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August 21-31, 2013


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Saturday, August 31, 2013

There are continual queues at many of Portland’s ice cream portals, but I scratch my head as to why these don’t exist at Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty.

House made ice cream cones contained our mint stracciatella and malted milk ball combos ($4.00 each):

We savored these creamy conecoctions (with our fave being the chocolate choice) and vowed to sample the tarragon vanilla next time

Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty

4039 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR





Friday, August 30, 2013

Ripe peaches, candied almonds and fromage blanc added sweet, crunchy, richness to the salad ($9.00):

... at Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty.

Green beans ($9.00):

... with tomatoes, squash and parmesan delectably completed our path towards pizza ($16.00):

... CHOP salami, olives and peppers perfected this pie. Their dough is chewy and sour creating a cravable crust back-boarding luscious local goods.

This friendly spot for ‘za remains on our rotation.

Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty
4039 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR





Thursday, August 29, 2013

We returned to Meet to check out their ribs ($3.00 each):

... which were smoky spokes of munchable muscularity. Their house made sauces detonated these fine fleshy protein poles which are worth greeting again.

4233 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR





Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We grabbed a daiquiri ($8) and a “Holly-lujah” ($7) tequila ‘tail:

... with muddled cukes and pineapples at recently opened Biloxi.

The deli menu includes build-your-own as well as preset sandwiches.

We went with a turkey avocado ($9):

... with a feta filled, baked tomato. This was a solid standard issue deck of sleepy meat followed by a pork po boy ($10):

... that was a smokey hoagie stuffed with meat and slaw with nice strings of fried pickles highlighting this hog. The fries weren’t as crispy as we prefer and the side of green beans ($4):

... were a bit more cooked than our tastes run but it was a friendly stop for a quick bite and ‘bibe.

3746 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR





Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A fried egg yolk sauced a tangle of taglierini, mozzarella and prosciutto ($9.00):

... at Gabagool.

This truck-rolled pasta got a fresh lift from arugula, squash, tomatoes, garlic and onions. We continue to be impressed by this Italian-motored, dente-nation.

836 N. Beech St.
Portland, OR





Monday, August 26, 2013

Grasshoppers ($5.00):

... swarmed onto a plate at Meesen:

... where we put these happy hour insects inside. They were fried and crunchy but these bugs would have been more of a feature in a bowl of rice with garlic and chilies.

Chicken wings ($4.00):

... had some heat and sweet to lift these slightly parched ‘pendages which we washed down with some suds ($4.00 each):

A scoop of Larb ($5.00):

... was a spiced smattering of swiney grindings to cap our our Thai-inspired tucker.

Not one for the rotation, but a fun frolic.

3924 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR





Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hot from the oven mini Madelines ($4.00 per dozen):

... were lemon-zested cakes of contentment at St. Jack’s.

These made(line) to order morsels melded with our coffee along with a honeyed walnut brioche ($2.50):

... and a ham and cheese filled croissant ($3.00):

In our quest for canelé ($2.00):

... we sampled their take which had a thicker crust than we prefer (although it added to the crunch and gave a pronounced carmelness) to this moist-middled, custardy stump. It was good, but Roman Candle is still our current fave.

Delectable baked goods are another reason to head for saint’s hood.

St. Jack
2039 SE Clinton St.
Portland, OR





Saturday, August 24, 2013

We were lured by the thought of mac and cheese balls ($5.00):

... at Mac! Mac & Cheesery.

These billiard balls of deep fried, cheese-sauced macaroni came in plain as well as bacon and jalapeño. Crisp crusts concealed moist middles with a marinara sauce to offer an acidic component. Although these weren’t a reorder, it was fun to visit this myopic mac market.

Mac! Mac & Cheesery
3936 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR





Friday, August 23, 2013

House made flour tortillas were the base for Pepper Box’s:

... breakfast tacos (which were huger than we anticipated).

Avocado topped the “farmer’s” taco ($4.00):

... filled with scrambled eggs, Cheddar, peppers, onions and a squiggle of green chile crema while “the original” ($3.50) had crispy bacon and potatoes to eggment these early eats.

The carne adovada special ($4.00) was a slew of stewed swine with Cheddar, green chili sauce, potatoes and eggs in a hefty helping of meat mit.

We aren’t fans of the 3 Sisters Coffee that they dispense, but we enjoyed this huevos wagon’s other wares.

Pepper Box Food Cart
2737 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR





Thursday, August 22, 2013

Koi Fusion’s beef tamale ($3.00):

... was a tasty torpedo of maize mash masked cooked cow was set off by kimchi and topped with cilantro. This Mexican and Korean mingling made for kimchi’ed comida contentment.

Koi Fusion
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We joined the hoards of happy hourers on the patio at Nel Centro:

... for a gin-based Aperol, lemon juice, pear puree sparkler ($5.00) and their version of a Vieux Carre ($10.00) with apple brandy to boost the Benedictine and rye elixir.

Calamari ($5.00):

... with fried fennel and lemon was a solid standard followed by the sausage and olive pizza ($7.00):

... which was blonder than our tastes run, but still good.

These were trumped by the mussels ($6.00):

... which swam in a nice garlicky white wine pool with grilled bread to sop of the solution while lamb meatballs ($6.00):

... rolled down in a tangy tomato sauce with Pecorino.

Soaking in the summer while enjoying cheap and cheerful chompage made for a summery stop.

Nel Centro
1408 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR










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