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Healthy Smoothies June 5, 2015

smoothies

I’m currently on a green smoothie kick (2 weeks and counting now) and I’m really liking it.  I felt like I needed to up my vegetable and fruit intake and this was the easiest way to do it.  I have one smoothie for breakfast and it keeps me full until lunch time.  It’s very easy to make a healthy smoothie unhealthy and loaded with calories and sugar so I’ve tried to be smart about what I put in each one.  Nothing is wasted and everything can be frozen so if you are thinking of doing this don’t worry about throwing anything away.

My go to green veggie is spinach and my garden is bursting with them right now so my green smoothie base consists of that or a mix of spinach and baby kale leaves.  I will be trying collards and romaine lettuce too.  As far as fruit goes, I put one or two different fruits in each smoothie because the natural sugars in them can easily add up.  The liquid bases I’ve use so far are coconut water and almond milk.  I am really liking the almond milk especially when I add a little almond butter. Yum! Other additions I use is sprirulina/chlorella powder and chia gel.  I don’t use protein powders because I want to keep my smoothies as natural as possible and I’ve stopped eating Greek yogurt so I don’t use any in my smoothies either.

I’m hoping to try other ingredients in my smoothies like oats, coconut oil and silken tofu.  Anyone else on a smoothie kick?

 

The Wesley Bagel ~ The Eisenhower Bagel House November 22, 2014

The Eisenhower Bagel House is located inside Pinky’s Pizza in my neck of the woods of North Portland.  I recently went there to try out one of their bagel sandwiches and it was a no-brainer for me to pick “The Wesley” made with sea salted kale, egg, bacon, pepper jack, cream cheese and sriracha all on a serrano parmesan bagel (you can pick any available bagel though).  Now, be warned that you will need plenty of napkins to eat this sandwich because it’s messy as f*ck but worth it as it’s also ridiculously good and filling.  I do want to go back and try some of their bagels without all the fillings but it might be hard after eating this one.  They do serve alcohol as well but I wasn’t in the mood for it (strange I know) but lately the morning mimosa has me liking a boozy breakfast/brunch.  I’ll have to try it here soon.  The bar looks lovely and the pizza menu looks like I’ll need to go try one of their pies as well.

 

Website: None, check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theeisenhowerhouse

Address: 3990 N Interstate Ave Portland, OR 97217

The Wesley bagel on a serrano parm bagel

The Wesley bagel on a serrano parm bagel

 

 

 

Eggs Blackstone ~ Bad Habit Room September 5, 2014

Filed under: Breakfast/Brunch — Food Freaks Unite @ 4:20 pm
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It’s been a long time since my last post.  I’ve been super busy with a recent move and summer things that I have neglected my food blog.  I’m back and hungry so let’s start this up with brunch!  

I recently moved to the Overlook neighborhood in Portland and I’m walking distance to The Bad Habit Room which is an event space and brunch spot on the weekend.  The space is small but cozy and we didn’t have to wait for a table (unheard of in Portland).  The menu is limited but it has the basics for a good brunch.  Our drink order was just coffee which was lackluster.  Maybe an old pot?  Definitely not something I want to drink again though.  We both ordered the eggs blackstone, their version of the classic Benedict (my go-to all time favorite brunch order).  Their version has poached eggs, Saraveza bacon, roasted tomato & truffle jam on SugarPimp’s beer bread with hollandaise served with salt & pepper potatoes and greens.

Verdict? Delicious despite a couple problems.  The eggs were overcooked which defeats the purpose of eggs Benedict.  However, the flavors were great so that made up for the eggs (sort of).  The tomato and truffle jam made the dish in my opinion.  The bread was OK.  We thought maybe it was over toasted but after reading some reviews, it appears to be brought out that way.  If the eggs were runny then it might have helped with the bread.  The potatoes were great and I wished I had more.  I’ve never really understood salad served with breakfast/brunch so I skipped my greens but I was pretty full anyways.  

bad habit

I did mention to our server that our eggs were overdone and she apologized and offered their famous pop tart or a discount on the bill.  We took the pop tart (cinnamon and sugar flavor) and it was divine.  She wanted us to come back and try brunch again which we will.  I’m not giving up on a Bad Habit yet.

pop tart

 

Website: http://badhabitroom.com/

 

Brunch at EastBurn ~ Breakfast Sandwich February 21, 2014

Seriously!!!

Brunch is served on the weekends only (and without the crazy long Portland brunch spot wait times either) and mimosas are only $2 with any meal purchase.  SCORE!

I was pretty hungry so I thought I could actually finish this meal but I ate only half of the sandwich. It’s freaking huge!  It’s filled with smoked bacon, black forest ham, a fried egg, provolone cheese, a potato pancake and tomato aioli in between herb foccacia bread. It is served with my favorite breakfast item: fried potatoes!  The cost is $10 and filled me up until dinner time which consisted of a snack because I wasn’t really hungry.  It’s super filling and has so much going on with each bite that you won’t be disappointed.  You can substitute the meat for a Morning Star patty for $2.  I will definitely order this again!

