Marukin Ramen Updated Menu

I’ve written about Marukin Ramen before when they first soft opened their SE Ankeny location and talked you through the difference between their ramen offerings. Since then, they have opened their second location at Pine Street Market, they’ve increased the amount of noodles to upside the hearty fullness of their bowls, as the kitchen has gotten more efficient and accurate they now offer more to choose from! Here’s a look at what’s new at Marukin Ramen.
Marukin Ramen Updated Menu Marukin vegan mapo tofu over rice, and the only once a week, 30 bowls limited edition Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi Marukin Ramen Special Ramen, available only once a week at each location and limited to about 30 bowls because of the amount of work required to create it! Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi  Marukin Ramen Updated Menu addition of vegan mapo tofu over rice

As before, Marukin overall offers 10 kinds of ramen total (get my photos and description of them here), with the Tonkotsu Shoyu and Tonkatsu Red always being available and the other 8 rotating every other day so that 4 are available on a Sun Wed Fri schedule and the other 4 available the other days. Note this important trick: really all 10 ramens are always available – the every other day rotation is reverse at the other location, so if you really want a certain ramen besides the Tonkotsu just look up which location has it that day, the SE Ankeny or the Pine Street Market.
Marukin Ramen Paitan Shio with rich chicken broth, sea salt and toppings of spinach, bamboo shoots, kikurage mushrooms leeks, green onion, chashu pork, soft boiled egg Marukin Ramen Tonkotsu Red Ramen with spicy pork bone broth, shoyu with toppings of spinach, kikurage, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, leeks, green onion, chashu pork, soft boiled egg

New Scoop! Breaking News! Marukin Ramen is going to start offering a Secret Special Ramen, available only once a week at each location and limited to about 30 bowls because of the amount of work required to create it! Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi. The ramen will only be announced when it’s available on their social media, so if you don’t follow Marukin Ramen @marukinramen on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook do so now to be in the know.
Marukin Ramen Special Ramen, available only once a week at each location and limited to about 30 bowls because of the amount of work required to create it! Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi Marukin Ramen Special Ramen, available only once a week at each location and limited to about 30 bowls because of the amount of work required to create it! Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi
Their ramen is not available to go since they want to make sure the texture of the noodles and temperature of the broth are perfect – but you can get their newly added donburi, or rice bowls, to eat their or to go at home or at your work desk as applicable. Newly added are a delicious pan fried Jorinji miso pork over rice utilizing local pork and local miso. Though this is the menu now, they may decide to rotate this when the weather warms up – so get over there to get this dish now.
Marukin Ramen Updated Manu includes a new pan fried Jorinji miso pork over rice dish utilizing local pork and local miso Marukin Ramen Updated Manu includes a new pan fried Jorinji miso pork over rice dish utilizing local pork and local miso

Also perfect right now for warming you up is a hearty pork curry with rice dish and a vegan mapo tofu over rice. The pork curry is also available in a small size during their happy hour.
"Marukin Marukin Ramen Updated Menu addition of vegan mapo tofu over rice

Meanwhile in the sides section, they’ve changed out the aioli that used to accompany the chicken karaage  (Japanese style fried chicken) with a Japanese style tartar sauce.
Marukin Ramen Updated Menu, Marukin Ramen changed out the aioli that used to accompany the chicken karaage (Japanese style fried chicken) with a Japanese style tartar sauce, dish of light shredded daikon salad with ume plum vinaigrette and nukazuke, or Japanese pickled vegetables "Marukin

In addition there is now a shrimp version of the dish, ebi karaage, a deep fried tiger shrimp karaage with Japanese style tartar sauce.
Marukin Ramen Updated Menu, Ebi Karaage, a deep fried tiger shrimp karaage with Japanese style tartar sauce.

