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In PDX for a few days is this food excursion feasible

A few days in and results so far

Kenny and Zukes - really enjoyed the sandwich though I was hoping for a little more meat. Pickle was fantastic, potato salad tasted good but a little liquidy for my tastes

Nongs Khao Mon - it was good, but the sauce definitely made the dish, otherwise it was all just well made food but a little boring

Pok Pok - got the chicken wings, tasted good but nothing extraordinary. Expecting more out of that dish. Bloody Mary was a good concept, but I didn't take to it

Pin State Biscuits - Reggie is heavy as hell but quite good. Had trouble eating for the rest of the day

Beez Neez - Reindeer sausage was quite delicious. Carmelized onions added a better flavor than regular onion. And that ancho chile sauce added the right amount of heat

Tabors - it was a good sandwich but it was just that. Maybe its because I love horseradish, but other than that it seemed fairly pedestrian. Then again the dog at the house I'm staying at half the sandwich when I went outside for a cigarette

Potato Champion - fries reminded me of Arbys. Poutine was alright but the gravy seemed a little lacking

Hopefully on my way to Toro Bravo now, Tanuki tomorrow, and hopefully another food cart or two

Feb 28, 2011
Chaptastick in Metro Portland

Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #11 - 02/23/11 (Spoilers)

Its a competition though. He didn't avoid cooking nor did he sabotage any equipment, Mike just made good food which, correct me if I'm wrong is the entire point. I'm competitive as hell, if someone had a good idea and wasn't going to use it, I'd take it in a heartbeat.
Did he violate the spirit of the game? Maybe. Did he do anything that any other chef wouldn't do and try to make a good recipe? No.

And to cowboyardee above who said its low to rip entire recipes, David Chang's cookbook has numerous places where he says he straight-up took the recipe from another chef. Does that make him any less of a chef?

Feb 24, 2011
Chaptastick in Food Media & News

Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #11 - 02/23/11 (Spoilers)

Tom Colicchio's twitter says it happens all the time and that Mike should have given credit (though with editing who knows what really occurred) for the technique, but isn't the focus good food. If Mike copped the recipe and fucked up, would this have been a big deal?

Either way, Mike is getting the bad guy edit. Its not entertaining television if there isn't someone on there to hate and with Mike's mouth, its easy to make him a villain.

Feb 24, 2011
Chaptastick in Food Media & News

Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #11 - 02/23/11 (Spoilers)

I'm in this camp. Mike still had to execute the idea. Richard fried mayo which Wylie Dufrense has been doing for a while. Yeah, Mike has that Jersey boy attitude but he's a consistently good chef. Maybe not mindblowing dishes but he's not skating by by any means. Probably would have won that Rao's challenge if he used boxed pasta

Feb 24, 2011
Chaptastick in Food Media & News

Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #10 - 02/16/11 (Spoilers)

I could have sworn Mike said the dish was too salty when Angelo asked him

Feb 16, 2011
Chaptastick in Food Media & News

In PDX for a few days is this food excursion feasible

I'm pretty sure I will be staying in the SE. I define skateboard range as between 10 to 15 miles round trip.
I will eat just about anything, just trying to hit the must haves or the unique. Definitely looking for a good mexican place
Also are there any good places to eat at near the airport or late night spots since I get in around ten

Feb 13, 2011
Chaptastick in Metro Portland

In PDX for a few days is this food excursion feasible

So I'm gonna be in the area for about four days and curious as to whether I can hit the restaurants on the list with a skateboard being my primary means of transportation or which places are a bit far out that I should have other options to go to. Also if there is anywhere else I should go to or places where I should get a reservation for one please let me know. Thanks

So far the plan is


Kenny and Zukes
Pok Pok
Toro Bravo
Pine St Biscuits
Olympic Provisions
Apizza Scholls (undecided on this, not sure if I want to wait to be seated for pizza but on there because I need to buy dinner one night for the guy who is housing me)

Food Carts:

Nong's. Khao Mon
Garden State
Bunk Sandwiches
Zita's Pitas
Bees Neez Sausages
Brunch Box

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Bunk Sandwiches
621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

Feb 12, 2011
Chaptastick in Metro Portland

ghetto recipes

This might be for fellow college students but looking for things that you intended to make and found a way despite not having those extra ingredients and had to rely upon condomints to try to replicate the intended flavor.
For example, I defrosted a couple pounds of ground beef looking to make a meatloaf and when I needed to make it I realized the only vegetables I had were some hatch chile peppers. So I chopped them up, and combined them some ketchup, worchestshire, a cajun spice mix, cumin, red pepper flakes, and a bunch of horseradish. Cooked it for a bit then glazed it with a combo of the previous wet ingredients and a roasted red pepper mustard. It was clearly missing the texture of onions, peppers, etc but still came out surprisingly tasty.
So looking for stuff that when you absolutely have to cook the meat but want to get a bit creative

Feb 10, 2011
Chaptastick in Home Cooking

Going to Chicago, what are my cheap eats

So my roommate and I just made a drunken impetuous decision to head to Chicago for the week. No plans, no place to stay, and worst, no must-eat at restaurants.

Chicagans, help a brother out (and please list actual restaurants, not "Hey, you should try our ethnic places" because I'll be all like "Cool, I will. But which establishment should I attend. Because I might attend a terrible place and then hate you all for an inability to actually recommend a good restaurant). Also, I'm an LA transplant living in Ann Arbor, I will kill someone to have good Mexican/Latin/South American food. Please tell me this exists (even better if said restaurant has taco tuesdays)

Also, the cheaper the better. I am gonna see if I can get a table at Alinea on such short notice because I'm not satisfied with my credit card company only calling 10 times a day, but other than that we are two poor college kids, we ain't eating lunches that cost $20 a person.

Feb 28, 2010
Chaptastick in Chicago Area