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Henry’s Tavern ~ Gorganzola Fries November 2, 2011

Fried potatoes of any kind will forever be on my list of favorite foods followed along side with cheese.  If you’ve read my fried cheese curd entry then you will already know that I think cheese is one of the greatest things ever made.  Ever ever?  Yes, ever ever.  So when two of my favorite foods merge together in a dish it is a match made in food freak heaven.  The happy hour fries offered at Henry’s 12th Street Tavern is just that.  Waffle cut potatoes that are topped with a gorganzola cheese sauce that is deliciously creamy and somehow there is never enough of.  It is salty greasy pub fare that goes well with just about any drink they have to offer.  I prefer not to eat in the main dining area and keep to the bar side when I am there.  It’s a little noisier but a great space to watch all the beautiful people on a Friday and Saturday night.  It is happy hour menu all day Sunday too if you want cheap food that doesn’t come in a paper bag.  I got the fries and mac and cheese for $8 and both were shared.  The bar staff is friendly and I like the open area despite the challenges with getting a place to sit down late at night. 

Location: 10 NW 12th Ave Portland Oregon

Cost: Happy Hour $4
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In Search Of A Holy Cannoli Moment ~ Peruvian Style June 20, 2011

Filed under: Dessert,Food,My Favs — Food Freaks Unite @ 4:20 pm
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Holy Cannoli!

My Mission: Try to find cannoli in Portland Oregon
 
Why?: My reasons are two-fold: The first being cannoli is generally difficult to find so it is a small victory in and of itself when I get a chance to actually eat one.  Secondly, they are just so freaking awesome!
 
Traditional Cannoli: A Sicilian dessert of tube-shaped shells of fried dough which is then filled with a sweet creamy mixture containing ricotta cheese. The ends can be left plain or dipped in pistachio (my preference) or chocolate chips. 
 
Cannoli is one of my favorite desserts so if I see it offered on a menu I will order it.  I can find a great version of it ~with a twist~ at  Andina, a Peruvian restaurant in the Pearl District of Portland Oregon.  This is one of my favorite places to eat because it offers interesting drinks, meals and tapas made with many ingredients I have never heard of.  I learned early on to always save room for dessert because they have a great selection to choose from and they do it so well.  I’ve tried almost all of them and I do prefer some over others but I liked each one I’ve tried.  The first dessert I ever ordered there was the cannoli. I was floored to see it on their menu.  Cannoli at a Peruvian restaurant? Say what? I don’t really expect to find it in most Italian restaurants much less a Peruvian one.  I was intrigued from the start and was not disappointed with this dessert.  Andina makes their version with a crisp quinoa studded shell filled with passionfruit mousse and serves it with a  mango-lemongrass sorbet and caramel.  OHH MYY MYY GOODNESS GOOD.  It is pretty spectacular and a great finish to any meal. It’s almost too pretty to eat…almost. 
 
Location: 1314 NW Glisan Portland Oregon
Cost: $7.50
 
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