Additionally, for the gyoza, or pot stickers, that had a pork filling, there is also an option now for another kind of gyoza with pork and shrimp filling.
Marukin Ramen Gyoza, pork filled potsticker dumplings "Marukin

A light shredded daikon salad with ume plum vinaigrette and a salmon nanbanzuke, a dish of marinated salmon and pickled vegetables, are also new. Both of these latter dishes are also available on their happy hour menu 3 – 6 PM.
Marukin Ramen side (also available at happy hour) of light shredded daikon salad with ume plum vinaigrette and nukazuke, or Japanese pickled vegetables Marukin Ramen side (also available at happy hour) of light shredded daikon salad with ume plum vinaigrette Marukin Ramen side (also available at happy hour) of salmon nanbanzuke, a dish of marinated salmon and pickled vegetables and nukazuke, or Japanese pickled vegetables Marukin Ramen side (also available at happy hour) of salmon nanbanzuke, a dish of marinated salmon and pickled vegetables

Have you been to Marukin Ramen yet? What did you enjoy?
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Do any of these updates to the menu intrigue you, what would you try?
Marukin Ramen Updated Menu Marukin vegan mapo tofu over rice, and the only once a week, 30 bowls limited edition Ebi Ramen, a Rich Tiger Shrimp and chicken based broth with sea salt topped with tiger shrimp, bok choy, mushroom age-tofu mix, kikurage, and negi

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Inside Look at Portland Night Market

Have you heard of the Portland Night Market? This is free weekend market brings together local vendors of crafts and goods, food, and artists in the Central Eastside Industrial District, right near the well known and loved City Liquidators. The Portland Night Market is free and is hosted every couple months for a weekend, with the next date coming up on Friday and Saturday February 10 and 11, 2017 4 – 11 PM at 100 SE Alder.
The vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market

If you’ve ever been to one of the First Thursday in the Pearl District or Last Thursday on Alberta, the feel will be similar to that when visiting the Portland Night Market. You will find all these vendors, all local, many of which are small business makers. Unlike the street fairs, you are all protected from the elements inside this giant warehouse transformed into market with bright lights so you can really see the goods even if it’s evening, or under a big tent with twinkly lights giving you a feel of a high end street bazaar in Europe or Asia and much much cleaner. Here are a few examples from my visit to the last market in November.
Catnip Takout booth at the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Rx Letterpress the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market

Similar to First or Last Thursday, you can find art pieces, performance artists, live music, and this visit I even found a wall where everyone could contribute their thoughts and artistic touches as well. The February market will feature two evenings of Burlesque performances upstairs on the mezzanine and an interactive area for guests to make their own flower crowns.
The art and performance artists of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The art and performance artists of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The art and performance artists of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The art and performance artists of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The art and performance artists of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market The art and performance artists of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market

It’s an adventure just browsing the various stands to see what is for sale and the amazing creative ideas out there. A lot of artist markets seem to be full of a lot of photography booths and homemade jewelry, but Portland Night market has a great variety of types of items.
Twisted Vine Terraniums booth as part of the vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Ninja Bot booth as part of the vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Notebooks made of disks at a booth as part of the vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Notebooks made of children books at a booth as part of the vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Sparrow and Sundry booth at the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Magnets and diorama crafts at the 20Leagues booth as part of the vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 marketCatnip toys in the form of little food at the Catnip Takeout booth as part of the vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Catnip toys in the form of little food at the Catnip Takeout booth as part of the vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market

One thing that’s unique to this market is that you can grab a beverage at one of the bars to keep you “hydrated” while you are browsing. There are also some artisan food booths, varying from salami to baked goods to chocolate or hot sauce and more. Outside, under tents with some heat lamps (at least in November when it was chilly) there were multiple food carts offering a variety of food varying from pastrami sandwiches to crepes or steamed buns or fried chicken or fresh kettle corn or mini doughnuts.

Popular hot food vendors include The Dump Truck, PDX Sliders, Popi’s Pastries, FoMo Chicken, Big Fat Weiners, Tastebud, Wasabi Sushi, Boke Bowl and more. Dessert vendors include Churros Locos, Cream, Pip’s Original Doughnuts, Treehouse Chocolate, Boozehound, Sweetheart Saint Johns and more. Local food brands will be at the market offering tastings, including Jem Nut Butters, Plum Tree Jam, Honey Mama’s, Tea Bar, Oregon Olive Mill and Buddha Chocolate.
The vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Sweetheart Bakery booth as part of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 marketTime and Oak Natural Elements booth at the Portland Night Market The vibe of the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market

