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The Best Bread Pudding in Portland and Quite Possibly The World June 1, 2011


That’s right I said it.  The best in the world!  Well at least in Portland Oregon.  The Sapphire Hotel’s version of bread pudding is the best I’ve ever eaten (sorry mom) and until my dream of travelling around the world and eating every kind of bread pudding there is to try then my statement will hold true.  The bread that they use is a cinnamon sugar variety that is so light and airy. It is topped with spiced rum caramel sauce, whip cream and candied walnuts.  It is simply amazing.  The size is large enough to share with another person if you so choose.  I normally dislike sharing desserts but they offer such a large portion that in this particular instance it’s ok in my book.

An extra added bonus is the Sapphire is one of my favorite places in town.  The menu (pictured below) has three words written on it that should be my motto for life.  Eat Drink Kiss.  Brilliant isn’t it?  It is a cozy spot to have happy hour or a late night drink.  Just be aware that the later you stay… the more PDA!!  There are couples making out wherever you turn. Ugh.  I know their menu says “kiss” on it but prolonged exposure to watching PDA can ruin a good vodka high.  I wouldn’t know this personally though, I heard it from a friend 🙂  If you want to be distracted from it all,  might I suggest turning your attention to the lovely bar staff and you’ll forget all about the smug couples that surround you.  Tristan and Kyle are my favorites and although Tristan is currently not there I am holding hope that he returns to Portland and resumes his job there.  If you’ve ever had a chance to talk to him you’ll know why.  Yes, he is that nice and he made going there that much better. 

But in the meantime, try the bread pudding.  You won’t be disappointed. 

***Update: The bread pudding goes on a seasonal change and the one I’m referring to is the fall/winter variety.  They need to stop this kind of nonsense.  Keep this one on the menu and add another for seasonal ingredients but don’t get rid of what is clearly the superior tasting one entirely***


Words to live by...

Location: 5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland Oregon 97215

Cost: $7



Sapphire Hotel on Urbanspoon


The Grilled Cheese Grill Food Cart ~ The Southsider January 30, 2011


The Grilled Cheese Grill is a food cart  located in inner NE Portland that serves up the traditional variety along with some added sandwiches to please everyone’s palette.  You really can’t miss this cart with the big yellow school bus that sits on the corner of Alberta and NE 10th Ave.  I love that they play non kid friendly music on the bus and all the graphic artwork along the ceiling and walls is something a child might have nightmares about while napping.  It’s kid friendly but alterna inspired just like the neighborhood it sits in. 

My favorite savory sandwich is called The Southsider (pictured above) consisting of artichokes, sun-dried tomato, mozzarella and mushrooms on grilled sourdough bread for $5.  There are plenty of picnic tables outside and a full size bus for seating so there is enough room to accommodate the crowds even when it’s raining. 

Why else do I love this place?  Well they have a cute guy named Cameron working there although I can’t guarantee he’ll still be around by the time you read this.  In any case at least you walk away with a full stomach if not an eyeful of something more.  Oh yeah,  they accept debit cards and they are open until 2:30am on the weekends.  Ridiculously cheese-tastic. 


Location: 1027 NE Alberta St Portland Oregon

Cost: $5 for the Southsider

Grilled Cheese Grill (Food Cart) on Urbanspoon