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Sushi in Portland in 2015?

Hi all, Mr Taster of the Los Angeles boards here. I'm an old time Chowhounder, going back to ~2002.

Just arrived in Portland for good, having landed a job which I start on Monday.

After having read a bit about Hokusei, I'm curious, does Portland not have any notable Japanese-run sushi places? I'm definitely bringing my LA bias here. When I see non-Asians cooking traditional Asian food, it generally means the price has just increased exponentially. (I say this having loved my experience at Pok Pok, mind you.) But in LA, if I'm craving northern Thai dishes for example, I'm going to one of a dozen or more mom and pops making excellent traditional preparations, with minimal emphasis on architectural design or decor, for a very fair price, not a place mixing cocktails and charging 5x the price. In Portland, I found Rama Thai near Beaverton which fits that mold perfectly. With regard to sushi, fit those familiar with LA, Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo fits the bill. If even go fit a Sugarfish style place, though that's not really what I'm taking about.

I'd live to know of a Japanese owned equivalent for sushi. We did try Yuzu in Beaverton, which is also in that vein, though we felt the food was unexceptional.

Thanks for your insights, all.

Mr Taster

Feb 28, 2015
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Songkran 2015: Thoughts?

Bring your super soakers, buckets and talcum powder.

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Feb 23, 2015
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She did. My time is limited, though... Only one week left in LA, and most of that time is organizing, cleaning and saying goodbyes.

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Feb 19, 2015
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Thanks, wildswede. Haven't read much from you lately. Glad to hear from you, and thank you for the well wishes.

By the way, I always wonder whether you're sitting nearby when I have attended the lutefisk festival :-) I've been the last several years and it's been a hoot. A much-belated thanks for that suggestion.

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Had a great meal last night with kevin & westsidegal, despite Sergio's absence (and despite Coni' being out of smoked marlin and snook.) The sauces in the shrimp diablo, chicharones de pescado, ceviche marinero were particularly good. We also ordered the camarones al barbacoa, which tasted not particularly smoky at all. Shrimp slightly overcooked in all dishes, but really hard to argue with how delicious the sauces were. The acidity of the sauce in the chicharones was a really wonderful foil to the deep fried fish. The thinner pieces were a bit jerky-like, overcooked and chewy. Despite that, I actually enjoyed the textural contrast.

kevin sends his regards from the abyss. (After over a decade of posting on Chowhound, he's been provided a "style guide" by Marssy as to how to compose his posts, and as a result has decided to voluntarily withdraw from the party.)

Mr Taster

Feb 19, 2015
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Westside restaurant where you can watch the Oscars?

That's funny!!

The flyer they've got on display at the castle promotes the event as if he's hosting. I suppose he is. (The event is, after all, happening across the street!)

I suppose we'd call that slight of mind.

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Sergio is not cooking tonight X(

Mr Taster

Feb 18, 2015
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Westside restaurant where you can watch the Oscars?

This is not really a fit for what you're looking for, but it's an interesting mention nonetheless.

I've been taking classes at the Magic Castle for the last couple of months, and they're having an Oscar party and buffet for $35. Doors open at 3:30. The event is being hosted by none other than past president Neil Patrick Harris.

Mr Taster

Feb 18, 2015
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Hi Schweinhaxen,

I remember you. Yeah, Portland is something of a budget hipster-food paradise. There is a lot of very high quality cooking for a comparatively low price. My Lovely Tasting Assistant™ (LTA™) and I have had some very good meals there. The $1 oysters at EAT (a New Orleans inspired oyster bar) were wonderful, as was the pizza and roasted vegetables at Ken's. (Haven't tried Apizza Scholls yet, but I'm sure we will soon.)

My new company is providing me a rental car for 2 weeks, so after 8 months of slumming it with buses, zipcars and ubers, I'm finally able to do things like go to spontaneously go to Langer's for lunch, which I did on Monday. Pastrami on rye, with a smidge of Guldens. Delicious.

I've never understood the love for Ricky's, though that was based on one visit. I suffered a half hour in line with a gaggle of bearded hipsters at Sunset Junction, to end up getting a relatively bland taco without a lot of crunch. I simply couldn't ever bring myself to go back-- instead, I've gone to Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada, which is consistently fresh, crispy and flavorful, and I've never had to wait in line longer than a couple of minutes.

Sushi Gen is a great idea. Haven't been in years, and next week could be the perfect opportunity.

Am heading out tonight to Coni'Seafood with westsidegal and kevin. Really looking forward to that meal.

Thanks again for checking in, the well wishes, and for the suggestions. I certainly will chime in again here whenever the occasion calls for it.

