Saturday, February 28, 2009

Me so hungry

At Apizza Scholls...
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Jen So Hungry

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Lunch at Castagna

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Friday, February 27, 2009


Pine State's apple BACON caramel pecan sea salt crisp. As if we could fit any more food in. But somehow we will.
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Shellie's car is blocked in by beer trucks! We cannot leave! Back to Pine State!
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Holy Gravy!

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My very own Reggie Deluxe!

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At Pine State!

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Your Breakfast Is Interesting to Others. ?

My coworker Erin sent this along this morning. I thought it was pretty funny.

It made me think a little bit about how prolific in-the-moment Internet social networking and messenging is now, but mostly it made me think about what I had for breakfast, which was:

A cupcake the size of my car.

Just kidding. I was late to work as usual, so all I had for breakfast was a hard-boiled egg and some stale cookies. But if I had eaten this for breakfast,

I would want to tell everyone about it immediately, by whatever means possible. So thank goodness for Twitter and Facebook. I think.

And now, I'm off to lunch. I'm going to Pine State Biscuits, if you must know, and I intend to order the Reggie Deluxe--buttermilk biscuit, thick-cut bacon, fried egg, cheddar cheese, sausage gravy, and let's not forget the hunk of buttermilk fried chicken. I'll be sure to tell you all about it, but probably not while in mid-bite. Good food is always for sharing, but first and foremost for savoring.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

House Spirits Distillery RPM at Clyde Common Tonight!

Stock photo: 6/23/08--Our best night ever at Clyde.

House Spirits Distillery's weekly Recession Proof Mixology (RPM) strikes again--tonight at Clyde Common. We can't wait...beautiful wallet-friendly drinks and our favorite CC bartender Timmy Davy. Details below:

RPM @ Clyde Common

Rocking it with their bartenders Kevin Ludwig and Tim Davy
Wednesday, Feb. 25th, 4-7pm
1014 SW Stark st, Portland, OR
(503) 288-3333

This evening's RPM cocktails:

The 20th Century Cocktail
Aviation Gin, Lillet Blanc, White Crème de Cacao and freshly squeezed lemon juice

The Martinez Cocktail
Aviation Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Maraska Maraschino Liqueur, and a dash of Angostura Bitters

The Communist Cocktail
Aviation Gin, Cherry Herring, freshly squeezed lemon and orange juices

The Cloister Cocktail
Aviation Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, freshly squeezed lemon and grapefruit juices

Medoyeff Vodka, Aperol Italian Bitters, house made clover honey syrup, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and prosecco

Pepper Delicious #2
Hand pressed red bell pepper, fresh local mint, Krogstad Aquavit, and fresh lime juice

All RPM cocktails served tonight are $5

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Loving the Skewers at Ping

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Today's special shake: The 44th, billed as 'a shake fit for a healthy president.'
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Reunited and Hungry

Jen and I are celebrating being back together after our week apart.  The feast at the Nines includes Wagyu beef sliders, Caesar Salad, a leg of lamb skewer, the ugliest black bean soup ever, and a miniature milkshake and three fresh from the oven cookies.  All this and a goblet of Liberty Creek Cabernet for the bargain price of $33... Happy Hour 3-6 pm daily!
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Goodbye See's

The downtown See's Candy is no more. Should you require a Scotchmallow henceforth, you must go to a mall near you. So very sad.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

In between takes, Storm Large gets a rejuvenating back rub in the international foods aisle.
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Storm Large gets wired for sound, as her grocery cart is staged with a bottle of rose, organic Earthbound Farms greens, and a loaf of Grand Central bread.
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Oh my gosh, Chocolove chocolate bars are on sale for $1.69! They are going fast!
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Back on set!

Filming at Food Front co-op on NW Thurman.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

PBR at Hoodoo

Michelle just sent me this picture. She is drinking PBR at Hoodoo right now.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Have Your Bacon Placemat And Eat Off It Too

Note: This is not my butt. I eat too much bacon for this to be my butt.

There are few things in the universe that are better than bacon. Which is why there are entire websites devoted to bacon, entire blogs devoted to bacon recipes (motto: "one bacon recipe a day, every day, forever") , a picture of a woman wearing a bacon bra circulating the Internet, and why two guys invented Bacon Salt, a "zero calorie, zero fat, vegetarian and kosher seasoning that makes everything taste like bacon," which a fan then actually tattooed a picture of on his arm.

I could go on for days because there is a bottomless bacon subculture out there, but my point in writing this post really was just to show you what I want for my birthday, which is only 253 days away.

Last year, I got Mr. Bacon vs. Monsieur Tofu for my birthday.

