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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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
Yes, as you’ll be able to tell from the photos here, we went to Xico early last month, back when there was this thing called…the sun, hanging bright in the sky. Even though it is all cold and rainy now, I suggest going to Xico and getting yourself a margarita — that will definitely lighten up the evening.
During our visit, we sat in the back patio area and enjoyed a very good meal. But really, the actual inside of the restaurant looked super cozy too. I’d imagine it will be a great place this fall and winter for a few drinks, enchiladas, quesadillas and other assorted Mexican dishes. The vibe is slightly upscale and authentic Mexican fare (sort of like Nuestra Cocina further down on Division) but Xico is a shorter walk for us in the rain, so that is a definite bonus. I liked it and would definitely go again.
They also have lunch and a lunch window. I think my new goal is to try a Sonoran hot dog (Grilled Nathan’s all beef frank, bacon, salsa verde, eye-of-goat beans, cotija, crema, pico de gallo) one day very, very soon!
3715 SE Division . . . → Read More: Xico on SE Division
3111 SE Division Street
Portland OR 97202
It’s amazing how many great restaurants/food places have sprung up in our immediate neighborhood over the last few years — pix, pokpok, Lauro Kitchen (now Cibo), D Street (for the rest of the month, anyway), Wafu, Xico, Sunshine Tavern…and it’s not like the neighborhood was bad before that or anything, it’s just gotten crazy with good dining options.
One that we’ve gone to a few times now is Sunshine Tavern. It’s a reliable after-work stop: good drinks, pizza, burgers, interesting sandwiches, lots o’bacon, and a ms. pacman game. What more could you want? Shuffleboard? Well, they’ve got that too.
And if you go there, there’s a good chance you will sit next to a couple that is discussing how awesome Joss Whedon is…bonus points if the dude has a stylish handlebar mustache. True story.
Bar snacks: candied hazelnuts and a pickled, hard-boiled egg.
Seasonal salad of heirloom tomatoes, garbanzo beans and greens.
Romaine salad w fried capers, parmesan, croutons and garlic vinaigrette.
Sunshine’s griddle burger: all-beef chuck, red . . . → Read More: Tuesday Night Dinners: Sunshine Tavern
I recently attended (as in “last weekend” recently) the International Food Blogger’s Conference here in Portland and had a great time. There was a lot of food, wine, bloggers, and informational sessions. I took some pictures.
During the first day, there was a Live Blogging (or tweeting) session with Travel Oregon. Some of my favorite tastes of the day were from this event. Happyrock Coffee Roasting, Straw Propeller Oatmeal, Pfriem Artisinal Brewery and Olympic Provisions (duh) were among my absolute favorites. Oh yeah and we got monkey hats from Mail Chimp at the after party Saturday night, so there was that too.
Happyrock Coffee, a great way to start it off.
Next it was salted truffle caramel and apple slices from Temptress Truffles.
Sushi bites from Newmans at 988 in Cannon Beach.
Black Butte Porter Cupcakes from The Well Traveled Fork.
Tasting blue cheese from Rogue Creamery.
Vodka from 9 Rocks Vodka in Spray, Oregon.
Olympic Provisions salami — and yes, it was nice to be sitting somewhere and . . . → Read More: International Food Blogger’s Conference – Portland
So, we’ve been trying to get back into the habit of going out to eat every couple of weeks. So far this Summer, we’ve had really nice dinners at Bar Avignon (pictures here), Accanto and Lardo.
2838 SE Belmont St,
Portland, OR 97214
1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd,
Portland, OR 97214
Here are pictures from those last two meals. First up is Accanto.
Belmont Street through the window.
Artisanal salumi and cheese with house made condiments and bread.
Fried Almonds tossed with sea salt and spices.
Bruschetta with spring vegetables.
The special of the evening — grilled wild sockeye salmon over a salad of beans and squash, with a lemon aioli.
Burnt sugar gelatto.
Lardo used to be a food cart on SE Belmont, but they recently relocated and opened a restaurant on Hawthorne. I thought the food was great (but I really liked the cart too). My only issue was the drinks — I tried two and wasn’t super crazy about either. I guess I will have to go back and try again, huh? yes indeed-y.
. . . → Read More: Tuesday Night Dinners Part II: Accanto & Lardo