FEAST PORTLAND: Day 2
Portland, Oregon: Two foodie events today to
keep us well-fed and entertained. Best part? We get to meet such interesting
people, enjoy delicious foods, learn so much, and My Sister, Renee, joined us
for the morning session at FEAST PORTLAND's
Grand Tasting at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Portland Mounted Patrol
More wine. More beer.
Sweets galore, and an obligatory photo of my food-crush, Ben Jacobsen of
Jacobsen Salt Co.
Jacobsen Salt is now available at Williams-Sonoma.
Renee, DT and I walked up and down every aisle, testing and trying anything that
caught our fancy. There was such a large variety of foods to taste and so many
interesting purveyors to meet.
DT and Renee - taking a quick break
We met Pam and Dave, a couple on vacation from Minnesota. They are in Oregon to
attend the food festival, tour through the wine country, visit the Oregon Coast
and essentially enjoy Our Great State. Welcome!
FEAST Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square
Cute (temporary) tatoo
Naomi Pomeroy is interviewed by
Magazine Editor, Adam Rapoport
There was a bit of time for a rest - before we had to head out to the evening event.
And here is where I must admit to being the Worst. Blogger.
I just can't be bothered to schlep my huge DSLR camera to these events. It is
enough trouble to hold a wine glass, manage my little purse, and a bamboo plate
containing the latest morsel. Dave and I are in a constant balancing act -
holding wine glasses or plates for each other - where would I put a huge heavy
camera? Definitely in the minority here. I saw enough megapixels today to sink a
raft on the Willamette River. I saw a woman with a lens so large, she had to
stand across the river in order to take a photo of a taco at the event this
evening. Most people were taking photos with their phones... but most people
were in their 30's. I used my little Sony DSC-HX90V. Excuse any blur. I'm only one woman.
Again, we took the light rail/street car to and from the
event. On the way to the train, we saw this (above) very interesting street
performer talking with Portland Police (this time the cops were on bicycles
instead of horses). They were telling the clown guy how terrified their kids
would be of his costume and DT and I remembered how freaked Leo was about
three years ago when he saw the USC mascot remove his "head". Goodness, kids
are so afraid of clowns. Can't say I blame them. The face on this
harlequined dude was totally freaky. Look at the size of those hands.
Nightmares for weeks.
Last year, Portland opened a bridge over the river for light rail, buses,
emergency vehicles, people and bicycles only. No cars. The festivities tonight were
at the base of the new bridge, along the water.
Tilikum Crossing Bridge
The Tilikum Crossing Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon
The Night Market is the marquee event of the four-day FEAST
Portland festival. This year they had a "Latin" theme - anything from
Mexico City to Madrid. Lots of tacos tonight and, mercifully, little
Everyone's Favorite Creamery is promoting new fancy ice cream and gelato
Dave and I figured-out a plan. Stand in line to sample
something... and while still eating the item, stand in line to sample
something else. I learned last night to venture up the front of the line,
read the ingredients and have a chat with the chef. Every single chef I
spoke with were super friendly, helpful and generally willing to chat - no
matter that they were being slammed with long lines of hungry guests. While
I quizzed the cook, Dave waited at the back of line. If it was determined, after my convo with
the chef, that it was something we would not/could not eat... we simply
moved on. Easy.
Not a lot of moving-on this evening. We seriously dined in
style on amazing foods. The best thing we had tonight was a shredded beef
taco from Podnah's BBQ Pit (in NE Portland). Podnah's is a usual
Southern BBQ place. They do
not have a taco on their restaurant menu.
Blew us away. Made from (Snake River Farms) beef ribs and
served with a super-spicy cheese sauce and cilantro. It was a teeny little
thing, so we had to get to the back of the line to try it again and make
sure we weren't dreaming. We were not. Hands down. Best.
Okay. It's not Taco Gonzalez... but that is a wholenother
We also enjoyed:
Another beef taco - this time from Taqueria 9 - on a tostada chip with black
More beef! This time served on a bed of rice (with foie gras) and topped
with pickled onions
Chef Jose Chesa, of Chesa in Portland, served duck tartar in a corn cone!
The bottom of the cone was filled with avocado, then the duck, topped with
orange sweet potato, crispy plantain - with pimenton-garlic salt sprinkled
over. DT tried this cone - I prefer my duck cooked.
We both loved the albacore tuna ceviche with pickled watermelon and toasted
quinoa from Chef Alex Barkley's Manolin Restaurant in Seattle.
We tried several other dishes, talked to all sorts of
interesting (or fabulous!) people and signed-up to win all sorts of fabulous
prizes. And then it was dark.
And the bridge was so pretty. And we took the street car
back to our hotel.
Tomorrow? Guess what? More events... and something about a Duck football
game in Nebraska?
Until my next update, I remain, your spicy & beefy correspondent.
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