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June is California Avocado Month!

June is California Avocado Month!

Last Thursday evening, I was invited to a California Avocado Dinner hosted by the California Avocado Commission at Mother’s Bistro & Bar (212 SW Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97204). Relatively-speaking, I am a bit of a new fan of avocados, having really just started liking them about 10 years ago.

Gateway avocado delivery system: guacamole, of course. But jwa is an avid lover of avocados from way back, so I brought him to the dinner with me!

After some avocado daiquiris, socializing, and delicious hors d’oeuvres, Chef Lisa Schroeder gave a demo for an Avocado, Pink Grapefruit, and Dungeness Crab Salad (See recipe below). We also got an amazing swag bag filled with all sorts of goodies to take home, including avocados and a signed copy of the Mother’s Best cookbook at the end of the evening! Such a great time.

Thank you again California Avocado Commission and Mother’s Bistro & Bar!

California Avocado Dinner, June 19, 2014

Lucy Brennan’s Avocado Daiquiri

Avocado, Pink Grapefruit, a Dungeness Crab Cocktail

Guacamole-filled Cherry Tomatoes

Butter Lettuce, Avocado, & Green Onion Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Breast with Sauteed Onions, and Peppers, Topped with Avocado, and Salsa, served with Macaroni . . . → Read More: June is California Avocado Month!

Portland Yogurt Tasting with Liberté, Chef Vitaly Paley, and Bananas Foster Parfait

Portland Yogurt Tasting with Liberté and Chef Vitaly Paley

A Yogurt Adventure: A few weeks ago I was invited to a yogurt tasting with Liberté Yogurt and Chef Vitaly Paley at his restaurant, Imperial. I jumped at the chance, as we had just had an amazing meal at Paley’s Place and this sounded like a very fun event. Also, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from having a food blog — if someone offers you a free tasting — you go! This is an even more obvious decision when:

1. it’s a food you enjoy, and
2. it’s at a restaurant/with a chef you are a fan of. So, done and done.

From the press release:

James Beard Award-winning Portland chef and restaurateur Vitaly Paley is partnering with Liberté yogurt to introduce the yogurt to the market and create a variety of unique food pairings, combining the yogurt with his taste for local fare. Chef Paley’s appreciation for regional Pacific Northwest flavors and ever-evolving interest in distinctive food pairs well with Liberté’s dedication to clean flavor and pure taste.

Liberté uses a blend of cultures = to create two smooth, creamy varieties and several delicious flavors. Méditerranée is Liberté’s signature, whole-milk . . . → Read More: Portland Yogurt Tasting with Liberté, Chef Vitaly Paley, and Bananas Foster Parfait

Portland Food Adventures: Grüner

Portland Food Adventures: Grüner, Dec 2012

I have wanted to attend a Portland Food Adventures meal for the longest time. Way back in January 2012, I heard about the brunch at Broder but it was like at 10AM on New Year’s Day and I just wasn’t sure that would be practical or feasible. Not when the bed is so warm and the morning so cold.

I’ve kind of been waiting since then for one to pop up that I really, really wanted to attend and this one was it. Grüner! I love Grüner! And so we went.

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The Menu:

Hors’ d’oeuvres — beet-pickled deviled eggs, liptauer (house made cheese) with celery, radishes and pretzel croutons, fried fingerling potatoes with smoked trout and whipped crème fraîche. Wine: Pinot Blanc (Reichsgral Von Kesselstatt, Mosel 2011).

Salad — Winter greens, shaved radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, cider vinigrette, Syrian Pumpkin seed oil, dill. Wine: Chardonnay (Vignoble Guillaume, Franche-Comte 2010).

Charcuterie — foie gras torchon, venison terrine, speck, salami, pickled persimmons, and cherries. Wine: Merlot (Elena Walch, Alto Adige 2009).

Buckwheat Spatzle — Riesling braised chicken, chanterelle mushrooms, crème fraîche, crisp shallots, . . . → Read More: Portland Food Adventures: Grüner

Grüner

Gruner pdx

Grüner
527 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, Oregon

As much as we are trying to go to new restaurants, I am trying to post about them. We went to Grüner last month (see, I am not even that far behind!!) but I’ve wanted to go since this Summer, when I was taking volunteer photos for the Montavilla Farmer’s Market and one week’s chef demo was Eric Purugganan, sous chef at Grüner.

Chef demo
Chopping cherries at the demo.

I got to talk to him a little bit before the demo and he was really nice (plus his demo dish was quite tasty — cherry chutney with fresh goat cheese on crostini). I came home that day and said to jwa, “hey, we should go to Grüner sometime!.” And…five months later we finally did. Hooray!

Chef demo
Cherries are messy!

It’s funny, I normally wouldn’t get too excited about German/Alpine type food, but oh my god, it was all so good! I can’t wait to go again. Here are the pictures and what we ate.

Chef demo
Obligatory menu image.

Chef demo
Pretzel-y bread with deviled eggs in the background. Very good . . . → Read More: Grüner

H5O Bistro Downtown

h5O Bistro

H5O Bistro
50 Southwest Morrison
Portland, Oregon 97204

Normally, we hardly ever eat downtown. We’re just really lucky living where we do in the SE and being within easy walking distance to many different, tasty establishments. But, we are trying to broaden our horizons and ever since March’s Foodportunity event (asparagus, roasted garlic and parmesan FTW!!!), we have wanted to try H5O Bistro. And, as luck would have it there was an occasion to be downtown Saturday evening and what better than to go there for dinner first? Nothing better, that’s what. It was an excellent idea.

h5O Bistro

The evening started off with a very Portlandia moment with a drive bike-by from the tweed biking people, which we had a great view of from our table. Nice outfits and hats. Very tweedy. And jaunty. Okay, then we moved onto drinks.

h5O Bistro

A Cinnamon Blood Orange Margarita (cinnamon-infused tequila, blood orange, star anise, orange juice) for me. Very strong flavors but I really liked it. It seemed kind of Fall-ish, but then Fall is my favorite season so I was happy.

h5O Bistro

jwa had a gin martini, like he usually tends to do.

. . . → Read More: H5O Bistro Downtown