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I will be laughed off this board!

So true, so true. But every point / calorie counts in Jenny's world. And plain turkey is such a snoozefest.

Jan 28, 2012
BerkeleyGirl in Metro Portland

I will be laughed off this board!

That's somewhat of a silly thing to doubt. Boar's head meats are becoming more and more ubiquitous. They do slice it right in front of you. And it's QFC, corporate lawyers would never let a chain Establishment say one thing and do another. Give it a try and then proceed to laugh me off this board. Lol

Jan 28, 2012
BerkeleyGirl in Metro Portland

Kid friendly with food that doesn't suck in Portland?

My son does well at Nostrana, especially at an outdoor table on a nice warm day. They'll keep bringing you bread, if you just ask.

Urban Farmer is great for a kid friendly brunch. They've got crayons, a kids' menu, a large open space and the $5 bloody Mary bar.

Jan 12, 2012
BerkeleyGirl in Metro Portland

Joel Palmer House - Dayton, OR

I think it's good, but not the best I had a mushroom soup at Le Pigeon that put it to shame.

I think the prices at the Joel Palmer house are fairly outrageous.

Jan 12, 2012
BerkeleyGirl in Metro Portland

I will be laughed off this board!

You have to try the sammamish sandwich at QFC's deli. It is surprisingly and delightfully delicious.

Boar's head roast beef and salami with banana peppers, marinated onions, Parmesan, pesto...

Sometimes I sub turkey for the roast beef but keep the salami, if I'm feeling particularly Jenny Craig that day.

A footlong Sammie is $6

$6. Half for lunch, half for dinner. It's absurd how cheap this sandwich is.

Ok. Laugh me off. Now.

Jan 12, 2012
BerkeleyGirl in Metro Portland

Paletas...The New "It" Dessert?

OK, let's be clear. I live in Portland, Oregon. I come home to Los Angeles about three times a year. I don't know food in LA as well as I used to when I was in my twenties.

So, on this Christmas visit, I left my little guy with the parental units. My hipster sister dragged me and my husband to Stanton. Where's Stanton? I'm not sure, but I think it's close to Knott's Berry Farm. The important thing to know about Stanton is that it may well be the home of the next great dessert. I'm not talking salted caramels or budinos, my friends.

I'm talking PALETAS, also know as Mexican Popsicles.

I live in a town (PDX) that covets bacon and foie gras desserts. Meh. A Tamarind con Chile paleta, however, rocked my world. Neveria la Flor de Mexico is an adorable little paleta and ice cream shop located in a non-descript strip mall in Stanton. Good news is that it is located next door to Gomen, a well liked ramen shop. You can get your ramen fix in and then head for ice cream and paletas afterwards.

The owner, Benny Garcia, hails from a family of Michoacan based paleta makers. The stuff he makes is Creative. Authentic. Seasonal. Fresh. And, most importantly, Delicious. Every bite of homemade ice cream is rich, creamy and packed with flavor. The guavana is ridiculous. If I was a bigger fan of ice cream generally, I'd be going on and on about it. Instead, I'll spend my last paragraph on paletas - the next big thing.

I tried the Cucumber con Chile first. Mindblowing. Then, my sister says that Tamarind con Chile is better. Possible? Yes. It's popsicle crack filled with the salty sweetness of the tamarind and punches of chile. I bought five on the spot. Then, my sister asked if I wanted to try her Pico de Gallo. It tasted like a frozen bright, spicy and salty fruit gazpacho - it is by far the best thing I've eaten all year (and I've eaten at every ridiculous hipster foodie joint in PDX). I realize I love the chile versions of the paletas. But, I did try my husband's and sister's flavors too - they went for the milky and fruity versions. The Coconut, Pineapple, Kiwi, Soursop, Strawberry and Cantaloupe all tasted as they should, like farm fresh fruit on a lovely summer day. They were amazing, even though admittedly, I am addicted to Chile Paletas.

Please go. Visit Benny. Enjoy 3-4 paletas with 3-4 friends. You won't regret it, especially since you'll be eating these next summer at some silly hipster restaurant for $8 bucks a pop (no pun intended).

Neveria la Flor de Mexico: 7151 Katella Ave., Stanton, CA (714) 761-2813.

Dec 27, 2011
BerkeleyGirl in Los Angeles Area

Beast or Castagna?

Castagna it is. Thanks all! Will report back after the weekend.

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Castagna
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Jul 01, 2011
BerkeleyGirl in Metro Portland

Authentic Chinese Food in PDX

I moved to Portland about 4 years ago, from the bay area and I'm originally from Los Angeles. My parents are from Hong Kong, but have lived in the States for about ~50 years now. They are still very judicious about their Chinese food. Like my parents, I can be a critic too. If you're going for Cantonese Chinese, go with Wong's King for dim sum. Outside of dim sum, their chow mein special is actually awesome by my family's standards. They also made a special order of salted fish fried rice for us (off menu) - it was down home delicious.

We've done takeout from Good Taste. The "jook" is actually pretty good and the char siu is very good. And it's very very affordable.

My parents love Pok Pok and Ping. And they love Ken's Artisan and Kenny and Zuke's, but I digress...

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Wong's King Restaurant
310 N Broadway St, Estacada, OR 97023

Jun 27, 2011
BerkeleyGirl in Metro Portland

Ramen?

Toshi's in Beaverton. It's a haul, but delish. All of the visiting Japanese from my company eat there.

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Toshi Restaurant
745 SW 185th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006

Jun 27, 2011
BerkeleyGirl in Metro Portland

Beast or Castagna?

Taking husband out for birthday dinner. Have reservation at Castagna but trying to get in at Beast instead. I think the husband would appreciate the hipness of Beast, given that he is getting older. LOL.

Both menus look great. Your thoughts? Thank you!

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Castagna
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Jun 27, 2011
BerkeleyGirl in Metro Portland