Archive | July, 2010

2010 Feeding Frenzy in Portland

Akiko and I fell in love with Portland after last year’s feeding frenzy, so it was time to return to hit old favorites and to discover new ones. 
A first stay at Hotel Fifty and a return to Hotel Lucia gave us four nights of…

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Dessert Tasting at Fenouil (Portland)

I mentioned previously that Fenouil tied for top meal this past trip to Portland, and part of the reason was that Pastry Chef Kristen Murray’s black pepper cheesecake was, by far, the best bite of the five days, let alone in recent memory. When she…

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Tasty n Sons (Portland)

Tasty n Sons turned out to be a perfect pick for our last meal in Portland, and ranked right at the top with Fenouil as our favorite of the trip. Burmese red pork stew is right up my alley any course of the day, so…

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Whiskey Soda Lounge and Pok Pok (Portland)

As much as I liked Pok Pok last year, it disappointed me this year. Perhaps my expectations were too high?
You can almost always expect a wait if you’re headed to Pok Pok for dinner, so we built that into our plan as a chance…

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Simpatica Dining Hall (Portland)

Would there be room for brunch after 17 courses plus a fish feast at Tanuki? You betcha!
I liked Simpatica upon seeing the Stumptown coffee for customers awaiting tables. Our group of four soon had a table by the entrance, overseeing both the rest of…

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A Return to Tanuki (Portland)

I raved about my previous visit to Tanuki, marking it one of the top three meals of last year’s trip to Portland. As it’s in this trip’s top three as well, I can solidly say that Tanuki is an eating experience I highly recommend in…

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SakeOne and La Estrella #2 (Forest Grove)

One free afternoon meant a trip to SakeOne and a chance to tour the finest sake-making brewery in America. While it happened to be Saketini Saturday, I chose instead to do the “Shock” tasting to learn how sake can pair with food. My pairings:


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Autentica (Portland)

Autentica came highly recommended, and as we like broth-filled bowls, especially for breakfast, we thought Mexican food might be a good way to start off our third day in Portland. Both bowls were good, though my menudo tasted perhaps a little too “upscale” – lacking…

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Whiffies Fried Pies (Portland)

Saving some room for dessert, we headed to Whiffies Fried Pies in the Hawthorne pod of food carts. Whiffies was unable to make it to Seattle’s third Mobile Chowdown, so I simply had to take myself there this trip to Portland.
After much deliberation and…

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Olympic Provisions (Portland)

Still stuffed from lunch at Fenouil, we decided to skip Le Pigeon and Castagna and instead have a few light bites at Olympic Provisions. We liked what we tried and would love to return someday. Sit on a stool at the counter for a fun…

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