Bible Club even had a cash pop-up bar where they were pouring draft cocktails like Gold Rush, Singapore Sling, and Hemingway, as well as crafting classic drinks. The Bible Club’s Speakeasy will be returning this year to its second floor location with their unique craft cocktails and live music.
Bible Club had a pop-up bar where they were pouring draft cocktails and crafting classic drinks at the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Bible Club had a pop-up bar where they were pouring draft cocktails and crafting classic drinks at the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Bible Club had a pop-up bar where they were pouring draft cocktails and crafting classic drinks at the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market Bible Club had a pop-up bar where they were pouring draft cocktails and crafting classic drinks at the Portland Night Market, held every few months in the Central Industrial District in a warehouse, during the November 2016 market

This is a great experience by yourself or with friends or on a date or with a family to explore what great local makers are creating and even see some performance art. And, did I mention again that admission is FREE and all ages and FREE?

The only caution I would give is that it can be difficult to find parking in this area since there are so many people who may come visit the market and there is only street parking. This is an industrial area under Morrison Bridge and a few freeways and also divided by train tracks. If you can find parking, but it may be several block walk away and be aware of your surroundings in the evening as there may be sometimes sketchy portions. The Portland Night Market is also only 2 blocks from the Portland Streetcar.

Have you heard or been to The Portland Night Market before?

Here are the dates for this year for Night Market if you are interested in attending:

  • February 10-11, 2017 – LOVE Rose City Edition (Pelett and her team have curated an “Aphrodisiac Alley” featuring local chocolate and beverage vendors such as Alma Chocolate, Catman Cellars, Best Friends Honey and Marshall’s Haute Sauce. The PDX Oyster Social will give away 45 dozen oysters on the half shell each night at their “oyster booth” while supplies last. )
  • May 12-13, 2017
  • September 29-30, 2017
  • December 1-3, 2017 (The Holiday edition is the only three-day event, including Sunday brunch food and beverage options)

 

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Dinner at Verdigris

Verdigris, located at 1315 NE Fremont St, is the epitome of a neighborhood gem. It’s an intimate bistro with less then 40 seats, and inside in the candlelight in the evening you dine seated in comfy and solid chairs at wooden tables with an open feel that you could imagine also inside a home next to a super well stocked and efficient home kitchen.The decor is simple, functional but elegant while still being warm, and the food is classic but with little touches of something new to keep it interesting.

For instance, it may seem like a modest restaurant, but you’ll be greeted with an amuse bouche and they make their own homemade mini bread rolls, really exemplifying of the attention to detail and extra care they put into your supper experience.
Verdigris creates homemade bread for its dinner and they are not only adorable but pretty tasty Verdigris creates homemade bread for its dinner and they are not only adorable but pretty tasty

I know for me, coming in on the Wednesday night before December 8 Snowpocalypse part 1 and being a bit frozen on my fingers and nose, that creamy decadent sip of that creamy mushroom soup amuse bouche was the perfect way to warm me and welcome me to start my dinner at Verdigris.
Verdigris may seem like a modest restaurant, but you'll be greeted with an amuse bouche and this creamy decadent sip of creamy mushroom soup amuse bouche was the perfect thing to warm me and welcome me in from the cold and put me at ease.

It wasn’t not a surprise that since that amuse bouche sip of soup made me feel welcomed that an order of the Butternut Squash-Fuji Apple Soup with Amish Blue Cheese, Red Wine Gastrique, and Parsley would be an exponential dose of comfort. It combines the classic idea of a butternut squash soup you could imagine like the thick creamy potage in a snow dusted French cottage, but modernizes the presentation and adds more complexity of flavor with the Amish Blue Cheese and Red Wine Gastrique.
Verdigris may seem like a modest restaurant, but you'll be greeted with an amuse bouche and this creamy decadent sip of creamy mushroom soup amuse bouche was the perfect thing to warm me and welcome me in from the cold and put me at ease.

