Cocotte Contest

October 29th, 2012

Comment here for the chance to win two $25 gift certificates to Portland's Cocotte!

Have you checked out this year’s Willamette Week Restaurant Guide that came out last week? I look forward to it every year. Partly, because I always get to review restaurants for it but also because it’s a great compass for Portland dining and always makes me hungry to try more places.

This year I wrote three reviews for the guide — Ocean City, Bamboo Sushi and Cocotte. I’d never been to Cocotte and loved it and think you might too. Here’s a bit of what I wrote:

“For all of the complaints that Portland doesn’t do seafood right beyond a few sushi spots, let’s have a drum roll for Cocotte. This pretty little corner bistro on Northeast 30th Avenue’s restaurant row (neighbored by Beast, Yakuza, Autentica and DOC) is all about small plates and entrees from le mer. The smoked salmon salad over a fallen potato soufflé with tarragon aioli is topped with farm-fresh greens, moist and not too smoky salmon, and slivers of radish in a lemony shallot vinaigrette. It’s perfect…”

Read the full review

Cocotte’s co-chef/owner, Kat LeSueur, sent me two $25 gift certificates for a blog contest so I’ve chosen a lucky number and that numbered commenter gets both gift certificates. This is what I’d like you to comment about here — what’s one of your favorite dishes to prepare solo at home when the days get shorter? When the weather gets cold a lot of times we tend to want to make big pots of stews and soups and braises — enough to feed a small army. What’s a smaller dish — just for you — that you love cook in the fall and winter?

2930 NE Killingsworth Street
Portland, Oregon 97211

Portland Food Lover’s Suite Airbnb

October 22nd, 2012

Come stay with me in North Portland through Airbnb!

I’m really sorry for the long delay in writing here but so much has happened this summer that I had to drop a couple things and unfortunately blogging was one of the casualties. I’m back though and I hope that you will forgive the silent treatment.

I recently got introduced to Airbnb — do you know about it yet? If not check it out because it’s a great way to travel around the world and stay in folks’ homes usually for very little $. I’m doing it with the entire second floor of my home and I’d love it if you or a loved one or even an acquaintance would come and stay at my food lover’s suite. I’m including a copy of my book for those who stay four or more nights. It’s $70 a night.

The second bedroom/reading room attached to the bedroom.

I hope that you are doing well and, of course, eating well!

Here’s the description that I have up on Airbnb: listing

The 400+ square foot entire second floor of my house has hardwood floors, sloped wooden ceilings, a queen bed, a full bed/couch, two closets, dressers and reading nook along with an attached office/reading room and private bathroom with bath at the base of the stairs. It’s perfect for one to four people. There’s a TV with DVD player (for DVDs or VHS, no TV stations) and free WiFi. Cozy and clean, no pets please. Check in/out time is flexible, please inquire.

North Portland’s Overlook neighborhood has all sorts of restaurants (Mextiza, Pause, Mio Sushi, food cart pod with 10 carts), bars (Old Gold, Palace of Industry, Barlow’s, Hop & Vine), cafes (DiPrima Dolci), coffee shops (Blend) and parks all within a short walking distance of my 1907 cedar shake bungalow with front and back edible gardens and a comfortable front porch with chairs.

I’m a local food writer and editor and I’ve lived in Portland for 10 years. Included in the cost of a four day or more stay is a copy of my book, Food Lover’s Guide to Portland. It will help you find all that is delicious throughout the city! I’m more than happy to offer eat, drink and be merry suggestions to you during your stay.

Guests can easily travel the city without a car from my house. The light rail line is five blocks away and takes you to/from the airport, downtown, the Rose Quarter and all over Portland. A bus to the Alberta Arts District also runs by my house and gets you there in 10 minutes. There is plenty of street parking available and it’s a quick car or bike ride to downtown, Alberta Arts District, Mississippi Avenue, and all sorts of other great Portland neighborhoods.

You’re more than welcome to use my fully functional and equipped kitchen (French press, refrigerator, oven, shelf space etc.), living room, as well as the washer and dryer and there is wireless throughout the house.

Please help share this with anyone that you think might be interested. Thanks so much!

For Your Viewing Pleasure Pt. 7

October 1st, 2012

Tapas at Quimet Quimet in Barcelona for the Toro Bravo Cookbook, fall 2013 McSweeney's.

There’s a lot going on right now so I’m sorry to do two of these types of posts in a row but such is life. We had an incredible eat/drink trip to Spain last week for the Toro Bravo Cookbook and hit Madrid and Barcelona hard. Three hours of sleep a night hard. We only had a little less than a week in Spain total so we felt like sleep should be the last thing on our agenda. While there we ate old cuisine such as roast suckling pig and Cocido Madrileno, new cuisine at Ferran and Albert Adria’s restaurant Tickets, drank all sorts of tasty cava, cider, wine and spirits and we had some true blue adventures some of which I’ll describe in detail in future posts and some of which I never will. When in Spain. I plan to do a series of posts with photos from Spain in upcoming weeks. I hope that you’re doing well!

For Your Viewing Pleasure Pt. 6

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For Your Viewing Pleasure Pt. 1