The Return of Bridgetown Bites

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The phenomenal carrot and avocado salad at Departure, one of my favorite vegetable-oriented dishes in Portland in 2018.

Happy New Year!

Back in May 2018, I posted about taking a break from the blog due to some health issues. Although it has taken longer than I expected to get back in the swing of things, I’m happy to say that my health is much improved and and as under control as possible. The time is right to get back to food writing, something I’ve missed. 

So what happened? In April I was diagnosed with stage 2A breast cancer. Continue reading “The Return of Bridgetown Bites”

A Bridgetown Bites Update

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You may have noticed a lack of content on Bridgetown Bites for the past month. A lot has happened since the last post, and bottom line is that I (Meg) have encountered some health issues that have taken my attention away from the blog. The good news is that my prognosis is excellent; I have a lot to be thankful for.

Surgery is on Monday and then my recovery starts. Part of that will, of course, include food and nutrition, which I’ve already been working on (no sugar, no alcohol, no red meat). And I predict the focus of this blog will shift to some extent—I anticipate writing more about vegetarian, vegan, fresh, local, and seasonal food, since my way of eating has been greatly impacted by this whole thing.

I’ll be back when the time is right. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and stay happy and healthy!

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”

Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, March 2018

As they say, “better late than never”—here’s the top five posts from March on Bridgetown Bites. As always, thanks for reading!

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5. Portland Area Food Events, March 8-15

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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. Continue reading “Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, March 2018”

Four Things I Learned This Week (April 6)

I was out of town for a week, but I still learned some stuff about food in Portland! Here’s my list.

I’ve craved Hat Yai’s fried chicken, roti, and curry. While I was up on the Olympic Peninsula I kept thinking back to the meal I had at Hat Yai that was a plate of fried chicken, fried roti, and a rich bowl of curry. It’s an incredible flavor bomb of a meal—my favorite of 2018 so far.

I finally had a drink at Wilf’s. When I got back into town Wednesday night, I stopped in at Wilf’s, next to the Amtrak station. I didn’t know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at the interior, which was moody in a kind of dark NYC lounge way. I sat at the bar and had a lovely cocktail—gin, St Germain, citrus, and champagne. I can see myself stopping in again, maybe to hear some live music next time.

Current lunch fave: Fleur de Lis’s Harvest Bowl. I’ve now had this twice and love it for lunch. It’s a base of farro topped with cubed roasted squash, roasted golden and red beets, red onion and kale. It comes with tahini dressing and a couple pieces of the bakery’s amazing rustic bread, and you can get it topped with chicken. Pro tip: add avocado to make it even better.

Excited about Kinn Kao’s happy hour. Andrea Damewood wrote a helpful article in the Merc about the happy hour at Kinn Kao, a  Northern Thai bar downstairs from Sweet Basil Thai restaurant on NE Broadway (not far from Bridgetown Bites HQ). I’d been to the space when it was still Sweet Basil, celebrating their 17th birthday party with them last October; that was shortly before they changed it over to the Kinn Kao name. The happy hour sounds super tasty and I plan to stop by soon.