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Cocotte: Portland Dining Month & the PFA/Food Blogger Dinner

Cocotte: PFA/Blogger Dinner, Portland Dining Month, and In the Kitchen...

2930 NE Killingsworth St.
Portland, Oregon 97211

Meal One: Portland Dining Month
Not too long ago, we went to the Live Wire! show at the Alberta Rose Theater and before, we went to Cocotte, which is where we always go to eat before Live Wire. I believe this is now a tradition.

And, as luck would have it, this was March 1, the first day of Portland’s Dining Month (3 courses for $29)! The dining menu at Cocotte is really very nice and set up with two choices for each course – so everyone doesn’t have to get the same thing. Regardless, jwa picked from the dining month menu, while I kind of did my own thing. We were both really pleased with our picks.

And if you haven’t tried the amazing Poulet En Cocotte there, you really should. It’s even one of the choices on the special Dining Month Menu (listed below).

First course:
Chicken liver mousse with pickled onion, date jam and whole-grain mustard.
Pickled seasonal fruits and vegetables, pickled egg and whole-grain mustard.

Second course:
Radicchio Treviso with Caeser dressing, pickled shiitake mushrooms, white bean and truffled croutons.
Salt cod brandade gratiné with Aleppo, . . . → Read More: Cocotte: Portland Dining Month & the PFA/Food Blogger Dinner

NE Portland: Cocotte Bar & Bistro

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Cocotte Bar & Bistro
2930 Northeast Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

Oh, it’s the return of Tuesday Night Dinners…and what a return it was. Tonight, we ventured out to the Northeast and Cocotte. I have to admit, I made the reservation initially because I was swayed by the promise of 1000 Open table points, but really I had wanted to try it for a while anyway, and I’m so glad we did!

Nice cocktails, great atmosphere, wonderful service and hey, I even scored the very last Poulet en Cocotte of the evening. But more on that in a bit. Here are some photos of the meal.

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Let’s go in, it’s cute!

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Obligatory menu/cocktail menu shot.

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Bread with strawberry black pepper compound butter.

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The space…small but welcoming. Great tin details on the wall.

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See…also cute hanging lights.

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Mère: Hendricks Gin, Dubonnet Rouge, Lemon (London Late 19th Century).

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This was so good! White Bean Soup: Foamed Hazelnut Milk, Coral Mushroom “Mignonette.”

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Leeks Vinaigrette: Leafy Greens, Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette, Shaved Radish, . . . → Read More: NE Portland: Cocotte Bar & Bistro

Saturday Night Dinner: Tapalaya

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28 NE 28th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232

Not too long ago, we caught another showing of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Laurelhurst Theater. The original plan was to hit Tabla afterward for dinner but, sadly they had no table for us. That’s how we ended up at Tapalaya and had a very nice meal! Please enjoy the following pictures as much as we enjoyed the dinner. I don’t normally crave Louisiana/Southern food but I was delighted by the Fried Chicken, Fritters and Po’ Boy small plates. Oh and the flaming crème brûlée was pretty awesome too!

The idea being small plates, we a few things to share and then each had a po’ boy (well, jwa had two). That was a good strategy and the bill was very reasonable for all the food and drinks we ordered.

While we were one of the few tables when we got there around 5:30, it was completely full and boisterous by the time we left.

Louisiana Lemonade which I forget all that was in it right now, but it was mighty tasty.

Beet Salad — roasted beets with Creole-mayo, topped with onion & hard boiled egg.

Tapalaya . . . → Read More: Saturday Night Dinner: Tapalaya

Tabla Mediterranean Bistro


jwa and I went out for a nice Thursday night meal and FINALLY tried Tabla Mediterranean Bistro. So good! Excellent deal with the three courses for $24. We did the wine pairings for an extra $16.

I’m kind of sleepy so this post will be mostly pictures.


Just for fun, we both started the meal with a cocktail — the isadora duncan, housemade lemon-verbena vodka, cassis, tonic, rocks. Mmm!


Okay, three courses (plus desert), let’s go! For the first course, we both had the baby lettuce salad with deviled egg dressing, spiced pepitas, grilled garlic whips, shaved grana padano. It was paired with a 2006 domaine lafond, grenache blanc/rousanne/viognier, from Lirac, France. We both loved the pumpkin seeds (pepitas) here. Note to self: toast pumpkin seeds more often!


For the pasta course, jwa had the squid ink fettuccini with monteray monterey bay calamari, roasted fennel, lemon, pine nut bread crumbs, paired with a 2006 quinta dos roques, from Portugal. It was a little spicy and quite good.


For my pasta course, I had the snap pea agnolotti with lemon, english peas, shaved proscuitto, parmesan reggiano with a 2008 françois . . . → Read More: Tabla Mediterranean Bistro