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March 14-31, 2013


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Sunday, March 31, 2013

We tackled some tacos (2 for $6.00):

... at Fishbox. These cradles of cabbage were topped with chili-dusted salmon and served with lime. Flour tortillas bound these bundles of pink planks that were fine fish fold-ups.

4262 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR




Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mississippi Studio's refreshment refuge is Bar Bar which dispenses plenty of beer:

... and stereotypical snackage in this music venue's taproom.

A couple drafts washed down an "angry rhino bbq burger" ($7.50):

... gasketed with a onion ring which gave crisp, sweet crunch against a beefed up bun.

The burger of the month special:

... was bbq-sauced and strewn with caramelized onions mingled with melty provolone in a juicy jostle that tangled with breaded, crisp, onion rings ($3.50):

... and peppery "cajun" fries ($3.00):

... that were solid standards played to a festive fan base.

Bar Bar
Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi
Portland, OR




Friday, March 29, 2013

We curled up with some lamb riblets ($9.00):

... at Fireside:

... (which ignited recently in the Alphabet district). These bleaty bites of succulent meat bounced with blueberry preserves while a flatbread ($10.00):

... had a crackery quality under a blanket of caramelized onions, nettles, olives, mushrooms and tallegio.

A slice of "hunter sandwich" ($8.00):

... housed roast beef, mushrooms and arugula with a horseradish kick was sided by crisp fries.

This hearthy meal was a warm introduction to this mellow munching marsh.

801 NW 23rd Ave.
Portland, OR




Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sahagun is shooting out chocolate bars called KA-POW!:

... that are an answer to our coffee crush. Non-vanilla, manilla envelopes:

...hold a nifty gritty rectangle of single origin grindy goodness.

We will have to check out more from this small batch purveyor of PDX packets.






Wednesday, March 27, 2013

We returned to Radar for brunch where baked eggs ($8.00):

... with cotija cream nested on kale with pickled onion. This was okay, but we yearned for runny yolks so the poached egg ($8.00):

... was more our thing. This oozy ova over arugula with pork pieces and potatoes was good grub sided by some crispy bacon ($3.00):

Chorizo with watercress ($8.00):

... and spuds filled out our initial eats of the day. Good coffee and warm hospitality fortified us for our day.

Dinner registers as strongest signal for us from Radar. We plan to return for more of their evening eats soon.

3951 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR




Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Porque No? had a long line:

... for their tacos which come on housemade corn tortillas.

We got the al pastor ($3.25), pollo asado ($3.00), barbacoa ($3.00):

... carne asada ($3.00) calamari ($3.50) and camarones ($4.00):

... which all came single bagged on their thin, actually-sized, tortillas:

All were good, but the pork and shrimp had the odd addition of pineapple.

The guacamole ($5.00):

... had a good garlic hit, but was less lumpy than we prefer. We ended up using most of it to liven up the quesadillas ($4.00 each):

... along with a sampling of their various salsas:

Though there was no offal offered, it was obvious they knew their audience by the crowds cramming in for their pineappled-plates of Portlandized masa masses.

Porque No?

3524 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR




Monday, March 25, 2013

A soft hit of the drum in the entryway of Yataimura Maru announced our entry as we sat down to some beer and sashimi at the bar in this cozy izakaya.

Hamachi ($5.50) and hotate ($6.50) sashimi:

... were fresh fish flaps while pressed sushi ($10.50):

... had a smokiness from salmon to the bricks of avocado-centered bites.

Skewers of pork belly ($3.50) and bacon wrapped quail eggs ($4.00):

... hit the grill to crisp the fringes of these swiney sticks of porcine pokage.

Chan Chan salmon ($12.00):

... was a miso-mingled iron pan of cabbage, mushrooms and sprouts which we chomped down with bowls of rice.

We will return to this swell snacking spot to check out their ramen soon.

Yataimura Maru

3810 SE Division St
Portland, OR




Sunday, March 24, 2013

We sipped on a couple whisky based cocktails ($8 and $9):

... and scanned the walls sporting television monitors at the newly opened Huckleberry Pub.

The downstairs dining room was less popular than the upstairs bar where our beet salad ($9.00):

... with hazelnuts, cheese and peppery arugula paved the way for a macaroni-less "mac and cheese" ($11.00):

... which was more like a riff of an Alfredo.

An onion ring capped burger ($12.00):

... was bacon-bound and fringed with fries. The spuds weren't as crisp as we prefer and the patty was a little parched but it was still solid sports sustenance in a hospitable hub with grub.

Huckleberry Pub
2327 NW Kearney St.
Portland, OR




Saturday, March 23, 2013

The scent of waffle cones wafted from Salt & Straw as we queued for a 15 minute wait:

... for bourbon coffee and gooey brownie ice cream. The caffeine and whisky combo had a nice stimulant sting while big chunks of cakeage cavorted with chocolaty lickage in these swell scoops.

Salt & Straw

838 NW 23rd Ave.
Portland, OR




Friday, March 22, 2013

We were as happy as the clams ($6.00):

... at Bar Mingo during Happy Hour.

These culinary castanets came with with grilled bread in a simple and tasty takeoff to our early snackage.

