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January 11-20, 2014


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Bread, crostini:

... and olives and wine kicked off our dinner at Lucca:

... where a bunch of Brussels ($9.50):

... were bedecked with crisped prosciutto, pickled onions and bits of boiled egg followed by sausage ($13.00):

... and mushroom ($13.50) pizzas:

The sprouts and the wood-fired pies were okay (but a bit on the bland side.) Not one for the rotation.


3449 NE 24th
Portland, OR




Sunday, January 19, 2014

Voodoo Donuts is the Fisherman’s Wharf of Portland - it’s for the tourists. Long queues of stunt food fans line up outside their brick and mortar for their goofy goods. Their pink truck:

... had no such line so we decided to see if anything had changed from our last investigation years ago.

The “Old Dirty Bastard” ($2.75):

... was a raised hoop with peanut butter and Oreos. Like the cereal varieties, the cookies picked up the frosting moisture to get a stale texture. This gravel pit didn’t have any Wu-Tang but we didn’t really have clandestine hopes for these hoops...

Voodoo Donuts




Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Coop:

... Chicken and Waffles cart didn’t have any dark meat options so we went with their "breezy" ($7.00):

... which consisted of a chicken breast on one of their cornmeal waffles. The fried bird meat was on the drier side with a crisp crust on it’s bread-estal with honey, corny syrup and butter-esque spread.

Not one for us to recoop, but still a popular pecking place.

The Coop Chicken and Waffles
8145 SE 82nd
Portland, OR




Friday, January 17, 2014

After a few false starts, Lobster finally flew past the polar vortex to our lunch at Maine Lobster Co.

A cup of the bisque ($6.00):

... had a hint of heat to this sherry enriched, creamy cradle with chunks of Maine meat mingling in this warming ‘ster soup.

The lobster roll ($14.00):

... was top loaded in the traditional fashion with a butter toasted bun sided with slaw and potato chips. This solid sando was contenting cart cuisine at the reliable Cartlandia food pod.

Maine Street Lobster Co.
8145 SE 82nd. Ave.
Portland, OR




Thursday, January 16, 2014

The “Shepherd salad” ($11.00) was a goat cheesy, bruschetta’ed bump of egg and walnuts with a kick of aged balsamic to kick off our evening at Oven and Shaker.

Boneyard IPAs washed down a pleasing pie ($16.00):

... strewn with sausage that emerged blistered from their wood burning oven.

O&S continues to deliver reliable realizations of Neapolitan nosh.

Oven and Shaker

1134 NW Everette St.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tough pancakes ($9.00):

... touched off our breakfast at Isabel.

These blackberried boards were bypassed by good bacon and eggs ($4.00 supplement):

The avocado scramble ($11.00):

... had a tortilla to bundle black beans in a eggy amalgam to hit with hot sauce.

Isabel might not be a breakfast spot for our rotation, but it was a fortifying stop before we hit the chilly day.


330 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The tart cherry pie ($4.50):

... used to be our go to gob of the crusted creations at Lauretta Jean’s:

... but today we tried their blackberry raspberry streusel ($4.50):

This flakily-fringed, fruit-filled find wedged out all other contenders with its balance of berry, acid and sweet to create a not-quite-puckery pastry pleaser.

Lauretta Jean’s
3402 SE Division St.
Portland, OR




Monday, January 13, 2014

A couple shots of whisky:

... started off our visit to the Moon and Sixpence:

... where fish and chips ($10.95):

... were on the oily side, but still good.

Mushrooms were transplants for the kidney in a steak pie ($8.95):

... that had a puff pastry lid and side salad.

This popular pub that may not be a rotation station, but was a fine place to nip in for a drink.

Moon and Sixpence Pub
2014 NE 42nd Ave.
Portland, OR




Sunday, January 12, 2014

Dim Sum at Pure Spice:

... is a la carte (not off a cart) so our items emerged from the kitchen slowly as we began with hand pulled rice noodles with pork ($2.75):

This stretched starch sheet was the star of the show with strips of swine punctuating this pasta.

Other items didn’t trump our first flavorful flap as we worked our way through shrimp dumplings ($2.55):

... that had thicker wrappers than we prefer.

The crab puffs ($5.95):

... were cream cheesey with a pink dipping sauce that we side-stepped.

The salt and pepper squid ($7.95):

... and chive pancake ($3.95):

... were both on the oily side but okay while the Chinese broccoli ($5.50):

... was more our speed.

Pure Spice packs in the crowds for cheap chow, but isn’t one for our rotation.

Pure Spice
2446 SE 87th Ave.
Portland, OR




Saturday, January 11, 2014

Pu-erhr tea’ed off our afters at Maurice:

... where black pepper cheesecake ($13.00):

... with coins of candied kumquat and supremed tangerine were a creamy and tart citrusy situation on a crisp, pastry platform.

Stewed rhubarb ringed a celery leaf vacherin ($13.00):

... was crowed with flourishes of delicate meringue which we followed with a dense chocolate licorice bar ($13.00):

... with currant sorbet and poached pears.

Each of these composed desserts had thoughtfully balanced flavors and textures in this impressive display of talent and imagination.

We will return to Maurice for more of their marvelous morsels soon.

921 SW Oak St.
Portland, OR









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