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Nicholas on Grand--Tzatziki recipe

Hiya. I've been to Nicholas on Grand a couple of times and enjoyed the pita and hummus, et al.
Someone told me they don't give out the tzatziki recipe. Does anyone have that recipe or know why it's better than other tzatzikis--if it is? (their menu lists sour cream, yogurt, lemon, garlic, as is commonly in the dish.)

Also, is this the best place for Lebanese food? Other suggestions?

Oct 20, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Question about donuts from these places: Staccato Gelato, Sesame, Acme, Heavenly

Sesame has a blueberry and pumpkin cake donut that can't be touched. Not so good the second or third day so only buy what will be eaten.

Oct 06, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

San Francisco Hound Coming to Portland...Please Critique My List For Your Wonderful Food City!!!

Pats38sox--Trev,
I am really happy you had such a good time at St. Jack's. For those of us who've lived in Europe, it's just the most perfect little place. The Neuske's bacon in the Salade Lyonnaise inspired me to teach the salad to a community college class--awesome. I love everything on the menu and am already planning to catch a bit of that bouillabaisse. (With a cagey eye to replicate my own. ;)

Aren't you glad you got the madeleines?!

May 24, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

San Francisco Hound Coming to Portland...Please Critique My List For Your Wonderful Food City!!!

pats38sox, you done us proud! So fantastic to have someone from out of town make such an effort to encounter and enjoy the food, restaurants, cafes, liquors, craft beers, and stores that we only occasionally frequent, We should pin this review for anyone seeking advice!

Seriously, you have made me hungry and I'm determined to find a partner to check out many of the routes you traversed. Can you spare a cup of energy first?

May 24, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Looking for Bacon resources Portland Metro area (researched)

Thanks, jmikey! I'll try the Briarwood Farms. Not sure I'm brave enough to make my own bacon yet, but I feel it looming on the horizon!

May 22, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Looking for Bacon resources Portland Metro area (researched)

Awesome response...Thanks for all your help.
I'm eager to try the Sweet Briar Farms bacon, too!

I'll check out the Portlandfood.org's boards--see you there!

btw, the class went great and we made tons of different bacon dishes and had a 'serious' bacon tasting, as well. Your support much appreciated!

May 10, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Looking for Bacon resources Portland Metro area (researched)

JillO, thanks for your reply. It helps a lot! I'll check the Farmer's Mkts and look forward to going out Cornelius for that trip

I've got both apple and cherry-wood smoked Neuskes now and bought the Carlton Farms at Sheridan. (They sell good looking Carlton ends and pieces there, too.) They also had a brand called Dailies, I think, so I got a bit of that, too.

Gartners seemed a little game-y to me--maybe it was a bit off. Chop's was good, but they don't always have it and told me sometimes it doesn't turn out right.

Great news about the Tails and Trotters opening--I saw their chops at Laurelhurst Mkt and wished I was in the market for them then!

By the way, I had posted a second note asking if I had written my request clearly or if my tone was odd or something. I also was wondering if out-of-town guests take priority in responses (makes senses since they've got time limitations and we want them to have a good trip :).
I wasn't trying to hurry anyone, but was trying to find out how long it normally takes to get a reply.

Somehow I don't see the post now. Do moderators remove questions like that for space purposes or other reasons?

Anyway, you gave me some wonderful direction and I appreciate your time! Thank you.

May 09, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Looking for Bacon resources Portland Metro area (researched)

Just wondering how long it usually takes to get an answer or suggestions here at Chowhound? Is it better to post on weekends? I've only recently begun trying to participate and I'm not sure if it's my question or tone or newbie status or something else? Perhaps I am making ettiquette errors? Or am I on the wrong board?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions--I'll wait patiently here, unless someone tells me where else to post this request.

Thanks, everyone!

May 08, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

dog bones?

Sorry, I don't know. Sounds doubtful. Good, smoked dog bones available at Gartners.

May 07, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Polly-O ricotta cheese

Maybe means "City Market"? Does Martinottis sell good ricotta?

May 07, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Looking for Bacon resources Portland Metro area (researched)

I'm trying to gather as much bacon as possible an upcoming for a tasting/class.

Currently I order Neuske's online and just got their applewood and cherrywood. I know that Zupan's sells Neuskes. (and have also bought it at Foster and Dobbs) I plan to get Carlton Farm bacon from New Seasons (I think?) and the house brand at Whole Foods.

I will stop by Chop to see if they have any available; does Laurelhurst Market or Olympic Provisions make their own?

I'm aware of Telurian's Maialino Red Wattle and Duroc, but have decided to not use them at this time.

I'm hoping some of you great Hounds will know the markets where I can get the goods!

Thank you.

May 07, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

San Francisco Hound Coming to Portland...Please Critique My List For Your Wonderful Food City!!!

grayelf--so glad you got a reservation at Le Pigeon! After all your work and planning, it would be a shame to miss it. Although there are a lot of restaurants here as good or better than LP.