Another first course dish  if you want a more substantial belly warmer is the Smithfield Ham & White Bean Cassoulet with 60 Minute Egg, Country Sausage, and Persillade. Seriously if I lived nearby I would walk through some snow and ice just to have this cassoulet because it would fortify me for the rest of a winterstorm weather warning day and the freezing temperatures.
Verdigris Restaurant in Portland, First of Smithfield Ham & White Bean Cassoulet with 60 Minute Egg, Country Sausage, Persillade

In terms of Second options or the main entree dishes, the winter menu that I saw in December was full of more options that are hard not to love when the weather is frightful, including Potato Gnocchi with Butternut Squash, Sage, Hazelnuts, Orange, Parmesan; Braised Beef Bourguignon with Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, House Bacon; and finally a meat to crispy skin ratio I can get behind serving of Smoked Tails & Trotters Pork Confit with Yukon Potatoes, Fuji Apples, Chestnuts, Mustard Jus.
Dinner at Verdigris main course of Potato Gnocchi with Butternut Squash, Sage, Hazelnuts, Orange, Parmesan Verdigris' Braised Beef Bourguignon with Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, House Bacon Verdigris Dinner in December entree of Smoked Tails & Trotters Pork Confit with Yukon Potatoes, Fuji Apples, Chestnuts, Mustard Jus

Not pictured are other classic hearty entree options like Braised Pork & Beef Meatballs with Creamy Semolina and Broccolini, or Madeira Braised Lamb, or a Saffron Shellfish Stew, with lots of Mussels, Manila Clams, and Shrimp served with naturally, a French baguette.

One suggestion when ordering: if getting of the big beef or lamb dishes, consider ordering an additional First to come along with the dish of the Pommes Frites with Black Truffle Aioli to accompany that big protein. The dish is enough to share for four.

Also leave room for dessert: on my winter evening in December it was Fallen Chocolat Souffle Cake with homemade coffee ice cream and housemade chocolate sauce, Pumpkin Pie with chantily cream and nut streusel, and my surprise favorite of the three, Banana Bread Pudding with housemade caramel sauce and housemade caramel ice cream.
Dinner at Verdigris Fallen Chocolat Souffle Cake with homemade coffee ice cream and housemade chocolate sauce Dinner at Verdigris dessert of Pumpkin Pie with chantily cream and nut streusel Verdigris Dinner, dessert of Banana Bread Pudding with housemade caramel sauce and housemade caramel ice cream.

They also offer an option every night of having the Chef’s choice but you get three courses for just $35, your choice of meat or veggie, and the choices change daily.

Verdigris just celebrated their two year anniversary since opening, and may be doing some throwbacks in January to some of their initial opening menu in which they explored more modern touches to the dishes. They continue to offer dinner daily 5 – 9 PM and also serve a brunch (and you can make reservations!) Tues – Sun 9 AM – 2 PM.

Have you been to Verdigris? What is your favorite neighborhood gem by where you live?

Disclosure: I was invited with others to a complimentary dinner sampling, but I will always provide my honest opinion and assessment of all products and experiences I may be given. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own.

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Food at Saraveza

Have you been to Saraveza before? The name comes from the owner, Sarah Pederson (yes! This is a woman owned bar!) and the spanish word for beer (cerveza). This beer bar in North Portland with ten rotating taps and literally a couple hundred beers by the bottle has been a mecca of Oregon beer and Midwest hospitality and community since 2008. For their 8th anniversary, Saraveza gave itself and us as its patrons a birthday present of an updated menu that now takes advantage of a new deep fryer! Here’s a closer look at Saraveza and the food at Saraveza.
Front of Saraveza at 1004 N. Killingsworth St, Portland, OR Beer at Saraveza at 1004 N. Killingsworth St, Portland, OR
Second photo above of beer glass courtesy of Saraveza, all other photos on this blog post are mine

When you walk through that door, you immediately feel a bit like you’re in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the walls. That, and you’ll notice the large cooler areas of all the beer bottles which are grouped by type. I always check first in their “New and Seasonal” section and the “Cellar and Vintage” but if you are feeling like an IPA, stout, or sour they have sections for you too.
When you walk through that door of Saraveza, you immediately feel a bit like you're in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the walls and the brightly lit coolers of their literally hundreds of beer by the bottle in addition to their 10 rotating taps When you walk through that door of Saraveza, you immediately feel a bit like you're in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the walls and the brightly lit coolers of their literally hundreds of beer by the bottle in addition to their 10 rotating tapsWhen you walk through that door of Saraveza, you immediately feel a bit like you're in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the walls and the brightly lit coolers of their literally hundreds of beer by the bottle in addition to their 10 rotating taps

