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Oreo Truffles! February 6, 2014

Filed under: Dessert,Food,Homemade/Semi Homemade,Recipe — Food Freaks Unite @ 4:20 pm
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Oreo truffles

My coworker made these for us for the holidays and I’ve cursed her for it ever since!  They are decadent, delicious and so easy to make that you just have to try it yourself.

Ingredients:

1 bag of Oreos

1 package of cream cheese

Semi sweet chocolate (bar form or chips)

Instructions: 

  1. Crush the entire bag of Oreos.  Set some aside to sprinkle on top if you wish.
  2. Blend the cream cheese and Oreo crumb mixture together.  This can be done by hand and a bit of muscle which will turn the inside of the truffle more like a cake consistency or you can do it by electric beaters which will make the inside dense and rich.  Both are great!
  3. Roll the balls into desired size (keep them small as they are rich) and pop them in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to get them firm again.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (lower setting) and mix continuously until melted.
  5. Dip the Oreo rolls in the melted chocolate and put them back in the fridge to set.  Now, you can try to use toothpicks and roll them gently around without much of a mess but it’s so much easier to do it all by hand especially since the chocolate will harden if you take too long.
  6. Sprinkle the tops with the reserved Oreo crumbs or try sugar sprinkles.
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Pip’s Original ~ Mini Doughnuts And Chai Lattes December 5, 2013

Mmmmm doughnuts!

Mmmmm doughnuts!

Thank you to my coworker Nick for introducing me to Pip’s Original!  Fresh warm doughnuts smothered in raw honey and sea salt definitely hit the spot during an unwelcome cold and rainy summer day.  Our original plan was to take the doughnuts to a nearby park and work on our itinerary to Banff and Jasper National Park while sipping mimosas (yeah that’s right!) but we ended up sitting at Pip’s with a couple cups of delicious Chai lattes (we ordered the Ginger Rogers which has Thai chili but it’s very mild so don’t be afraid to try it). It wasn’t super busy the day we went due to the rain so we took up  the biggest table by the window and stayed there for well over an hour. The doughnuts were so good warm which is such a nice and rare treat without needing to go to a county fair to get them that fresh.  They are also dirt cheap and I love that you can buy them in incremental amounts or buy them by the dozen for $5.

They also have cinnamon and sugar ones and another drizzled in nutella (yum!) but so far the raw honey and sea salt is tops for me.   If you “like” their page on Facebook, you can find out about their ridiculous deals such as buy a chai latte and get a dozen free doughnut days (usually on a Friday).

Address:  4759 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

Price: We paid under $5 for the doughnuts and each of the lattes.
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Cuban Happy Hour ~ Pambiche September 8, 2013

Pambiche makes one of my favorite chicken dishes (pollo criollo) and the best version of tres leches cake in Portland (in my humble opinion).  I was very excited to try the happy hour here and was not disappointed by the food or drinks.  We ate so much and ordered too much that we couldn’t even think about dessert. Please note: We did not nor could not finish all the food in the photo below.

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Pros:

  • Happy hour starts at 2 pm! and runs until 6 pm (M-F) then 10 pm to midnight (Fri and Sat night)
  • Great food and beverage choices.  The flavors are incredible and so much better than pub food and in most cases, cheaper too!
  • Our bill was about $25 per person which included 3 drinks each plus all the food above (we ordered 2 more items after that photo was taken so there was actually more food!).

Our sampling:

  1. We ordered 3 empanadas because apparently we ordered with our eyes and not our stomachs.  We picked a couple of potato and cheese (papa con queso) as well as a spinach and 3 cheese (espinaca con queso) and all were  flaky and delicious ~$3 each
  2. Cod fish and potato croquetas (bacaloa con papa) ~ $4 plate (4 pieces).
  3. Yuca Frita ~ yuca fries $3.50 
  4. Moros & Cristianos – black bean and rice – $2
  5. Pollo Frito ~ Chicken marinated in creole seasoning then deep-fried -$3.50
  6. Masitas – Adobo seasoned pork that is deep-fried – $5 (one of my favorite items).

Cons:

  • Parking is limited so be prepared to walk (this can be a problem for lazy people).
  • Most of the dining space is outdoors (this can be a positive in the warmer months but they have heaters when it gets chilly).
  • No vodka?  Rum is the spirit of choice but I’m glad I tried something new! I drank a few of the “las tunas teas” ($5) made with their own house made tropical tea which is shaken with raw honey and rum.  I absolutely love this drink and can’t wait to drink it again!

