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I am also in the midst of making more aged cocktails for friends coming to Portland next week! You'll find my first blog with the recipe just before this one. I love doing the aged cocktails where you spend a heck of a lot at the liquor market, come home and pour a bunch of delicious stuff in to a 2 liter barrel and then just stare at it for weeks! Well, we taste a little too now and then to see if it's perfectly done or not. Looking for depth in flavor, a little smokey taste and those notes you can't find without age. I guess it's akin to anything that ages well over time. It takes time but totally worth it!
Hope you find my March list of places I ate in Portland interesting and please enjoy my personal notes as well.
GIGANTIC BREWING: ok, so I've wanted to try this beer for a while and it was pouring buckets outside but hey, I really needed this beer. A great little industrial style building with delicious beer and yes, I recommend it! I hear they have a great food truck out there now serving food! Need to go back asap. Maybe 808 bbq?
RED SAUCE PIZZA: This will most def be on my list monthly cause I love it so freaking much. The dough, the sauce, the nice folks and once again, the best pizza in Portland in my opinion!
BARISTA: on Alberta, near my home, has darling little homemade pop tarts made with marshmallow, chocolate and hazelnuts and they go great with coffee. This spot is sunny even in the rain so it's a fun place to relax and re-group esp. with the baked goods from Roman Candle Baking Co.
COAVA COFFEE ROASTERS: ok, so I'm taking this gardening class one Friday and I have a break and need coffee. I remember Coava isn't far so I walk down and get a latte and a scone. I instantly feel like… uh oh… I'm totally out of place. I am not wearing a beenie, my denims aren't rolled up, I'm actually wearing socks and I. do. not. fit. in.!!!! So, out of place in a huge space that makes you feel out of place even if you were in place. Does that makes sense?? Too big, not warm, too hipstery and ok, thanks, I'll take mine to go please! At lease my coffee and croissant was good!
THE WOODSMAN TAVERN: Haven't been here in ages so it was fun! We went early as to not have to wait for a table or whatever. I had a Cheddar Biscuit that I wished had been warm but it was nice with the Pear Butter along side. Also enjoyed a brussel sprout and squash dish and deviled eggs but what this place really has going for them… their Tom Collins are the best in town! Hubby did say his double cheeseburger was mighty tasty, just an FYI. Oh, and the decor… love it, always have!
KIM JONG GRILLIN: Second or third time with a Bibim Box and they offered me tofu this time and I said HELL YES! I am not a fan of tofu but grill it, fry it, soak it in sauce… whatever it takes then I'll eat it! It was good with all the veggies, noodles, egg, and kimchi! I love this food truck. It's parked on Alberta for now.
GREAT NOTION: So, we went for the beer. They were releasing several at a special paid event and we really enjoyed it! Not far from home and so we walked and imbibed and stumbled home just enough to not embarrass ourselves. Beer flavors like, Root Beard for example were so delicious. Inventive and very relaxed and filled to the brim with folks like me that love beer so much!
TWO STROKES COFFEE CO.: Out and about and headed to St. Johns to check this place out, the weather was sunny and nice and so I loved every minute of the drive over. Not too far though and near the gorgeous St. Johns bridge, this coffee co. is one of the cutest in town. Hope it's ok to say they are cute cause you know… motorcycles are supposed to depict toughness, leather and gumption. Ok, but they are still cute and the husband and wife team are as cute and sweet as their coffee shop! Good luck and congrats on your opening!
DEVIL'S DILL/NO FUN: So, headed to a concert but first… a sandwich please at Devil's Dill. Next door you can enter a little bar where you can sit and order your sandwiches to eat in now. This is new. I'll admit I had the vegan sandwich with seitan? I looked it up after I ate it thank god. It's all gluten! Ok, that's fine but next time I'll just ask for a cheese sandwich;)! Love that they have karaoke on Wednesday nights too!
LOS GORDITOS: Love this burrito place on Killingsworth. Next time I'm getting the Garbage Burrito… it's vegan but what the heck! I hear it's delicious!
VICTORIA BAR: I've mentioned this place so much and it's one of my favorites. When you need space to relax, enjoy some cocktails and eat Mac n Chz or fries covered in cheese and cilantro and onions, go here! The cocktails are so good as well as having great beer choices and ALL their food is outstanding! I highly recommend it!
