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NY chowhound visit--the report (long)

budino | Aug 21, 200208:23 PM     1

I posted a month ago looking for suggestions for chow during my visit to this beautiful region. Though of course I couldn't get to many of them, I did want to let you know where I DID get, and how we fared!

First, thanks again to Jill-O for her long wine crawl itinerary...we tried to go to the Original Pancake house, but alas it was closed on the tuesday we chose to drive around. We made our way to Zell's instead, and I had a fantastic breakfast of eggs benedict with baked salmon, partner loved his salmon scramble as well. Nice place, excellent potatoes. We made it to the Sokol Blosser winery and had a great chat with whoever was pouring, (he'd just been here in Ft Greene a week earlier) and I took home a bottle of that delicious dessert Riesling, though they are pouring the 2000 now. Also enjoyed the pinot noir and the evolution, which definitely gives Caymus Conundrum a run for it's money. We also visited the Laurel Ridge, which makes a delicious Brut and a fabulous Pinot Noir Port (which I also took home). And we stopped by the Ponzi tasting room right in the center of town. The adjoining restaurant looked really nice, but I wasn't too excited about most of what they were pouring. Still, it was a lovely afternoon.

Other enjoyable meals in Portland: dinner at Pho Van in the Pearl District--nice atmosphere, fantastic salad rolls and Duck Pho.
(I have to admit I like when the restaurant is a little funky and has a decent wine list. It doesn't *have* to be trendy, just good. We also went to Saigon Kitchen on NE broadway and I was very disappointed in the food...no herbs, everything tasted old. I love a good out of the way diner type environ, but this wasn't doing it) We had our *splurge* meal at Higgins, which was fantastic: good charcuturie plate to start, then I had the best duck ever, with currants and polenta; partner had a salmon special with a lovely sauce I can't recall. Amazing ricotta lemon tart with blackberries and figs for dessert. Heaven! I also want to mention that we were in the area to attend a wedding, whose rehearsal dinner and main event were catered by "the art of catering"--REALLY great food and service.

We were also in Seattle briefly but sadly had less opportunity for food exploration, though we had a great meal at El Camino in the Freemont area (get the plantains with the guac! Stupendous!) and a fantastic chocolate milkshake from Dick's Drive in . Only $1.40!! And of course, a lovely latte at Vivace.

Thanks to all for your suggestions...hope to be back in your neck of the woods again some day!

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