February 25, 2010

Eating Portland: Le Pigeon

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D'oh! Really, really slow in getting to these images even though I told myself that I would be better about it.

One of the "fancier" places that we ate at back in our November visit to Portland was Le Pigeon, which is barely in Southeast. I say "fancier" because in Portland, there's really no such thing (or at least that I experienced). But a reservation is recommended and I think the guy sitting next to me was actually wearing a sportscoat, thus making Le Pigeon fancy.

Le Pigeon is an intimate restaurant with an open kitchen with three chefs doing all the work. We elected to sit at the bar (I enjoy watching the pros cook) for our meal. Since the meal was so long ago, I can't really remember what we ate (oops), but we had a gnocchi to start, Shannan had the fish, and I had the beef cheek bourguignon (something always on the menu). There was also a burger at the table. I do recall that we all loved our food. My dessert was a crème brulée with what I think was a coffee pot de crème.

In 2007, Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon was named one of Food & Wine Magazine's best new chefs.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Friends/Family, Oregon, Travel at 6:29 PM

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January 13, 2010

More Pizza Photos — This Time from the PDX

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What do we need more of on this site? Pizza photos! Duh. From our trip out to Portland in November, here are photos of two pies from Apizza Scholls and slices from Escape From New York Pizza.

The pies from Apizza were their Apizza ‘Margo’rita and their Tartufo Bianco. The pizza was very good. Could it have been better than Di Fara, which I just went to over the weekend? I would say it's possible! I can't say the same for Escape From New York Pizza though, but it did taste like pizza from any slice joint in NYC.

If you're wondering, I will not be following this up with photos of pizza from Taiwan as we didn't have any while there.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Oregon, Photos, Travel at 4:45 PM

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December 29, 2009

Timberwolves vs. Blazers: Rip City Goes Crazy for Chalupas

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How do you get 20,000 (mostly white) people on their feet in Portland, Oregon? Offer them a free Chalupa from Taco Bell if they cheer their team on to more than 100 points, that's how.

Back in November, we went to the Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers game in Portland, a game the Blazers won 116-93. The people in Portland love their basketball team.

But to sum up the experience of a Trail Blazers game, I refer you to this Bill Simmons column: "First, that's the whitest NBA experience you can have that doesn't involve the words "Salt," "Lake" and City." They didn't play hip-hop either before the game or during the game, each team seemed to have more African-Americans than the entire crowd and the pregame video right before the introduction of Portland's starting lineup was a local grunge band singing "Ballroom Blitz." And second, during a second-quarter timeout, my buddy House and I ran into the concourse to grab beers and noticed there was NOBODY else in line for anything. We felt like Will Smith in "I Am Legend." There was no sign of human life other than the workers. Everyone else stays in their seats. At halftime, those same people pour into the concourse like it's halftime of a football game. I've never seen anything like it. I don't know whether the Blazers have the most loyal, passionate, dutiful fans in the NBA, but at the very least, we can say nobody else tops them."

Search "Rose Garden" in the article for the whole question/answer about Sports Guy's stop in Portland.

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Sports, Travel at 3:31 PM

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December 24, 2009

Frankie and Oliver

POST #    3004

Christina's lovely cats.

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December 23, 2009

More from Timberline

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Three more from Timberline on Mount Hood. So close to November skiing!

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 1:49 PM

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December 22, 2009

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area on Mount Hood, OR

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Up on Mount Hood in Oregon is the famed Timberline Lodge and its ski resort, which is almost open year round. We went up in November just a week after the resort opened and it was covered in snow already. We didn't have any of our gear, so we didn't even attempt to ski/ride.

And I've made a end of year resolution to myself to go through all my photos of Portland, Taiwan and some others by the end of the year. So for the rest of December and January, there should be many incongruously ordered photos for you to see!

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 9:46 AM

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November 19, 2009

Eating Portland: Bunk Sandwiches

POST #    2997

Another lunch spot we hit up (non-cart lunch spot), was Bunk Sandwiches in Southeast. Much to my dismay, they didn't have the pork belly sandwich that even the cashier recommended on the day we went. So I went with the meatball parm hero instead. It was good. Better than most pizza place meatball parms that you get, but much smaller as well. I guess I didn't need the extra calories anyway, considering all the other stuff I ate on the trip.

If you do go to Bunk though, be sure to avoid the busy lunch hours. We got there at 11:30 or so and there was a line out the door 20 minutes later.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Oregon, Photos, Travel at 6:49 PM

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November 18, 2009

Eating Portland: Nong's Khao Man Gai

POST #    2996

Portland's food cart scene is ridiculous. The food carts in Portland don't seem to be of the mobile variety (like the ones in NYC), but mostly parked in parking lots around the city, and mostly concentrated in the downtown area. There are so many carts, in fact, that there's a blog dedicated solely to food carts in the city. For comparisons sake, the sheer quantity of carts in just one of PDX's parking lots puts the Red Hook Ball Fields to shame (in quantity of carts and possibly quality of food — no he didn't? Yes, I did).

In the 10th and Alder (Southwest) parking lot is Nong's Khao Man Gai a Thai cart that specializes in Khao Man Gai, or chicken and rice. They're so specialized, in fact, that it's all they have on their menu. For $6, you get your chicken and rice, a side of ridiculously tasty sauce and some slices of squash as well as a soup (perfect for a chilly Portland day).

