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A Lot of Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, and Pasta at Ava Gene's — Oh, and the Bean Topped Bread

SE Portland's Ava Gene's

Ava Gene’s 3377 SE Division Street Portland, OR 97202

So, Ava Gene’s has been open about a year, which means it’s right on schedule for us to have tried it for the first time. Hint: my husband and I are not really timely. The restaurant has even gotten national mentions, like when Bon Appétit magazine named it the “#5 Best New Restaurant in America 2013.” And honestly, when we went, I was all ready to think it was over-hyped, but…damn!

I’m not going to go so far as to say that . . . → Read More: A Lot of Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, and Pasta at Ava Gene's — Oh, and the Bean Topped Bread

Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper

Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper

I have a new favorite baking product – and it is Spelt Flour. I’m not quite sure what it is about it, but everything I’ve baked with it just has a velvety, rich, full flavor that I am in love with. When using, I’ll typically replace one half of the white flour in a recipe with the spelt flour. I have been experimenting with it for awhile now in pie/tart crusts, scones, cookies and now…biscuits!

For this recipe, instead of using half spelt flour and half . . . → Read More: Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper

FFwD: Chestnut and Pear Soup

French Fridays with Dorie: Chestnut and Pear Soup

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was a fairly straightforward soup – Chestnut and Pear. In fact, the hardest part was finding the jar of chestnuts (New Seasons, but I also saw them at Cost Plus). Like I do for a lot of the FFwD recipes, I cut this one in half and we still ended up with about three generous bowls of soup.

Honestly, I was a little unsure about this one. In a jar, chestnuts just look really, really unappetizing (at least to me). But, once . . . → Read More: FFwD: Chestnut and Pear Soup

Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland's Sunshine Tavern

Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland's Sunshine Tavern

Sunshine Tavern 3111 SE Division Street Portland Oregon 97202

Seeing that we live just a few blocks away, occasionally we will head out to Sunshine Tavern for pizza and burgers (and of course cocktails and maybe even some candied hazelnuts to start). This is just what happened last Tuesday when we ended up splitting the Garnet yam and quinoa cakes w fennel and almond as a snacky beginning to our meal. And wow – they were so good.

I’m always on the hunt for new quinoa/interesting whole . . . → Read More: Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland's Sunshine Tavern

An Ice Cream Social at Fifty Licks in SE Portland

An Ice Cream Social at Fifty Licks in SE Portland

Fifty Licks 2021 SE Clinton Street Portland, Oregon 97202

Last week, I was invited to an event at Fifty Licks – an ice cream social. Myself and about seven other bloggers tried ice creams, sorbets, and cocktails. And for once, I wasn’t the only one taking photos of my food. (That’s not even true anymore — it seems a lot of times when we go out anywhere, the people next to us are photographing their food as well. Sigh).

Anyway. This awesome evening at SE Portland’s . . . → Read More: An Ice Cream Social at Fifty Licks in SE Portland