This is why I cook and it’s why I write about food. Because for me, food is like life, you get out of it what you put into it. There are exquisite dishes you will always remember and those you would rather forget but in the end we all must eat to live. If we are here but for a finite time should we not make the most of it? And so quite literally, I live by a quote by Anaïs Nin, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.”
Bunk Sandwiches on Trazzler
Imagine calories were no object, fat your friend and salt a dizzying siren of sweet health. At Bunk, the delights of the mastered sandwich taste as forbidden as the juicy apple Ms. Eve sunk her gnashers into.
Here in Portland we have the best of the best when it comes to gourmet food offerings and some of the crème de la crème at the helm when it comes to Chefs but what about when you’re craving something just a bit more down home? Something messy, something that definitely says t-shirt and jeans, Superbowl and a tall draft. This calls for chicken wings, but you don’t have to travel all the way to Buffalo to get the goods. Sit back, relax, Portland’s got you covered.
Rockin’ Oaxacan Cuisine in NoPo
Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ca), located in the southernmost coast of Mexico, is one of Mexico’s 31 states. Its capital city (bearing the same name) is where Kenny Hill, former sous chef at Higgins, found inspiration for his new restaurant, Trebol. Hill’s interest in Mexican cuisine sprouts from his roots — he regularly visited his grandparents in Mexico and traveled throughout Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido.
I’ve scouted out the local BBQ scene in North and Northeast P-town so you can get your sticky hands on the best. Now, get your palate revved up and ready for that delicate blend of saucy and smoky, heat and sweet and fallin’ off the bone goodness that we call Barbeque.
Casa Naranja- The Review
Casa Naranja, or Orange house as it translates, has been open on the north end of Mississippi since June but I don’t think word has gotten out yet. Because if it had this place would be heavy with lines, the way Gravy is on weekend mornings.
Though the hey-day of the supper club has long since past, there are some that miss the relaxed refinement for which these places were known. Portland’s own crooner/entertainer extraordinaire, Tony Starlight (a.k.a. Brett Kucera) is just such a person.
Dot’s Café= World Peace
Unless you’re new to Portland, chances are you’ve heard of Dot’s Cafe. This SE Clinton Street eatery has achieved something of a legendary status among its loyal devotees. A few clicks on any Portland restaurant ratings site and you will come across comments dedicated to the affectionate descriptions of late night binges on Dot’s famous cheese fries and the comforts of darkness in this dimly lit haven. But even these glowing reviews don’t tell the full tale.
The building that houses Dalo’s Restaurant on North Vancouver looks like an unassuming business park. Inside, though, is a warm, family-run restaurant filled with the earthy herb-laden scent of some of the finest Ethiopian food I have ever eaten.
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