Savor The Road {Giveaway}

A few months back, I partnered up with the lovely folks at OpenTable to review some local Portland restaurants.

OpenTable are currently promoting their #savortheroad giveaway.

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Summer is the perfect time for taking a road trip and everyone knows every good road trip is filled with delicious food!

They are giving away 10 $100 dollar gift cards for use at any of the restaurants OpenTable have a relationship with throughout the country (there are a lot!).

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To enter, all you have to do is follow them on Instagram and Twitter (@OpenTable), or “like” their Facebook page. Then, take a picture of your summer dining adventures and use the hashtag #savortheroad.

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Simple!

You have until 11:59pm PST on August 16th to enter. Good luck!

{I’ll be back with a new recipe for you all next week. It’s birthday-related so you know it’s going to be good 😉 }

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 brĂ»lĂ©e and this was exactly that. I didn’t think the dried fruit on top was necessary, but the creme brĂ»lĂ©e 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.