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December 1-10, 2012


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Monday, December 10, 2012

A coconut created a curry cradle of squid, scallops, shrimp and mussels ($15.00):

... in a seafood dish masquerading as an exotic drink at Chang Mai.

This palm package was preceded by Pad Kee Mao ($9.50):

... which was listed as spicy, but was more of a mild, wide noodle stir fry of beans, basil and bell peppers. Even though the heat was conservative, it still provided ample excuse for a couple rounds of beer at this friendly little Thai tucker turnout.

Chang Mai

3145 SE Hawthrone Blvd.
Portland, OR




  Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Crispy razor clams" ($13.00):

... caught my eye from the Riffle NW menu. These materialized as sheets of breaded and fried shellfish that, while okay, were a little on the rubbery side.

The black cod ($27.00):

... on the other hand, was a superior specimen of fresh flesh showcased with rapini in the sort of simple and sensation dish that keeps this seafood station on our rotation.


Riffle NW
333 NW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR



  Saturday, December 8, 2012

We should have planned better, but we found ourselves confronted with a closed Penny Diner and an hour wait at another establishment so we headed to Morning Star where we slid into a bar seat without much of a wait.

The coffee wasn't our thing, but the "3rd and Washington" ($9.00 plus $2.00 for fruit):

... was an intersection or boar sausage, mushrooms and Cheddar that did not yield to the "El Florentino" ($8.00):

... with spinach, onions and mozzarella.

In brunch-crazed Portland, it can be necessary to stave off starvation by forgoing first (and second) choices.

Morning Star Cafe

500 SW 3rd
Portland, OR



  Friday, December 7, 2012

The caviar
service ($135.00) at Bouchon Beverly Hills:

... comes with toasted triangles of airy brioche, escargot divots of sieved, s'eggregation, capers, creme fraiche, onion and chives:

... and of course, the main event:

Champagne supplied the surf to send this sea fare down the hatch with a second wave of brioche from the toast guard.

Trout ($28.00):

... with lemon confit, cauliflower and croutons was a firm fleshed, perfectly seasoned swimmer with nuttiness from beurre noisette .

The pork chop ($36.50):

... was a thick chunk of rosy swine. Fennel, radicchio and apple added bitter, sweet and earthy hogmentation to this nice slice.

Each Bouchon has its own personality taken from their terrain and the Beverly Hills version is unmistakable in its regional relationship with a musical pulse and whiskied energy.

Bouchon Beverly Hills
235 N. Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA



  Thursday, December 6, 2012

Korean porridge sounded like just the thing after a celebratory evening.

Bonjuk specializes in variations of this Goldilocks grub where we got the spicy octopus ($12.95):

... that was armed with tougher tentacles than we prefer, but it was still okay within the gooey grain goods that were milder than we anticipated.

The oyster and mushroom version ($12.95):

... was more our thing with plump pods of 'sters stirred into the tub of grub skirted by banchan including a nice kimchee, daikon, a chili thing and some shredded beef.

It was fun to check out the porridge, but the varieties we had didn't inspire us to break chairs, take a nap or return...

3551 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



  Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Malo Restaurant was so dark:

... that it was difficult to make out our meal consisting of a staple starter of guacamole and chips:

... monterey jack and cheddar enchiladas ($8.00) with green sauce:

... and Coke carnitas ($10.00):

... which were both okay, but may not make us marsh back to Malo.

Malo Restaruant
4326 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029



  Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A creamy corn chowder:

... kicked off our meal at Bistro Provence.

This four course menu ($32.00) followed up with a pink and pleasing lamb tenderloin with potato dumplings with feta cheese:

... and a spicy paella with shellfish in a saffron tomato broth:

We skipped dessert since we were sated with our pre fixin's in this little noshing nook with food that outshone the location.

Bistro Provence

345 N. Pass
Burbank, CA



  Monday, December 3, 2012

In a shocking adherence to expectations, the California wrap ($7.75):

... was an extinguished cigar of wilty Romaine with hidden bits of turkey breast, avocado and bell pepper at The Riverfront Cafe. This establishment did not inhabit the geographical territory that its name implied, but instead, was situated in PDX.

I subbed out fruit ($1.00 supplement):

... for their standard potato chips. This melange of decaying organic matter went well with the cold coffee they serve to maintain a consistent theme of making customers wish they were at a riverfront cafe.

Riverfront Cafe
PDX Airport



  Sunday, December 2, 2012

We hit Happy Hour at Park Kitchen:

... for a citrus-scented Old Fashioned ($5.00) and a nifty, dry, Park Martini ($5.00):

Greaseless chickpea fries ($8.00):

... were legume Lincoln logs which stacked up with a mortar of squash ketchup. These 'bonzo beams were overshadowed by a plate of charred carrots ($8.00):

... planted in goat cheese. This earthy endeavor got crunch from candied pecans which echoed the sweetness of the roots.

This daily dining deal delivers from 5-7 makes it worth parking at the bar.

Park Kitchen
422 NW 8th
Portland, OR



  Saturday, December 1, 2012

Whole grain mustard with snipped chives upholstered grilled brioche in "The Portlander Sandwich" ($6.50):

... at The Big Egg. A criss cross of bacon supported a runny-yolked egg on this cheery, white-Cheddared chomp.

This coop coupe continues to create huevolucionary helpings.

The Big Egg

4233 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR









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