As a former resident of the Portland Metropolitan area, I completely jumped on the band-wagon of the food-truck frequenting population and tried many different cuisines among the pods of these mobile machines.
We all know that the Pacific Northwest downpours between the months of October through May, so those sit-down restaurants may seem more appealing than trudging in the rain to the local food cart. However, I’ve often times thought that the $6.75 I spent on these mobile machines and the overall dining experience was monumentally better than what I’d find spending $14-$20-some-odd dollars on an overpriced and frankly-not-as-flavorful dish from a sit-down restaurant.
Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to experience both worlds: the innovative food palette of a food truck transformed into the neighborhood diner known as Skillet. Now, even though my boyfriend and I went on a day that was absolutely gorgeous, I will totally be revisiting this hotspot once the weather turns frigid and I no longer think that frolicking through puddles is fun. But, enough about my complaints about the rain – the food here was wonderful.
I decided to try the Fried Chicken Sammy – complete with Fennel Crusted Fried Chicken, Jalapeno Charred Aioli, and a Brioche Bun. Perfection.
I normally don’t indulge in fried chicken, but I figured I had to for this occasion. Plus, the fried crust was encrusted with fennel. When else would I get to try that? My suggestion? Visit Skillet any day and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the inviting atmosphere, clever mix of menu items, and great service.
Now, normally, I am not the biggest fan of noisy restaurants, but I absolutely love the energetic atmosphere from Tasty ‘n Sons. A week ago, I ventured to this friendly, neighborhood establishment in Northeast Portland to meet a friend for brunch. As soon as we entered (sans coffee consumption), the energetic atmosphere immediately revved us up similar to the effect that a caffeine jolt has on the body and mind. Besides the lively ambiance, the aesthetics intrigued us with subtle brown walls complete with a large, black imprint of a bicycle on the wall that can be classified as “oh-so-Portland”. But, besides the feel and looks of this restaurant, the food lives up to its expectations and then some. Especially for those that cannot decide easily (I’m very much a culprit), Tasty ‘n Sons is perfect as a result of the element of small plates which creates a unique experience with menu items that range from griddle-bacon wrapped dates to glazed yams with cumin-maple to North African sausages with couscous to Auntie Paula’s French toast. Hungry yet? I sure am. My taste buds are already starting to water from just reminiscing about it.
Special of the Day
Peaches & Cream With Teleme & Honey
Chocolate Potato Doughnut With Crème Anglaise
End point: I highly recommened this place and absolutely can not wait to go back again.
Since warmer days of summer are winding down to an end, I wanted one last fruit-inspired dessert to remind me of summer barbecues with cotton dresses and the wafting smell of fresh flowers before Fall sets in and we all settle into rain boots and jeans. As I started to ponder various fruits, I realized that I had not yet made a single dessert with peaches within the past few months. I had settled upon using peaches, but I also wanted to make something with blackberries. Luckily for me, my once thought dilemma turned into a blessing because I decided to combine the two fruits into a Peach Blueberry Crumble (and just substituted blackberries instead). Voila!
Step 1: Take (Very Ripe) Peaches and
Boil in Water for One Minute
Step 2: Place Peaches in Cold Water; Slide
Sides Off; Cut Peaches; Zest Lemon and Juice
Step 3: Add Peaches and Blackberries to
Lemon Zest, Sugar and Lemon Juice
Step 4: Mix Cut Butter With Sugars,
Flour, and Other Ingredients;
Place Onto Fruit; Bake for 40-45 Minutes
Sometimes I just love when desserts look pretty. Crumbles look… well… crumbly… and not exactly aesthetically pleasing or pretty. But, I totally bypassed this notion because the result was delicious. And, a scoop of vanilla ice cream always makes desserts just that much better!