Sunday, March 16, 2014

I have been Tilting it Up.

It is always fun when I find a Portland restaurant that my boyfriend craves more than me. He can't get enough of it and there is no arguing I love it too. Tilt isn't a new restaurant in Portland but they have a newer location in the Pearl District. Our first stop was back in December and I think we have indulged four or five times since. It is just like they say...food built for the American Workforce.

via tiltitup.com
They are known for their massive burgers, biscuits and pie. The neat part about the Pearl District location is the bar side with beer and craft cocktails Personally, I can't get enough of their breakfast sandwiches on the house made biscuits with a side of bacon, cheddar tots. Yes...bacon and cheddar with fried potato. No, do not come here for healthy eats because temptation will get the best of you. It is made to order and served hot!

Other tasty dishes are the The Big Tilt, Mad Andy and the Tilted House Fries. You can seriously have gravy on anything you want. Next time I am not walking out of there without ordering a cinnamon roll covered in gooey goodness. It is huge and requires a partner to share it with but it will happen.

                
Even if you aren't hungry but looking for a fun, casual atmosphere, I would recommend Tilt Bar for drinks. It is an upbeat atmosphere and great for watching a game, socializing or playing ping pong if the table is open.

Check out either location at Swan Island or in the Pearl District and COME HUNGRY!

1355 NW Everett
Portland, Oregon 97209
503.894.9528

3449 N. Anchor St. Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97217
503.285.8458

check their Web site for hours at each location | happy hour daily 3 - 6pm at all locations 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

So, I can't take credit for this yummy cookie recipe. Typically I find a couple different recipes I like and then make them my own, but since this was my first time baking red velvet cookies from scratch, I found one to follow almost exactly. The Cooking Classy blog is where I found these red velvet crinkle cookies and I am really happy with how this Valentine day treat turned out.

Now, the only changes I made to this recipe was substituting almond milk instead of regular milk, left out the white chocolate chips and I used a little bit more lemon juice since I had extra from the full lemon. 

I do recommend using all the food coloring to keep the cookies vibrant in color. If you don't have regular food coloring, icing color works too. I tested it since they offer icing color in several different shades at any craft stores. Last, do exactly what she recommends with cooling the dough and buttering your hands to roll into balls. In fact, I used canola oil on my hands and it worked great!  

Finally, make some cute Valentine tags, bag them up and deliver to your loved ones! 

             

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sunshine on a Winter Night

It isn't easy picking a restaurant for my family. We are the family of "constructive criticism" and everyone offers their opinion when it comes to picking a restaurant, well actually picking anything. Fortunately, I got thumbs up from everyone after we left Sunshine Tavern with full bellies. 

This is a small tavern, affiliated with Chef Jenn Louis' other restaurant, Lincoln. The menu is filled with your favorite comfort foods, including Chicken & Waffles, which was naturally my birthday pick for the evening. The rest of the group ordered burgers, salads and Monte Cristos. Sunshine Tavern was the perfect place for a casual atmosphere with some delicious pub fare. I also appreciate how they easily accommodated the nine of us, without complaint. 
The shuffle board was a great past time activity for the boys while we waited for our drinks and meal. The cocktails and beers were good but I am not too sure about the Beer Shandy drinks...I need to try a different one next time. I opted for the Lemon Shandy, which is a mix of lager and lemonade, served over ice. Interesting concept but I think I will stick with their signature cocktails or a draft beer. 
                   
We had a fun time and a few of us have already been back. If you find yourself exploring the new hot spots on Division or want to stop in for a casual drink, this is a great place. 

3111 SE Division Street
Portland, Oregon
503.688.1750
dinner tuesday-sunday 5pm - 11pm | lunch sat-sun 12pm - 5pm

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunday Brunch at Xico

The holidays = eating my way through Portland. Lots of new restaurants to report! One of my new favorite Mexican brunch spots is Xico off SE Division. Watch out Verde Cocina...you have some competition! Each restaurant's menus are very different and you can't go wrong with either, but back to Xico. I tried a new dish and was not disappointed. My favorite savory breakfast dish is probably eggs benedict and the Sopes Floretine was their version, made with masa cakes and a chile lime hollandaise. Ahhh, so good. I would have substituted my potatoes for another masa cake. 



Of course, there are traditional mexican dishes like Huevos Rancheros and Chilaquiles, which also can't be beat. The Pork Belly Carnitas Hash looked tasty so that might be my choice for next time. The menu also featured some traditional cocktails like a Hot Horchata and the Bloody Maria. What's a Bloody Maria? It is made with tequila instead of vodka...a staple in a Mexican brunch place. It is a little spicy, so beware.


I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and it was very quiet at 10:00am when we arrived. I think most Portlanders get a later brunch start on Sundays so it worked out great for us. The good news is they take reservations so if you want to plan ahead, there is the option to do so.


