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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!

Restaurants for Raphael House: Roost

Restaurants for Raphael House: Roost pdx

Roost
1403 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97214
971-544-7136

I’m a little embarrassed that it took me this long to get this post up. Late spring/early summer is usually a weird time for me and cooking — it’s not a total onslaught of summer fruits and vegetables yet and it’s not chilly roasting weather. So, I usually take a mini hiatus. Which is what happened here.

But earlier in the month, we ate out on the designated Restaurant for Raphael House fundraising event night (May 7). There were a number of restaurants participating, including a few we had never tried before. Like Roost!

We’ve driven by this restaurant many times, but just never managed to remember about it when we were trying to think of a neighborhood place. That is going to change. I really enjoyed the meal here, plus I am a sucker for a grilled romaine salad.

I’m pretty sure they rotate their menu frequently, but the fried green tomatoes seem to be a constant. You should get some of those.

Fried green tomatoes, grilled romaine salad, hangar steak, duck legs, coconut-dusted ice cream — the best and most delicious way to raise money for a . . . → Read More: Restaurants for Raphael House: Roost

I still can’t believe Genoa is closing…

Genoa restaurant, pdx

Genoa Restaurant
2832 Southeast Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
OpenTable reservations — although, you may be out of luck at this point.

Well, in going through my archive, I’ve discovered that this is the 2nd time we’ve gone to Genoa for a wedding anniversary! Also, that I really like my new camera.

We were on vacation the week that it was announced that Genoa would be closing (Sunday, May 11th), and although I had just made reservations for an anniversary dinner at Laurelhurst Market, I swapped that out for a table at Genoa.

And although we’ve only gone to dinner there two or so times a year, we’ve loved all of our experiences at Genoa. From right after the re-open, until our last meal on Sunday. I hope it is truly an “extended hiatus” and that Genoa returns at some point. And also, that the staff there winds up doing cool things other places — honestly, one of the best parts of a meal at Genoa is learning about the wines and the fun banter with everyone. Of course, the food is pretty amazing too.

Accanto will be staying open but if you want to get to Genoa, you only . . . → Read More: I still can’t believe Genoa is closing…

Project Grace Pop-up: Campania Dinner

Project Grace Pop-up: Campania Dinner, Portland

Project Grace
Friday nights at Trinket
2035 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
503-805-1342 for reservations (or OpenTable)

Apparently, the last pop-up at Trinket is 4/18/2014 and the menu region is Sicily. Menu details are on Project Grace’s facebook page.

Late last month we went to Project Grace for dinner. This is a pop-up that happens every Friday night at Trinket — they also do an additional Italian-American-inspired meal Tuesday evenings at Hokusei (SE 42nd and Belmont). Obviously, one of the huge appeals for Trinket (or Project Grace) for us is that it is walkable and we are lazy diners. That said, I would totally drive across town for more of the Cacciatore-esque roasted game hen.

Every Friday is a five course meal (for about $40) that focuses on a different region of Italy. On our night, it was Campania. This meant seafood, chilies, rich tomato sauces, and saffron. The meal is served family style and if you are lucky, you will get to enjoy an 80′s soundtrack with your dinner.

We started with cocktails and freshly grilled bread with a honey-lavender butter. The plates came out well-paced and each time something got laid down on . . . → Read More: Project Grace Pop-up: Campania Dinner

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

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

Cocotte
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.
-OR-
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.
-OR-
Salt cod brandade gratinĂ© with Aleppo, . . . → Read More: Cocotte: Portland Dining Month & the PFA/Food Blogger Dinner