FEAST PORTLAND: Day 1
Portland, Oregon: Well, Dear Reader, we
have done it again. Decided to take our summer vacation an hour (in the really
bad traffic we suffered through to arrive downtown Portland) from home.
We will attend the four-day
Feast Portland food
again to enjoy fabulous foods from fabulous chefs in fabulous venues with
like-minded fabulous people. Should be fabulous!
We checked into a downtown hotel, grabbed our lanyards and rode light rail
across the Willamette River to the courtyard outside the Moda Center (home of the Portland
Trailblazers) for the first event of the festival - the
Sandwich Invitational. Fifteen local (and a few out-of-towners) competed to see who
could make the best 'wich. Attendees had a vote and there was also a judging
panel on a stage.
The evening was beautiful, lines were long but manageable. Wine,
tequila, beer and gin were flowing... but the first four sandwiches we lined-up
to try contained pork. Dang. I stopped standing in lines and instead went up to
the front of the line to read the menu from each booth before waiting to try.
Thank goodness, good ol' Franz Bread had a booth and they were giving away
grilled cheese sandwiches.
This local bakery has started producing organic breads and
were giving away absolutely miniature loaves. How will I get this to Lucy
for her pre-school lunchbox?
We finally found something else to eat -
Nomad made an homage
to McDonald's Filet-o-Fish. It was quite nice!
Other sandwiches we tried:
Left: Water Buffalo Sloppy Joe. Not a fan.
Right: Dave tried Elk Pastrami with duck pate. Thumbs up.
As the judging began, I heard the emcee over the speaker system
and told Dave it sounded like Duck alum Jordan Kent. It was! (Kent announced and
interviewed athletes at the Olympic Trials track meet in Eugene, so we had spent
a lot of time with him this summer.) He was surprised to see us, and jumped off
the stage to give me a hug and wondered if there was a track meet about to start
Dave and I both enjoyed the Guinea Hen
Busy behind the scenes, and the eventual winner of the contest, (right) was
Han Ly Hwang's Bulgogi Club Sandwich from
Kim Jong Grillin in
Portland. It was pork. Dang.
I gave my vote to Oregon's popular Deschutes Brewery, for
the Braised Lamb Shank Sandwich - on Oregon-Manchego Focaccia with Black
Butte Porter Cheddar, heirloom tomatoes and pickled chile vinaigrette.
Say that ten times fast.
It was so good... but there was beginning to be a problem. Though
we could sample but five of the fifteen 'witches in the competition and they
were all so very small, we ate a lot of bread. We were getting so full! How
many people were able to try all of the sandwiches? It was like eating
five dinner rolls. Burp.
Time for dessert and time to waddle back to the train.
Tomorrow - we attend TWO events. I have asked our housesitter to have all
the door openings in our house enlarged before our return.
Until my next update, I remain, your high-carb correspondent.
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has a great slide-show from the invitational
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