Back After an Unplanned Break + Good Eats

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The classic Herring Under a Fur Coat at Kachka, one of the delicious things I ate in the past couple of months.

Well, it’s been about two months since I last visited this little blog, and I sure didn’t mean to be absent for that long. Life took priority—estate work took a lot of my attention, but so did the emotional component of cancer recovery. I just didn’t have enough in me. But that has changed—I still have estate work and am still recovering from cancer, but my focus is better.

As a way of re-entry, I thought I’d recap some of the delicious things I ate in February and March. Continue reading “Back After an Unplanned Break + Good Eats”

Purringtons Cat Lounge To Return

Back in January when I was heading to Fisk, an art and design studio, gallery, and publisher run by a fellow CalArts grad, I saw the news about Purringtons Cat Lounge closing plastered on the door. I was sad.

So imagine my delight to see that they were purchased and will reopen! About the new owners, the former owners say, “Our little baby is in good hands!” Willamette Week has the details: Portland’s Only Cat Cafe Is Reopening Under New Ownership.

They’ll expand the cafe and redesign the bar area, and “the food and beverage menu will also be revamped.” I’m also excited by the idea that more cats may find loving homes through the cafe’s adoption program (as of today, the number of cats that have been adopted is 628). It’s unclear when they will open, but my guess is that their Instagram account is where that info will be found. Good luck to new owners Garrett Simpson and Helen Harris as they prepare to reopen.

Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, January 2019

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It’s time to bring back this old chestnut—the top five posts on Bridgetown Bites in January 2019. Of the five, one post was written last year, and keeps showing up in my analytics—the closing of Salt, Fire & Time (I still miss that place). Anyway, here are the five posts you read most often this past month; and thanks to Eater and Reddit for the traffic.

5. It’s Official: Gado Gado Is Coming to the Hollywood District

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Photo credit: Gado Gado

Earlier this week, I mentioned that a restaurant named Gado Gado will move into the now-shuttered My Canh space later this year, and wondered if it was the same Gado Gado as the robust and popular Asian food popup. Today I learned via Eater that Portland Monthly confirms it. This is pretty exciting news for the Hollywood District! Their food looks and sounds delicious. Continue reading “Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, January 2019”

Saturday is Groundhog Day… and Ground Hog Day

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I’ve always delighted in the play-on-words for Groundhog Day: Ground Hog Day. For me, it’s a perfectly good opportunity to enjoy delicious ground meats of any kind. Sure, a purist’s approach is to only chow down on pork, but I’m flexible and happy to entertain more meats than that. Here are some spots I’d be happy to spend time eating ground hog etc.

Scratch Meats. I love these guys, who offer their delicious sausages at various farmers markets every week. I get mine at the Hollywood Farmers Market and I’ll be stopping by on Groundhog Day to pick up my favorite—Chicken Parmigiano. It’s ground chicken thigh mixed with sun dried tomatoes, a variety of hard cheeses and spices. We are big fans at our house. They also offer a number of other sausages made with pork, beef, lamb, and even a Paleo-friendly sausage that includes variety cuts (organ meats). Continue reading “Saturday is Groundhog Day… and Ground Hog Day”

Dumpling Week 2019

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The pork and leek dumplings from Chin’s Kitchen.

The Oregonian’s Fifth Annual Dumpling Week is back here in early 2019—get your fill of dough-encased delights for $10 or less from 36 places in Portland from Friday, February 1 to Saturday, February 9. The dumpling passport is back, too: download it here.

You can find the full list of participating restaurants on the Dumpling Week website, (also in map form) but if you’re like me, it will be hard to hit them all. Real talk: even though I focus some of my time on food and eating, I also have a roster of clients who need my time, too. So, if I was to visit one place a day (and twice on the weekend) for the nine days, here’s where I’d go.

Boke Bowl. Szechuan style 5-spice duck dumplings, a fantastic flavor combination. Boke East, 1028 SE Water Ave; Boke West, 1200 NW Northrup. bokebowl.com. Daily 11am-9pm. Continue reading “Dumpling Week 2019”