Saturday, May 31, 2008

Saturday Market at Skidmore Fountains, Portland, OR


Friday, May 30, 2008

Apizza Scholl's in Portland, OR

This place is known for selling pizza until they run out of dough, which happens rather early, around 8:30 PM.

Antipasti Platter $10

1/2 Sausage, 1/2 Canadian Bacon Pizza $15
As good of a pizza as Giao's had on the west coast. The crust was thin and crispy and that's about all you can ask for.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97215

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Whole Foods Picnic

Fried Chicken (good, but not really crispy), Grilled Sweet Corn (summery) and Salad (decent)


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lunch at Mother's, Portland, OR

Matzo Ball Soup $8
This giant matzo ball made the soup.

Mac n' Cheese with Bacon
So good. Creamy and delicious and really bad for you.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

Mother's Bistro
212 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97204

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Breakfast at Douglas Fir, Portland, OR

Biscuits and Gravy $6
Decent, but not great. The gravy was a little watery.

Bagel with Lox $9
Decent, but you don't really get great bagels on the west coast.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

Douglas Fir Lounge
830 E. Burnside
Portland, OR 97214

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

All You Can Eat at Pizza Orgasmica

A new location of Pizza Orgasmica opened up in the Embarcadero Center and between 4 and 7 you can get all you can eat pizza for only $8. Although pizza on this coast is never great, it was not half bad either.

Pepperoni and Hawaiian
Needed to be hotter, but it hit the spot.

Plain and Olive/Artichoke

Hawaiian and Pepperoni/Olive
We must really like Hawaiian...


Pizza Orgasmica
2 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ground Meat Curry with Roasted Root Veggies in a Cilantro Pesto

Although this curry recipe calls for ground beef, we made it with ground turkey, to make it a bit healthier. Click here for the recipe for the root veggies with cilantro pesto.

Ground Meat Curry
-1 lb ground turkey
-2 onions, pureed
-2 cans tomatoes, pureed
-1 can coconut milk
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 1/2 tb cumin
-1 tsp turmeric
-1 tsp cayenne
-3 tb oil

Heat the oil and add the onions and sautee until browned. Add the tomatoes and spices and sautee for a few more minutes. Add the turkey and the coconut milk and cook until the meat it cooked and the the mixture is the desired consistency.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Paying for the View at the Moss Beach Distillery, Moss Beach, CA

Sliders $12
Bacon-cheddar, jack cheese-grilled onion and avocado-roasted pepper. Tasty, but sort of expensive.

Clams $14
Again, very tasty, but expensive. Plump and juicy.

Cubano $16
Big and tasty. But, seriously, $16 for a sandwich?

Food: 1
Decor: 1 (but only for the view)
Service: 1

Moss Beach Distillery

140 Beach Way
Moss Beach, CA 94038

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Underwhelmed at Chapeau, San Francisco, CA

We kept hearing about how great Chapeau! was, and it had been on our list for a while, so we finally decided to go all the way out to the Richmond to try it. We were decidedly underwhelmed. The service was very slow, if pleasant. The decor was horrendous, although that's probably the thing that matters least to us. And the food was just so boringly average. It was solid for sure, but not amazing, not interesting. And it was a pretty good deal. But we just don't understand what all the fuss is about. If we want good bistro food, we can simply go to Fringale right down the street from our place and have better, closer meal.

Amuse Bouche of Curried Cauliflower Soup (gratuit)
This was actually the most inspired dish we had all night. The soup was very smooth and the cauliflower really stood up to the curry.

Alexis' Prix-Fixe Meal was $45, and is shown in the following 4 pictures:

Duck Confit Salad
The bitter frisee offset the richness of the duck confit and the seared foie gras on top was a nice touch as well.

Seared Scallop with Butternut Squash Risotto and Lobster Sauce
This dish was well done and the lobster sauce worked well with the risotto and the scallop.

This was a hearty and flavorful version of this French country classic that suffered only from the fact that there were way too many breadcrumbs on top.

Creme Brulee
Too big of a portion and the custard was a little clumpy.

Giao ordered a la carte, as seen below;

Warm Brie on Toast $9
The brie was good, but the sweet sauce was a little off-putting.

Seared Foie Gras with Huckleberry Sauce $13
Tasty and pretty.

Moules Frites $17
The fries were not crispy enough and the mussels were alright, but not great.

Cheese Plate $12

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

Health Code Violations

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A Childhood Classic, Made in the Sandwich Maker

Salmon Melt
Ever since Giao's mom gave us her old-school sandwich maker, tuna melts have been our guilty pleasure. This time, however, we had canned salmon, so we made due. We also used sprouted, whole grain bread which not only is better for us, but tastes better too.

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