Also, I think I recall sharing all the plates the only time I was there. Yes, portions in the U.S. are normally large--I just had that confused in my memory.

The trout and the profiteroles were wonderful, that's clear!
Have a great trip!

May 01, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Best location for endless chowing and drinking!

@indiefoodie, I was shocked at first by your lodging choice, but on reflection I think it's going to be great for you all. Good views, near Washington Pk., NW 23rd/NW21st, Elephant's, Ken's Bakery, less than a mile to Powell's, close enough to the Pearl. You could even take in a Timbers game on July 3rd! Oh, wait, I now see you're only here for the long weekend.

Trimet busses, light rail, street car are good and will get you up and down Burnside pretty fast to access excellent eateries. Best taxi is Radio Cab and the restaurants/bars will call them for you.

Have a fun time planning and getting together with friends. Let us know how it goes!

May 01, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

San Francisco Hound Coming to Portland...Please Critique My List For Your Wonderful Food City!!!

I understand and am glad you've got a good balance. Sometimes when I read the 'after' reports, I feel disappointed that the travellers didn't get to many places.

Re: St. Jack's. I'm sure the caneles would be good. (omg, my first, rum flavored, was in Paris, age 20, alone. I ate it within two blocks and went back for another--the counter clerks laughed!)
The Cervelle de Canut (Silkweaver's brain--praise or curse?) served as a quenelle with a few crispy croutes--it's chevre and fromage blanc--yum. I liked it in the smaller portion, but no matter.The tablier du sapeur can provide some fun wordplay, even for those not eating the tripe. Just google. Also, St. Jack uses Neuskes bacon (the best!) so that's always a treat. Happy Hour is only one hour--from 4-5pm.

I read somewhere that you can visit Hair of the Dog(61 SE Yamhill (503) 232-6585) anytime without appointment. Their beer used to be available at Beverages and More (201 Bayshore, SF).

I hope you have a wonderful trip and get to enjoy the best of Portland's eateries. It certainly takes time and inclination to taste in a considerable fashion. Enjoy.

Apr 29, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

San Francisco Hound Coming to Portland...Please Critique My List For Your Wonderful Food City!!!

Hi, pats38sox. I've loved your evolution of choices and all the strategic planning you've done. The heart of true foodie!
That said, you might want to have some back up plans--if you can't find the place, it's closed, or too crowded, or someone is sick, too drunk, etc.

I like the idea of stopping Olympic and picking up a few goodies for down times or picnics at the Pittock or Rose Garden. I've had unfortunate service twice there, but still bought more to take home!

I also agree that St Jack is the bomb, even if you've lived in France. Their happy hour is a bargain--get everything on it. Also madeleines warm from the oven. (You could arrive at the end of HH and then order from the rest of the menu, as well.)

Am I the only one who thinks Le Pigeon serves small portions?

Biwa and Tanuki might rate your attention. Beware of the bathrooms at Horse Brass, but nothing worse than most dive bars.

Others might hit me with a baquette bien cuit, but it might be fun to catch some music at the Doug Fir; food's not so good but it's an interesting/cool venue to walk around.

You may already know this, but we also have Powell's cookbook store on Hawthorne (next to Pastaworks) which could rate a passing visit. (Powell's online tells you where the book they're selling is located if you click on 'more info')

Portland's kind of kookie (not edible) and you might like watching some Portlandia episodes before the trip.
Oh, and Eastburn (Burnside and 18th) has a "Recess" for HH which includes swings, fire tables, beer, skeeball, free jukebox, beer, food, etc. Just quirky PDX--gotta love it. http://tinyurl.com/7o3pdm8

Apr 28, 2012
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Seeking pig roast @ our home

I know how it feels to have no response for a few days, so I thought I'd just offer up some thoughts.
Nikky USA can get you a whole pig, as can many other sources. To have this catered would take some research, but you might hit up the biggest caterers in town.

I once did a Jamaican bbq for 220+ people in partnership with Foster Farms.

Many of us know/and are caterers, but your request for full catering is fairly specialized.

Jun 07, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Baptism Reception/24 guests/Wine Country or Portland/Rose Festival Sunday evening

Thanks, nkeane!

I feel better! 'Looking forward to Bistro Maison next weekend. I'll let ya know.

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Bistro Maison
729 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128

Jun 05, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Baptism Reception/24 guests/Wine Country or Portland/Rose Festival Sunday evening

We've decided on Bistro Maison.
I'm still interest in any critiques or suggestions you might have.

Is there a reason why no one responded to this request? Was it too remote? Too wordy?

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Bistro Maison
729 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128

May 29, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Any good chow in Wilsonville?

Sorry, Niki, I don't know of any place to eat there. You might want to bring food from Dayton (if it's Dayton, Oregon!) and picnic in any one of the public spaces or parks there.
They have a movie theater, computer store (v.good) and putt-putt golf. I think there is a Jamba Juice and you can ask for something from their secret menu.