Great place for vegetarian options, but just be sure you communicate to your server so there is no confusion. There was a slight mix-up with one of our meals (cowboy beans have bacon) so our server surprised us with a piece of tres leche cake with a mole spice whipped cream.  It was a nice gesture and we enjoyed the traditional Mexican dessert. 



I had a great time with my girlfriends so I am sure we will be back. It is a small restaurant but extremely comfortable with cozy bench seats and bright colors. We couldn't have picked a better place for our annual holiday brunch!

3715 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97202
503.548.6343
open 7 days a week for dinner | lunch wed-sat 11:30am - 2pm | sunday brunch 9am - 2pm 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Make a #merrymoment

It is another year of the merry movement! We have seen so much participation in the first week and I am so grateful. Please help to spread the holiday cheer and make someone's day.  

Check out www.themerrymoments.com


Sunday, November 17, 2013

12 hours of food in Denver

Better late than never. I have Denver adventures to tell you about! It was quick work trip I took about three weeks ago but I found some down time to pack in some eating and drinking. 

Since the hotel I stayed at was located South of the city, I decided to rent a car so I could explore a few neighborhoods in Denver. Naturally, I made my stops based on restaurants I wanted to try. My go-to resource for eats in Portland is Eater PDX, so I knew that Eater Denver would steer me in the right direction. I found a few places from their 38 Essential Restaurants but was disappointed many of them were closed on Mondays. Go figure my exploration day fell on a Monday...what are the odds? 

I drove to Linger Restaurant (before I realized they were closed) and stumbled upon Masterpiece Delicatessen as an alternative. It is a small deli with outdoor seating, located in the Highland neighborhood. It was a perfect place for me to have a great sandwich and get some computer work done for a few hours. I ordered this tasty number, "mesquite turkey breast, French Brie cheese, seasonal pears, arugula, cranberry honey on toasted wheat bread." So many of my favorite things on one sandwich. 

Next...an impromptu stop for pumpkin chip ice cream. Completely unnecessary. 

After that, I drove around the Cherry Creek neighborhood but decided I wanted something that felt a little more local. After more research, I discovered 17th Street in Uptown. Bingo. It was restaurant after restaurant and I wasn't even hungry yet. I just decided to park and walk around until I found a place to relax and catch up on some more work. The Denver Bicycle Cafe immediately caught my eye...probably because it felt like home. Go figure I ended up somewhere that reminded me of Portland. The place was packed with lots of people on their computers. I order a Dunkel and fit right in. 
The rest of the evening I explored Uptown, wishing I had an appetite to try every place I passed. Finally, I landed on Ace, "the cool, hipster, ping-pong, Vietnamese bar." What a combo right? I loved it though. I bellied up to the bar for some dumplings and Tom Kha soup. The bar manager was great and told me that the wings on their menu were inspired from Pok Pok's chicken wings in Portland. Now that is cool! 
Denver is a pretty neat city and I can tell the food and drink world is only expanding. Hopefully I can visit Boulder and/or Vail next time I am in the area. 

Where I plan to visit next time:

Where are your favorite spots in Denver? 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Some Supper Club Action at Podnah's

Dining out isn't nearly as wonderful unless you have some great company with good conversation. The Supper Club adventures continue! My coworkers and I  really appreciate night out since we are in the industry of food, wine and hospitality. Remember our trip to Biwa? Well the fun continues on the East Side, but now we head way up North to Podah's Pit.

hey podnah

 Driving to NE Portland during rush hour traffic is not an ideal situation and I have little patience for it when I have an empty stomach. Skipping lunch was a poor choice. Anyway...Podnah's is located on NE Killingsworth which is a part of the city that has transformed in the last few years. This area hasn't always been the most desirable place for diners like myself to venture to, but now, there are awesome dining spots getting lots of attention. Check out this month's Portland Monthly edition and you will see what I mean.

Alright...off my tangent. Podnah's Pit specializes in Texas-style barbecue. They serve lunch and dinner daily with a Southern brunch available on Saturday and Sunday. We chose a perfect day to visit Podnah's because it was fried chicken day. Take note people...Wednesday is fried chicken day after 5pm. Get it while you can because once it's gone, it's gone. This goes for all of their smoked meats too.
sorry Daniel. 
Dylan thought a Mickey's grenade was a good idea. 
Since it is impossible to decide what smoked selection to choose from, we obviously opted to share the Pit Boss. It has a little bit of everything on it - brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausage, corn bread and two sides. Our side dishes were potato salad and the featured side, green chile mac n' cheese. The best part about our meal was...we ordered another half rack of ribs. Totally not necessary. I guess that means we liked it? As for me, the pulled pork was my favorite because it was a little spicy and not too saucy.

We had a great time and I know we will be back for their true Southern breakfast.

1625 NE Killingsworth 
Portland, Oregon
503.281.3700
open mon - fri 11am | breakfast - sat & sun 9am - 1pm