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Birthday Dessert

Thanks Leonardo. Sugar Cube looks like my best option. I've been to Pix a few times, but we need try something different.

Nov 07, 2014
metalocity in Metro Portland

Platinum cookware

I hosted a Platinum Cookware dinner a couple years ago. I didn't buy anything, but I received a small skillet for hosting the party. They used plenty of cherry-picked sources to back up their claims about other cooking methods and materials. However, they didn't have any facts to specifically support the claims. Cooking at a lower temperature to retain a marginally amount more nutrients does not equate to it being nutritionally superior. The bioavalability of nutrients is highly effected by cooking methods and never discussed. and the fear mongering of fat/oil was also overblown.

Now as an engineer, I was deeply disturbed my the phrase surgical grade. There is not a grade of stainless steel that is defined as surgical grade. This is a marketing term and doesn't mean anything. Also, I never intend on putting cookware inside my body for and extended period of time so using, nor does my body ever get close to 100 degrees Celsius, so using a "surgical grade" would be foolish.

Lastly, the skillet I received was not impressive to me at all. It was prone to showing scratches due to the polished surfaces, the handle is very uncomfortable, and the handle/thermometer on the lid broke off. The responsiveness of the 24-ply's were terrible as well. Funny how a two ply copper pan still beets 24 (in terms of responsiveness). Plus, why would anyone ever want to give up the Maillard reaction?

Cookware should sell itself without a sales schtick, but I hope you enjoy your cookware for many years.

Nov 06, 2014
metalocity in Cookware

Birthday Dessert

I'm looking for a fabulous dessert for my wife's birthday this month. I'll be making dinner, but we could go out or I could pick up something ahead of time. What is your top choices for only dessert in Portland? It will be a Monday evening if that is important.

Nov 05, 2014
metalocity in Metro Portland

Recs skewing to the casual for small, sights-oriented group

Food trucks are not overly common here (especially ones that move). Food carts reign supreme and when they are grouped together we call them pods. A large pod could have something for everyone. However, I know many non-Portlanders that are scared to eat at food carts for illogical safety concerns. Pods on the Eastside tend to have seating. The time of day/week you are here will affect which foods carts are open.

Most places accommodate gluten-free in some form these days. There are resturants that don't serve any gluten at all, but tend to be more "exotic" kind of food or atmosphere.

Jun 11, 2014
metalocity in Metro Portland

Finding Semolina(ground), and other Middle Eastern ingredients in Portland?

This post has already been moved to the Portland board. You might try ordering semolina online, but that doesn't help with perishables like yogurt. There is always r/Portland on Reddit.

Jun 03, 2014
metalocity in Metro Portland

Need help with Asian/Indian recs - limited mobility

Pok Pok Noi might be a better option than the original. I drive past it frequently around 5 when they open, and seldom is there a line of any kind. There are tables outside you can wait at before they open, and parking will be much better since it is a quieter neighborhood.

May 23, 2014
metalocity in Metro Portland

Need help with Asian/Indian recs - limited mobility

I want to point out that Biwa has back entrance without stairs that folks with limited mobility can use.

May 23, 2014
metalocity in Metro Portland

Please help - need to find the "best of the worst" in Eugene or near by!

I went to Agate Alley Laboratory a few months back. It felt more refined than the menu/website suggests. I believe I had the wild boar.

May 21, 2014
metalocity in Pacific Northwest

Finding Semolina(ground), and other Middle Eastern ingredients in Portland?

I think you will get more responses if you repost this in the Portland Board.

May 19, 2014
metalocity in Metro Portland
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Dining around McMenamin's Kennedy School?

30th and Killingsworth has some good options like Cocette, DOC, Beast, Expatriate, and Autentica. Alberta Street from 30th to 15th is full of choices, especially vegan options.

Jan 14, 2014
metalocity in Metro Portland

Seeking fine-tuning advice for first Portland trip

I haven't been to Tasty n' Alder, but if they run things like Tasty n' Sons, they take your phone number and call you. Then you can at least walk around a little. Beats having to hang out by the door. Or just show up at 9 like cellophane_star recommends.

Nov 19, 2013
metalocity in Metro Portland

Seeking fine-tuning advice for first Portland trip

Ned Ludd - french toast! It is the best I've had at a restaurant by far.

Veritable Quandary has great atmosphere but I didn't feel their brunch food is anything special. Tasty n' Alder might be a good replacement.

Nov 12, 2013
metalocity in Metro Portland

Reporting back on trip number 6

Nice post.

I've only been to Roost once and it was for brunch. It was good, but not memorable. Maybe our expectations were too high, but I'd much rather go back to Accanto than Roost for instance. There are many breakfast spots in Portland to try before I go back.

Nov 04, 2013
metalocity in Metro Portland

north portland

That depends on where in North Portland you are talking about. There will be small area (generally confined to a single street) that are filled with activity, then others that aren't. There are also places in NoPo that do not have curb cuts. I discovered that while pushing my wife's wheelchair to the Mississippi Street Fair. A lot of houses in NoPo have steps as well.

You would want to live closer to the happening places like N Mississippi St, Alberta St, N. Williams/Vancouver, N. Denver Ave, and maybe N. Lombard area in St John's. The Pearl/downtown is much larger, with many more options. Also, the odds that streets/businesses are accessible is much higher. Being close to a good bus stop/max line can be almost as useful as actually living in the Pearl.

Aug 28, 2013
metalocity in Metro Portland

Root beer

I tried Lompoc's a few years ago. Steelhead is very good, and I'm told the spiced version would be great for a float, but it's only available from the brewery.

Jun 03, 2013
metalocity in Metro Portland

Root beer

I'm hosting a small get-together where I'll be serving root beer floats. I want these root beer floats to be exceptional. So my question is who makes the best root beer in Portland? And would it make for a fantastic root beer float? I'll even take recommendations on the ice cream. Thanks.

Jun 01, 2013
metalocity in Metro Portland

Almond flour or meal in Portland

I have only seen the almond meal at Trader Joe's. Maybe other stores carry flour. New Seasons Markets have an almond flour in the bulk section.

May 27, 2013
metalocity in Metro Portland

Brunches/Breakfasts Part 2: Clyde Common, Imperial, Screen Door, Country Cat, Spints Alehouse

I have recently went to both Ned Ludd and Spints Ale House for the French Toast per your review. Both were fantastic.

Spints was eerily quite though. There specials looks really good as well. It's definitively a place if you like a twist on breakfast foods.

Apr 09, 2013
metalocity in Metro Portland

Raven and Rose

Here is an interesting article about the chef.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03...

Apr 09, 2013
metalocity in Metro Portland