If you want to drink beer from a bottle, select one and bring it right to where the Schlitz hand is pointing where they’ll open it up and give you glassware. Or, approach the bar to read the chalkboard beer menu of the ten rotating taps. One of the beers is always their light sessionable house beer of Breakside Wisco Tavern Beer.
When you walk through that door of Saraveza, you immediately feel a bit like you're in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the walls and the brightly lit coolers of their literally hundreds of beer by the bottle in addition to their 10 rotating taps When you walk through that door of Saraveza, you immediately feel a bit like you're in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the walls and the brightly lit coolers of their literally hundreds of beer by the bottle in addition to their 10 rotating taps

The walls are covered with the vintage beer goodies on the walls all around the booths, on the way to the bathroom and even inside the restrooms. You’ll notice here and there a nod to Sara’s Wisconsin roots and how Saraveza is a Packers Bar. The beer capped patterned tables double as a game to see if you can recognize where all the beer caps come from. Believe it or not, this is actually less stuff on display then used to be there: it looks like they curated it slightly more than before to help the pieces stand out more.
When you walk through that door of Saraveza, you immediately feel a bit like you're in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the wallsHopefully on your visit to Saraveza you will find a happy medium between the two art pieces on the upper left - the guy in the corner who has possibly had too much and the super cheerful guy with all the food and making sure you don't forget beer...   When you walk through that door of Saraveza, you immediately feel a bit like you're in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the walls even on the way to the restrooms -one portion is a nod to owner Sarah's Wisconsin upbringing and how this is a Packers bar When you walk through that door of Saraveza, you immediately feel a bit like you're in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the walls even on the way to the restrooms -one portion is a nod to owner Sarah's Wisconsin upbringing and how this is a Packers bar When you walk through that door of Saraveza, you immediately feel a bit like you're in a beer museum with all the retro beer paraphernalia all along the walls, including even in the bathroom

Ok, let’s get to the food. Don’t miss one of the biggest reasons the fryer made it into the Saraveza kitchen: fried cheese curds. These are lightly battered so that the dough is not too thick and the cheese a perfect melted gooeyness. Cheese is always a perfect pairing with beer, as is fried food, so this is the best of both worlds!
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Another new appetizer to go with your beer making use of that new deep fryer are their fried oysters with remoulade. You can get this in sandwich form via from their main section a Fried Oyster Po’ Boy that adds to the remoulade also iceberg, tomato, and crystal hot sauce.
Example Food at Saraveza fried oysters with remoulade Example Food at Saraveza fried oysters with remoulade

I really liked their starter (ok, second place after the curds) of the  lamb meatballs with tomato sauce, yogurt, and sunny egg because of the rich flavors in the meatballs balanced by that yogurt.
Example Food at Saraveza lamb meatballs with tomato sauce, yogurt, and sunny egg Example Food at Saraveza lamb meatballs with tomato sauce, yogurt, and sunny egg

For a healthier option but still with flavor punch to go well with beer, check out the Radicchio salad with sherry dressing, Parmesan, olive, and breadcrumb (I think their best salad). Or for a smaller portion for one person, the Butter lettuce salad with green goddess dressing, soft boiled egg, bacon, and red onion pickle. There’s also a Mixed Greens salad with candied hazelnuts, chevre, and champagne vinaigrette.
Example Food at Saraveza Radicchio salad with sherry dressing, Parmesan, olive, and breadcrumb Example Food at Saraveza Butter lettuce salad with green goddess dressing, soft boiled egg, bacon, and red onion pickle

A main dish option if you’re looking for dinner is they now offer a buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes and braised chard and tarragon gravy. It’s at the expense of the mac and cheese which is no longer on their menu, but I think it’s a fair trade in terms of swapping that comfort dish for this one since there’s so many mac and cheeses on brewpub menus but not everyone can offer fried chicken with mashed, and this is a more filling comfort dish.
Example Food at Saraveza buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes and braised chard and tarragon gravy Example Food at Saraveza buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes and braised chard and tarragon gravy

