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 it’s I think it’s the best restaurant in Portland (because, I’m not really sure what restaurant I think is that), but I will say that we had an amazing meal and that I really enjoyed everything that we tried. It was also very easy to share plates — in fact, it seemed like most tables around us were employing that strategy as well.
The menu is organized into sections: Salumi & Formaggi (cured meat and cheese), Fritti (fried items), Pane (bread – think bruschetta-type plates), Giardini (Salads/vegetables), Primi (the pasta course), and Secondi (the meat course). There are also sides and desserts, . . . → Read More: A Lot of Meat, Cheese, Vegetables, and Pasta at Ava Gene’s — Oh, and the Bean Topped Bread
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 grains recipes and this one definitely got my attention with the warm spices, creamy yam, and a fennel shallot salad on the side. I really wanted to try and reverse-engineer it at home but then I thought maybe I could try and get the actual recipe. It only took asking one contact and I got an email for Jenn Louis, Chef/Co-Owner of Sunshine Tavern. So I sent her a message, asked her for the recipe, and if I could post it here. She got back to me an hour or so later with the recipe. So cool!
This dish will work with either cooked, mashed garnet yam* . . . → Read More: Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland’s Sunshine Tavern
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 Fifty Licks started with owner Chad Draizin (pdx transplant all the way from south Florida) making Cafe Cubano (Cuban coffee) for everyone and then we dug into the many ice creams, sorbets, and cocktails!
We tried: Stumptown Coffee, Tahitian Vanilla, Oregon Raspberry, Toasted Milk, Jasmine Tea, Blood Orange Creamsicle, Passionfruit with Sichuan Peppercorns sorbet, Coconut Lemon Saffron sorbet, and Chocolate with Toasted Oat Milk sorbet. Oh and also the Furacão, Nordic Palmer, and Velvet Shiso cocktails. The ice cream and sorbet flavors were really clean and well defined. No tricky, fancy business going on here – just really great ingredients and full, full, amazing flavor!
In a . . . → Read More: An Ice Cream Social at Fifty Licks in SE Portland
2323 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Bon Appétit magazine says, “(Ethan) Stowell serves chic, unadorned Italian food in a narrow modern space whose centerpiece is a huge communal table.”
I say, “Mmmmmm. Pork belly.”
So, it’s actually kind of embarrassing how long it’s taken me to get this post up. I was in Seattle in mid-September. As I’m sure you know, it’s now November. I don’t even have a good excuse for that and besides, this meal was absolutely delicious.
Way back in September, while I was up north for the International Food Bloggers Conference, jwa came up Saturday night to hang out, go out to dinner, and drive home with me the next day. We (or rather I) decided on Tavolàta for our meal which was just a short walk from downtown and sounded like we would both enjoy its focus – pasta, pasta, pasta. And really, I can’t even remember the last time we specifically went out for pasta in Portland (this should corrected soon).
Our choices for the evening consisted of Castelvetrano Olives with Citrus, Mint, Chili; Pork Belly with Manila Clam, Tomato, Salsa Verde; Burrata with Arugula, Cucumber and Heirloom Tomato Salad; . . . → Read More: Dining Out in Seattle: Ethan Stowell’s Tavolàta
2035 SE 39th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97214
Recently, there was a restaurant a mere seven blocks from our house that we never got around to trying — Kingdom or Roosevelt. But, just last weekend it reopened as a neighborhood brunch spot called Trinket, and we tried it right away (well, within a week). I think that says something about my love of brunch over my interest in meat-centric, wild game meals.
Honestly, I really love that there’s a restaurant in this space — I pass by it everyday on my walk to Mt. Tabor. (Okay, most days. I walk most days). Anyway, when I heard that Trinket was open, I insisted to jwa that we go right away (again – love of brunch). So we did.
Stepping into the restaurant on Saturday around noon, it was about three-quarters full, and we got a table right away. A bloody mary and pineapple melon mimosa were soon to follow, as were delicious pistachio sticky rolls and coffee. As I usually do when trying a new place for breakfast or brunch, I got the eggs benedict. Here it’s made with duck eggs and I soon discovered that . . . → Read More: A SE Portland Brunch at Trinket