Just returned from my first trip to Portland. All the tips on this board were so helpful in planning that I have to report back. Made a few bad choices but overall I had a great time!
PSU Farmers Market:
Alma Chocolates: chevre and rosemary truffles. Latter was too strongly spiced for my taste.
Pearl Bakery: croissant. Flaky but not buttery enough and a bit underbaked
Suzanne's Chocolates: coffee truffle had very strong deep flavour. Honey lavender truffle shell was super-thin and crackly.
Pine State Biscuits: made a mistake in ordering as I was trying to get something healthy. Biscuit with egg and cheese was fine but nothing special.
Chop: picked up a couple of sticks of chorizo and oregano and coriander salami for later. Excellent.
Two Tarts: mini macaron. Way too sweet for me.
Carts: I didn't get to as many of these as expected.
Noodle House: handpulled noodles with hot bean sauce and soft creamy tofu. Comfort food.
Bombay Chaat House: pani puri and an enormous platter of very creamy navratan korma.
Nuvrei: best of all the pastries I sampled. Excellent crusty, flaky chocolate croissant with generous dark bittersweet chocolate. Passionfruit macaron: chewy shell and good albeit somewhat subtle passionfruit flavour.
Little T's: kouign aman. First time I've tried this pastry and this was great. Flaky on top with slightly sweet caramelized bottom.
Ken's Artisan bakery: chocolate hazelnut macaron was at least 2 inches thick and had an empty air pocket when I bit into it. Odd. The cannelle made up for it with its chewy and great texture. Would have liked to have tried some of their beautiful-looking cakes but only had so much stomach room.
Petite Provence: opera cake was presented on a beautifully decorated plate with caramel sauce and cocoa. Chilled cake was slightly dry but very rich.
Pacific Pie Company: bacon, egg and cheese pie and sausage roll. Puff pastry was excellent but the sausage was oddly spiced. I grew up on sausage rolls and had been looking forward to this. Good but not the sausage roll of my childhood.
Pho Van: mi quang was pretty tasteless but looked good.
Kenny and Zuke's: chopped liver was so rich, I was grateful for the pickles and vegetables.
Tasty and Sons: Burmese pork stew. Reminded me of the tau ewe bak (braised pork belly) my mother used to make. Fine but I was hoping for something more interesting.
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