This past weekend I had the privilege and delight to work alongside the Sorel in Portland, Oregon. While there I had the opportunity to adventure around the hipster town with my mom to explore everything the city has to offer. Apart from the beautiful Internation Rose Garden and eclectic Portland Art Museum, Portland continues to be impress us with their food. Known for their local, organic, and fresh ingredients, there’s no doubt that you won’t be disappointed when it comes time to feast. Even so, there are a few spots that are a must-see the next time you drop by.
Ice cream is one of my two favorite desserts, right next to a gooey, fudge brownie. And to my delight, Salt & Straw exceeded it’s reputation and my expectations for incredibly flavorful, creamy ice cream!
On my first visit I enjoyed their Chocolate Gooey Brownie (naturally) and NW Berry Pie in their fresh waffle cone.
And on my second trip (because it made for the ideal ending to a wonderful weekend) I indulged in another of their Summer Berry specials, Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Cracked Black Pepper paired with Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache.
This is where the Sorel team dined the first night and I think I speak for everyone when I say that the dessert was incredible! But I’m getting ahead of myself. Having heard of the exceptional seafood of Portland, since it’s located near the river, I chose the Slow Cooked Sake Glazed King Salmon, Mint-Yogurt Sauce, Fresh Cucumber Salad. And it lived above and beyond my expectations by being perfectly cooked, as we all know how easy it is to over-cook Salmon. Then they served their in-house Butterscotch Pudding topped with Vanilla Bean Caramel and a dollop of Cream Fraiche, complimented by petite Pecan Bars. Sweet, but not too rich. Satisfying, but not overwhelming.
Just up the street from Salt and Straw, this local bar and restaurant venue served one of the best burgers I’ve ever had! Cooked medium rare and simply garnished with lettuce, melting cheese, aioli, and sweet onions, I highly recommend this delicious meal.
I’ve recently been on a sampling venture with chicken salad for inspiration, as it is one of my favorite meals. When I noticed Artichoke Chicken Salad on the menu I inquired as to it’s preparation and ingredients. I was surprised to find out that this is not your average chicken salad. Instead of the age-old mayonnaise or mustard for matrix, this one-of-a-kind salad is dressed with a tomato vinaigrette and mixed with red peppers, feta cheese, and olives. This is definitely going into the recipe books.
Locally baked pies and pastries, Lauretta Jean’s offers the basics to morning meals. Their Ham, Leek, and Swiss quiche has a simple savor to it that extends beyond the filling to the pie crust itself.