Posted by Lauren
I returned Monday morning from a long weekend in Portland with my best friend Katie and her fiance Doug. We ate so much good food, I can’t possibly put everything into one post. Let’s start at the beginning, with lunch at a very Portland food cart.
The Whole Bowl
The food cart guy whipped up 3 of these whole bowls (brown rice, black and red beans, salsa, cheddar cheese, cilantro, tali sauce, and avocado – no olives or sour cream) and then Katie, Doug, and I ate them in a local park. The real winner is the secret tali sauce that combines lemon and garlic (and mustard?). These were warm and delicious and a perfect hearty lunch.
That evening, Doug and I went to a secret downstairs craft brewery, for a 1.5 drinks.
They focus on farmhouse inspired beers of the French and Belgium variety, but use local Pacific Northwest ingredients. I had a 5 ounce pour of the Safe as Milk IPA and the Seven, one of their four year round “numbered” beers. The Seven “is the most Belgian-esque of the numbered beers, where the house yeast is fully expressed with a big fruitiness while the hops provide spicy and herbal elements.” Both were really tasty and smooth.
Soon enough, Katie was off work and ready to hang out. We said goodbye to Doug as he headed to the Blazers game and welcomed Kelly, one of Katie’s bridesmaids. We started off “girl’s night” with a wine bar in NE Portland.
We each ordered a glass of wine and did a little bit of celebrating. ;) The location is perfect for a pre-dinner drink. Just around the corner are a handful of hip Alberta restaurants. In fact… we paid our bill and walked right next door for dinner!
Katie and Me!
Kelly and Katie! (aka HappyHourHoneys << read their blog!!!!!!)
We ordered quite a bit, let me see if I can remember everything:
- Winter Squash Roasted and served with pomegranate seeds, red chile and yogurt
- Paratha: Layered Indian flatbread with ghee
- Pork Vindaloo: A Portuguese influenced dish from Goa. Pork braised with red chiles, garlic and vinegar. Served with buttered rolls
- Kati Roll: Found throughout the street stalls of Kolkata, kati rolls are meat or paneer, egg, pickled onion and green chutney rolled in paratha, indian flatbread.
- Aloo Tikki: Pan-fried spiced potato patties served with chickpea chole and green chutney
- Dahi Papri Chaat: (see below) Housemade crackers topped with chickpeas, potatoes, yogurt, cilantro and tamarind chutney
We sipped on yummy Pimm’s Cups, a perfect homage to London (brb reminded of the tasty Indian food in London last summer….)
We continued on to Sauvage, one of the top 400 things Katie recommends to do in Portland. She is building an app of the best foodie/drinky/activity stuff in P-town and we used the “Paper App” version to pick our next stop.
My phone died at Sauvage and the kind bartender charged it for me out of reach. Sadly, no photos.
Katie chose the most daring menu item, an Orange Wine. That basically means that it’s made from white grapes, but is actually more like a red wine in that the skins stay on the grapes and leave an orange color. The “extended maceration also exposes the wine to a lot of oxygen, which yields a wine that itself is quite resistant to the effects of oxygen. Not only will the wine last for weeks after opening (if kept cool), decanting for four to twenty-four hours opens it up to its most expressive state.” (source).
THEN!!! We shared dessert.
Pudín de Pan (bread pudding) with apple, walnuts & caramel
OH MY. Delicious!! What a perfect end the day!
Day 2 and 3 coming up this week!
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