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Jamba Juice
8101 NE Parkway Dr Ste D6, Vancouver, WA 98662

May 22, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Cleaning residential stove hoods

You might want to do it yourself.
I clean my Venta Hood with a degreaser from Home Depot.
It's Zep Citrus Degreaser in a gallon container.
If you use it straight--depending on how bad it is--you'll need to rinse a lot, but it is so fast and
easy...

I've also clean a huge (huge) commercial hood with same with quick results.

May 22, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Riccardo's Ristorante - Lake Oswego

Just wanted to say that I haven't been to Riccardo's in a long time and always thought they had some interesting wine. After Italian class we'd ask for panne burro (sp) and they'd act p.o.'ed!

When I judge a menu and individual items, I look for "level of attempt" like it's an Olympic event.
And while I'd go for the fiddlehead ferns, since I don't cook them, the rest of the dishes seem, well, just like home cooking. No real level of attempt there.

Ambiance: I would expect the patio to be open if it was sunny, yet cool, and yes, with heaters.
So, stingy me gives no extra points.

Am I a spoiled foodie? An excellent home cook? A jaded restaurant diner? All true.
Still it does say something, unfortunately, for a restaurant to get the basics "right."

I am so glad njfreqflyer that you had good experiences all around!

May 21, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Portland or Willamette Valley wine country recommendations

For a family get-together of foodies in mid-June, Sunday evening.

Does anyone have any suggestions for NW cuisine and wine?
There will be about 20 of us.

Considering Painted Lady, Bistro Maison (Mcminn), Allium, and staying open to others.

Budget about $40 pp adequate?

I'd love to hear your critiques of the above restaurants and any others you can suggest.

Thanks,
Robin

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Bistro Maison
729 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128

Painted Lady
201 S College St, Newberg, OR 97132

May 21, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Baptism Reception/24 guests/Wine Country or Portland/Rose Festival Sunday evening

Hello to all of you great Foodies and Wine-ys out there!

Dilemna: Young child baptism in the Willamette Valley and family party afterward.
Most guests are from out of town, but have visited the NW and Pdx.

Restaurant buy-out possible. Would like relaxed atmosphere, however, only one elderly and one infant guest.
Foodies and Wino guests abound. Hosts would like something Northwest-like as many guests are from out of town; however, personal preference is for French, N. Italian, vegetarian cuisine.

Wines included, price per person not to exceed $60.

Under consideration: Jory's and Painted Lady (Newberg), Bistro Maison and Nick's (McMinnville), Tucci (Lake Oswego), Southpark and Allium (West Linn).

Thirst Wine Bar and Bistro is available on that day, but host wondered if Wine Bar and Infant didn't
cancel out.

Your imagination and suggestions are always so perceptive--thanks in advance!

Grazie bene!

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Bistro Maison
729 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128

Tucci
220 A Ave Ste 108, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Painted Lady
201 S College St, Newberg, OR 97132

Thirst Wine Bar
149 A Ave, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

May 05, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Cooking classes for Jam or Jelly

Just saw this request--maybe it will help for our next harvest.

PCC teaches canning/preserving classes in the summer at various locations.
OSU Extension Service might have information about where to take classes, as well.

Have you checked Mt. Hood Community College classes?

Jan 31, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

How do we advertise a class of interest?

Thanks for the info, cheeseisheaven.
I'll look into that!
After I munch this Irish cheddar down!

Jan 31, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

How do we advertise a class of interest?

Hi, Everyone!
I've been wondering how we can communicate information
without someone thinking a person is gaining profit.

For example, I teach cooking at Portland Community College.
Most of my classes have a waiting list.
However, I would like to teach some classes that meet the community need.
How and where to do that is the question!

Any advice or information is helpful~

Thanks!

Jan 30, 2011
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Paris -- draft itinerary -- please advise!

Betterbeheaven--I hope you're having a wonderful trip and am looking forward to your actual itinerary....But heavens, I just noticed your return flight and hoping you just had breakfast and headed to the airport without any sightseeing. I would leave the hotel at 10 am for that flight.
Anyone else agree?

Oct 24, 2010
formerbarista in France

Portland Knife Sharpening

Ah..Tom Veff in Oregon City, way on top the hill, is the only sharpener in town.
He's gotten a number of patents for his own designs which are sold by Columbia River Knife and Tool.
He's been able to handle my ambidextrous chef and has warned me off bamboo boards.
Always wants to know "what have you been cutting"...uh...Food...

Here's the info:
http://www.veffsharpening.com/

Oct 24, 2010
formerbarista in Metro Portland

Really need a fresh turkey tomorrow!

Hi,
I'm not sure if this is the right place, but does anyone know if there is a fresh turkey anywhere in Portland right now? Or a small, frozen one I could get defrosted by 6 pm?

What about a turkey breast? Not my first choice, but help-p-p!

Thanks, Chowhounds.

Oct 10, 2010
formerbarista in Metro Portland

dinner in portland - please help with logistical problems!

Oh, meant to mention that Pok Pok can be very spicy for the kids...

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Aug 04, 2010
formerbarista in Metro Portland