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May 21-31, 2012


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  Thursday, May 31, 2012

When we lived in London our associates seemed to enjoy the Charlotte Street Hotel and it is actually turns out not to be bad crash pad.

After dropping off the bags, it was time to head across the street to observe the natives:

... and partake in some Indian chow at Palms of Goa. The tandorri chicken wings (£3.95):

... weren't brilliantly colored or flavored in these flappers that flew in the face of tradition. Some poppadom and traditional toppings:

...also acted as ballast before it was time to cross the street and sleep off the lag.

Palms of Goa

12 Charlotte St.
London W1T 2LU
0207 636 1668



  Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Air Canada
was suspiciously less expensive than the other airline options to the UK, but the time benefit of bypassing NY and the fully flattening furniture made up for the cod.

This sad selection was greasy and overcooked with a plethora pin bones. They even took the extra precaution of running it through the deflavorizer a few extra times - but at least there will be less time in the air before arriving in the land of Marmite, PG Tips and Wagamama.




  Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Petite pasta packs of crave-worthy crab ($11.00):

... were divine, dente, Dungeness, dough dollops at Blue Hour.

A plump, perfectly rare pave of pinkness ($30.00):

... swam in a river of Romesco with slightly overcooked asparagus. Crispy skin shielded this succulent salmon with softened spears that didn't diminish this swell seafood.

Blue Hour is an indigo-to spot for good grub.

Blue Hour
250 NW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR



  Monday, May 28, 2012

Salmon ($29.00):

... roed in a buttery sauce at Park Kitchen. My request for "extra rare" reeled in a relish-worthy ration of redness with trout eggs bursting aboard this fine fish. A horseradishy potato gratin soaked up more of the lactose liquid while rocket added a vegetal variation bolstered with Boedecker PInot Noir.

Park Kitchen continues to be a good place to park for tasty tucker.

Park Kitchen
422 NW 8th Ave.
Portland, OR



  Sunday, May 27, 2012

A vicious Vieux Carre ($10.00):

... hit the old spot squarely at Riffle NW. There is a lot of carrot behind the stick at this swell swig stop but the solid stuff is nothing to skip.

Whole black bass ($28.00):

... was succulent seafood served with citrus salad. Once the skeleton was secured, they cycle back for a deep frying to create a crochet of crisp calcium. They even crisped the cabeza which capped things off swimmingly.

Riffle fired off some fine finny fortification on both of our visits. We will have to check out their burger next time.

Riffle NW

333 NW 13th
Portland, OR



  Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Grand Central Baking Company in NW Portland was far less populated that their other oven outlet on Division. Perhaps it gets more of a weekday crowd but it was refreshing to have a quick and peppy weekend breakfast in brunch-crazy Portland.

The "bacon egg bolo" ($6.25):

... was breadier than befitted this breakfast bundle. While it was comprised of good grub, this imbalance brokered a blandness that went with the grain of gluten and against the beckoning of the bacon.

The egg sandwich with Cheddar ($5.75):

... had more reasonable ratios in a carb cushion cradling this cheese and ova eat.

We watched pain-ful procedures performed behind the glass as we gnawed on our kneaded nosh at this loafing location during our quick and peppy pitstop.

Grand Central Baking Co.
2249 NW York
Portland, OR



  Friday, May 25, 2012

Rama Thai is located behind a vacuum vendor but their food did not share the air intake qualities of their neighbor.


... was loaded with mint and cilantro and the cabbage was more of a chomp-along chunk rather than a carne cradle. There was nice heat to this eat as well as the Nam Khao Tod:

... which we stuffed into Romaine leaves with cilantro to nom on this crispy rice and pork 'ritto.

Catfish with green beans, peppers and eggplant:

... was fine, but we were told that the BBQ pork was the dish to order on our next visit.

Rama Thai Restaurant
12874 SW Canyon Rd.
Beaverton, OR



  Thursday, May 24, 2012

We figured if the Old Spice man was into PBJ's, we should check out this small sandwich snackatorium too.

PBJ's isn't so much a food cart as a food alley where their twist on traditional trinity treats of bread, nutbutter and preserves involves sweet and savory offerings.

The "smokin goat" ($7.00):

... was chevre, almond butter and smoky bacon grilled between slices of olive bread. Apricot jam gave a stone fruit sweetness to the tangy lactose and crunchy pig in this nifty nutty nosh.

The hospitable hosts manufacture a mesmerizing menu of crazy sounding combos, but if our goaty goods are any indication, these are not shocking, stunt sandwiches, but well-considered alliances of bread bindings. We will have to return for more since today's was right up our alley.


919 NW 23rd St.
Portland, OR



  Wednesday, May 23, 2012

80¢ is a nice price point for little luxe lumps of macarons and sandwich cookies:

... at Two Tarts.

The ribboned box of assorted confections we roped in during our last double T time was fun to munch through, but we still have to return to check out some of their house made ice cream.

The morsel market manages to entice with their itsy eats.

Two Tarts
2309 NW Kearney St.
Portland, OR



  Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monet's California Deli:

... drew upon the impressionist master as their source of inspiration for this homage to his water lily canvasses.

Slices of sweaty pepperoni took the place of water lilies on a mozzarella pond.

I ate this embodiment of Giverny and realized that some art was not meant for public consumption.

Monet's California Deli
LAX Airport




Monday, May 21, 2012

The prix fixe dinner ($63.00 per person) at Hatfields:

... was the real McCoy with bouche amusers of chopped salmon with roasted beets and green hummus:

... before shooting on to some kanpachi:

... with crunch from peanuts and jicama counterpointed by the richness of avocado and creme fraiche.

Candied bacon and celery root grounded roasted diver scallops:

... while roasted asparagus speared spectacular black cod:

... that was crusted with toast and mingled with maitakes.

Pink planks of duck breast:

... had a sweet potato and cabbage nest before migrating to our middles while tender 36 hour slow cooked beef rib:

... got a carroty cushion with blue lake bean bolstering.

A supplement of foie gras ($23.00):

... was seared and served over caramelized cippolini onions with molasses toast to send off this last de-livery of legal California organ before July. This luscious lobe was fine filtration filler.

The lemon meringue tart:

... puckered up pleasingly as we kissed dinner goodbye.

Hatfields makes some fine fued served by a gracious staff. We will have to shoot back on our next L.A. stay.


6703 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA









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