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”

What’s Happening at Poor Richard’s?

After years of nothing happening at the old Poor Richard’s (3907 NE Broadway), which closed in 2011, there has been activity in the space since yesterday (hat tip: Hollywood Boosters Facebook page).  Also, an electrical permit was filed with an issue date of 1/8/19. Here are some details:

IVR Number 4331389
Permit/Case Type: Electrical Permit
Commercial or Multi-Family Dwelling/Structure
Addition/Alteration/Replacement

Work/Case Description:
513701 PM521 POOR RICHARDS (SWINERTON GC) INSTALL TEMP LIGHTING TERRY LAUE IS PM

I stopped by this morning and peered in the windows to see dusty, random stuff strewn about. There was a man sitting in a chair with an orange jumpsuit and a breathing filter (he was so still at first that I wasn’t sure what I was seeing exactly) and with the big dumpster out back it looks like they are cleaning out the space. What’s going in there is anyone’s guess, but I hope it’s going to be something good for the neighborhood; there’s also a possibility that they are simply cleaning it up for the sake of cleaning it up. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Progress at H Mart Belmont

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Typical entrance to H Mart (this one’s in Irvine, CA). Photo credit: Nandaro

Back in July 2017 I wrote about my excitement regarding the opening of H Mart, the very popular Korean grocery store chain, in the old Zupan’s space on Belmont. Since then I certainly wondered what was up. Today I have a better idea. Portland Business Journal wrote, “according to an emailed response from the company in Tigard, H Mart is shooting for an early March opening for the new store.”  Continue reading “Progress at H Mart Belmont”

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

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This looks delicious, but who doesn’t like the varieties of steamed buns out there? 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. Continue reading “It’s Official: Gado Gado Is Coming to the Hollywood District”