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, August 17-24

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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”

Portland Area Food Events, August 10-17

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This is gonna be fab.

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.

Summer Ice Cream Series: Salt & Straw + Xurros
Thursday, August 10, 2017, 8am-8pm
180 Xurros, 2218 NE Broadway Street, Portland

180 will be serving some of their favorite Salt & Straw Ice Cream flavors to go along with their freshly made xurros. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, August 10-17”

Portland Area Food Events, August 3-10

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Trust us, the food from the Caucuses is crazy delicious.

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.

Dragonflies Blackberry Wheat PDX Tapping
Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6-8pm
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman Street, Portland

McMenamins West Linn Brewer Ryan Lund returns to share his summery Dragonflies Blackberry Wheat. This event is also eligible for a Limited-Edition Beer Tasting Stamp in your McMenamins passport. Happy hour pricing and a chance to chat with the brewer. More information.

Clark County Fair
Friday, August 4-13, 2017, Opening Friday 8am-11pm, Sunday to Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm
Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA

This year’s Clark County Fair features entertainment, family activities, a carnival, kids’ contests, 4-H events, and plenty of family fun. There will be a number of food contests, including a watermelon eating contest, cheeseburger eating contest, pie eating contest, and hot dog eating contest. There will be lots of classic fair food, too. $11.25 Adult, $9.25 Seniors, $8.25 Children 7-12, Kids 6 and under FREE; there are some pricing packages, too. More information Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, August 3-10”

Portland Area Food Events, July 27-August 3

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Barbecue short ribs, Guam-style.

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.

30th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival
Until Sunday July 30, 2017, noon-9pm except Sunday noon-7pm
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland

Over 80,000 people visit this festival each year, trying over 90 independent craft beers. There will be a handful of food vendors offering savory treats like gyros, fresh roasted nuts, sausages, burgers, pizza, falafel, and more. FREE to enter. To drink you must purchase a $7 souvenir 14-ounce plastic mug; beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 each. More information.

Washington County Fair
Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30, 2017, 10am-midnight
Washington County Fair Complex, 873 NE 34th Avenue, Hillsboro

Along with animals and rides, there’s food—seafood, crepes, dumplings, deep fried items, ceviche, grilled meats, ice cream, cotton candy, and lots more. Admission is FREE, just be sure you get in before 10pm. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, July 27-August 3”