Also new are Manila Clams with house bacon, herbs, beer, cream and baguette (another always perfect beer and food pairing besides cheese). Or fancy it up with Bavette Steak with celery root puree, broccoli rabe, cipollino onion and demi glaze. Or keep it casual with your beef and beer with this Smoked Brisket Sandwich with pimento cheese, red onion pickle, and arugula. Look at that big piece of brisket sticking out of the sandwich! Usually it comes with your choice of a salad or potato salad but I passed on both to enjoy the side snack of Potato Melt with cheddar, scallion and ranch dressing which are a little reminiscent of thick cut wedge potatoes.
Example Food at Saraveza Smoked Brisket Sandwich with pimento cheese, red onion pickle, and arugula Example Food at Saraveza Smoked Brisket Sandwich with pimento cheese, red onion pickle, and arugula Example Food at Saraveza Smoked Brisket Sandwich with pimento cheese, red onion pickle, and arugula Saraveza appetizer of Potato Melt with cheddar, scallion and ranch dressing

Don’t worry, they still have their classic trademark pasties that they have been serving since they opened. The meat pie of the Pasty of the Day has fillings which vary based on the day, this one happens to be ham and cheese.
Example Food at Saraveza trademark pasty, a meat pie of which fillings vary based on the day (this was ham and cheese) Example Food at Saraveza trademark pasty, a meat pie of which fillings vary based on the day (this was ham and cheese)

Although not listed on the menu, they still have their goblet of Chex Mix if you ask nicely. Other classics from their original menu still here are their boards of cheese, charcuterie or smoked trout and their appetizers of pickled eggs, deviled eggs, soft pretzels, pickle plate, and soup of the day (a great pairing with the pasty of the day for a meal). On the mains section of the menu the Bratwurst survives served with potato salad and sauerkraut.

Thankfully they have more for vegetarians and vegans now with additions to the menu of a vegetable section that includes for instance broccoli rabe or roasted cauliflower, now the ho hum hummus has been replaced by a more hearty Vegan Bowl with delicata squash, cauliflower, chard, and quinoa.

If you sit at a booth, here’s how to read the Saraveza printed beer menu (which represents what is on the chalkboard above the bar only – you have to visit the coolers to see the bottles. You can order whatever is listed on the left side in the column for On Tap, unless it’s crossed out and there’s an arrow showing what in the On Deck column has replaced it on tap.
If you sit at a booth, here's how to read the Saraveza printed beer menu (which represents what is on the chalkboard above the bar only - you have to visit the coolers to see the bottles. You can order whatever is listed on the left side in the column for On Tap, unless it's crossed out and there's an arrow showing what in the On Deck column has replaced it on tap. If you sit at a booth, here's how to read the Saraveza printed beer menu (which represents what is on the chalkboard above the bar only - you have to visit the coolers to see the bottles. You can order whatever is listed on the left side in the column for On Tap, unless it's crossed out and there's an arrow showing what in the On Deck column has replaced it on tap.

Besides going to visit soon to try the new menu and latest beers, you might also consider going specifically on this upcoming Saturday November 12. That’s because Saraveza is hosting one if its many special beer events, and this one is Fire and Brimstone 2016. All day on November 12, Fire and Brimstone festival means Saraveza will be offering ten specially curated beers that contain smoke, chili, or are both smoky and spicy! You will be able to order full pours or 5 ounce pours of the beers. I’ve attended this festival for multiple years and it’s among my top five favorite all year in Portland.

For the festival they will bring back their special edition “Smokin’ Bamberg Onion Plate”, a traditional Rauch beer meal served with Schlenkerla smoked beers. The dish is composed of Bamburg Onion filled with pork braised in Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock beer and served with mashed potatoes w/ Rauchbier gravy. Ok, it may not be the most beautiful plate, but it is a wonderful mouthful of smokey savoryness with a bit of creaminess from the gravy and crunch from the onion that pairs so well with the beers of this festival.

