Tag Archives: out to eat

Taste of Portland at Food Bloggers Conference

Biwa treats: seasoned tofu with dashi, ginger and soy sauce, pickled mackerel with Asian slaw. The guys at Smokehouse 21:B.J. Smith, owner/chef, and Michael Spencer. Urban Farmer’s Executive Chef Matt Christianson with his housemade bacon and corn salad. Gregory Gourdet of Departure  Restaurant with his  albacore tuna sushi and steam buns. And lots of other […]

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Taste of Oregon live food blogging

I’m here at the International Food Blogger conference in Portland for the weekend. For the first days activity, we’re doing a live blogging event, with local food producers presenting their goods in short 5 minute-shots, speed dating style. Packer Orchards and Bakery, Hood River fruit jams: cherry, spiced vanilla pear, marionberry peach, pear-sweetened raspberry jam. […]

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Maple Counter soft opening tonight

Tonight, from 6-9pm our new breakfast joint in town is having a soft opening. Come check out the menu, meet the owners and staff, and sample some dishes.

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Helping out with Amy’s Underground Dinner

I heard from a friend about these local underground themed dinners and I was instantly intrigued.  I love the idea of farm dinners, where guests enjoy a seasonal meal on site.  The underground dinner sounded similar in that it was a one-night event at a special location.  As I looked further into the event, I […]

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“Octopus tentacle sushi please!”

At his birthday dinner last night, my nine-year-old son asks if he can order octopus tentacle sushi.  In our family, we like to let the birthday boy/girl choose what’s for dinner. My daughter chose “pasta” for her day and he, after asking each person what they would like (“I want everyone to be happy.”), chose […]

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The Curious Palate

Our neighborhood is ever changing; shops opening and closing.  Last year, a Taqueria had opened on Venice, east of Grand View.  I had meant to stop in, but as quickly as they had opened, they were closing down. Soon after the Taqueria closed, a sign went up, indicating “The Curious Palate” was next to occupy […]

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Restaurant El Agave

After my lovely bike ride, I decided to treat myself to lunch.  There is this little Oaxacan place on Venice that I have wanted to try and this seemed the perfect opportunity. There were only two other couples in there, one waiter, and one cook.  The interior was festively decorated, with banners of vivid colors […]

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