The calamari ($6.00):

... were tendercles of garlicy goodness while lamb meatballs ($6.00):

... had a tang from tomato sauce accentuated with a couple glasses of Barbera ($5.00 each).

A cheese plate ($6.00):

... of Humboldt Fog, Pecorino and Tallegio was fringed with a fig and nut paté in a goat, sheep and cow-laboration of lactation.

We'll have to swing back when their restaurant renovations are complete to check out the pizza soon.

Bar Mingo

807 NW 21st Ave.
Portland, OR




Thursday, March 21, 2013

Baked eggs were cooked in a tomago-like mat for the breakfast sandwiches at Lily Day Cafe.

We got one with Cheddar and bacon($6.00):

... as well as the "boot" ($8.00) with sun-dried tomatoes and sausage:

These frittata fillings weren't our preferred preparation, but both were fortifying folds sided with a dab of tangy blueberry yogurt at this friendly feed fort.

Lily Day Cafe

3524 SE 52nd Ave.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Riffle was out of uni so they subbed oysters for the urchin roe and IPA for the usual tomato water in an oyster shooter ($5.00):

... that was an effer vessel of target-hitting beer-in-a-tucker-tumbler.

Salmon ($29.00):

... wasn't delivered to the requested "extra rare" but it was still square spawnage on a rack of carrots fringed with miner's lettuce.

We continue to migrate back to this marine morsel mecca which continues to have more hits than misses.

Riffle NW

333 NW 13th
Portland, OR


Our Bunrab email had some notes from pals in the Bay Area:

Our dear friend Tom writes:

Wow, zero degrees in London! Your international audience wants to know: is this zero degrees Fahrenheit or zero degrees Celsius? If it's Celsius, we are sympathetic. If it's Fahrenheit, we are REALLY sympathetic.

Tom W.


Gutenberg replies:


Dear Tom,

It was Celsius so we don't expect a cavalcade of condolences but it made us miss the SF climate...



Our favorite culture conversator added:

Hey guys, I've got to admit, I love the airplane food posts! It's so old school, so weird, and so glamorous all at once. Thanks for keeping 'em coming. Sending you both loads of love from everyone in SF, Beth


Gutenberg replies:

Thanks for the propeller props. How we miss you and your Necessary Conversations!





Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fehrenbacher Hof is the antidote to Starbucks in a funky converted home that houses this hippie-teria.

Breakfast sandwiches ($3.50) were broiled on English muffins. The eggs were cooked harder than our preference, but they were still solid, homey grub with melted Cheddar, avocado and a mayonnaise-based saucing agent:

We also got one lined with lunch meat:

This neighborhood appropriate combo of WiFi, coffee, simple chow and friendly staff was a nice chain-breaking snack stop.

Fehrenbacher Hof
1225 SW 19th Ave.
Portland, OR




Monday, March 18, 2013

The highlight of Clyde Common's:

... Happy Hour is the burger ($6.00 plus $1.50 for cheese):

A course grind to the rare beef and a tang from blue cheese make for a marvelous meat mit alongside a hefty helping of crisp fries ($3.00):

... and washed down with a couple drafts ($3.50 each).

CC's HH is AOK.

Clyde Common
1014 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR




Sunday, March 17, 2013

The dishes at Radar:

... do not emit waves to assess speed, distance or direction, but they were on our wavelength with tender beef cheeks ($10.00):

... with orca beans and mustard greens. This melting moo chew was mandatory munching at this new Mississippi eatery.

The "Night Owl" ($10.00) with bourbon, pecan bitters and amaro was hoot while the "Cap & Kid" ($10.00) with aquavit, rum, sherry and pear brandy filled out this night-cap combo nicely.

Brussels sprouts ($5.00):

... were seeded with mustard and boosted with bacon while patatas bravas ($5.00):

... had a pleasing peppery pool around their fried fringes.

Pork with cotija grits ($9.00):

... were bound with a chile sauce to wed the tender pig and cheesy corn.

The staff is friendly and efficient and the quality and delectability of the food is insane (considering their modest prices.) We will definitely return to Radar to work our way through the rest of their menu.


3951 N Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR




Saturday, March 16, 2013

Air Canada does best when it does least when it comes to food.

The gravlax with celeryroot:

... and salad:

... were okay, but a basic chicken curry over basmati:

... was sound snackage for the trip home.

Air Canada




Friday, March 15, 2013

A British fry up isn't for everybody, but I missed the black pudding from this Heathrow helping.

Back bacon, mushrooms, banger and tomatoes were dotted with lambs lettuce and packets of poached eggs with a bread stick standing in for toast. It wasn't a tragedy to skip the Heinz beans, but black pudding would have been nice....

Heathrow Airport




Thursday, March 14, 2013

The concept at Burger & Lobster is that you have either of the options. You have your pick of a burger, lobster or lobster roll for £20.00 or get a mammoth lobster by the pound.

The burger:

... had a juicy patty with a good meat to bread ratio. Thin and crispy chips and a tasty salad sided this fine fare.

Tough lobster meat filled the roll:

... which made us understand why it got second billiing.

Burger & Lobster

29 Clarges St.
London W1J 7EF
020 7409 1699









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