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July 11-20, 2012


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  Friday, July 20, 2012

Tonight's cocktail special was a "pepper watermelon" ($8.00) which blossomed with gin in this peppered potion. Watermelon also rolled in in a Pim's Cup ($9.00):

... which was an interpim-tation of cuke-laced, lemony sparklage at Riffle NW.


... sat on a beach of favas, corn and rice which complemented these fab fillets. We were keen on these mean bean and sardines followed by their chowder ($10.00):

Plump mussels and bacon bolstered this brothy bowl studded with spuds as a soup starter segueing into a tart flambée ($11.00):

This clam-ourous pizza with caramelized onions was a triangulation of tastiness.

Halibut cheeks ($27.00):

... faced off with cantaloupe, watermelon and purslane and went to the head of the class. This kick butt 'but was a fine fish and melon mix that exemplified Riffle's riveting riffs on sensational seafood.

Riffle NW
333 NW 13th St.
Portland, OR



  Thursday, July 19, 2012

Oyako donburi:

... is what we consider comfort clucker. This combination of steamed rice, chicken and onion is a homey helping with an eggy and sweet edge. Today's case of carbs ($7.00) came from the Samurai cart:

... and was a filling folio that was standard issue (in a good way). Even though it may not be reorderable, it was a solid starch serving topped with both ends of the chicken spectrum.

Samurai Bento

950 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR



  Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Battered cod ($7.50):

... topped a heap of chips at the Frying Scotsman food cart.

This tumble of tubers was a starchy seat to the brittlely-battered peche pillow. After a dousing with malt vinegar and a shower of saline, it was time to take on this traditional tucker. This slightly oily, but still solid seafood was nap-inducing nourishment.

The Frying Scotsman Fish and Chips
9th and Alder
Portland, OR




  Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We arrived early but struck out (a forth time) as the Lardo was bare of porchetta.

It was time to walk it off and we happened upon happy hour at Café Castagna:

... where a shrimp cocktail ($5.00):

... refreshed with its retro-ness. Arancini ($5.00):

... had crisply-fried rinds 'round their fontina-filled, risotto centers. We peeled through this segment of the meal to a burger ($6.00):

... draped with melty Swiss. This cattle cushion was cravable with a side of swell spud sticks ($4.00):

Salmon ($24.00):

... swam in from the unhappy hour menu, but elicited smiles with a crisp-skinned, rare square of pink surrounded with tarragon sauce, potatoes and squash making us happy that our first foray was fumbled.

Café Castagna

1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR



  Monday, July 16, 2012

We have been bewitched by Tasty n Sons':

... brunch but burgers beckoned today.

We got one of each - the "tasty burger" ($11.00):

... and the "toro burger" ($12.00):

... which both came with a tangle of taters that we tore into with the smoked blue cheese and bacon "Tasty". The "Toro" had a carpet of Romesco bedecked with bacon and Manchego. Both swine-stripped sandwich had its munchable merits which we enjoyed with some drafts:

... at this friendly fraternal frontier.

Tasty n Sons
3808 N. Williams
Portland, OR



  Sunday, July 15, 2012

We looped back to Lardo to see if we could nab one of their porchetta sandwiches but found them 86'ed yet again. We drowned our dissaporkment in a meatball banh mi ($8.00):

... which was a good mi-al with the requisite root ribbons and cilantro on this sriracha-kicked banh bunned wth Fleur de Lis bread.

The double burger ($8.00):

... had a couple mini patties that overlapped in the center. Even though both rounds didn't reach the rim of the bread, the cumulative cow created a good meat to bread ratio. Pork belly squealed the deal on this pen palate plate perimetered with dirty fries ($6.00) scattered with pork scraps and peppers.

Gigantic Brewing's IPA helped ease the downer of the delayed installation of the new, high capacity rotisserie. Porchetta wlll be ours...


1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR



  Saturday, July 14, 2012

We both went with the "Sarah Special" ($6.50) at Bowery Bagels.

The onion:

... and the salt:

... bagels were both chewy leavened loops that haloed caper-dotted cream cheese given wings with silky sheets of house-cured salmon.

This creamy, crusty combo wowed us with this bow to New York noshing.

Next time we have to check out the "" aka the bacon, caramelized onions and mushrooms schmear.

Bowery rolls out the best bagels in Portland.

Bowery Bagels

310 NW Broadway
Portland, OR



  Friday, July 13, 2012

The shoyu ramen ($6.50):

... at Minizo was a nice nest of slurpability. A slice of pork and a boiled egg half enriched this soy sauced, green onioned noodle nosh. They make their own pasta which has a nice dente delivery in the chicken and pork broth.

We will venture back to this food cart offshoot of Shigezo to check out more of their strandy suppers soon.

1477 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR



  Thursday, July 12, 2012

We were expecting a Smitten spinoff when we heard about the liquid nitrogen fueled freezing process at the newly opened What's the Scoop? but they don't make single snowballs to order in the manner of Smitten. This batch-based cone-tingent has a sampling station where we tried the bourbon toffee, brown butter almond brittle and fudge monkey (which didn't taste like they added any monkey at all).

After vetting our appetites, we settled on identical house made waffle cones filled with coffee and chocolate:

Both varieties were smooth and rich against their crunchy conetainment ($3.50 each plus $1.00 per cone).

This likable lickage will have us back for another lac-dose soon.

What's the Scoop?
3540 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR



  Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tienda Santa Cruz #2 is a market with an eatery in back.

We worked our way through each of their tacos ($1.00 - $1.50 each) of asada, pollo, pastor, chorizo, tripa, lengua, pastor, cabeza and pescado.

All of these masa mitts were marvelous. The lengua and cabeza were particularly heady helpings. These were the best tacos we've had in PDX so far.

Tienda Santa Cruz #2

8630 N. Lombard St.
Portland, OR









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