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May 11-20, 2012


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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Riffle NW recently opened in the Pearl District and is already luring in loads of seafood seekers.

The bar boasts some major talent:

... from familiar fountains like the Rum Club and Ox. We got a "Room D" ($9.00) which was a 'licious libation reved with rye, bittered with Becherovka and enlightened with quinine and citrus while the Souracher ($10.00) got tang from lime in a cooling rye, campari, sweet vermouth and ginger beer glugger.

We were seriously impressed by the wrangling of refreshments behind the stick including the "Chrysanthemum" that bloomed with dry vermouth, absinthe and Benedictine:

Black bass ($10.00):

... was badass in a tantalizing tartare that reeled us in with flappingly fresh flesh in a deliciously rolled dice.

A crispy poached egg ($4.00):

... was a frisee salad that had the right ratios. This deep fried huevo was a swell, self-saucing serving.

The grilled cheese and bacon sandwich ($6.00):

... didn't do anything for us due to the doughmination of bread, if the ratios were rejiggered we wouldn't pan this 'nini.

An inspired squid carbonara ($17.00):

... was required ordering. This rich, ringer roni was a calamarvelous combo.

The 'tails and tucker will tract us back to this polished Pearl soon.

Riffle NW
333 NW 13th St.
Portland, OR





Saturday, May 19, 2012

A benefit party for PICA:

... involved passed snacks before a sit down dinner with family style platters of grilled asparagus, salad, steak, potatoes and kale rabe. We are always surprised when large events pull off presenting a good meal, but when we learned the caterer was Simpatica, it made sense. The choice to platter (rather than plate) and the uncomplicated nature of the nosh was a lesson in contented crowd control.

Simpatica Catering





Friday, May 18, 2012

Ken's pizzeria served up a solid slice so we decided to give Ken's Artisan Bakery:

... another try.

Ham and gruyere ($4.25):

... were rolled into a fromage futon with flaky folds of salinated swine sheets.

We preferred this pastry over the glazed cinnamony swirl ($3.25):

... that was light as a cloud with some grounding from walnuts and tasted like a cross between a raised glazed donut and a sticky bun.

This popular portal of pastries is good, but we haven't found anything yet that has made our interest rise.

Ken's Artisan Bakery

388 NW 21st Ave.
Portland, OR




Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lots of Portland sushi restaurants use plastic menus that customers write out their orders. At Sinju restaurant, items were listed in Japanese with room to write in additions. When the waitress came to collect the sheet she pointed to my addition of "gohan" and told me they didn't carry that. It turned out that they did, indeed, sell bowls of rice ($2.50).

The sockeye sashimi ($18.00) was waterlogged, but the hamachi ($13.95) was fine.

Uni ($7.50):

... and hotatgai ($4.75):

... were good, but nothing was special enough to inspire a return visit to this Pearl District rice warren.

Sinju Japanese Restaurant

1022 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Roses is a scoop shop that makes their ice cream in house.

We got a couple of cones with rocky road, Butterfinger, mocha chip and Heath bar:

... which we found not to be our thing...was it the Portland Tissue Processing Lab:

... across the street? Was it the general flavor profiles? Was it both?

At least we are lucky enough to other cryonic options that are more in line with our tastes.


5011 NE 42nd Ave.
Portland, OR




Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Woodlawn had a post locust display on our last visit so we were happy to encounter a well-stocked arsenal of eats today.

Apple rhubarb pie ($4.00):

... had a flaky lattice top, but the bottom crust was less cooked than we prefer. We loved the tangy, tender pie fruit though.

A creme fraiche cake ($3.75):

... was upside downed with apricot in a swell, sticky, stone fruit circle.

Even though we were crust fallen about the lowest dough-nom-inator of today's wedge, our last visit yielded a fine foundation to our fruit pie so perhaps our latest rhu-mination was an ab-barb-iation.

Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry
808 NE Dekum St.
Porltand, OR




Monday, May 14, 2012

Dove Vi Vi is a cornmeal crust pizza parlor that dishes out single slices as well as whole pies.

We went with a mixture of maize ($4.25 per slice):

... including variations of sausage, pepperoni, veggie and goat cheese which we washed down with Oakshire Brewing Line Dry Rye and Victory Braumiester Pilsner:

This cornycopia of homey helpings was served up by a knowledgable and friendly staff. It was good, but Neapolitans remain tops for us in this grub genre.

Dove Vivi
2727 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR




Sunday, May 13, 2012

A plankenstein of beer:

... livened up our night as we selected several suds samples at Deschutes Brewpub.

We hopped among our malty minis ($8.00 per plank) as we chomped on some paprika-powdered pork rinds:

... which didn't sate our 4505 cravings, but were okay.

The baby backs ($19.00):

... had a tart cherry BBQ sauce to these tender twigs (that weren't as succulent as we supposed) while their "yellow belly burger" ($15.00):

... had pork belly and candied yellow tomatoes mingling with jalapeño pesto and goat cheese melding with a beef patty. The sourdough roll offered more bready fortification than necessary for this good gob of swine and bovine. They were kind enough to go fifty fifty on the accompanying regular and sweet potato fries that were satisfying saline and spud sticks at this hub of friolators and fermentation.

This pub has a chainy feel, but the staff was friendly and it was fun to pick our way through their potions.

Deschutes Brewery & Public House

210 NW 11th
Portland, OR




Saturday, May 12, 2012

Dovetail Bakery was out of sticky buns and pie when we feathered into their friendly vegan vector.

A raspberry vanilla bean scone ($2.75):

... was reminiscent of a frosted pop tart with a sweet belly to its bready borders while the millet and carrot muffin ($2.95):

... was a fluffy root and seed stump with a pleasing crunch.

This dinky, dairy-free, dough dugout was a welcome roost stop, but too bad we we missed out on our intended items.

Dovetail Bakery
3039 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR




Friday, May 11, 2012

Fiddleheads have a brief performance before their seasonal fernaly so we snapped some up at City Market.

We hit them with a quick sear before rolling them into our pasta:

... (with chunks of Chop sausage to tune up our tucker.) We fret for the future fernless frontier, but these springy spirals are always an invigorating interlude










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