Thirteen Things

I was dangerously close to starting this year off on a questionable foot.

Luckily, I have four inch Kate Spade pumps and subzero temperatures to thank for vetoing an otherwise certain trek to Taco Bell.

Naturally, an evening abundant with Clicquot-instigated fizz and bliss results in a drastic drop in blood sugar and depending on your geographic location it will sometimes not be possible to access a late night brie and pear crepe, lamb merguez hot dog, or my personal favourite, the C-Burger.

Instead, you may find that one of your friends has garnered a generous stack of Free Chalupa cards from recent Blazers victories and naturally you also find that there is indeed a Taco Bell within walkable distance.

Again, had it been even a mere ten degrees warmer and had I thought to tote more walkable footwear, then I would have been in severe danger of starting off 2013 with a chalupa…whatever that even is. I’m not dissing Taco Bell, i swear, it’s just I believe that should I choose to go that route it should be sometime later in the year on a much less climactic 2am occurrence.

Anyhow, the anticlimactic ending of this ‘story’ is that my first “meal” of 2013 consisted of five of us huddled around a kitchen counter dipping gluten free bagels in various tubs of cream cheese (fat free, goat herb, and some other ambiguous one that looked cranberry-infused). It could have been far worse. 

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Between that unconventional late-night bagel & cream cheese feast and this very moment there have been thirteen very noteworthy dishes split and sampled between myself and my various dining partners (namely my mother, Yurop, Merica, Kyle, Anne, Brook, and Erica):

Simpatica Dining Hall: Chicken Confit Hash with sweet potato, parsnip, cabbage, carrot, onion, whole grain mustard, and yukon potato served with two over easy eggs
Simpatica Dining Hall: Chicken Confit Hash with sweet potato, parsnip, cabbage, carrot, onion, whole grain mustard, and yukon potato served with two over easy eggs
Simpatica Dining Hall: Cheeseburger with Laurelhurst Market bacon, zucchini pickles, lettuce, white cheddar, and brioche bun
Simpatica Dining Hall: Cheeseburger with Laurelhurst Market bacon, zucchini pickles, lettuce, white cheddar, and brioche bun
Simpatica Dining Hall: Frittata with crimini & shiitake mushrooms, leeks, tarragon, salsa verde, & fromage blanc
Simpatica Dining Hall: Frittata with crimini & shiitake mushrooms, leeks, tarragon, salsa verde, & fromage blanc
Imperial: Cod with pork belly over a bed of lentils
Imperial: Cod with pork belly over a bed of lentils
Imperial: Steak over chanterelles with garlic butter
Imperial: Steak over chanterelles with garlic butter
Irving Street Kitchen: "Feast" burger with sauteed arugula
Irving Street Kitchen: “Feast” burger with sauteed arugula
Irving Street Kitchen: Fried Chicken and Waffle with poached egg and buttermilk syrup
Irving Street Kitchen: Fried Chicken and Waffle with poached egg and buttermilk syrup
Laurelhurst Market: Steak & Sauteed Escarole -- Piedmontese Bavette, Ancho Chili Romesco, Jacobsen's Oregon Salt
Laurelhurst Market: Steak & Sauteed Escarole — Piedmontese Bavette, Ancho Chili Romesco, Jacobsen’s Oregon Salt
Laurelhurst Market: Fried cauliflower with rosemary and pear butter
Laurelhurst Market: Fried cauliflower with rosemary and pear butter
Laurelhurst Market: Afton Field Farm Chicken "Under a Brick" -- Brussels Sprouts, Apples, Roasted Shallots, Polenta Cake, Smoked Balsamic
Laurelhurst Market: Afton Field Farm Chicken “Under a Brick” — Brussels Sprouts, Apples, Roasted Shallots, Polenta Cake, Smoked Balsamic
Laurelhurst Market: Mac and Cheese with Tim's Potato Chip crust
Laurelhurst Market: Mac and Cheese with Tim’s Potato Chip crust
Ken's Artisan Pizza:  Arrabiata pizza with tomato sauce, hot calabrian chilies, mozzarella, basil
Ken’s Artisan Pizza: Arrabiata pizza with tomato sauce, hot calabrian chilies, mozzarella, basil

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A good start to the year on that note; and a theme I intend to continue. In the spirit of for once keeping a semi-consistent theme to a post, I have made a list below of thirteen Portland establishments on my hit list; if you know me or are not sketchy then feel free to let me know if you would like to join me at any of the following:

  1. Aviary
  2. Ox
  3. Luce
  4. Roe
  5. Ava Gene’s
  6. Le Pigeon
  7. Lincoln
  8. DOC
  9. Evoe
  10. Raven & Rose
  11. Boxer Sushi
  12. St. Jack’s
  13. Uno Mas

What was your first meal this year?

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