Saraveza's Flight of Five Chili and Smoked Beers for Fire & Brimstone... Burnside Sweet Heat always glows in the glass it seems (front right) Saraveza Fire & Brimstone 2012 food pairing of the Smokin' Bamberg Onion Plate, a traditional Rauch beer meal, that consisted of a Bamburg Onion, Mashed Potatoes w/ Schlenkerla gravy, salad, side of vegetables and a Sugar Pimp Peach-chili dessert
Photos of what I had at a previous Fire and Brimstone year

You might also consider checking out their event calendar not only for other beer events, but also for when you might walk in and the whole bar is full of patrons in green and gold. Other events are when they host live music (first Sunday every month) and every Tuesday is Geeks Who Drink Quiz night in their event space the Bad Habit Room next door.

Saraveza is located at 1004 N Killingsworth St (an easy 5 block walk from the yellow line N Killingsworth Max station) and open everyday 11am to midnight.

Have you heard of Saraveza before, did anything I mention pique your interest?

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Disclosure: I attended a free media event where I was able to try some of the dishes, but also returned on my own to try other new dishes on my own dime, and I’ve been visiting Saraveza before this and after this post so already am a fan. I will always provide my honest opinion and assessment of all products and experiences I may be given. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own.

Hopefully on your visit to Saraveza you will find a happy medium between the two art pieces on the upper left - the guy in the corner who has possibly had too much and the super cheerful guy with all the food and making sure you don't forget beer...
Hopefully on your visit you will find a happy medium between the two art pieces on the upper left – the guy in the corner who has possibly had too much and the super cheerful guy with all the food and making sure you don’t forget beer…

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Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail

The latest play to hit the US Bank Main stage at Portland Center Stage is the October 29 – November 20 2016 run of The Oregon Trail. Here’s my thoughts as well as listings of how you can make a ticket to Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail a full date by taking advantage of free discussions, happy hours, DJs playing music and board games.
Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail By Bekah Brunstetter Directed by Rose Riordan Art by Mikey Mann October 29 - November 20 2016
Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail At Portland Center Stage October 29 – November 20 2016. By Bekah Brunstetter Directed by Rose Riordan Art by Mikey Mann

The description for The Oregon Trail play reads

You have died of dysentery! For those who grew up playing “The Oregon Trail” computer game, dysentery was serious business. In this fresh and funny retelling of our history, two Janes traverse The Oregon Trail. “Now Jane” is playing the computer game in 1997; “Then Jane” is in a covered wagon in 1848. A judgey game show narrator, a domineering sister and two oxen try to corral the two Janes. Fate maneuvers them both to a conclusion that changes their lives and sends them to the end of the trail.

Besides the nod the The Oregon Trail, there are multiple nostalgic nods to the 90s peppered through the play, varying from floppy disks to Teen Spirit to more prominently, music that somehow crosses over between Now Jane and Then Jane to hilarious effect. I loved the staging of the entire production with the screens framing the world of Then Jane in slight sepia toned lighting while in front, Now Jane passes through middle school to her mid 20s in cool white lighting or in darkened lighting illuminated by the glow of a computer screen. A turntable is used wonderfully during a ford the river scene, and a tumbleweed doubles down on conveying the environment around the wagon.

Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail By Bekah Brunstetter Directed by Rose Riordan Art (L-R) Sarah Baskin as Now Jane and Alex Leigh Ramirez as Then Jane At The Armory October 29 through November 20, 2016. Photo by Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv
Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail Sarah Baskin as Now Jane (front) and Alex Leigh Ramirez as Then Jane in Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Oregon Trail,” running at The Armory October 29 through November 20, 2016. Photo by Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv.

The journey that both Janes are on is more internal despite that Then Jane is physically traveling in her story. Both women suffer from “a melancholy” – Then Jane from the loss of her mother and home, Now Jane from it seems depression. Then Jane is forced to travel daily along the trail to Oregon, and her heart aches as every step takes her farther away from what has been left behind. Meanwhile, Now Jane is in a state of inertia: friendless, feeling unimportant so as to be left waiting at school, and then later wallowing in an unemployed rut.

Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail By Bekah Brunstetter Directed by Rose Riordan Art Sarah Baskin as Now Jane (front) and Alex Leigh Ramirez as Then Jane At The Armory October 29 through November 20, 2016. Photo by Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv.
Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail Sarah Baskin as Now Jane (front) and Alex Leigh Ramirez as Then Jane in Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Oregon Trail,” running at The Armory October 29 through November 20, 2016. Photo by Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv.