HOP AND VINE: So, my third or fourth time here and all we go for is jello shots and proseco this time but that's ok, I'm not complaining. I was too full from Victoria Bar to eat but I'll go back again over and over for the food and drink and those jello shots… where the heck have I been?!!!
SARAVEZA: Deviled eggs, carrot soup, chili, soft hot pretzels with mustard, beer and a rice crispy treat to take home. My gosh, life is good! Another spot I will go to over and over again. My first time and again, where the heck have I been???? Over by the weekend brunch spot, the Bad Habit Room off Killingsworth. You need to go check this place out, I loved it!
MILK GLASS MARKET: So, I've sworn off sugary baked things for a while and I'm really pissed off about it. So, I drag hubby to this place, one of my favorites. I have a freaking cup of tea while he tells me how good Kir Jensen's Bergamont Cream Puff is. Wait… that sounds weird but you know what I mean. The cream puff was also covered in dark chocolate for gods sake. He couldn't even finish it… jerk! Ha.. just kidding but really, this is one of the cutest spots for tea, coffee, breakfast, lunch, treats, baked goods etc. You will find me there more cause hubby loves Kir!
LOCALE: Walking over two miles toward Mississippi Ave., I made it to this sweet little coffee shop. I enjoyed my latte and visiting with the owner and I highly suggest that if you are reading this, that you go too!
PORQUE NO¿: It was wet and cold and I was hungry so I piled in about 2pm for a delicious Winter Taco and some chips and guac. Nice and warm inside with all the other folks, this place always feels like home. I did however have to run to Freddy's a few days later to pick up some religious candles for my own house. Now home feels like Porque No¿
SMOKEHOUSE TAVERN: Delicious! Hubby had the Brisket Olympia Provisions dog, son had ribs and I had the MacnChz and picked through the cornbread which was quite amazing. One good example of finding food for a vegetarian at a bbq place… ha… they had some things I could enjoy as well. I'll be back! p.s. One of the best Moscow Mules ever!
HEAVENLY DONUTS: I was told they had the Homer Simpson doughnut but they had run out when I got there. But Steven said the doughnuts were fresh and tasty and that he'd go back. Old school donut shops are awesome when you want just that.
BREAKSIDE BREWERY: Met some gals for dinner and love this place. I have always loved their beer and their pub food is pretty good pub food. Had a great grilled cheese and waffle fries. Forgot I gave those up too and ate everything on the plate. Oooops!
NEAT: I had to see the art with women with mustaches and WHO wouldn't want to see that?? Cute spot, good cocktails and nice jacket potatoes!
AUTENTICA: Easter Sunday was spent in sin! Seriously ate a sinful amount of brunch here. The best in Portland I might add. Plates filled with amazing flavors, some spice, eggs, rice, meats, warm tortillas and guac and mighty fine Bloody Maria's too! I highly recommend Autentica for all your dining needs;)!
STELLA TACO: Friends and family here one night and it's one of our most favorite spots in town for a taco! Mine was filled with all kinds of goodies including mushrooms and avocado and wow… some of the best frozen margaritas as well. Great spot for lots of folks to eat and all the food is very good! We have never been disappointed!
JADE: Another day of trekking around the city brought me to Sellwood last week. I knew I'd end up here and I did. I ordered the glass noodle stir fry with tofu and once again, I don't really like tofu but sauce it up, fry it up or grill it and I'll eat it. I love their variety of baked goodies too! Came home with a bag of macarons for the boys… always delicious!
HUNNY MILK: Proof that good marketing skills and Instagram work! They drew me in with their menu and the fact that on the first Saturday of each month, while waiting for your brunch to come, you get a packet of letter writing materials including stamps! They encourage you write a letter which I did and thoroughly enjoyed it! I had the onion quiche which was just ok for me but the Carrot Cake Waffle was simply amazing and delicious! Topped with cream cheese mousse and so good. Open only on weekends btw.
STACCATO GELATO: Went in for donuts to take home and got four! Love the names… Prince of Darkness for hubby of course. Gave all but one away to neighbor kids happily playing outside in the sun on Saturday morning! Their parents were thrilled as well.
PACIFIC PIE CO.: Went in for a quick bite. Ended up with a pie stuffed with sweet potatoes, peanut curry and wow… so good!
Ok… I think I have throughly embarrassed myself once again. Some new places listed here however, some old haunts that I love are also listed. Please note that my thoughts are my own and my reviews are just my opinions.
If you have a place you want me to visit for you, let me know. I'm happy to preview.