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January 1-10, 2014


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Friday, January 10, 2014

Oysters ($10.00):

... were cornmeal crusted and fried in the hash that we tagged at the Daily Cafe:

... where reliable realizations of breakfast were brokered including our thinly sliced ham ($10.95):

... with scram, fruit and toast. Daily Cafe’s solid, starting sustenance keeps this on our ration rotation.

Daily Cafe
902 NW 13th Ave.
Portland, OR




Thursday, January 9, 2014

Oysters ($2.50-$3.25):

... were the opening act at Cabezon:

...where we slurped up these shelly starters before a bowl of cioppino ($22.50):

... with dungeness crab, shrimp, clams, mussels and squid. These mer fruits were plump and pleasing in their pool of fennel fringed fluid.

Pillows of gnocchi were puffy cushions for savory stumps of steak ($26.00):

... with mushrooms to cap off the umami aspects over a pile of shredded Brussels sprouts. Even though Cabezon is a sea-centric restaurant, they flex some beefy muscle.

5200 NE Sacramento St.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, January 8, 2014

We roamed back to our favorite Portland bakery for their Italian wedding soup ($7.50):

Roman Candle’s:

... beany bowl of escarole with a pork meatball plunked in the center was a welcome and warming fortification from the frigid weather.

We also dug into a “Chrissy” ($9.00):

This albacore, avocado, egg and shredded Romaine trapizzino was wedged into a candle holder that we emptied in it’s entirety.

Roman Candle continues to beckon with their baking as well as well as their ancillary eats.

Roman Candle
3377 SE Division
Portland, OR




Tuesday, January 7, 2014

We sipped on a Sazerac ($8.00) and a Manhattan ($8.00):

... at The Triple Lindy which recently hopped into the Caps and Corks location.

Pork-filled egg rolls ($6.00):

...a burger ($9.00) with fries:

... and little mozzarella balls ($7.00):

... were standard issue bar bites in this casual and convivial corner.

The Triple Lindy
1000 NW 17th Ave.
Portland, OR




Monday, January 6, 2014

In our experience, Tasty n Alder:

... traditionally over states their wait time. Our phone rang 45 minutes earlier than the host’s hour and a half estimate so Alder’ed our course and sat down to a parade of plates beginning with a fine frittata ($9.00):

... with cauliflower, feta and sundried tomatoes.

A smoked trout board ($9.00):

... with perky, pickled beets and a boiled, runny-yolked egg was a pleasing plank before the Hangtown fry ($12.00):

... which sat on a biscuit with a few cornmeal crusted oysters while the Korean fried chicken ($10.00):

... was a sweet and hot rice bowl of crisp-crusted clucker.

The star was the steak and eggs ($12.00) with chunks of beef next to a Cheddary scramble on a corn meal pancake that soaked up jalapeñoey butter.

Tasty n Alder continues to woo us with their casual and tasty tucker.

Tasty n Alder
580 SW 12th Ave.
Portland, OR




Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dinner at the Simpatica Dining Hall:

... is more like going to a dinner party than a restaurant.

The prix fixe dinner ($45.00) and optional wine pairings ($36.00 for full or $18.00 for half glasses) are described by the staff before the dishes parade from the open kitchen.

Sunchoke soup with green onions and dill:

... kicked off the meal with an Albert Bichot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut sparkler followed by a heap of braised greens:

... piled on a platform of corn pancake paired with a 2012 Marchetti Verdicchio.

Elk osso buco:

... sat on a dice of apple and root veg. We gouged the marrow out of the bones to enrich this huckleberried helping of deer-lectablity detonated by 2011 Verso Rosso.

Cream of wheat was whipped into a fluffy cushion dotted with cranberries and sweetened with maple syrup:

... and sips of Elio Perrone Moscato d’Asti to wind up the meal.

We had a fine time during our homey and friendly supper at Simpatica before bundling up as we dashed into the Portland chill.

Simpatica Dining Hall
823 SE Ash St.
Portland, OR




Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Vieux Carre ($13.00) was under-bittered with chicklets of ice that quickly diluted this unbalanced ‘bibe while the “Winterman” ($11.00) was a little heavier on the Galliano than we prefer.

Even so, the drinks were the high point of our visit to Urban Farmer.

Happy Hour bites included a tuna slider ($6.00):

... which was a bun with a hint of chopped tuna and olive.

Pimenton powdered pommes ($5.00):

... were okay but we weren’t wild about the chilled shrimp ($8.00):

... coated with a tomayo’ey dressing or the charcuterie board ($7.00):

... with slices of pork shoulder terrine and dry rillettes which we left this floor of the Nines Hotel in favor of a trip down the street for a slice of pizza.

Urban Farmer
Nines Hotel
525 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR




Friday, January 3, 2014

Brunch Box’s brick and mortar transformation:

... made for a more comfortable breakfast.

We went with a breakfast sandwich ($4.25):

... with a couple eggs, American cheese, sautéed mushrooms and onions on an English muffin as well as a “Double Down” ($7.00):

... which is a mix and match of doubled meats and cheeses with two eggs. This biscuit bordered bundle was a mashup of sausage, bacon, blue cheese and Swiss.

This Pandora post errs on the side of enormous. They have stunt burgers bunned with grilled cheese sandwiches (which could calorically cover a country for a month.) The ratio of dollar to calorie works in favor of the customer but that’s not what we generally seek.

Brunch Box
620 SW 9th St.
Portland, OR




Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tepid, weak coffee:

... was our uneasy entry into Maurice:

... where we were told that the lightness was intentional (but it definitely wasn’t our thing) and that they are more focussed on tea.

A lefse ($8.00) of tarragon and grapefruit kissed gravlax:

... wound into a salmon roed cigar that we savored along with a goat cheesey quiche with portobello:

This creamy creation was cradled in tender pastry and sided with a salad. Beef bisteeya ($10.00):

... was a Moroccany munch with sweetly sprinkled pastry shielding spiced meat.

Lemon souffle pudding:

...boosted by blackberry sauce was a sweet and tart cloud of citrusy sation.

We like this white, rabbity:

... warren where we will return for their full dessert menu (available after 4:00) but will skip the coffee.

921 SW Oak St.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 was a busy year, but we did have time to squeeze in library visits:

Multnomah Whiskey Library well as some quick visits home:

The French Laundry


B Patisserie


20th Century


...including an excellent Thanksgiving:


...and a little time in our former cities of residence:

Mayor of Scaredy-Cat town


Burgers and Lobster (London)


(Los Angeles)

...but we were primarily planted in Portland where we ploughed our way through some solid standards:












Tasty n Alder well as some nice newcomers:

Roman Candle


Sen Yai








...creative carts:





Carte Blanche


Tiffin Asha



...while managing to dodge the whole cronut craze.

Have a great 2014!










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