As good as the food is, sitting in front of Nong's and watching Nong Poonsukwattana interact with her customers is just as enjoyable.

Possibly the only thing I regret not doing in Portland during this trip was eating at more food carts. I only had time to eat at two. And one cart was actually sold out of meat! WTF?!

More information:
- Nong's Khao Man Gai website
- Nong's on Food Carts Portland
- Profile of Nong on Serious Eats

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Oregon, Photos, Travel at 1:08 PM

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November 17, 2009

Eating Portland: Slappy Cakes

POST #    2994

If you like pancakes and you like cooking food at your own table, then Slappy Cakes in Southeast Portland is your heaven. At Slappy Cakes, which just opened two weeks ago, you can make pancakes at your table with your choice of toppings. But don't worry, if you're not into paying to make your own food (which I totally understand), then you can order pancakes from the kitchen. And if you don't want pancakes, they have other food for your tummy.

The way it works is you order a bottle of batter (buttermilk, buckwheat, vegan and gluten-free and carrot) and then cook your preferred pancakes at the oiled griddle at your table. The downside of Slappy Cakes, much like Korean BBQ and any "self-cook" restaurant, is that you leave smelling a little like the food you were preparing. And no matter how easy pancake making is, you can still fuck them up (see 4th photo). You can also order a bacon strip in your bloody mary, something that apparently isn't very popular yet.

I'm wondering how long until New York City gets one of these.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Oregon, Photos, Travel at 11:10 AM

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November 16, 2009

Eating Portland: Mother's Bistro & Bar

POST #    2993

Get ready for an onslaught of food porn from Portland. While out there last week, we ate our way through the city (kind of, anyway). After asking people where we should eat in Portland, several people responded with suggestions.

One of those suggestions was Mother's in Southwest (the city is divided into five areas, primarily using the Willamette River for east/west and Burnside Street for north/south). I ordered the wild salmon hash while Shannan had the grilled portabella mushroom scramble. Delicious!

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Oregon, Photos, Travel at 9:10 AM

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November 9, 2009

Hello from Portland

POST #    2992

I'm told that November in Portland is pretty rainy, and after two days here, I can tell you that that's been very, very true. But ever so briefly on Saturday, the rain let up and there was a rainbow!

More rain in the forecast for most of this week. Fun times.

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 12:41 PM

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March 8, 2007

Running and Falling on a Beach in Oregon

POST #    2395

In what could be my last post from my August trip to Oregon, here's a series of me running and falling on a beach. Apologies for the HUGE file. The best is how it looks like I'm going to fall, I recover, I stumble, look like I'll recover and then fall for good.

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Travel at 9:01 AM

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March 5, 2007

Alternate Focal Point

POST #    2414

Here's an alternate picture of Thursday's post. Check out the clouds rolling over the mountains.

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 9:44 AM

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March 1, 2007

More from the Oregon Sand Dunes

POST #    2409

I'm not sure where in Oregon this is, but Shannan says she took it.

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 8:17 AM

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January 25, 2007

Time Lapse Sunrise Over Crater Lake

POST #    2376

I just posed a static photo of the sunrise at Crater Lake the other day, but this is a little different. I think it's something like 29 frames that I took every 30 seconds. It's a large file, but I think it's kind of cool.

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 8:03 AM

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January 23, 2007

Sunrise over Crater Lake

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After spending the night at Crater Lake, we woke up early to watch the sunrise. We just made it just as the sun was peeking up over the far side of the lake.

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 8:09 AM

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January 16, 2007

Some of the Sand Dunes from the Oregon Coast

POST #    2368

The coast of Oregon has a lot of different terrain to it, all of it is beautiful. These are some of the first sand dunes that we saw when we reached the coast during our trip.

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 7:57 AM

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January 9, 2007

Crown Point Vista House on the Columbia River Gorge

POST #    2359

When Wikipedia says that Crown Point, "serves mostly as a public restroom," I can't really argue. I seem to recall using the bathrooms inside.

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 7:54 AM

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January 8, 2007

Sitka Spruce at Klootchy Creek in Oregon

POST #    2357

This tree is no normal Sitka Spruce. It's the biggest Sitka Spruce in the country! Not only that, it's also the tallest tree in the whole state of Oregon! Now that you've seen it here, you don't need to visit the actual tree. Though it is quite big in person.

P.S. - How about that creek name??

Posted by tien mao in Oregon, Photos, Travel at 7:53 AM

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December 18, 2006

Visiting Tillamook Cheese

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While driving up the Oregon Coast, we stopped at Tillamook Cheese to take a little tour. Shannan was always raving about Tillamook, but it seemed like any other cheese to me. While there, I made sure to get a little something from the creamery section of the tour. I had the marionberry pie (see blurry picture here) ice cream as marionberries are a west coast thing. Marion Barry and Marion Berry are unrelated.

And if you're wondering how much Shannan likes Tillamook Cheese - we've got two 2 lbs blocks of extra sharp cheddar sitting in our freezer. She already consumed one.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Oregon, Travel at 7:57 AM

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