JunJun Jollibee Dinner

In the past month or so, a new pop up called JunJun run by Chef Jun Robles (JunJun is Filipino for Junior) has been holding events in Portland working with the website Feastly. Feastly has launched in multiple cities, including Portland, and allows chefs to connect to venues and to connect to people who are looking to attend an informal food event – be it a supper club in a home or a pop up event in a restaurant. It is a lot easier then following multiple pop ups on social media or on mailing lists – and browsing Feastly Portland is how I discovered the JunJun Jollibee Dinner being held at Cooper’s Hall last week on April 17.
JunJun Jollibee Dinner held at Cooper's Hall JunJun Jollibee Dinner held at Cooper's Hall

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Portland Dining Month 2017 – Recap

I wrote about what Portland Dining Month is in a previous post, and gave some highlights of what piqued my interest on the list. Here are a few images from where I was able to dine in March!

Bluehour

Extras: bread service, amuse bouche from chef
Portland Dining Month 2017 Bluehour, bread service Portland Dining Month 2017 Bluehour, amuse bouche
First course: Roasted beet terrine of goat cheese, trout roe, pea tendrils and saba
I found these to be beautiful and the bites are intensely flavored with roasted beet and creamy goat cheese.
Portland Dining Month 2017 Bluehour menu with a First of Roasted Beet Terrine with goat cheese, trout roe, pea tenders, apple balsamic; Second of Braised Muscovy Duck Leg with chestnut dumplings, charred leeks, shallots, red wine jus; Third of Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding with cocoa crunch, sea salt, fernet ice cream Portland Dining Month 2017 Bluehour menu with a First of Roasted Beet Terrine with goat cheese, trout roe, pea tenders, apple balsamic; Second of Braised Muscovy Duck Leg with chestnut dumplings, charred leeks, shallots, red wine jus; Third of Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding with cocoa crunch, sea salt, fernet ice cream
Second course: Braised Muscovy duck leg with chestnut dumplings, charred leeks, shallots and a red wine jus
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Spring Musicals at Portland Center Stage

The dressing rooms, hallways, and stages are alive with music at PCS! This past weekend, Portland Center Stage debuted the world premier of of two new shows both featuring music: Wild and Reckless: A New Concert Event with Blitzen Trapper (running until April 30, 2017) and Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (running until April 30, 2017).

I attended both and here’s are my thoughts on the Spring Musicals at Portland Center Stage.

Wild and Reckless: A New Concert Event with Blitzen Trapper

Portland Center Stage and Wild and Reckless: A New Musical Event from Blitzen Trapper. Written and Performed By Blitzen Trapper, Directed by Rose Riordan and Liam Kaas-Lentz Poster Design by Michael Buchino Photo by Kate Szrom

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Portland Pop Up Restaurant List 2017

Updated June 16, 2017

It’s difficult to track pop-ups: they often change up when they are open and where they might appear. Depending on the season, they may close down for a while – and if you don’t pay attention to their social media you could miss when they come back from their sabbatical, while others move on to other ventures. All have limited capacity so if you don’t jump on reservations quickly you are out of luck until the next event.

That means following lots of things on social media or being on several mailing list to become informed immediately when an announcement for a meal event is made with the when, where, etc.  Despite the work, pop up restaurants are often your chance to try great cuisine and meet amazing chefs, as the lineage of pop ups alumni that have now settled into homes like Holdfast Dining, Nodoguro, Langbaan, Coquine, and Nomad PDX are proof.

Eater PDX has published my list of Best Portland Pop Ups and Supper Clubs and you can see it here: the only ones listed below are ones not on that published list or I have my own link so you can read my experience with it on a blog post as I removed those for the Eater article. [Read more…]

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Raising Money for Planned Parenthood

While I can’t say I’m at all ok with the current state of our country, one thing I do have to admit is that people have really come together to rise up and do something about it instead of just complaining. There have been peaceful rallies, there have been sharing news and keeping updated on who and how to go about contacting the applicable representatives to have our voices heard, and there has been eating and drinking for a cause as the industry and the community got together in raising money for Planned Parenthood and other organizations. I’m just sharing recently three ways I was eating for Planned Parenthood and hoping you will follow along on the news or my Instagram as I think there may be repeats of these type of events in the future that I will share.

Cookie Grab 2017

In an amazing show of support. Cookie Grab 2017 aka Pussies Bake Back was announced on January 6 and within 24 hours this cookie box sale with cookies from 21 local female chefs sold out!! Each cookie box offered for $50, with 100% of proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, twenty one signature cookies from twenty one local female chefs.
In an amazing show of support. Cookie Grab 2017 was announced on January 6 and within 24 hours this cookie box sale with cookies from 21 local female chefs raised more than $25000 for Planned Parenthood. Each cookie box offered for $50, with 100% of proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, twenty one signature cookies from twenty one local female chefs. In an amazing show of support. Cookie Grab 2017 was announced on January 6 and within 24 hours this cookie box sale with cookies from 21 local female chefs raised more than $25000 for Planned Parenthood. Each cookie box offered for $50, with 100% of proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, twenty one signature cookies from twenty one local female chefs.
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