This year I want a bacon lunch pail. Because it's magical, and because I need something to keep my Bacon Salt and Baconnaise in. What's that? You did not realize that Baconnaise had been invented? Well, it has. By the makers of Bacon Salt, in fact. Those clever, clever men.
I would also like a set of bacon placemats.

And last but not least, for when I need some guidance, the What Would Bacon Do spinner.

So now that I've shared my heart's deepest bacon desires with you, I'm off to try my hand at making the now famous (infamous?) Bacon Explosion, which is bacon wrapped in sausage wrapped in more bacon. OMG.

And that reminds me, I must share with you Grateful Palate's BACON TOILETPAPER, billed as "the gift for bacon lovers who have everything." Wow. -J

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

RPM @ Secret Society Lounge Tonight from 5-7pm

Recession Proof Mixology (RPM)--House Spirits Distillery's solution to balancing your uneasy pocketbook with your good taste in liquor--shall be held at the Secret Society Lounge tonight, and will feature $5 signature cocktails with great names like "Blood Sage" and "The Pink Lady," as well as happy hour eats.

RPM @ Secret Society Lounge
Sharing the stage with their bartender Jordan Bewley
Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 5-7pm
116 NE Russell st.
(503) 493-3600

This evening's RPM cocktails:

The Old Fashioned Gin Cocktail
Aviation Gin, Simple Syrup, Regan's No.6 Orange and Peychaud Bitters

The Pink Lady Cocktail
Hand pressed raspberries, Aviation Gin, Clear Creek Apple Brandy, freshly squeezed lemon juice and the white of one small egg

The Aviation Cocktail
Aviation Gin, Maraska Maraschino Liqueur, and freshly squeezed lemon juice

Blood Sage
Hand pressed blood oranges and fresh organic Sage, Aviation Gin, freshly squeezed lime juice and the white of one small egg

Medoyeff Vodka, Aperol Italian Bitters, house made clover honey syrup, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and hit of prosecco

Yum. Spread the word.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Baby octopus skewers

The whole top half of the menu is skewers!
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Pretty ping

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At ping!

Just bellied up to the bamboo bar and ordered yuzu and pomegranate drinking vinegars.
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Me and My Lucky Ladybug Will See You At Ping TONIGHT!

Poached from

This morning I woke up with a fluttery feeling of excitement so profound I thought it was Christmas again. I also woke up with a ladybug crawling on my neck, which was weird, but it all made sense when I checked my calendar for the day.

You see, finding a ladybug in your house--or presumably, on your neck--in winter is good luck, and Ping restaurant opens today, and you can't tell me the two aren't related. Because I've been walking by the Ping space in the old Hung Far Low Building in Chinatown for months, pressing my Pearl Bakery-sticky fingers up against the glass and chanting "Open, Open, Open!" like one of those deranged shoppers in that old Mervyn's ad campaign. Today, my dream is realized.

The brainchild of Pok Pok Executive Chef Andy Ricker, W+K superman John Jay, and a couple of other owners (sorry, I'm sure they're great people but Andy and John Jay are the only two I recognize), Ping is no Pok Pok II, but intends to branch out--way out, across the continent of Asia, offering up a melange of Asian foods, some of which I'm sure we've never seen or heard of, and probably can't pronounce either! Ping also aspires to be a magnetic neighborhood destination to meet, eat, and trade deep, thoughtful conversation. (Thus, I will keep my shallow thoughtless conversation about last night's episode of The Bachelor on the hungfardownlow when I am there.)

For more details, click HERE for an informative Oregonian article.

Ping's website,, is up but outfitted with limited information. But really, all you need to know is that Ping opens at 4 pm TODAY, and will continue to do so henceforth, Monday through Saturday.

Now if you will excuse me, my ladybug and I are going to go make an effigy of me from old coffee grounds and cheesecloth to prop up behind my desk, so we can spring this coop at 3:55 pm and run down the street to Ping to watch them open, open, open the doors for the FIRST TIME!


m-th 4-10:30 PM
fr-sa 4-10:30 PM
102 nw 4th avenue

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentines Table Talk Style- Meal #1

(Look at that food styling!!! We learned a lot last weekend on the set of the movie.)

Valentines has been a big deal for Jen and I since we were kids. Mom used to decorate the entire house in red and pink, serve heart waffles, have a valentines day outfit for us to wear to school, and send us to school with the most beautiful heart shaped pink frosted cookies anyone ever saw. So, ever since then I have treated Valentines as a national holiday... Jen sort of acts like she hates the commercialization of it, but secretly she loves it as much as I do!

This weekend the BF and I decided why not spend the entire weekend marking this national holiday by eating our way through it. We have BIG dinner plans every night and I thought I would blog the entire way through...

Let's start with Meal #1. I woke up this morning and made heart shaped scones (I know it is a little cheesy, but blame mom), blackberry preserves, peppered bacon, and coffee. We are trying to fast (some of you might not consider this fasting) as much as we can, because tonight we are going to a 6 hour meal at the Herb Farm.

