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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pok Pok

Pok Pok has remained one of the top restaurants in Portland. It's Thai street food and located at 3226 SE Division.

Papaya Pok Pok--$9.50. This was very authentic but also very spicy. It came with a wedge of cabbage--not sure what we were supposed to do with it.

Yam Makheua Yao--$14.50. Eggplant salad with boiled egg, dried shrimp, pork, prawns (more like shrimp), shallot and crispy garlic.

Cha Ca La Vong--$15.50. Catfish marinated with turmeric served on rice vermicelli with peanuts, mint, cilantro mam hem (sauce with fermented fish). This was delicious and very similar to what we had in Hanoi.

I've decided that Portlandians are very adventurous eaters. If they weren't adventurous, there's no way this restaurant would remain at the top of the restaurant scene, even in the Bay Area. It was so good and reminiscent of my time in Thailand & Vietnam.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nong's Khao Man Gai

I had read so much about the Hainan style chicken at Nong's Khao Man Gai.

They have several locations, including food carts. We went to the restaurant located at 609 SE Ankeny.

Order at the counter and they bring the dish out to you. We ordered takeout and it took about 15 minutes to get our order.

There is a Happy Hour from 4-6 pm every day--half portions for $5 with purchase of a drink.

Chicken & Rice Big Size--$14.25. The regular size is $9.25. It comes with soup and an amazing sauce--the sauce is what makes the dish so delicious.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

St. Jack

We wanted oysters and went to St. Jack for Happy Hour after our Midday snack at Olympia.

It's located at 1610 NW 23rd Ave. Happy Hour is Sun-Thurs 4-5 pm.

Chicken Liver Mousse with Dijon, Port Poached Prunes--$6. The mousse was very creamy and full of flavor.

Poutine de Canard--$11. We added Duck Confit for $2 more. I'm not a poutine fan and this didn't sway me. I'm not a fan of gravy over fries. I like my fries crispy.

Miyagi oysters--$1 each. Limit of 2 dozen per table. I liked Jacqueline's better.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Olympia Provisions

Continuing with our Happy Hour noshing, we stopped at Olympia Provisions.

They have 2 locations. We went to their Northwest location at 1632 NW Thurman for their Midday Specials--served from 3-5 pm daily.

There's also a store inside the restaurant.

Their salamis are not cheap--$10 for 4.5 oz.

Dark & Stormy--$6. Apple infused rum, ginger beer, lime, rocks. This was very strong.

We ordered 2 Charcuterie Boards--$7 each. This one included Chorizo, Capicola, Salami Capri, homemade pickles, pickled beets and peppers and grainy mustard.

This was the other board and it included Mortadella, Pork Rillette and Saucisson Sec. It also had pickled carrots, cauliflower and radish.

Cheese Board--$$6. It included a blue cheese and a sheep cheese. It also had candied walnuts and a rhubarb compote.

Chicory Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette--$5. The first salad was too salty and the waitress replaced it. The 2nd salad was better--I think they added some honey to the dressing. Unfortunately, she also charged us for the 2nd salad.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cool Moon Ice Cream

We were in the Pearl District and came across Cool Moon Ice Cream.

It's located at 1105 NW Johnson Street.

Artisanal ice cream and sorbet.

If you come during Happy Hour from 4-6 pm daily, you can get a pint to go for $5.

There were 4 of us and we ordered a large with 4 scoops--$6.95. Ginger Cookie, Salted Caramel, Oregon Hazelnut, Cherry Almond. My favorites were the Ginger Cookie & Oregon Hazelnut. 

This was my favorite ice cream although my friends liked What's the Scoop on Williams Street better. I didn't go to What's the Scoop so can't compare.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

International Rose Test Garden

We stopped by the International Rose Test Garden. It was March and there wasn't much in bloom.

The garden is free to visit but you do have to pay for parking.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tasty n Sons

Tasty n Sons was another restaurant just down the street from our VRBO house.

It's located at 3808 N. Williams. They don't take reservations. We arrived at 9 am, when it opened, on a Monday and there was already a short line.

Front area, where you sit if you go for Happy Hour.

Polenta & Sausage Ragu, Mozzarella, Over Easy Egg--$10. The polenta was very creamy and the ragu was tasty but I didn't find much sausage in it.

Shashuka, Baked Eggs, Tomato Stew--$12. We added Merguez Sausage--$2. Unfortunately, we found hair in the dish.

Burmese Red Port Stew, Short Grain Rice, Eggs Two Ways--$14. This was very tasty and I loved how the yolk ran over the dish.

Boudin Blanc Sausage Omelette, Asparagus, Dijon, Truffle Cheese--$11. This didn't have much flavor and was the most disappointing dish that we ordered.

Our waitress gave us a complimentary dessert--Rhubarb and Panna Cotta. This was very creamy and not too tart.

Seated next to us was a couple who were on their way to the airport. They visit Portland often and always stop at Tasty n Sons and order Fried Egg & Cheddar Biscuit. We'll have to try that next.

Tasty n Sons also has a Happy Hour, 2:30-5 pm daily.

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