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Website: www. pambiche.com

 

Ice Cream Headaches Coming Up! ~ Salt & Straw August 30, 2013

Salt and Straw headache

Salt and Straw headache

I’d like to try that goat cheese, marionberry and habanero (summer flavor) and my normal sea salt ice cream and caramel ribbon please! Holy cow, I always get a headache after eating at Salt and Straw but I always tell myself it’s worth it.  This photo of the ice cream is very special to me because it was the first photo taken with my brand new iphone and it’s fitting that honor went to food. My other phone suffered a fall against the concrete pavement and lost so I needed to start my photo collection stat because I’m still trying to figure out how to recover all my other photos from “the cloud.” So this marked the start of my new collection of food photos.  This picture was also taken at the brand new location of Salt and Straw on 33rd and SE Division.  I’d like to share a small miracle that happened there: I had to park a few blocks away and as I walked towards the location, there was no line out the door and around the corner. Unheard of right?  Well get this…when I walked inside, there was no line again!  I think I was standing in shock for a minute trying to figure out if I walked into the right place.  This kind of thing just doesn’t happen at the other locations and I’m kicking myself for not buying a lottery ticket the day this miracle happened.  I was ecstatic for that reason and that we got seats by the window to enjoy our future ice cream headaches (my friend gets them too and she’s a nurse yet it doesn’t concern her so why should I care right?).  The goat cheese one is delicious but it isn’t spicy at all so don’t let the habanero part of it scare you away and I always get the caramel ribbon because it is my favorite.  By the way, the image is of a half and half scoop (seriously it’s considered one full scoop) so don’t get a double if you can’t decide.  The half and half is plenty!

Website: http://saltandstraw.com/

 

Why Do People Wait An Hour For Ice Cream At Salt & Straw???? July 7, 2013

Filed under: Cheap Eats!,Dessert,Eat Anytime,Food,My Favs — Food Freaks Unite @ 4:20 pm
Sea salt ice cream with caramel ribbons

Sea salt ice cream with caramel ribbons

Salt and Straw is a farm to cone ice cream shop that makes everything in small batches using local, organic and sustainable ingredients. So Portland right?

I remember when they first opened their NE Alberta shop and there was maybe a couple people in front of me but now that would be a small miracle. Their flavors are unique and can change with the season (honey balsamic strawberry with cracked black pepper, Meyer lemon and basil, smoked Hefeweizen or how about pear and blue cheese?). It doesn’t matter if it’s raining and cold outside or whether it’s sunny and worthy of ice cream weather because the line will be there waiting for you. Just accept it. I honestly have no patience for their queues but recently braved it because friends from out of town were curious and wanted a treat after dinner. The line was about the same before we left for dinner as when we got back from it and it wrapped around the corner and down the block. We started lining up sometime after 10pm and got in the store at 11pm. No we didn’t order yet. The line continued just like the rides at Disneyland when you think you’ve made it to the front until you see even more people snaked around the perimeter of the store. You can skip this whole process if you buy your favorite flavors by the pint or want to order something wacky like an espresso at an ice cream shop. And I’ll probably do this next time I get a hankering for their ice cream.

I will say that once you get real close to ordering, they do something that actually makes this line go faster than it normally would.  A staff member starts asking people what they would like to sample and I was a pig and got 3 samples: Arbequina olive oil (meh), cinnamon snickerdoodle (very good), honey balsamic strawberry with pepper (very good).  But I ended up getting a one scoop/half and half (their scoops are HUGE) and their one scoop is really 2 scoops anywhere else.  My flavors were almond brittle with salted ganache (excellent) and sea salt ice cream with caramel ribbon (bomb).  Next time I will just get the latter which was worth the hour wait if you have nothing else to do but seriously ain’t nobody got time for that!

My friends and I all ended up with a headache the next day.  Ahhh the sugar high.

Queue inside

Queue inside

Website: http://saltandstraw.com/

 

Food Pic Friday ~ Nectarine And Blueberry Galette May 17, 2013

Food pic Friday: Random photos of food or drinks I make or put together at home because for some reason I can’t eat out all the time

nectarine and blueberry galette

I love frozen puff pastry!  The desserts are always beautiful and it looks like you’ve spent longer than you really did to put it all together.

Defrost the pastry according to directions (45 min on your counter) and get everything else in place while you wait: put parchment on your baking sheet, get your floured surface ready, get some butter ready for brushing over the pastry, get your tools out such as a rolling-pin, pizza cutter, pastry brush and prep your toppings.   This won’t take 45 min but I like to have things in place so I don’t have to open cabinets or drawers once I’m ready to assemble everything.

Heat oven to 400 degrees and start slicing up 2 nectarines and grab a handful of  blueberries and throw them in a bowl and stir in some turbinado sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 of a freshly squeezed lemon.  I don’t measure, just enough to coat.

I roll out the defrosted dough on a floured surface (rolling away from me twice before rotating it 1/4 turn so the one section isn’t over worked).  I repeat the 1/4 rotation and roll until my desired thickness is reached. I cut the edges and place them on the borders creating a “frame.”  Prick the bottom with a fork (don’t puncture the whole way through) and brush some melted butter on top and sprinkle some turbinado sugar.  I forego the egg wash because the butter does brown it nicely and gives it more flavor.  I layer the nectarines and once it’s assembled, I throw it back in the fridge to firm up for about 15 min.  Puff pastry doesn’t puff well when it gets too warm.  You can add sprinkles of butter over the nectarines but I usually skip that.

Bake it for about 20-25 min and once it’s out of the oven, brush it with some apricot jam that’s been mixed with a splash of water and microwaved for 15-20 seconds.  This will create a nice sheen on the top.

 

 

 

Food Pic Friday ~ Palmiers January 4, 2013

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Palmiers

Palmiers

Palmier: Cookie made out of puff pastry and a ridiculous amount of sugar.  They are sooo good out of the oven.  You can begin drooling now….

Food pic Friday: Random photos of food or drinks I make or put together at home because for some reason I can’t eat out all the time