City State Diner right there on 28th near Burnside. All. Day. Breakfast including vegan/vegetarian options.
Dick’s Kitchen HOUSE. MADE. PICKLES. Open until 10pm. Over on Belmont next to Laughing Planet.
Lucky Strike moved to larger and easier to find digs on SE Hawthorne and 39th. After a rousing evening with Wendy and the Lost Boys at the Hawthorne Theater Lounge next door, it was time to test the peppers at Lucky Strike.
The food, once it showed up, was exquisite. The green beans and beans (grean beans and dried black beans) remain salty, spicy and garlicy as before. The seafood pancake now has what i think was shaved bonito tuna on top. It was paper thin strips of smoked tuna that, to the dismay of one dinner companion, waved and undulated like seaweed. Seriously. I thought it was just wafting in the heat. But even after the pancake had somewhat cooled down, parts kept on-a-waving.
Service was awful and clueless. I asked about my animated food, and our server responded “i don’t know what’s on top”. Drinks showed up after entrees. And then the appetizers appeared.
I’m satisfied with the Lucky Strike experience and prolly won’t go again.
Again, crowdsourced reviews at Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/lucky-strike-portland
New years food favorites:
Cherry Naan at India House: PhilG calls it Indian Pop Tart. Unleavened bread with nuts and cherries. Basically naan with dried cherries and ground nuts in the middle. Sweet w/out being cloying. Goes great with the rest of the indian menu believe it or not.
Spella Caffe: After endless raves on the interwebs for their cart at 10th and Alder, they’ve opened a teensy euro-esque coffee shop at 520 SW 5th at SW Alder (near the downtown Ross- blink and you’ll miss it). Oh it’s worth it. Smooth and velvety 12oz latte for $3.50. They also offer gelato, house roasted coffee beans for $14/lb, and some pastries.
( Open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5pm 503.752.0264 )
You like it hot? You like it Sichuan ? This is the place for you!
On a daring visit about a week ago, we had to try the latest and greatest in Asian food. Friends had recommended it, so why not? My brother from Florida, my world-globetrotting mom, and my up-for-anything S.O. journeyed out to far SE Powell for culinary daring-doo.
This is NOT General Pao’s chicken in cornstarch sauce. This is apparently straight-up vocanic Sichuan cooking. Our table of 4 ordered the Seafood pancake, green beans, plain rice, beef with broccolli , and the plain asian vegetables.
The seafood pancake was delightful. Chock full of briny squid, shrimp and other flavors, and served with a spicy (but not overwhelming ) peppers in oil dipping sauce.
The green beans were smothered in easily avoided red chile peppers. They had a delightful salty clean flavor, balanced with a mouth numbing peppercorn. (I later found in this yelp review, it’s called “huajiao”).
The Beef and Brocolli was listed as “on the safe side” on the menu. Being vegetarian, I tried the broccolli only. Nice, garlicky and bland!
If I had do-overs, I’d take my mother and brother to a ‘safer’ Asian joint, like Om Seafood or Powell Seafood, both also on SE Powell. This is not so great for non-meat eaters, but glad I tried it!
Tried to tour the Dundee Hills wineries the day after Thanksgiving. Over 160 wineries were open, most only open to the public for drop-in that one day.
Happily I was the designated driver of a rental van full of 5 adults and 2 very patient youngsters.
In 5 hours we covered 4 vineyards!
Tastings run about $15, and you get a souvenir glass, and snacks. Number of pourings depends on the vineyard
Starting with Duck Pond in Dundee:
No ducks. No pond. Absolutely beautiful grounds and a nice gift shop with non-alcoholic drinks for the kids.
Next stop: Red Ridge – Between Dundee and Lafeyette
It’s a nursery, with a garden shop, and they are now pressing their own olive oil. In addition to wine tastings from neighboring vineyards, they had an olive oil tasting as well. Gorgeous views, and a nice deck looking over the hills. I bought an adorable button fern. They sell an eclectic selection of medicinal herbs as well.
Vista Hills Vineyard – Dayton, OR
We seemed to stay longer as the tour progressed. Vista hills is surrounded by trees, overlooking the hills, of course. They have a huge deck with a view, and an outdoor fireplace downstairs. We packed lunch in Portland and stayed here to eat. Apparently, at a nearby vineyard, you can rent horses and sign up for a tour of vineyards by horseback.
Belle Pente is open by appointment only. Glad we stopped by for the tasting. More amazing views, and a pen of chickens and geese.