Posts for April, 2014

April 30, 2014

Taste of the Nation 2014

totnbokeSeeking to stretch their event dollars, presumably so that they have more moolah for lobster and pennywort salads and smoked salmon and mascarpone crepes, people sometimes ask me what the best annual food event worth splashing out for is, and Taste of the Nation tops my list.

For the price, you won’t find a better lineup of A+ local food talent, and since your ticket proceeds go to a good cause—Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign—you’ll also feel like a better person. Philanthropy with a side of Xocolatl de Davíd’s fluffernutters and chocolate milk? Yes, please.

This year’s sold out Taste of the Nation shook its crawfish poutine and beef tataki-stuffed fist at child hunger last night, from the funky confines of downtown’s beloved Crystal Ballroom, where over 30 local restaurants ranging from Aviary to The Country Cat put on a facestuffing show of shows. Read full story »

April 28, 2014

Take the Langbaan Leap

langbaancollageAs PaaDee is both on my regular happy hour rounds and right on the way to Alma Chocolate, I’ve been aware for awhile now that something interesting is happening in the back room, something involving secret doorways and exemplary tasting menus, but being a visual learner, I didn’t fully comprehend what was going on until last week, when we took the marvelous, mouthwatering Langbaan Leap. Read full story »

April 23, 2014

PPS En Papillote

ppspapiexteriorRegardless of the rains, the Portland Picnic Society must go on, and this month we had a very special shelter—marvelous Maurice, pastry chef extraordinaire Kristen Murray’s bright, white downtown delight, the perfect setting for PPS En Papillote.

And as every papillote picnic should, this one started with a JLo-themed invite: Read full story »

April 18, 2014

Peeps & Pancakes

olympicprovisionsbenedictAs I am extremely suspicious of any holiday encouraging the suppression of vice and excess, I generally pass on Lent*, but I do like the end of Lent, because everyone who was suppressing culinary vices and excess for 40 days and nights is ready to eat and drink everything in sight, which sounds like a plan, especially considering the proximity of Easter and all its brunches.

Since this is such a popular day of indulgence, it’s high time you plan your Easter Feaster destination, and here are a few of Portland’s tastiest, right over in Under The Table’s brunch section. Read full story »

April 15, 2014

Brunch Bliss at Xico

xicomimosacropLike most Portlanders, I love a good brunch, but unlike most Portlanders, I won’t squander 10 percent of my weekend standing in line for it, because I have way too many other things to squander my weekend on, like laying face down on the sofa regretting 100% of any decisions made about Jell-o shots the previous night.

Which means that I either rise with the roosters on weekend mornings to beat the brunch crush, or hunt down that most elusive of creatures—the great-brunch-sans-100-person-waitlist. And even rarer, the near-mythical great-brunch-sans-100-person-waitlist-WITH-PATIO. And wouldn’t you know it, on the very day that Portland’s tenuous spring temperatures soared into the 70s, that Brigadoon of brunches appeared to us. It happened like this. Read full story »

April 9, 2014

C’est Si Bon, Indeed

cestsiboncollageWhen Kir wine bar closed last year, I went through a period of great mourning, and was certain I could never go back and patronize whatever replaced Kir, even if what replaced it was a dollar store that sold real champagne and perfectly ripe mangos. Or you know, a chic crêperie run by a lovely Frenchwoman.

But a couple of weeks ago, I finally ventured back onto the hallowed ground at 22 NE 7th Avenue, and checked out the ooh-la-la new tenant, C’est Si Bon crêperie. And although there were no dollar mangos (there was real champagne, although it was slightly more than a dollar), I loved what I saw—and ate. Read full story »

April 4, 2014

Exploring Pod 28

pod28burrascapork2Just like children, old cars, and capuchin monkeys, each Portland cart pod has a distinct personality, and I think of Pod 28 as the Sunday Afternoon Pod.

Mostly because all of the carts are open on Sunday afternoon, and really, what better use of your day off than sitting on your tuffet within a hop’s throw of the Captured By Porches beer bus, eating your tortas and pappardelle? Read full story »

April 2, 2014

Jacksonville Weekender

applegatewinetastingSmall town aficionados, I sincerely hope Jacksonville (OR, not FL!) is on your regular weekend getaway rounds.

It has everything you could ever want—copious wine tasting, great eats, cute not-touristy shops, and the Britt Fest, which reveals its 51st summer lineup next week. I’m crossing my fingers that Arrival From Sweden will be returning.

The Britt pulls in some super acts, so make sure you get your tickets early. One thing that’s particularly splendid about the Britt is that you are encouraged to bring your own picnic, and for most concerts, you can bring your own wine and beer in as well. They’ve got a beautiful, grassy hillside for you to spread your blanket on, and Southern Oregon is blessed with long, warm summer nights, a heavenly combo. Read full story »