Archives for May 2017

Thursdays at Renata is Risotto in a Cheese Wheel

Recently, on Thursdays at Renata they have been offering a special risotto a la minute which is finished in a parmesan cheese wheel in the middle of the room before being brought to your table. This is a little similar to the cheese wheel experience/dalla forma pasta I enjoyed in LA that I wrote about previously, but is focused at Renata on a rich creamy risotto in a cheese wheel only available on Thursdays. I don’t currently know of any place else in Portland offering anything finished in a cheese wheel.
Recently, on Thursdays at Renata they have been offering a special risotto a la minute which is finished in a parmesan cheese wheel in the middle of the room before being brought to your table.

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OP Wurst Division

Memorial Day is almost here! Bring on the summer sunshine and backyard (or balcony) bbqs of burgers and hot dogs and picnics please! In between bbqs, you can also get your fix on for fun American food at OP Wurst, which now has 3 locations. I’ve visited and enjoyed a couple times the haute hot dogs of OP Wurst at Pine Street Market, but given how that indoor gourmet food court is the home of several mini restaurants, there is always a lot of hustle and bustle and it doesn’t seem like a place to sit down for a long spell with sausages and drinks. Now I do have a place to do both though – OP Wurst Sausage Bar on Division has opened and with the larger kitchen, offers more options then the Pine Street location, has a big outdoor patio, plus offers a full bar. Here’s a look!
OP Wurst on SE Division, several of their gourmet haute hot dogs OP Wurst on SE Division

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Chefs Week PDX 2017 Heritage Dinner

After several successful years of Chefs Week PDX, 2017 found Chefs Week PDX has been so successful that it has grown faster then anticipated, and the organizers wanted some time to hit the pause button to re-evaluate how to proceed. But leave it up to Chefs Week PDX that even on a year where they say they are going on hiatus, they still are putting together some individual pop up events. This was the first, taking place at Chesa on Sunday May 7 for $170 all inclusive and featuring seven West Coast chefs serving food inspired by heritage at the Chefs Week PDX 2017 Heritage Dinner.
Chefs Week PDX 2017 Heritage Dinner at Chesa on May 7th, place setting Chefs Week PDX 2017 Heritage Dinner at Chesa on May 7th, place setting

“Seven West Coast chefs are coming together to showcase their take our annual Heritage Dinner, a 7-course celebration of Oregon bounty with dishes inspired by their earliest memories.” An optional beverage pairing will be available for $15 on the evening of the dinner with all proceeds going towards the American Civil Liberties Union. 10% of all ticket sales will also be donated to the ACLU.
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Travel Israel – Jerusalem

In a few days, I will be leaving for a very quick business trip and travel to Israel. I’ll only be there Saturday-midnight on Tuesday and be back in Portland ┬áby Wednesday morning. While there, my days are full of all day meetings with the exception of Saturday, the day I land. Having already enjoyed wandering around Jerusalem on my last visit to Israel in 2012, this time I am opting to stay in Tel Aviv, even though it means an hour commute each way to the office in Haifa. Here’s a quick summary of what I think I will do, call for any recommendations, and a few photos from my previous trip to Israel – aka chapter Travel Israel – Jerusalem.

Travel to Israel - Jerusalem. First view of the Old City of Jerusalem, within the walls you see. Travel to Israel - Jerusalem. First view of the Old City of Jerusalem, within the walls you see.
Photos from my 2012 trip to Israel, where I explored Jerusalem – this was my first view of the Old City of Jerusalem, within the walls you see
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Dine out for Restaurants for Raphael House

Every year, I like to highlight the Restaurants for Raphael House event. For May 17, 2017, 45+ Portland area restaurants are participating in this tradition, now in its seventh year, where you can dine out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, any time on May 17 and participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to ensure our life-saving services are available to women, men, and children seeking safety from domestic violence.

Restaurants for Raphael House, enjoying a shake at Ruby Jewel
I grabbed a milkshake from Ruby Jewel last year as one of the stops to support Restaurants for Raphael House last year

You can see the full list here, divided by areas of Portland (and a few in Lake Oswego and Beaverton) but a few summaries of what each of these restaurants offer based off a version of the list I saw this week include of what each of the participating restaurants are below. [Read more…]

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