Both women also have to contend with a seemingly perfect older sister (both played by the same actress in both time periods) who can’t understand why her sister Jane can’t just get up and move forward. You’ve wasted your privilege and have a bad attitude, the judgey game/life narrotor thunders mockingly to Now Jane, and her sister similarly tells her there are others who have had it much worse and can be sad but Now Jane’s life hasn’t been traumatic enough to be this way. It’s a painful reality for people who face depression: people who think depression can be controlled, or fixed.

I didn’t expect everything to be wrapped up in a happy ending, though I was still surprised at how to me the play seemed to end suddenly. I still am thinking about it since I saw it last night, wondering what do I want from the end that would have closed the story better. If you see the play, what do you think of the ending?

I do recognize that part of the message was about accepting depression and sadness as part of oneself, and that you are not alone. And I greatly appreciate that this is a play not about events that are happening, but the voices of internal struggle within that too often, we hide and don’t talk about when the most helpful thing is to be vulnerable and express it and be listened to.

People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain. ~Jim Morrison

This October 29 – November 20 2016 run of Portland Center Stage The Oregon Trail is on the US Bank Main Stage. The performance runs for approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. All performances are at the Armory (128 NW 11th Avenue, in the Pearl District). See more details and other ticket specials for groups, students, military, or learn about rush tickets here.

  • Tuesday – Sunday 7:30 PM. ($25-60 for adults Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun, $25-70 for the Fri-Sat evening performances)
  • Saturday and Sundays at 2 PM and Thursdays at noon  ($25-55 for adults)

The Oregon Trail at The Armory of Portland Center Stage

As always, PCS is hosting special events so you can explore more about the play or something about the play’s theme, which in this case is gaming! You can enjoy $10 off select tickets using promo codes especially for some of the events below to make it more than just seeing a play – enjoy happy hour, music, board games, and food and drink and get a discounted ticket! Also be sure to like Portland Center Stage on Facebook as there are additional promotions that are often listed there.

Happy Hour: The Oregon Trail

There are several opportunities for happy hour and discussions related to Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail before the show.

Post-show Perspectives Series for The Oregon Trail 

Take part in discussions after the show! These are post-show discussions developed in partnership with PIGSquad, Rose City Games and the Oregon Games Organization following these Sunday matinee performances of The Oregon Trail.

November 6, 12 and 13 | 3:30 p.m. | U.S. Bank Main Stage | FREE | Use the Promo Code “PIGSQUAD” for $10 off your ticket to The Oregon Trail!

  • November 6 – With Paul Culp, CEO of SuperGenius and P. Renee Shimek, gamer and Ph.D. candidate in Psychology, moderated by Kelsey Tyler
  • November 12 – With Corey Warning, co-founder of Rose City Games, and Mo Cohen, founder of Queermo Games, moderated by P. Renee Shimek
  • November 13 – With Will Lewis, co-founder of Rose City Games, and Peter Lund, COO of SuperGenius, moderated by P. Renee Shimek

Movie Night with Girl, Interrupted

November 7 – This is a new kind of event – a movie night?! PCS is offering a chance to get ready for the coming-of-age travails in The Oregon Trail with a screening of Girl, Interrupted which is a brilliant pairing before or after you see this play. Arrive at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy complimentary Sizzle Pie pizza and soda before the movie! November 7 | 7:30 p.m. showtime; 7:00 p.m. pizza | Ellyn Bye Studio | FREE | Use the Promo Code “MOVIENIGHT” for $10 off your ticket to Oregon Trail

As always, the Armory Bar before the show (since there is no intermission) has interesting specialty cocktail choices to select from featuring local ingredients and themed to match the show for your consideration. Don’t feel the pressure to drink it all before going to your seat – you can bring it in with you if it’s in a plastic cup with a lid!
Specialty cocktails for The Oregon Trail at Portland Center Stage

Disclosure: I was invited to see this production of Portland Center Stage: The Oregon Trail, but I will always provide my honest opinion and assessment of all products and experiences I may be given. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own.

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