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June 22-30, 2012


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  Saturday, June 30, 2012

We stopped by to toast Ricky:

... on his last day behind the stick at Riffle NW.

We hope his concocktails continue on their list after he stops shaking and stirring them. His IPA based panaché ($10.00) is like a shandy with a twist. Elderflower and lemon lift this libation with a summery sparkle while the Chrysanthemum ($8.00) continues to flourish with vermouth and Benedictine.

The sudsy sip went well with a crawfish boil ($23.00):

... with chorizo, potatoes and corn. We hadn't had a mass of mudbugs in a while and enjoyed our messy meal along with some mackable mackerel ($11.00) on toast:

We wished Ricky well and wandered into the rain confident that he will take the prize in his upcoming competition in Brazil.

Riffle NW

333 NW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR



  Friday, June 29, 2012

We are thrilled for Ricky Gomez that he is now brand Ambassador for Diageo, but bummed that we wont be 'bibing his bevs when we drop by what has become one of our favorite fishtaurants, Riffle NW.

He is going to represent the US in a big cocktail competition in Brazil and we're betting on him to win. Particularly after partaking of a Lillet rouge and vermouth drink:

... he made up to mingle with a slice of stellar salmon ($28.00):

... sided with squash. Some scorched shishito peppers ($4.00):

... were blistery bulbs that illuminated interest.

We will whip by to toast Ricky farewell on Saturday but hope to continue to see him on the opposite side of the stick..

Riffle NW

333 NW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR



  Thursday, June 28, 2012

The oranges were fine, but I skipped the sandwiches that were part of the "afternoon tea" on the flight back to the hutch.

Nine hours was enough time to grab some z's before PDXiting the airport to weather that mimicked London's.

Air Canada



  Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mini marshmallows mingled with hot chocolate at Priuci where we dug into some afters.

Although not the rich river of cocoa-cocktion that Contigo constructs, it was a warming escort for a slice of tiramisu (£4.60) which was booze-free and spongy. The berry tart (£6.40) had a nice tang and crunch with a welcome restraint on the sucrose.

Not so much in the way of dining on this trip, but at least there is every imaginable flavor of crisps available at all times as consolation.




  Tuesday, June 26, 2012

We stumbled into the first place we came across in Chinatown:

... which happened to specialize in XLB (£6.00). These diminutive dumplings with soup centers came with detailed instructions for those who may otherwise gush these openly into their gobs.

Although not as nifty as Yank Sing, these were munch-worthy, molten morsels followed up by garlicy aubergine (£7.80):

... a chicken and pepper stir fry (£9.50):

Chinese broccoli :

...and a decent steamed seabass (£18.50). This overly lit, funky frontier:

... was a fine filling station that may not be return-worthy, but certainly tanked us up.




  Monday, June 25, 2012

The glowing oven at Zizzi:

... seemed like a herald of hearty helpings, but produced the blondest quattro stagioni (£9.45):

... imaginable. This bread-reseentation of the four seasons did not reflect any sign of global warming with nary a blister.

Poor pigmentation aside, it was still a crisp, thin-crusted mozzarella, artichoke heart, ham, olive and pepperoni piZiziza from this chomping chain of UKy wedgey ware warrens.

Zizzi UK



  Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Marquis of Granby was filled with punters tallying pints and points as England vs. Italy played on the telly.

This foundation of football feathered into perky peri peri chicken wings (£4.95):

... and a dressing-drenched chicken and bacon salad (£7.95):

I always like back bacon but the overall effect was too liquid-laden to love. To be fair, bit was a funky pub where the emphasis wasn't on salads...

Marquis of Granby



  Saturday, June 23, 2012

I have no love for Wimbledon since it resulted in difficultly in scoring a hotel room. This meant the Radisson was our refuge. Since it's a large lodge, we held hope that there was a Japanese breakfast option:

... but we were out of luck.

Although we are not strangers to a proper British fry up, this buffet was extra manky.

Tennis may not be my sport, but now it is even less so...


Radisson Blu Portman Hotel



  Friday, June 22, 2012

The seven hour flight delay wiped out the time savings of bypassing New York and taking a Northerly nudge towards London. The chow was better than the last Air Canada ride with today's (I'm guessing) accidentally undercooked beef tenderloin. This rare ration was a sharp contrast to the greyed-out, lamb last time.

Shards of scallop shell shrapneled a seafood starter:

... but perhaps this lack of excitement helped me to sleep through the rest of the trip.










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