Listening to His Royal Purpleness all evening finally got me motivated to prepare another megapost. We were in town March 4-8 so it's about time. It appears I didn't do a pre-trip post this time but still managed to come up with a largely winning eats itin.
We drove down from Vancouver, leaving more or less on time with a quick stop at SO's work; border at 10 and despite heavier traffic than usual (maybe because it was Friday) Seattle in time for lunch at Vientiane Market. Lao food is an obsession we can't indulge at home, especially nem khao or rice ball salad, and the version here was stellar and reasonable at $6 even with our crap exchange rate. We also tried the Thai deep fried eggs on rice or khai jew ($5), mild and comforting, and the Lao sausages ($8), spicy and delicious, and will happily return for more. Quite a varied menu out of a well oiled kitchen and very friendly, as long as you don't mind eating at a table in a supermarket.
Rolled into Portland about 4 and dropped off our things at the hotel to change before heading to Behind the Museum Cafe for some excellent tea and snacks. I had the hojicha tea latte which was excellent and well out of my usual beverage zone in a good way. The SO had hojicha roasted tea which he loved, along with an onigiri stuffed with tea leaf pickles ($4) which was delicious and healthy, an excellent combo. Very traditional but modern at the same time. And the chopsticks come with a tiny gift wrap around them! Recommended. At 5 pm we walked across the street for the Portland Art Museum's $5 After 5 Friday evening event. What a super deal! The whole museum at your disposal for half a sawbuck and extra things such as a photo booth and a pub as well. The cat painting by Carl Kahler was of course a highlight.
We had a reservation at one of our most beloved spots, Davenport, at 8 pm and as always, it did not disappoint. The dishes won't be the same by the time you go (you should!) so not much point in detailing them and I didn't take pictures this time anyway, too busy enjoying the food. Suffice to say we left full and happy for under $100.
Big pic is nem khao at Vientiane in Seattle, then the khai jew and the Lao sausages; next the hojicha tea, view out the front, sideways hojicha latte (grrr) and the onigiri at Behind the Museum.