When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like A Big Pizza Pie, That’s Amore! (Part 2)

This past weekend, I met up with a friend and her boyfriend at Grand Central Bakery in the Sellwood area of Southeast Portland. Although we ate at Grand Central Bakery for lunch, I fully intent to revisit this cozy, neighborhood establishment for a morning pasty and daily Cup-of-Joe. Besides being totally smitten by a delicious sandwich, I was also ecstatic to discover that Grand Central Bakery has a “U-Bake Menu.” This means that they sell “U-Bake” pie, pizza, puff pastry, and cookie doughs. Don’t get me wrong, I love making dough from scratch; however, sometimes it is just too time consuming.

With the “U-Bake” menu staring me in the face and tempting me greatly, I decided that the $2.95 purchase of pizza dough was definitely worth the price and would save me tremendous time. For a Sunday dinner with the generous help of Grand Central Bakery, I decided to make: Cheese Pizza with Feta, Sundried Tomatoes, and Pesto and Cheese Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Prosciutto.

Step 1: Chop Garlic and Prepare Olive Oil Base;
Chop Prosciutto and Sundried Tomatoes;
Caramelize Onions; Add Olive Oil Base to
One Half and Tomato Sauce to Other Half

Step 2: Place Mozzarella Over Top; Spread
Pesto, Feta, and Sundried Tomatoes Over
One Half; Spread Prosciutto and Caramelized
Onions Over the Other Half

Step 3: Bake, Cut, Serve!

Every now and then, I have enjoyed making a pizza on a Sunday afternoon. I’m glad that I improvised for this pizza as compared to a previous post (as seen here). I still have much room to improve including getting the temperature just right and the amount of ingredients used. But, that is part of the fun with experimenting!

Cheers!

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December Restaurant Highlights

With December coming to a close, I thought it’d be fun to pay tribute to two new restaurants that I visited this past month in Southeast Portland.

Whiskey Soda Lounge — Owned by the ever famous Pok Pok (winner of Best Restaurant of the Year by The Oregonian, featured in The New York Times, and mentioned many other places as seen here), the Whiskey Soda Lounge takes after its predecessor by serving Thai-inspired “drinking snacks” and cocktails from the current menu of Pok Pok.

After first step into the Whiskey Soda Lounge, I knew I was going to like it. The dim lighting mixed with blue lights outside, neon color interior, and wafting smell of ginger, lime, and peanut marinated chicken caused me to be smitten. Not to mention, after actually TRYING drinks and a few appetizers, I left satisfied and craving to come back!

(taken from The Whiskey Soda Lounge website)

Order: Tamarind Whiskey Sour, Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, and Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich

Savoy — Originally, a group of friends and I were planning to visit the Whiskey Soda Lounge AGAIN, but the influx of people that particular Monday night prompted us to satisfy our grumbling stomachs elsewhere. Luckily to our delight, Savoy surprised us and was only a few blocks from our previous destination.

Now, their website proclaims they serve “traditional American cooking, with a nod towards the Midwest.” This beckoned my enthusiasm for I’m originally from the Midwest. This also spiked my inner-carnivore sense and I in turn gravitated towards the meatballs on the menu. Thankfully, these were very flavorful and I learned its key ingredients from an article from Willamette Week as seen here (ground pork and beef, thyme, golden raisins, pine nuts, and basil). We further ordered a few side dishes including our favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. So, Savoy is the place to go for a neighborhood atmosphere and comfort foods!

Savoy -- Inside the Restaurant

Order: Wisconsin Tavern Board,  Delicate Squash with Sage and Brown Butter, Mushrooms of the Moment, and Meatballs

This time, both of these restaurants were in Southeast Portland and only a convenient few blocks separated them from each other. Although distinctly different restaurants, I enjoyed both and will continue to visit them in the future (and I highly encourage you to visit them too!).

Cheers!