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a week in Portland and a day in Seattle (long)

Cynthia | Dec 3, 200505:45 PM     15

I'll be reading this board with longing...from San Francisco. We're home again...
On our first night in Portland we had dinner at Roux on a Tuesday night, a full house of happy diners, large celebrations and romantic twosomes... we were comfortably ensconced in a back booth warmed by the cranberry drink - the Voodoo Queen - a glass of red (a good pour for hubby)- and another southern drink for my bro' and hot tea for mom- a good start to a late evening after the 11 hour drive from San Francisco on I-5. After sharing a Croque monsieur salad of spinach, smoked ham hock, gruyere, & Creole mustard vinaigrette (but also tempted by the shrimp bisque), we dived into the foods, ordering the rabbit, sole, duck, and the vegetarian special of the day, with sides of brussel sprouts and beets/turnips - with everone sharing bites. We pleaded "No room for dessert" - but our server presented us with 4 red velvet teacakes - just plain wonderful! Great food, great service in NoPo

Second Night in Portland: Chinese dinner at ShenZhen Seafood.
for the seafood hot pot ($16 for two) and the lamb hot pot ($16 for two) and then returned for another dinner on Friday-after-Thanksgiving for salt and pepper fried crab ($10.95), half a roast duck with ginger sauce and garlic&salt, dry fried green beans, seafood fish maw soup, and salted fish and tofu clay pot. Just yummy. My bro' has become a regular here. On the SF board, you might read of our chow lunches in Oakland's Chinatown and in San Francisco...this would be on our circuit!

I love eating buckets of steamers at Pal's Shanty...sharing the Crab Louie salad (round one)...Oyster Club sandwich and Clam fritters (round two) and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake (round three)...beers, too. Snow Plow.

Pambiche - the place to eat through the menu, and EVERY dessert. We had the tres leche cake and something else with chocolate-coconut-caramel - absolutely deadly, decidedly wicked. Loved it. Wonderful, wonderful food and great friendly service - empanadas, croquettes, oxtail, sandwich cubano, great soups and the Cuban national dish was delicious, too...loved the frituras, the yucca frita...ropa vieha. This is such good tasting soul satisfying food!

Sahagun Chocolates - $1 will get you a taste of heaven, little round disks with Stumptown caffeine dusted with cocoa - Benda Mega. and Luscious caramels, pepitapapa and Bark! My San Francisco friends are clamoring for more...tastes of Portland. (no chocolate soda during winter months...sigh)

Voodoo Doughnuts: lots of raspberry jelly in the Voodoo Doughnut and pierced with two pretzel sticks, chocolate and peanuts on yummy cake donut, apple fritter needs more apple chunks...best yummy raised dough...crullers need more egg...gotta love it...doughnuts from 10 pm to 10 am - my kinda place.

Penzy's (leave the catalog at home and "browse and smell" spices in the shop)
Winco (love Juanita's tortilla chips!)
Fred Meyer (has everything in the super store)

Portland, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

1700 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-1200

ShenZhen Seafood.
707 NE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 261.1689

2811 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232-2433
(503) 233-0511

Pal's Shanty
4630 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213-2074
(503) 288-9732

10 NW 16th Avenue
btw Burnside & Couch

Voodoo Doughnuts
22 SW 3rd

The Penzeys store at 11322 SE 82nd Ave, Clackamas, 503-653-7779

The Problem: reading this board, I arrived with a long, long list and there weren't enough dinners...or time, to eat everywhere and do everything in Portland! but...more for later...I guess. Happy Times in Portland!

One Day in Seattle: Vios Cafe and Market posting (lunch for 12)

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