A Saturday Night in Portland

Dr. Whatever

Balsamic Fig

Habanero Lime

Lemon Mint

Pomegranate Mint

Cream Soda

Ginger Ale

Natural Cola

With names like these, I had to sample these sodas from Portland Craft Soda.

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~Portland Craft Soda ~Photo Lori Greer ~Portland Oregon ~June 2018

We were at a food cart pod sampling the flavors while we decided what to eat.

It was fun especially as the evening was warm and people were happy.

There was music and laughter.  Strangers talked and joked with each other.

French crepes, Middle Eastern, Mexican, a full bar, hamburgers… So many tempting choices.  We finally settled for a  fennel sausage pizza from the  Pyro Pizza Cart.  It was delicious! We will return soon to try the other pizzas and the arugula salad.

Plus some of the other food carts too.

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~Food Cart Pod in SE Portland Oregon ~Photo Lori Greer  ~June 2018~

The Results

The Habanero Lime was a “must try’!  Just a whiff of it took my breath away but I was determined to drink some.  Whoa Nellie, as they say, it was strong!

The basamic fig reminded me of kambucha.

My hands-down favorite was the Lemon Mint.  It was refreshing with a hint of sweetness.

I did not try them all.  I did find a winner in the Lemon Mint and ordered a full glass.  A new favorite!

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~Cartopia Movie Night ~Photo Lori Greer ~Portland Oregon ~June 2018

Catching a movie at “Cartopia Movie Night” sounds fun especially with friends.  It’s fun to hang out with milennials. It would be fun to watch Jaws with a group of milennials and their kids.

I do love Portland!

Rose City Coffee

This sign captures the essence of Rose City Coffee.

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Sign at Rose City Coffee, Portland, Oregon ~Photo Lori Greer~

Both locations are warm and inviting.  You want to sit and stay awhile.   Continue reading “Rose City Coffee”

Day of the Dead

 

Day of the Dead XICO
~Photo XICO newsletter

Thursday is the Day of the Dead!

Celebrate and commemorate this special holiday at XICO.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.  Wikipedia

Bring a picture of your dearly departed to add to XICO’s altar and light a candle in their honor.

Enjoy special dishes by Chef Kelly Myers, a special cocktail with hibiscus, pineapple and mezcal, and Mexican wedding cookies for everyone!

Day of the Dead Specials

FALL HARVEST VEGETABLES & APPLE MOLE
Apple pasilla mole de milpa with late harvest succotash of local shelling beans, Ayers Creek hominy, winter squash, sunchokes, leeks & smoked wheat

MOLE ROSA & SQUID
Taxco mole rosa made with rose petals, beets, mezcal, almonds, pine nuts, white chocolate and more, served with squid

BEEF IN OAXACAN CHICHILO MOLE
Oregon beef in Oaxacan mole chichilo, a black Oaxacan mole of cascabel, mulato and pasilla negro chiles

PECAN COOKIES
Mexican wedding cookies of toasted pecans and powdered sugar.

HIBISCUS PUNCH WITH MEZCAL & TEPACHE
A special cocktail made with hibiscus flower tea, mezcal and tepache, garnished with a pineapple flower

The regular menu will also be available.

XICO Restaurant

3715 SE Division St, Portland, OR.

503-548-6343

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I love chicken especially on Monday nights at XICO, an upscale Oaxacan restaurant in Northeast Portland.   Continue reading “Fabulous Chicken Dinner”

Halloween at Saint Honore Bakery

These made me smile!

Continue reading “Halloween at Saint Honore Bakery”

Saint Honore Boulangerie

Saint Honore Boulangerie is one of my favorite places to meet friends, to relax in the sun, to escape the rain, to slow down and enjoy life.

The food, from pastries to entrées, is always excellent.  The service and the ambiance are delightful.

For a short while I feel as though I am in France.  Often, I hear French being spoken by other patrons.

Continue reading “Saint Honore Boulangerie”

Oyatsupan Bakers

I am in love with this Japanese bakery!

The baked goods are different and delicious.

I feel as though I am in Japan without having endured a long airplane flight! Continue reading “Oyatsupan Bakers”

Beeswing Restaurant

Quirky, fun, happy!

Delicious food!

It’s no wonder that Beeswing has become one of my favorite places for breakfast and lunch.

I like it so much that I have eaten there four Sundays in a row! Continue reading “Beeswing Restaurant”

Breakfast in Birmingham

 

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The Original Pancake House, 1931 11th Ave. South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205

For years, I have heard about how wonderful the food is at the Original Pancake House in Portland.  Even so, I never have set foot in one.

Until I was in Birmingham, Alabama.

That’s right.  Rather than go to the one a few miles from my house, I waited until I was on the other side of the country to try one.

My breakfast was scrambled eggs and Canadian bacon. So tasty.

I never get my hopes up when it comes to scrambled eggs in a restaurant knowing they can be cooked from dry to runny.

These eggs were perfection.  Scrambled light and fluffy.  I wish I had some right now!

My companions had pancakes, over easy eggs, and corned beef hash.

They were pleased with their food also.  We all belonged to the “clean plate club”!

The service was excellent too which made it a perfect place to eat.

It Started in Portland

I was curious as to the difference between the two restaurants.

Could both just happen to have the same name?

I looked up the Portland one on the Internet.

“The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary field, and their extensive working knowledge of authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes they were able to offer without compromise this unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim. The Original Pancake House is a second and third generation family business, which takes great pride in maintaining the high standards that make our food so outstanding. We now have over one hundred franchises from coast to coast, which have won local and national acclaim. Our recipes demand only the very finest of ingredients, such as 93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour, and our own recipe sourdough starter. Our batters and sauces are made fresh in each restaurant’s kitchen.”  Original Pancake House

The Birmingham one was listed as part of the chain.

So, now I will have to try the local one and see if it measures up to its satellite in Birmingham.  I hope so.

As much as I liked Birmingham, it is a long way to go for breakfast!

 

 

Pisello inglese e insalata di barbarietole!

I know it’s spring in Oregon when Nicoletta’s Table adds Pisello inglese e insalate di barbabietole to their menu.

It is a favorite of mine!

Nicoletta’s Table does a fabulous job with all of their seasonal salads.

Then again, shouldn’t all salads be seasonal using fresh ingredients?

I digress. Continue reading “Pisello inglese e insalata di barbarietole!”