First Tastes: Late Summer Eats

Welcome to another edition of First Tastes, were we showcase good eats at new-to-us spots in Portland. This city is full of delicious food and lots of places to check out, so no doubt this column will run for some time.

Avocado Toast | Radio Room. I’ll start with this because I have been critical of avocado toast for many years as “too precious” and/or “twee.” However, the time was right for me to give it a try, and I’m here to tell you—glad I did. At that moment in time, I wasn’t super hungry and this dish seemed light yet substantial, and it was hard to resist the siren song of the avocado that morning.

Toasted multigrain bread was spread with soft, ripe avocado topped with caramelized onions and a poached egg; nutritional yeast is sprinkled on top. I liked that the eggs had runny yolks and were not overcooked. The avocado tasted fresh with no off flavors. Overall a really satisfying breakfast. Radio Room, 1101 NE Alberta Street, Portland Continue reading “First Tastes: Late Summer Eats”

Portland Area Food Events, September 7-14

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Photo credit: Abbey Hendrickson

Play BINGO this week for a good cause.

Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event that’s going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

High Proof PDX Book Launch
Thursday, Sept 7, 2017, 5pm
Bit House Saloon, 727 SE Grand, Portland

Celebrate Portland distilling with the first-ever guidebook to spirits tasting, written by Karen Locke. You can get a copy of the book and have her sign it. Cash bar, snacks provided as well as cocktails and swag from Portland-area distilleries, raffle giveaways from distilleries and Portland Distillery Passport, and… an ice luge. FREE, 21+ only. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, September 7-14”

This Is Good: Food Blog Posts of Note, August 2017

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I like to keep up with a number of local food (and travel) blogs and love to share posts I find particularly appealing. Here are some the posts that caught my eye this past month.

Skamania Lodge Weekend Getaway
Eaty Pie

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My good friend Judith recounted her fun family weekend getaway at Skamania Lodge in WA, a great place to hang with family and celebrate her daughter Edie’s second birthday. Key point: “From its sprawling estate and beautiful grounds to its spectacular views of the Gorge and fun family activities, we all found something that we loved.” Continue reading “This Is Good: Food Blog Posts of Note, August 2017”

Portland Area Food Events, August 31-September 7

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Enjoy the fine pizza work by Pizzeria Otto at a fundraiser next week.

Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event that’s going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Chill N Fill 3 Year Anniversary Party–Oysters & IPA
Thursday, August 31, 2017, 5-10pm
Chill N Fill, 5215 N Lombard Street, Portland

Help Chill N Fill celebrate their 3 year anniversary with fresh Pacific Oysters from Nevør Shellfish Farm. They’ll also have IPAs from Boneyard Beer,  pFriem Family Brewers,  Buoy Beer Company,  and more. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, August 31-September 7”

Atomic Pizza Hollywood To Close September 23

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It’s been nice knowing you, pepperoni slice.

Update 9/22/17: Atomic Pizza Hollywood is closing Saturday, September 23 (see comment below this post).

It’s been a rough day in NE Portland food news—this morning I heard that Pollo Norte has closed their original location (5427 NE 42nd Avenue) and around noon I heard that the Hollywood location of Atomic Pizza will close on October 28 September 23. Atomic Pizza was the first place I ate at after moving to Portland, so I have a lot of nostalgia wrapped up in the place. Continue reading “Atomic Pizza Hollywood To Close September 23”