Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I have 5 killer places you’ll want to consider taking mum to for brunch.

My mum will be on a plane to England with my sister on Mother’s Day, but if she was here I’d definitely be taking her to one of these spots.

Brunch is popular in Portland no matter the occasion so if you’re interested in going to one of these places on May 10th, click on the handy link on each restaurant name to make your reservation through OpenTable.

{These 5 restaurant are listed alphabetically, not in any particular order. This post is part of my collaboration with OpenTable}


1. Bluehour

Bluehour is featuring a special Mother’s Day brunch featuring some of their classic brunch favourites and some new dishes!

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2. BRIX Tavern

BRIX is celebrating Mother’s Day with a delicious brunch and bottomless mimosas for $9. YUM!

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3. Chart House

Chart House has some of the best views in Portland. Their brunch menu for Mother’s Day will feature some of their favourites. Good food and killer views sounds good to me!

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4. The Heathman

The Heathman will be offering local specialties, including omelets to order, specialty salads, brunch entrées and more. They have a fixed price menu, with brunch for adults costing $55 and children 12 and under costing $20.

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5. McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside

Another restaurant with good views, this time of the marina, McCormick & Schmick’s harborside location is offering a selection of brunch items including build-your-own omelets and build-your-own Bloody Mary’s.

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Portland Dining Month: Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro

Last Tuesday was my last day of culinary school. To celebrate, last night my parents and I went to dinner at Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro and ate our way through their Portland Dining Month menu.

The food and wine were great, and the location really couldn’t be beat. It’s right in the south waterfront area of Portland and if you sit outside, there are views like this:

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The menu had 3 first course options, 4 second course choices and 3 different desserts.

Menu: 

First Course: 

Seasonal Greens

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Individual Hot Crab Dip

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Petite Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Apple Slices

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Second Course: 

Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with Wild Rice and Sautéed Asparagus

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Thirst Bistro Steak with Caramelized Onion Smashed Potatoes and Sautéed Kale

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Pulled Pork over Truffled Polenta

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Wild Mushroom Ravioli with early sweet corn cream sauce and sautéed asparagus

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Dessert: 

Creme Brûlée

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Seasonal Cheesecake

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Prickly Pear Sorbet

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The food was really, really good. We paired our meal with a glass of Michael David Chardonnay, recommended by our server, which we thought was the perfect choice.

First Course: The salad was delicious. It was some mixed greens with tomatoes, red onion, feta and some chopped nuts – simple, but tasty. The hot crab dip was great — individually presented in a ramekin with breads slices for dipping. I’m not a big crab fan, but I would definitely eat this again. The brie was probably my favourite first course dish. Cheese and apple is one of the best combinations and the melted brie was perfect with the crisp apple slices.

Second Course: The salmon, wild rice and asparagus was so tasty. The salmon was perfectly cooked, the asparagus was nice and crisp and the wild rice was a perfect complement to both of them. The steak was incredible! It was lovely and crispy on the outside, while being nice and tender in the middle. Now the pulled pork, definitely my favourite of the second course options. The pork was so full of flavour and had a nice little kick to it and that was some of the best polenta I’ve had.

Dessert: Nothing beats and good creme brûlée and this was exactly that. I didn’t think the dried fruit on top was necessary, but the creme brûlée itself was fantastic. The cheesecake was great — a simple vanilla cheesecake with a caramel sauce. Sometimes, simple is the way to go. The prickly pear was a lovely, vibrant pink colour and the perfect palate cleanser at the end of the night. The menu originally stated that it would be a mango sorbet but we were informed it was actually prickly pear that night and I’ve got to say, I’m glad it was.

Everyone visiting and living in Portland should pay a visit to Thirst. When we were there, they were only seating reservations, so be sure to use these OpenTable links to make yours. Take your friends, date or any visitors you have; the view is beautiful and the food/wine delicious.

Portland Dining Month: Coppia

You might remember in my last post that I’m collaborating with OpenTable during Portland Dining Month. This year there are over 100 restaurants in the Portland area participating, bringing you a three-course meal for $29.

My friend and I decided to check out Coppia, an Italian restaurant located in the Pearl District. Neither of us had been there before and we were super impressed.

Each restaurant has a specific menu that correlates with Portland Dining Month. Coppia offered two courses for each course, so we ordered one of each (6 total) and split them. We were also offered a complimentary glass of Prosecco, which was lovely.

Menu:

Complimentary glass of Prosecco

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First Course:

Insalta — lettuce, hazelnuts, blood orange and gorgonzola crumbles

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Artichoke flan with shaved fennel, chervil and caprino goats cheese

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Second Course: 

Handmade gnocchi with pistachio-arugula pesto, garlic chips and Bra duro cheese

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Lamb and pork meatballs with aged fontina polenta, pickled mustard seeds and pearl onions

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Third Course: 

Blood orange tart with a brown butter pastry and blood orange curd

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Vanilla bean panna cotta with olive oil and raspberries

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The food was delicious. Each course was presented beautifully and each bite was full of flavour.

First Course: The salad was simple but so flavourful, anything with hazelnuts involved is good with me. I’m not a big artichoke fan, but oh my goodness was that tasty. They used just the right amount of fennel so as to not overwhelm the dish with a licorice taste.

Second Course: When these plates came to the table, Taylor and I were so excited. I don’t think I’ve ever seen gnocchi presented as beautifully as this was. The gnocchi was light and fluffy and the pistachio-arugula pesto was to die for. And those garlic chips on top? Yum. Now about those meatballs. Whoa. They were amazing and the polenta was so cheesy and creamy. Each bite was perfect.

Third Course: Dessert time! I’m a baker that doesn’t really like dessert. Crazy, I know. These desserts might have changed that though. The blood orange tart with brown butter pastry was amazing. You could taste the nuttiness of the brown butter and blood orange might just have become my new favourite citrus. The panna cotta was fantastic. So smooth and flavourful. Don’t be weirded out by olive oil in your dessert — it pairs with it perfectly and the raspberries provide a nice burst of colour to the plate and slight tartness to the taste.

I would totally recommend everyone in Portland or visiting Portland check out Coppia. It’s a good place to go for a glass of wine, would be great for date night, or just a nice, relaxed place to hang out with friends.