Brunch in the time of pandemic

What is better than a lazy brunch? *

My special friend makes all my favorites from creamy scrambled eggs, crisp bacon  to lox and bagels.  There are healthy servings of roasted or grilled vegetables, fresh fruit and to top it off, a chocolate croissant sometimes served with ice cream!  Needless to say, it is my main meal of the day.  

Fresh flowers, a wonderful view and soft music playing.  

Dining with my friend makes me slow down and count my blessings. 

Even in the time COVID 19.

Especially in the time of COVID 19.

Peace,

Lori

*Not having to prepare or clean up afterwards is the icing on the cake!  (I do have food on my brain!)

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In addition to running the world this morning, I found time to roast vegetables. 

My line up included carrots, brussel sprouts, asparagus, beets (both red and yellow), red bell peppers, and eggplant.  

I love roasted vegetables and snack on them right out of the oven.  

I sometimes place a melange of cooked vegetables on a plate, grate parmesan cheese on top and pop in the microwave or under the broiler to melt the cheese.  One of my favorite meals!  

Or, I toast some hearty, dark bread and spread with hummus or avocado and then top with roasted vegetables.  On top of that I grate some Parmesan cheese and melt it. 

Always the cheese!  I buy the large wedge from Costco.  I tell myself that Parmesan cheese is OK as it is not a fatty cheese.  

Kudos to my Mother whose gardening skills kept our table and freezer full of vegetables all year long.  

Cheers,

Lori

 

Bounty from Coquine Restaurant in Portland

Today was a new adventure for me in food shopping. 

On the red tray is my haul from Coquine , a delightful French-inspired restaurant in SE Portland.  

As Coquine is open for take out only.  Customers can buy prepared entrees, baked goods and other delicious items from Coquine.

Also, Coquine allows their farmers and other food purveyors to sell direct through their restaurant. The menu is quite extensive with produce, meat, seafood, coffee, tea, eggs and dairy.  

It was hard to just order a few things but since I crave vegetables, I opted for a fresh produce bag. 

Since I can’t always find locally roasted coffee, I added a pound of Coava Coffee beans to my order.  Coava describes their coffee as “northwest coffee roaster notoriously fueled by good folks and Led Zeppelin”.   I like their coffee and was happy to find it on the Coquine take out menu.  Continue reading “Bounty from Coquine Restaurant in Portland”

Because I’m worth it

Breakfast for one   ~Photo Lori Greer in Portland~    

 

I am trying to make every meal an “event”  even if I am eating alone.

On second thought, especially if I am eating alone. Continue reading “Because I’m worth it”

Soup du Jour?

 

~Photo Lori Greer in Portland~

This sign outside a restaurant in Whistler B.C made me laugh.

But, I think I will pass…

Although I do drink wine I find myself leaning more and more to sparkling water.

It’s cheaper, fewer calories and doesn’t alter my mood. Continue reading “Soup du Jour?”

Why I Walk…

Enjoy being outdoors.

Meet and greet other walkers.

Spend time with my dog Ginny. Continue reading “Why I Walk…”

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!

 

 

Choices!

“We can make choices.  We can create options to maximize our inner peace and serenity, our health, and our sense of self-worth.”  Edward T. Creagan, M.D.  Mayo Clinic

Continue reading “Choices!”

Meet Me at XICO!

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The Oregonian names XICO  as one of Portland’s best restaurants for 2016.

The Oregonian names XICO  2015 “Cuisine of the Year!”

The Oregonian names XICO 2014 to the list of top 10 Portland restaurant bars: Bar Tab

The Oregonian names XICO’s trout pozole as one of Portland’s top ten dishes in 2013.

Continue reading “Meet Me at XICO!”

A Perfect Saturday in NW Portland

Yesterday was a perfect Saturday for me.  By 8 A.M., I  was sweating at a spinning class, back home to housework and then quality time with Ginny before taking her to doggy day care. She loves playing with the other dogs and comes home tired, hungry and happy.  I’m such a good dog mother! Continue reading “A Perfect Saturday in NW Portland”