These flame-licked, thin, dough discs had a nice chewiness and could even have been left in the licker longer to give them more of a scorch.

We liked this fired-up flatbread frontier and it now rounds out our ever evolving top 5 Portland pie list:

1 - Nostrana
2 - Oven & Shaker
3 - Lovely's Fifty-Fifty
4 - Apizza Scholls
5 - Ken's Artisan Pizza

Ken's Artisan Pizza
304 SE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR




Monday, April 2, 2012

The workers were in the weeds when we bellied up to the bar at Vintage Cocktail Lounge. The place cleared out and filled up in a wave and the two tenders were faced with a dozen sets of thirsty eyes staring them down.

Luckily, we needed time to peruse the extensive libe list as they shook and stirred.

Both of our whisky based cocktails had flamed orange caps. The Enzo ($8.00) was Regan's bittered bourbon with Averna while the Ninety Nine and a half ($10.00) made its mark with bourbon, Cynar, Luxardo, Marschino and yellow chartreuse. Both were bon bourbon 'bibes.

Once the drinks were under control, one of the staff set out to make the chow. A soppressata sandwich ($9.00):

... was nothing fancy, just a homey and muchable warm 'witch with a handful of potato chips.

They discovered that they were out of beer cheese sauce so they just gave us the pretzels:

... that were supposed to be the vehicle of this fermented fromage collage.

The nice duo doing double duty in this dimly lit den with swell sips made for a fun foray into a homey, casual bar.

Vintage Cocktail Lounge

7907 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR




Sunday, April 1, 2012

Shatteringly crisp skin armored the moist meat of our two thighs (that looked more like breasts due to their size) at Mack & Dubs. These plump thighs chafed against the carbo crannies of our double waffle plate ($8.00):

We consumed this classic combo contentedly and chatted with the duo:

... behind this new nest of clucky chow.

This mackable meal was dubly dominant the pecking order of bird and bread.

We will have to check out their neighboring breakfast establishment soon.

Mack & Dub's Excellent Chicken & Waffles
3601 NE MLK
Portland, OR


From our Bunrab email Noah C. writes:

Dear Gutenberg,

What is the brand name of the basil seed drink you had?


Gutenberg replies:

Dear Noah,

It was the super cheap can of basil seed drink that you can get at lots of Bahn mi shops - "Chin Chin".











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