Mr Taster

Feb 18, 2015
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I'm traveling on Alaska Airlines-- no joke!

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We took the Cascades up to Seattle and really enjoyed the trip. BC is definitely on our list to visit, particularly when the summer night market(s) roll(s) around.

http://www.tourismrichmond.com/things...

If I end up doing any comparison reviews, I'll post in BC but will leave a heads up on the LA boards.

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Hi rabo, yes I most definitely remember you. Thanks for the kind words. You were one of those vanished Chowhounds that I always wondered about, and I'm delighted that you registered an account just to say hello.

GCM is a good idea, if only for the pupusas rather than the overpriced egg sandwiches. (But boy, oh boy, is that hipster Belcampo cheeseburger tasty...)

Mr Taster

Donut Snob

It's only a couple of short blocks away from my new office ☺

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There's another "Mr." Taster

Thanks, EM23

Mr Taster

Feb 13, 2015
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There's another "Mr." Taster

I did a Google search with "Mr. Taster" (in quotation marks for exact search) and came up with this interesting list of dead links.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Mr.+T...

You can see in the Google search preview for each link (see attached screen grab) that these are my old posts, but when I click on the link ...for example, on http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/2?pa... ... I get the "Whoops, file not found" error.

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Feb 13, 2015
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There's another "Mr." Taster

From the very beginning, I've always signed my posts with my handle. Therefore, "Mr. Taster" would be a part of the actual body of the post, and should be searchable. Right?

However, when I do a search for "Mr. Taster", nothing comes up. So, how exactly are you suggesting that I find my old posts if the search is not returning results?

Mr Taster

Feb 13, 2015
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There's another "Mr." Taster

I wonder who came first?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBO2c...
http://www.mrtaster.com/

Pre-2006 CNET takeover, my handle was "Mr. Taster" (with a period after the "Mr"). Reason for this is because when the site started registering usernames, it did not allow for punctuation. I was therefore forced to drop the period. But my earliest posts, going back to about 2002-2003, would have had the period.

Search isn't coming up with anything under "Mr. Taster". Engineering, how do I go about finding my earliest post?

Mr Taster

Feb 13, 2015
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Donut Snob

>> And $4/donut?
>> You realize it's 2015, right?

Bob's utterly divine buttermilk cake donuts are $1.30 each (despite that they're located at the high-rent Farmer's Market.)

Bob's is part of the short list of restaurants I love for not succumbing to the sirens' song of the FUB™
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8531...

Mr Taster

Two highly rated Burbank/Glendale restaurants...

I, too, read the rave review about Adana several years back. After dining there, I was unsure why it received such accolades. I recall that it wasn't offensive, but it certainly wasn't extraordinary. It's been a while, so unfortunately I cannot offer anything more specific than that.

Mr Taster

Feb 13, 2015
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I guess you're not *that* familiar with my posts ;)

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Feb 13, 2015
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Thanks Sgee!

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Feb 13, 2015
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Feb 13, 2015
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Have neither tried not heard of the place. Is that an official recommendation?

Mr Taster

Feb 13, 2015
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My Aplogies, but I Need to Vent About America's Test Kitchen

I have subscribed to the magazines since 2006, and the website since ~2009. I bought one cookbook from them around 2010. I have never experienced anything like what you're describing.

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Feb 12, 2015
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Matzo Ball Soup Challenge

My dad always made sinkers. To this day, fluffy matzo balls feel overcooked to me. If there's no chew, it feels like something is wrong :)

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Thanks foufou! We went to Screen Door on my last visit and had their utterly magnificent fried chicken. Will definitely try the oysters the next time.

Mr Taster

Feb 12, 2015
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This is a public service message to all PDX visiting Chowhounds.

Voodoo is to Portland donuts what Pink's is to Los Angeles hot dogs.

Now Blue Star? Those are donuts truly worthy of accolades.

Some of my favorites:
- Passion fruit glaze w/ cocoa nibs.
- Key lime filled powdered sugar
- And those apple fritters.

At $3-$4 per donuts, it's FUB™ pricing, to be sure. But they're spectacular, nonetheless.

Mr Taster

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Glad to have met you, ns1. Try to keep TonyC in check in my absence :)

Mr Taster

Feb 11, 2015
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My pleasure.

Boycott the #19! :)

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Feb 11, 2015
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I will certainly vouch for the difference in attitudes. People do seem to be, on the whole, more pleasant. But that comes naturally when your commute is 15 minutes instead of 90 :)

Thanks for the kind words.

Mr Taster

Feb 11, 2015
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