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”

Looking Forward to Fried Egg I’m In Love’s New Brick & Mortar Grand Opening Party

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Back in Black Bean bowl from Fried Egg I’m In Love

Home to great egg sandwiches, the delicious bowl above, and a fantastic name, Fried Egg I’m In Love is opening their own brick & mortar location. Located in the space that used to be home to Blue Star Donuts on Hawthorne, you’ll soon be able to enjoy their delicious food in a comfy enclosed space. Grand opening date is Thursday, January 24.

Even more exciting is that they are throwing a grand opening party on the 24th. Continue reading “Looking Forward to Fried Egg I’m In Love’s New Brick & Mortar Grand Opening Party”

Portland Area Food Events, April 12-19

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Get your Pip’s in SE this weekend!

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. Be sure to confirm the availability of the event before you head out to attend, due to last minute changes that sometime happen. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Cooper’s Hall Anniversary + Rosé Release!
Thursday, April 12, 2018; 5-8pm
Coopers Hall, 404 SE 6th Avenue, Portland

Cooper’s Hall celebrates four years in business and a release of their new rosé. A glass of the rosé and all food is included in the ticket—menu includes Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs, Duck A L’Orange Croquette, Lamb Terrine, Chilled Asparagus Soup, and a Liquid Nitrogren Frosé Station. Tickets are Tickets are $20 in advance (buy here), $25 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation. More informationContinue reading “Portland Area Food Events, April 12-19”

Portland Area Food Events, March 29-April 5

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Photo credit: Claude Truong-Ngoc

A 19th century seder plate from the Rhine Valley.

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. Be sure to confirm the availability of the event before you head out to attend, due to last minute changes that sometime happen. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Tapas Thursday
Thursday, March 29, 2018; 4pm-midnight
Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside Street, Portland

On Thursdays during the month of March, head over to Bar Vivant for great food and drink deals. You can get free tapas (one tapa up to $4 per each adult beverage purchase, while supplies last), $5 Tinto & Txakoli (a Basque wine), and 10% off all wine bottles. Happy Hour all night, too. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, March 29-April 5”