Olympia Provisions

Olympia Provisions 107 SE Washington St. Portland, OR 97214 olympiaprovisions.com Yelp My first visit to Olympia Provisions was 4 years ago, at a time when it was still known as Olympic Provisions (please refer to this link for the utterly ridiculous drama surrounding its name change).  But despite the name change, the place still remains…

AOC

Having lived in LA for a number of years has naturally led me to a fair amount of celebrity sitings.  I’ve seen Paris Hilton, Milla Jovovich, Charlize Theron, Matthew Perry and a random smattering of others.  But the coolest celebrity siting was Leonardo DiCaprio here at AOC when it was at it’s old location almost…

The Tasting Kitchen

I was doing SO well and totally getting caught up on my blogging and THEN…I moved into a black frickin’ hole for a solid 2 weeks.  Some people say it’s totally refreshing to be off the grid for a while.  Those people are not just crazy, they are CUR-RAZY!  I burned through my month’s data…

chi SPACCA

The April birthday dinners in my family were pretty good with Orsa & Winston and Sushi Sushi.  September rolled around (yes I’m behind on the blogging!), and it was time to treat Smooth Obturator to something tasty.  Triple T, being the thoughtful wife that she is, made reservations at chi SPACCA knowing the carnivorous glutton…

Fauchon

Fauchon is an international food company that dabbles in everything from pastries, confections, artisanal meats and cheeses.  At this outpost in Paris, they operated a small restaurant, bakery, and deli with some quick to-go items like sandwiches and salads.  Everything was soooo pretty and cute and of course cost an arm and a leg.  It…

Tar & Roses

Welcome to the first post of 2014.  Granted this meal happened many weeks back in 2013, but better late than never. I’ll admit that ever since Eleven Madison Park, I’ve been unenthusiastic about trying new restaurants in LA, expecting disappointment at every corner.  How could anything ever top EMP?  But Tar & Roses showed me…

The Woodsman Tavern

I had been wanting to go to Woodsman Tavern for a long long time and finally got around to it thanks to some friends.  Verde, Perpetually Underwhelmed,  The Gunner (though she’s not doing much of that anymore these days), Big Spoon, joined me for some good ole grubbin’.   Marinated Octopus pickled lemon, oregano capers…

The Purple Pig

I can’t express how much I love this place.  My first visit with Ho Bag left an indelible impression on me.  It simply is everything I love in food, flavor that packs a punch, no frills, great ingredients, and a strong focus on charcuterie.  I normally don’t go to a restaurant twice, but I wanted…

The Purple Pig

It’s been a long time since I last met up with Ho Bag for some grubbin’.  After all these years, she’s still one of the funnest people to hang out with.  Now that she’s become quite the foodie, we can really bond.  As sad as it is to say, you simply cannot be my friend…

Cube Cafe & Marketplace

So it was my birthday a few weeks back and I wanted to celebrate with a week-long festival of eating.  If you know me, you know that I don’t like to dine in large groups with a few exceptions of course (Korean bbq, potlucks, etc).  So I celebrated my birthday with separate groups of friends…

Beast

Beast is a unique dining experience.  It is a restaurant composed of a staff of 5 (2 chefs, 2 servers, 1 busboy) and 2 communal tables (20-30 seats) with a large open air kitchen.  Dinner service is only offered Wednesday through Sunday with two seatings at 6:00pm and 8:45pm.  Brunch is offered only on Sundays…

Veritable Quandry

When it comes to the food in Portland, I will have to admit, I do have a case of food “beer goggles.”  I’m a little more generous on my compliments and generally hold food in a Portland to a lower standard than to food in LA.  Why that is the case? I’m not quite sure….