Recipe for Scones:
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5 Tbsp cold unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream

Place flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix. Cut in cold butter and mix. Stir in heavy cream and use a fork to mix it. It is a very dry batter, but if it isn't coming together at all then add more cream. I always knead it a few times. Put in muffin pan all the way to the top of the pan and bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown on top. Serve with strawberry preserves, butter, or lemon curd.

If you need a heart shaped muffin pan you can find them at Target or online at Amazon .

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Show Little Green Grocer Some Love

I love the Little Green Grocer market, and want it to survive and thrive in its cheery spot beneath the Sitka building at NW Northrup & NW 11th, in the dark shadow of the soulless new Safeway In The Pearl.

Thusly, I found this email from LGG most entertaining. They do a sample price comparison of LGG vs. Safeway, and emerge triumphant, particularly in the arena of shiitake mushrooms. They are also having a cookie tasting this Saturday, and who doesn't love a good cookie tasting?

So if you live or work in the neighborhood, and prefer shopping family-owned, organic, and local, please become a loyal supporter of Little Green Grocer!


Greetings from Little Green Grocer!

Do you love fresh from the oven cookies, but don't have the time or talent for baking? Then we have a treat for you! Come down and see us on Valentine's Day. Our friend Karla, owner of The Little Icebox, will sample her pre-scooped all-natural, frozen cookie dough fresh from the oven!

The Little Icebox Cookie Tasting

Cookies fresh from the oven!

Saturday, 2/14


The Little Icebox cookies are no fuss, no muss...just pure delicious cookie indulgence! Each flavor of The Little Icebox cookie dough comes conveniently pre-scooped in adorable pint containers with 14 cookies.

Ready to be baked and enjoyed right out of the oven, whenever the mood strikes. All of The Little Icebox dough batches are made with natural ingredients, from local sources. Karla's cookies are sure to win hearts this Valentine's Day!


Take a look at them apples! A price comparison!

Little Green Grocer works hard to offer you the best available product at the most competitive prices. Each week, we comb through other markets in the neighborhood to be sure we stack up favorably.

When comparing apples to apples, Little Green Grocer (LGG) beats Safeway on price! Take a look at the price comparisons in this week's like of shared products.

Columbia Salami - LGG, $4.99, Safeway, $5.29

Pacific Organic Chicken Broth - LGG, $3.49, Safeway, $3.99

Pamela's Cookies - LGG, $4.19, Safeway, $4.89

Marantha Peanut Butter - LGG, $5.29, Safeway, $6.59

Annie's Salad Dressing, LGG, $3.59, Safeway, $4.19

Bellweather Creme Fraiche, LGG, $5.29, Safeway, $5.99

Muir Glenn Pasta Sauce, LGG, $4.39, Safeway, $6.59

Agave Nectar, LGG, $3.99, Safeway $4.69

Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce, LGG $6.29, Safeway, $6.85

This list goes on, but you get the point!

It's hard to get an apples to apples price comparison on produce because the majority of Safeway's produce is not organic. However, here's one produce comparison we just could not believe ourselves:

Shitaake mushrooms, LGG ORGANIC $8.99/lbs, Safeway CONVENTIONAL $15.99/lbs!

Next week we take on Whole Foods, stay tuned for how we stack up.

Thanks for continuing to support our business of supporting local food, local economy, local culture, and small businesses!

Nancy and Scott


About Little Green Grocer

Little Green Grocer is a family-owned, organic food market and full service grocery store located in Portland's Pearl District on the northwest corner of Tanner Springs Park. Little Green Grocer is committed to providing its community with high quality organic and local grocery, household and body care items, along with friendly and informed customer service.

Little Green Grocer
1101 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209
Mon - Sat 8am-8pm
Sun 9am-8pm

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Table for Twelve at Kabobi

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

They are about to begin filming everyone eating. We are concerned, because we put extra red chile pepper flakes on the salmon because it looked so pretty. A LOT of extra red chile pepper flakes. Oops.
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Prepping plates for the dinner party scene.
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Raiding the kitchen on set

The food service people have stocked the kitchen with Red Vines and hot tamales. Yum
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Day 2 is so much fun!

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mussels at The Victory
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At Victory Bar...

celebrating our first day as silver screen food stylists, with a bottle of Francoli cava and $5 happy hour spatzle. You're never too rich and famous for a truly great happy hour.
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Cookie staging.
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Cookie scene... Take two
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Breakfast #3
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Breakfast #2.
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Beautiful... even after 3 hours!
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You tell'm Jen
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And the Oscar for Best Eggs Benedict goes to... Table Talk Portland!
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