Oregon Cheese is Number One!
This just in, Oregon Cheeses won over 22 awards at the annual American Cheese Society Conference held last week in Burlington, Vermont, including 7 first place prizes in various categories. Woo-Hoo! We can’t possibly do this story justice, so for more information just check out the comprehensive on-the-scene reporting over at The Pacific NW Cheese Project.
In A Nutshell
No way. A vegan restaurant in Portland that doesn’t suck? Word is Nutshell, owned by the Tabla folks and located on N. Williams (near Pix), is good. Very good. I have no more information yet, such as a menu or hours of operation, but does. If anyone else has eaten there, let us know what you think.
Je T’aime Poutine! SOMETIMES Available in Portland at Clyde Common. So bad for your health, you know it just has to taste good. Oui, oui, Poutine (pronounced a little like peu-tin, at least most of the time) is simply French fries, brown (chicken) gravy and fresh cheese curds thrown together in one bowl of heart attack inducing grease, fat, and salt. Mostly available in French speaking Canada (and a few other places) Poutine has inspired whole fast food restaurants that specialize in the dish, websites, and even poetry and songs. It has even become a less than nice slang term. First the NY Times wrote about the Poutine trend starting to pop up in New York restaurants. Then Scott Moore at the Portland Mercury wondered if anyone here had ever tried some. Now the unofficial dish of shame and pride of the Québécois people has finally arrived in the Rose City at the Florida Room on N. Killingsworth. Of course Clyde Common serves served theirs with foie gras, in the style of some of the more upscale Montreal restaurants, but we won’t complain about that.
Science Says Coffee is Bad For You. No Wait, Science Says Coffee is Good For You.Speaking of unhealthy foods, I can’t keep up anymore with the drama of the conflicting pseudo scientific information on coffee. Good thing I just ignore it anyway. So what if my 4 cup a day habit might have destroyed my nerves. At least my liver is in good shape and my skin is glowing: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice.
Alberta Street News
Lots of stuff happening on this increasingly busy food street. First off, construction is blazing away on a new bar opening soon on NE 10th and Alberta. No word yet on what it will be or when it will open, and there is no OLCC license in the window. I took a peek in earlier this week and it looks promising – large, open, and airy with a nice seclude beer garden in the back. Stay tuned…Lolo, the soon to be open Tapas bar on 30th and Alberta states they are opening this month with soft openings to begin in two weeks. Walking by and seeing how much more work they have left to do, I’m a little skeptical about this. We’ll see…Bento Bois, a casual bento station is set up next to the bar The Nest at 18th and Alberta. Haven’t tried it yet, but it will be nice to have some cheap options on Alberta besides burritos and pizza.Finally, unsubstantiated rumor alert. We’ve heard that the bar/restaurant Zatoons at 22nd and Alberta is sweating over lack of business (and cash flow) and may only have a couple of months left…They also might be entertaining buy-out offers if anyone is interested…
Pizzeria and a Café on NE Ainsworth and 30th?
Another great tip from Joanna:
An Americian café (name unknown) and a separate pizza joint called Pizza Momizza are moving in. The Café will be open all day and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. I asked what kind of food and the guy out front (in broken English) told me what I just told you plus he said “American food”. When I said, “you mean like burgers” he said “no – café food. American. Putting in bar. Open in 2 months, maybe.”
Little Red Bike Café. Are You Open Yet?
Is it possible to fall in love with something that doesn’t yet exist? Check out their blog and you’ll see what I mean. Because if the food at their café is even half as good as what is presented on their website, then how lucky those close to N. Lombard will be…So, give us the word. When is the Little Red Bike Cafe opening?
Food and Wine Wiki
Emailed to me last week and paraphrased:
Food & Wine Magazine has launched the Food & Wine across America wiki. The goal of this site is to celebrate the amazing food to be found in every corner of America-not just the big cities….Since Food & Wine Across America is a Wetpaint wiki, you can share your favorite spots (restaurants, markets, bakeries, wine stores and more) and invite others to do the same. We want to give these destinations a place of honor on our national food map. To participate on the site, sign-up and create a user profile. You’ll be able to browse the site, as well as post comments, upload photos, embed videos, create new pages and edit pages that already exist.
http://wiki.foodandwine.com Link bad now
Fresh Fried Plantains
Has anyone else seen the lady with the bicycle cart peddlin’ around town (mostly in NE) selling traditional fried plantains? She sometimes sets up shop in the parking lot of the Alberta Street Coop at NE 15th, but I haven’t seen her in about a week. Her plantains are delicious. Freshly cut and fried to order, 2 dollars gets you a heaping box of either salty and savory or sugared sweet chips perfect for snacking and strolling. If you see her, let me know.
According to the Pearl Insider, the location formerly known as Graze and Nina’s Place will soon have a new identity: Leonardo’s on Lovejoy.Owner Leonard Whitecotton and his wife Deborah plan to serve up traditional southern Italian cuisine with the help of chef Michael McGary (formerly of Pazzo).
You can read more over at their website. (link no longer good)