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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

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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/

 

Pollo A La Brasa ~ Las Primas March 6, 2014

Pollo a la brasa

Pollo a la brasa

I have tried a few items at Las Primas but this was my first sandwich and fries and boy was it filling and delicious.  This one is called pollo a la brasa ($8.75) which is house marinated, slow roasted chicken, spicy pepper sauce, creamy dressing, lettuce and tomato.  The fries are crispy and ridiculously good when dipped in their homemade sauce which I can’t remember the name of but it’s the only white one in their self-serve sauce section (possibly the creamy pepper sauce).  I take several “to-go” if I can’t eat there.  I’ve also tried the alitas ($5) a house marinated slow roasted chicken wings, drizzled with a creamy pepper sauce which is tasty but greasy, a basket of papas fritas (fries, $5), their empanadas ($3.50 each) and their slow roasted chicken plate ($11).  

Overall very good and the fries and sauce will keep me coming back for more.  Their happy hour looks intriguing but I have not had a chance to try their drinks yet.

Location: 3971 North Williams Ave Portland, Oregon 97227

Website: http://lasprimaskitchen.com/

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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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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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Say Cheese!! Herb’s Mac and Cheese Food Cart November 20, 2013

Portland is a food cart mecca of sorts and I know I won’t be able to eat at each and every one but I can’t believe I haven’t been to Herb’s Mac and Cheese until now.   I normally don’t drive through this area so I only noticed it by taking a different route home trying to avoid traffic unsuccessfully.  This is when I noticed out of the corner of my eye a sandwich board on the street that mentioned mac and cheese over here.   I quickly glanced over and saw a small collection of carts nestled in an empty space off SE Division St and 32nd Ave (Aka D-Street Noshery).  I’m a mac and cheese fiend if I allow myself to be and  I don’t mean the bright orange stuff that comes out of a box or the ones that are microwaved to disgusting perfection.  It is the homemade variety that I can eat uncontrollable amounts of if left alone with a fork and no witnesses.   I wasn’t able to try it right at that moment but I made a mental note to go there one day soon and I had a good feeling that I wasn’t going to regret it. 

Well that day finally came and it seemed odd that I was craving it on a 90 degree day but there I was standing in front of the shiny stainless steel cart  all sweaty trying to figure out what to order.  I was already starving at this point and the simple rules they posted on how to place an order failed to register with me.  I could only decide an whether or not I wanted a regular or double container (the first step).  The following add ons were too many for my brain to figure out on an empty grumbling stomach so I just asked for a plain jane one.   If your brain is in working order, the next step is the addition of meats (bacon, chicken or pepperoni)  followed by the third step of adding veggies  (garlic, spinach, jalapenos,broccoli and diced or sundried tomatoes).  Finally, the fourth step is any addition of other cheeses  (crumbled blue, crumbled feta, pepper jack, parmasean, cheddar and asiago) which will complete the ordering process.  I personally like it plain or with breadcrumbs on top but the other stuff isn’t appealing to me unless it’s cheese.  Call me old school when it comes to my mac and cheese because I don’t think I need all the frills.  To me it just isn’t the same. 

Herb’s version uses penne pasta (perhaps a touch overcooked the day I went) but the cheese is the ultimate test of goodness and it’s there that they don’t dissappoint.  It is creamy and cheesy done right. Their secret sauce recipe is a bechamel based one that coats the pasta like a glove.  I’m not sure if the hunger caused me to lick the lid clean of all the cheese or if the cheese made me lick the lid clean.  Either way, I displayed no table manners and since I was in the confines of my office I didn’t really care.  My stomach was full and the only thing I regret is not ordering the double so I could eat more later.  Perhaps that was a good thing.  By the way, the double is literally double in size so a really great deal for a couple dollars more. 

Location: 3221 SE Division St.  Closed Mondays.  Open Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sun 12pm-9pm.  Fri and Sat 12pm-10pm.

Contact: www.herbsmacandcheese.com  503-928-7559

Cost: $5 (small) $7 (large) add ons start at .50 cents and go up to $2 for meats for a large size order.

 

Lobster and Crawfish Benedict ~ EastBurn

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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/