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June 11-21, 2013


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Din Din’s prix fixe Alpine themed supper ($85.00 per person) began with sparkling wine and lox and paté toasts before we sat down at a communal table for a nice kohlrabi soup:

... centered with a Reblochon custard.

The Sound of Music backdropped our evening with a loup de mer:

... perched over caramelized fennel with a Chartreuse vinaigrette.

Gooseberry sorbet:

...was a puckery kiss before some pork loin with herb pasta:

... and a perky salad capped off with a cake with cherries:

We had a fine evening with our table companions:

... before hiking off into the night.

Din Din

920 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR





Thursday, June 20, 2013

A “Ron Burgundy”
($8.00) with bourbon, mint, citrus and bitters and a Manhattan:

... started our evening at Lost & Found.

We munched through an asada quesadilla ($7.00):

... some guac with chips ($5.50):

... and chicken taquitos ($5.00):

... that were all belly ballast at this neighborhoody nook that is like going to a stoner friend’s house for snacks.

Lost & Found

5426 N. Gay Ave.
Portland, OR





Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We joined the enthused elephant at Tiffin Asha:

... where South Indian inspired eats included breakfast.

Bacon, arugula and tomatoes comprised the B.A.T. ($7.00):

... with a fried egg rolled into a ghee brushed dosa.

The same treatment applied to the “smokey shroom” ($7.00):

... with fungus, caramelized onions and Rogue Creamery’s smokey blue cheese.

We loaded our chambers with gun powders:

... that we mixed with sesame oil.

Chili and peanut, black sesame and dals all ignited our interest along with a cilantro and a peanut chutney from the selection at the chutney bar.

We loved our ‘licious logs from Tiffin Asha and plan to return soon for more swell snackage.

Tiffin Asha
1313 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR





Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The congee ($12.00):

... at the Universal Sheraton looked good bordered with banchan but turned out to be a super salty start to the day. It would have been smarter to go with bacon and eggs...

Universal Sheraton
333 Universal Hollywood Dr.
Universal City, CA





Monday, June 17, 2013

Hamachi ($14.00):

... with mango and guacamole was a chili charged tasty tail tucker to kick off our Barbrix meal.

Marinated Spanish olives ($5.00):

... complemented a board of Italian charcuterie ($17.00):

Prosciutto, bresaoloa, coppa, soppressta and salami Toscano followed by ping pongs of pork ($11.00):

A rich tomato sauce robed these ricotta rounds that rolled down righteously.

Grilled pork belly bao ($12.00):

... with bbq sauce, cuke, daikon sprouts and pickled carrot were stomach-worthy swine in softly steamed starch-velopes.

This friendly, fusiony front was a swell stop for our Asian and Italian dinner.

2442 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA





Sunday, June 16, 2013

The patio at Square One Dining:

... was a pleasant perch for a breakfast skillet ($10.75):

... filled with baked eggs, chorizo, Gruyere and peppers planted between two crispy corn tortillas.

Some deconstruction was needed:

... before it was time to dive into this delectably pleasing pan.

This daytime diner is directly across from the Scientology center to fortify stress testers and testees with solid eats.

Square One Dining
4854 Fountain Ave.
Los Angeles, CA





Saturday, June 15, 2013

We detoured around the demolition of Wafu:

... (as it transforms into Block and Tackle) to return to Roe.

There were some similarities from our previous visit but most of the menu was new.

Guy Charlemagne was effervescent entry before an amuse of olive-oiled dashi with enoki mushrooms.

Lime sugar shingles roofed a herby hut of prawn, hamachi and squid ceviche with a smoky pool of nuoc cham swirled with sips of 2012 Anne Amie Muller-Thurgau.

Striped marlin with soy dahi gelee, popcorn ajo blanco sauce got a textural maizement from freeze dried corn and steel head roe - roséd with a 2011 Clos Cibonne.

Foie gras and Sauternes were emulsified into a sauce for poached scallop. Salt-preserved cherries and rhubarb added pucker to uni panna cotta given an earthy orbit with tarragon. 2010 Klaus Meierer Riesling sweetened the deal on this luxe liver liquid levitation.

Lobster in a bright green pea nage got morel treatment with confited orbs of spuds. 2011 Crowley Chardonnay lobbed a strirring complement to this butter poached pincher.

2011 Cantina Altarocca Orvieto sheathed swordfish in a mingling of minerality and citrus. Artichokes added heart to this porcini, pickled ramp and porcini plate.

Buerre blanc bloomed with a fava bean mousse next to a superior serving of salmon. 2011 Fattoria Coroncino Verdicchio harmonized with this heavenly helping.

Tawny port washed down the Cremeux de Bourgogne with sour cherry sorbet and hazelnut crumble:

... that we enjoyed on our previous visit while Lemon verbena infused creme anglaise pooled with lemon gelee, rhubarb, black sesame granola and strawberries patched with a 2012 Ca’Del Baio Moscato D’Asti.

The four course menu with wine pairings is a mere sea note per diner. We forgot that the chef’s tasting menu was only available at the counter so we will have to bypass Open Table and make a direct reservation next time to engage in the full on experience.

Roe Restaurant
3113 SE Division
Portland, OR





Friday, June 14, 2013

The sushi bar is the best place to sit at Hokusei:

... where hamachi and two kinds of salmon sashimi ($25.00):

... perched pristinely on a plate accompanied by wasabi grated as we watched.

They were out of uni so their tartare dish ($12.00):

... had an ikura understudy for a steak and eggs dish with a garlicy kick.

The chef hit the hotate ($2.00 per piece):

... and amaebi ($2.50 per piece):

...with a blowtorch and a sprinkle of fleur de sel.

Our standard order of a fresh and crunchy sashimi roll ($15.00):

... hit the spot and we were pleased that the rice issue that we had on our last visit was indeed a fluke.

4246 SE Belmont
Portland, OR





Thursday, June 13, 2013

The burger ($12.00):

... at Branch:

... was a pleasing puck of protein perked with bacon and blue cheese. Duck fat fries fringed this solid sandwich which we washed down with a whiskey Rickey ($4.00) with bourbon, lime and ginger and a Manhattan ($4.00):

... during happy hour.

Castelvetrano olives ($4.00):

... marinated with thyme and citrus were pit-icularly good before we dived into a plate of peel and eat shrimp ($15.00):

... at this pub grub hub.

Branch Whisky Bar
2926 NE Alberta
Portland, OR





Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bridges didn’t take a toll with the ridiculous wait of most Portland breakfast restaurants.

We sat down to a scramble of smoked trout, arugula and filberts ($8.95 plus 75¢ for fruit):

... that was nuttily good in a sort of hippy way.

The Smokey Bert ($9.95 plus .75¢ for fruit):

... with house made chorizo was like a burrito with eggs impersonating a tortilla. Black beans, salsa, cheese and sour cream combined for a Mexicany mound of omelette.

We gazed at the Golden Gate among the pictures of bridges that lined the walls:

... of this funky and fun breakfast span.

Bridges Cafe
2716 NE MLK
Portland, OR





Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The morning croque Madame ($6.00):

... at Nuvrei:

... had delicate brioche cushioning Swiss cheese, ham and an overcooked fried egg. The dehydrated yolk was eased by bechamel and Dijon butter in an otherwise good glob.

A pretzel sandwich:

... suffered from the same stiffened egg, but this twist of smoked salmon, cream cheese and smoked Cheddar was still a good wind up for the day.

Nuvrei is a handy nosh stop that is dependably decent.

404 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR










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