First Tastes: Sweets and Meats

I’m back with one of my favorite things on Bridgetown Bites—First Tastes, where I roundup recent initial tastes at new-to-me places in Portland.

Moroccan Lamb Meatballs | Suzette Creperie. Originally we planned on chowing down on tacos from Tight Tacos, but the truck was closed because of the hot weather. So, we wandered down SE Belmont in search of something tasty, and found ourselves at Suzette Creperie. I couldn’t resist ordering these little lamb meatballs, served with a “spicy tomato sauce” (chunky, yes; spicy, no) and topped with a sunny-side up fried egg. It was served with a small piece of toasted baguette, too. Continue reading “First Tastes: Sweets and Meats”

Support Black Owned Restaurants Week Starts August 21


I know there’s a lot of difficult stuff going on in the world right now, so I’m going to tell you about something that I hope will inspire you and put a smile on your face. Monday, August 21 to Sunday, August 27 is Support Black Owned Restaurants Week here in Portland. The point of this restaurant week is pretty straightforward—support and eat at black owned businesses. And the restaurant week’s organizers have put together some excellent tools to help you decide where to find some seriously good eats in town. Continue reading “Support Black Owned Restaurants Week Starts August 21”

Recap: Hello! My Name Is Tasty Cookbook Release Party


On Tuesday evening, I attended the Hello! My Name Is Tasty cookbook release/launch party, which took place at the Plaza Del Toro event space in SE Portland. This space is, of course, run by John Gorham, the chef/owner of the mini Portland food empire of Toro BravoTasty n SonsTasty n AlderMediterranean Exploration Company (MEC), and Shalom Y’all. He’s also one of the authors of Hello! My Name Is Tasty, the other author being Liz Crain. Continue reading “Recap: Hello! My Name Is Tasty Cookbook Release Party”

Portland Area Food Events, August 17-24


I grew this tomato on my Portland backyard patio—it’s named “Sophie’s Choice.”

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.

Cuban Feast: Portland Mercado + Que Bola
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Inner Southeast, Portland

Chef Jose Perez’s QueBola? food cart at the Portland Mercado has a great reputation for serving delicious Cuban food, and in his “Cuba Libre” menu, he’ll offer a version of Cuban cuisine “seldom seen in Portland.” Enjoy Stuffed Tostones, Ensalada de Aguacate, Enchilado de Mariscos, and a Tropical Coconut Flan in this four-course meal. Tickets are $42 (buy here). More informationContinue reading “Portland Area Food Events, August 17-24”

PDX Apple Recycling Is Back


I recently heard from the fine folks at the Portland Cider Company about their annual project, PDX Apple Recycling, now in its second year. While it might sound like an opportunity to recycle your electronics, it’s actually a kind of gleaning program that collects excess apples from Portland Metro area backyards and hand presses them into cider. The cider will be sold later this year and proceeds from the sales will go to benefit the nonprofit Oregon Wild; their conservation efforts work to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters for the enjoyment, love and appreciation of all Oregonians. Continue reading “PDX Apple Recycling Is Back”