Food Writers and Women Chefs in Portland – Eat Their Delicious Food, Then Write About It

Lemon Souffle Cake at Maurice, Portland, OR

The magical Lemon-Soufflé Pudding Cake at Måurice in downtown Portland.

Earlier this week, Esquire published an article by Amanda Cohen, executive chef and owner of NYC’s Dirt Candy, one of the most influential vegetable-focused restaurants in the US. In the article, I’ve Worked in Food for 20 Years. Now You Finally Care About Female Chefs?, Cohen expresses anger and frustration at the media for this: “Women may not have value as chefs, but as victims we’re finally interesting!” Continue reading “Food Writers and Women Chefs in Portland – Eat Their Delicious Food, Then Write About It”

First Tastes: Flavors of Summer

Portland is full of mouthwatering food and I love to try dishes that are new or new-to-me. Here are some recent tastes and my first impressions of them.

Superfood Coleslaw | Dick’s Kitchen. If it’s not clear yet, it should be—I’m a big fan of coleslaw. The Dick’s version contained things like brussels sprouts, kale,  carrots, and red cabbage; it was light on the mayo and had a nice balance of natural sweetness and tang. The vegetables had softened a bit but were still crunchy, making it highly pleasant to eat. I’d get it again. Dick’s Kitchen NW, 704 NW 21st Avenue, Portland

Griddled Bread Pudding | Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry. This was my second visit to Vivienne, the previous (and initial) visit being November 2016, so it might as well have been my first time there. The Griddled Bread Pudding was a chalkboard special, and the staff basically swooned over it, so I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did—the bread pudding was dense yet soft and at times had almost a mochi texture to it (disclosure: I love mochi). The variety of berries atop were lovely, and it was nice to have a mix rather than only the requisite strawberries; there was a dab of soft compound butter featuring an herb that might have been dill. It was accompanied by two sunny side up eggs with bright orange yolks and bacon that was deeply satisfying in its savory-saltiness. Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry, 4128 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland Continue reading “First Tastes: Flavors of Summer”