Posted by chris on Oct 21st, 2009
Half chocolate half maple bar with buttercream filling from Tulip Pastry Shop in St. John’s neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
I’ve had 2 of these in the past three days. But I walk 3 blocks to the bakery to get them. I think that evens it out. Plus, I have to walk 3 blocks back to my house. So after a few more donuts, I’ll probably be super buff and fit and practically a bodybuilder. I think that’s how it works. Shut up.
In my defense, this isn’t all I had for breakfast… I also got a slice of brandied pear & dark chocolate pie with candied ginger streusel from Random Order Coffeehouse & Bakery. It has… fruit… and… ginger, which as everyone knows, is much ballyhooed for its countless health benefits. Shut up.
Posted by chris on Oct 4th, 2009
Lemon poppy cupcake with raspberry buttercream. Double-shot Americano. From Crema Bakery & Cafe in southeast Portland, Oregon.
I love the layout of this cafe. Big, open, lots of windows and lots of hardwood.
Their regular house coffee is from a french press. So it’s very strong. In fact, they provide hot water, right next to the coffee dispenser. Puny, weak mortals use this water to wuss-ify their drink. Can’t handle a french press? Get in the hot water line — with the other small-boned children.
A very intense guy started talking to me about how his ex-girlfriend was trying to kill him. That was the first thing he said to me.
After 2 minutes of him ironically ranting about crazy women, I tried to feign sudden hearing loss. I became engrossed in whatever was on my laptop screen and prayed for the girl sitting on the other side of me to bail me out. No luck. The guy topped off his one-sided conversation by inviting me to “team up” with him and fight strangers.
I had to decline, for I was in Portland on vacation and had to fly back home immediately. But after all this, for reasons beyond understanding, I moved to Portland... And no, it wasn’t to team up and fight strangers.
Posted by chris on Sep 2nd, 2009
Today’s breakfast: A buttermilk biscuit sandwich, filled with fried chicken, thick-cut bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg, topped with sausage gravy. All before 7:30 AM.
I’m wandering around Portland, Oregon this week, trying all the local eateries. This behemoth of a sandwich is known as The Reggie Deluxe and is available at Pine State Biscuits. If you’re searching for a meal that can simultaneously start and end your day, look no further.
Every component of this fork-and-knife sandwich is well-prepared. Biscuit? Freshly baked. Chicken? Crispy and moist. Bacon? Thick and chewy. All the individual ingredients come together to form this super sandwich (that requires super arteries, should you choose to eat the whole thing.)
I had to travel across state lines, but I finally found a morning meal that rivals the dangerous breakfast burrito from Rose’s Cafe. Thanks Pine State Biscuits!
Posted by annie on Aug 18th, 2009
I ran five miles at the gym today (instead of my usual two) in a desperate effort to put off work. Then when I got home, I decided to make chicken noodle soup from scratch (instead of the usual Campbell’s can).
Here are the results:
Well, a girl’s gotta eat, right?
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Glad I discovered the loft in this cafe. Now I can sit where I belong: Above everyone.
The view from above. Farley’s East in Oakland, CA.
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At the farmer’s market, I only had enough cash to get either the Thai Chicken Curry or an oversized Red Velvet Cupcake. But not both.
The decision was a piece of cake.
Posted by chris on Jul 3rd, 2009
- Pan-roasted chicken with sherry vinegar & marsala wine sauce
- Carrot mashed potatoes with fresh chives
- Asparagus with crushed garlic & olive oil
The past few weeks I’ve been traveling and moving around. I just set up shop in a new place in Oakland, next to Lake Merritt & Piedmont. So this is the first meal I’ve cooked in a long while. Luckily, I had the help of my friend, Brian.
I asked Brian to drop a whole chicken in a large bowl of salt water to brine it. Well, I misjudged the capacity of the bowl and the water (or “salmonella water” as Brian would call it) spilled onto our counter (or “salmonella counter” as Brian would call it) soaking a roll of paper towels (or “salmonella paper towels”) and his clothes (or “salmonella clothes” as Brian would call it).
He showered, changed clothes and did everything short of calling for a government Hazmat team to come sanitize the kitchen.
Everything else went smoothly and the mashed potatoes have been dubbed by Brian, “The best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had… That I can remember.” So unless he’s had mashed potatoes that were so tasty that it caused memory loss, I think that’s a good review.
Posted by chris on Jun 24th, 2009
Jina Bolton just posted this photo I took on her new site, Art in my coffee! If you want to see how it’s done, watch this video of a barista in action. And just think of all the times their parents told them to stop playing with their food.
Posted by chris on Jun 22nd, 2009
Had a nice, relaxing breakfast on the patio at Katy’s Place in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.
Eggs benedict: 3 poached eggs, smoked salmon, Hollandaise & caviar on top of an English muffin. Country potatoes. Fresh coffee.
- chris: I just paid $26 for eggs
- brian: Knowing you, it probably came with a side of fish from outer space. “Can you make sure the fish was orbiting a moon of Jupiter?”
Posted by chris on May 28th, 2009
- All-natural, free-range chicken. Pan-seared. Olive oil, paprika, salt & pepper. (Complicated, isn’t it?)
- Organic petite peas, nitrate-free pancetta, shallots.
- Drizzled olive oil.
- No butter.
Posted by chris on May 21st, 2009
Chocolate mousse topped with strawberries; Raspberry mousse with whipped cream, Lemon mousse topped with blueberries; Triple chocolate brownie a la mode, Apple cinnamon crisp a la mode, Bread pudding with raisins & vanilla, with buttery whiskey sauce:
(Actually, there’s still some left in the photo above, but it really was completely finished before we left. I wouldn’t lie to you.)
Posted by chris on May 18th, 2009
After eating nothing but americanos, eggs and apples for several days, I’ve been indulging in all the foods I was craving the past few weeks:
- Turkey burger with bacon & onion rings
- Chicken fried steak and eggs. I haven’t had this in years.
- Crab-cake benedicts. Yes, plural.
- Chicken tenders. What the hell is a “tender” anyway?
- Espresso almond brownie, Chocolate chip cookies, Oreo cream cake, Bostom cream pie, Princess cake. Probably some other terrible desserts that I have no recollection of eating.
All I’m missing is the pizza and ice cream. (Together.)
Posted by chris on May 8th, 2009
Here are all the ingredients you need: Americano. No sugar. Egg. Apple. Water. Repeat.
Now that the project I’m working on is out (we relaunched QN5 Music, an independent hip-hop record label), I think it’s a good time to start curbing my americano addiction. I’m trying to wean myself down to one per day for now. I’ll let you know when I fail.
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Posted by chris on Apr 23rd, 2009
I showed up too late to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes that Jill was talking about, but she was nice enough to bake another kind of vegan cupcake:
A pretty darn good vegan dessert — makes you wonder how much better it would’ve been with the addition of tasty, tasty animal products.