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February 1-10, 2012


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Friday, February 10, 2012

Bacon bagels:

... may seem like oxymunching but the questionably kosher status didn't throw us for a loop at Spielman Coffee Roasters:

The Montreal-style non-ukah hoops ($2.50 each with cream cheese) were good grazing. We porkured the bacon maple as well as an "everything" version:

... of these chewy, slightly sweet, non-dough-nom-inational boiled and baked goods.

Mellow mugs of house roasted coffee buoyed our breakfast with the bean brew with our chew-ish chow.

Spielman Coffee Roasters
2128 SE Division St.
Porltand, OR




Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lustrous LucLac libations:

...included a Blvd ($10.00) hinging on Hennessy with vermouth and Campari. The "Team Dac Biet" ($8.00) was determined by the bourbon with cranberry, pho syrup and pear cider in this sparkling refresher.

We arrived before Happy Hour ended at seven and wound up with a bunch of two buck dishes including sugar cane shrimp:

... which we gnawed from the dulcet dowel before sipping the tamarind broth bathing mussels:

Crispy cigars of pork, taro and jicama:

... were sweetly sauced while caramelized, fish sauced, chicken wings:

... flapped with garlic and a cilantro salad.

Skewers of lemongrass marinated chicken, shrimp and pork:

... were glazed with honey while garlic goosed the green beans:

We also went with a "Luc Lac" ($15.00):

... with a mound of tomato fried rice to 'mate with cubes of tender beef with woked with a garlicy gait. A pepper sauce punched up this meaty main at this casual 'nam nom spot.


835 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

We have had success with the eatery sub genre of yoga restaurant in the past, so it seemed worth wheeling over to Prasad to see if their bowls of downward dog food were warrior worthy.

I got a "dragon bowl" ($9.00):

... that was a collection of quinoa, seaweed, greens, avocado and cabbage. A lemon ginger dressing offered some tang, but the beans were cooked until they took a softer stance than I find satisfying.

This health food hub isn't my thing, but it's popular with posers.

925 NW Davis
Portland, OR




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I was pulled in
by a sign promising handufactured noodles at a cart at the 9th and Washington food pod.

Chewy strands wove together with seafood ($7.50):

... in a chili-tinged carbo case of cabbage, carrots and celery. I asked for it "spicy" but next time I'll ask for "extra, extra spicy" and see what trans-perspires in this swell shrimp and squid surfing.

Even though tennis balls weren't bouncing over the ropes, I like what was lobbed from this food court.

Noodle House
SW 9th and Washington





Monday, February 6, 2012

Dinosaur kale ($10.00):

... was tossed with an anchovy vinaigrette, segments of grapefruit and toasted breadcrumbs at Oven and Shaker. Poppy seeds dotted a fricco to flourish this pecorinoed plate of shredded shrubbery. This salad is required ordering (even though it came from neither an oven or a shaker.)

Frito misto ($18.00):

... had fish fingers and fans of fennel around a citrus aioli. Lemon slices, peppers and onions took part in this seafood 'sortment with mussels and shrimp. Even though it was good, we probably won't reorder this dish since the cumulative effect was heavy.

White anchovies radiated from a pizza ($14.00):

... dotted with plump fried capers and slivers of garlic. This nicely blistered, tangilty tomato-sauced, dimensional disc was a nifty Neapolitan. This radiation and agitation station continues to make the best pies in the Pearl.

Oven and Shaker
1134 NW Everett St.
Portland, OR




Sunday, February 5, 2012

We wound up at Caps and Corks, a bottle shop that facilitates fluidity at all hours of the day.

Although we didn't go with any dog hair with our morning meal, we enjoyed the peppery bacon that came with "meat and eggs" ($8.50):

... along with scrambled eggs, wheat toast and hash (unbrowned) potatoes.

The overeasies and beer soaked sausage:

... (with Chubby's order of the same dish) was solid, sunrise sustenance. The biscuit:

... was standard issue and the spuds needed crispy bits, but to be fair, this isn't so much a breakfast place as a libation station.

The friendly staff described their small batch beer program which we will return to check out soon.

Caps & Corks Bottle Shop
1000 NW 17th Ave.
Portland, OR




Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ribbons of tripe wound through a tangle rice ribbons in a big basin full of pho ($6.50):

... at LucLac. A squeeze of lime, sliced jalapenos, basil and bean sprouts zipped up this stomach solution. Although it did not tower over turtles, it was still a slurpable soup sprouting with crunch and herbaceous heat.

We'll have to pack back to this Vietnamese vendor of cheerful, cheap, chow to check out the cocktails and small plates sometime soon.

835 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR




Friday, February 3, 2012

Sapphire's swell setting:

... was an Eastern-influenced complement to a "backhand" ($8.00):

A two-fisted burg bobbed in this bourbon, bitters and branca (frenet) cocktail coerced by cardamom while the Manhattan ($8.00):

... with Camaro Antica and Bulliet hit its target.

Salmon cakes ($10.00):

... weren't our thing. These pink patties were kerneled with corn and had a cushiony consistency with no crusty contrast.

The pita pizza:

... had a dormy casualness to this simple circle studded with tomatoes and artichoke hearts while the brioche bumpered cheeseburger ($11.00):

... came with yam fries that were limp and greasy. I asked if they weren't meant to be that way and the server assured me that they were.

Even though Sapphire's chow didn't ignite our interest, the drinks and decor were fine at this hotel with no guest rooms.

The Sapphire Hotel

5008 SE Hawthrone Blvd.
Portland, OR




Thursday, February 2, 2012

KitchenCru is an incubator kitchen (not unlike SF's La Cocina) and today was the inaugural "Souped Up February" lunch.

I couldn't resist the sampler ($9.00):

... of all 3 offerings. Wine was five bucks a glass with the option of either a Riesling and a Chinon.

The mug of Mulligatawny was a pleasing poultry potion fetti'ed with rice. The curry coordinated with the sweet acidity of the Riesling as did the squashed butternut with orange and crunchy croutons.

The pesto-enriched Minestrone was a pasta and vegetable crouton-capped legume-lifted liquid. Chinon rounded out this comforting cup.

Lunch came with a salad with a zippy vinaigrette and a roll to sop up the dregs of the homey helpings.

"Souped up February" continues on Thursday and Fridays 11:30-2:30 through March 2nd with a rotating roster of swell solutions.

KitchenCru Culinary Prepspace
337 NW Broadway
Portland, OR




Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Firemen and dancers were sliding down poles during a heated event at Mary's today.

I extinguished my cravings across the street at Cafe Velo where a slice of Lauretta Jean's heirloom apple pie ($4.00):

...had a tangy kick to its forbidden fruit filling. The crust was flaky, but the bottom crust was a little juice saturated.

Although good, it didn't push the Random Order apple wedge off the headlining position of our Portland pie pursuit (but it was still a nice nosh during the 911 activity.)

Cafe Velo
600 SW Pine
Portland, OR









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