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Lobster and Crawfish Benedict ~ EastBurn November 20, 2013

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Maine Lobster and Crawfish Benedict

Portland sure loves to eat out for brunch during the weekends and the hour long waits are considered normal at some locations.  I personally don’t like waiting that long so I try and find spots that serve great food without the long lines.  I’m not talking about the basic eggs/bacon/hash browns either which I can get for $2.95 at the dive bar down the street.  I want something a bit different that can’t be replicated at home while I’m half asleep in my pajamas.

Enter EastBurn which serves brunch from 10 am-3 pm on the weekends and the wait was non-existent when I went there. We left after 11 am and there were still so many tables open which is totally unheard of at some other brunch spots.  I will be sitting on one of the hanging basket chairs the next time I go there.  How fun is that?!

My order is always a savory item and if there is eggs benedict on the menu I will order it 95% of the time.  I love trying new versions of it and EastBurn did not disappoint.  I was very satisfied with my order of Maine lobster and crawfish benedict which was served on potato pancakes instead of an English muffin and let me tell you, it was fried to a crispy perfection.  It is served with spinach and a fontina cheese sauce ($12).  I certainly could have loved more lobster but I know I wasn’t going to get a whole lobster tail so I can’t complain too much.  It is a very rich and decadent dish that I would eat again in a heart beat.  I don’t think the toast was necessary and seems out of place with this dish.  The bf ordered the brisket hash ($10) with house-smoked beef brisket, veggies, potatoes and toast.  He managed to eat half of it so the portions are not skimpy at all. He also enjoyed the “build your own bloody mary but if that isn’t your thing,  mimosas are $2 with any breakfast purchase. They also start you off with complimentary mini scones (we got cranberry) which were delicious!

You can also accumulate points with your purchases at EastBurn to use towards rewards so sign up on their website.  I have no idea what the rewards are though because I don’t think I’ve reached the needed points yet but I signed up anyways and received 100 free points.

Website: http://www.theeastburn.com/

 

Breakfast Served All Day ~ Bridges Cafe And Catering August 11, 2013

Florentine Benedict

Ok, so what if they are only open until 2 pm on the weekdays and 3 pm on the weekends, it’s still considered all day right? I have to thank the Chinook Book for introducing me to this little cafe.  I’m a sucker for 2-for-1 meals so the coupon in last years book got me in the door and the food made be come back for more.  I decided to use it for a brunch meeting and chose the most delicious eggs benedict florentine (pictured above for $9.95).  The potatoes were to die for and I wasn’t sure if it there were bits of bacon in it or just caramelized bits of onion or something but I ate it all even though I was a vegetarian back then.  My coworker wasn’t sure either and suggested I ask the waitress but truth be told I didn’t really want to know.  Oh what a year has done to me! My love for bacon has reappeared and may never go away again.

My latest visit I decided to try the catfish hash ($11.75) consisting of pan-fried catfish (duh), two poached eggs, grilled onions, peppers & potatoes , and then topped with creole  hollandaise sauce and served with toast.  It was a spicy and filling meal that had incredible flavor and would order again.  I was not able to finish this even with a little help from my boyfriend because his salmon benedict filled him up too.  You definitely leave this place full because we didn’t end up eating again until dinner time.

There can be a wait because the space is pretty small and there was only one person working all the tables so don’t be in a rush if you decide to eat here.

Catfish Hash

Catfish Hash

Location: 2716 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Portland, OR 97212

Website: http://www.bridgescafeandcatering.net/

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The “Hangover Omelette” ~ Serendipity 3 July 25, 2013

Filed under: Breakfast/Brunch,Food — Food Freaks Unite @ 4:20 pm
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I first heard about Serendipity 3 on a travel show (big surprise right?) where they featured the $1000 sundae.  Total wast of money in my opinion but I wanted to go there anyways to try out other goodies during a recent trip to Las Vegas.  I remember reading about their frozen hot chocolate too but at $8.95 plus tax I thought it was a bit overpriced since there was no alcohol, I passed on it.

We had a few minutes to watch some orders come out and realized the portions were huge so the boyfriend and I decided to split a meal.  Why not save a few bucks and a thousand calories right?  And what better choice than the hangover omelette ($11.50) which is stuffed with mushrooms, bacon and french fries.

The Hangover Omelette

The Hangover Omelette

It is the perfect amount of food if you are a bit hung over and just need the all important fries to suck up all the remaining alcohol in your system and  fill your stomach enough so you can drink all over again.  I’m not sure it is worth the money to eat here but it’s a tourist spot and it was next to our hotel so the location was ideal.

Website: http://www.serendipity3.com/