Previously on Adam Riff™:
I trekked out to a bakery in northeast Portland, and it had closed early so that the staff could go apple picking, because of course.
nong's khao man gai / pacific pie company / salt and straw / le pigeon / cool moon ice cream / lardo sandwiches / lauretta jean's / bunk sandwiches / veritable quandary / ox / blue star donuts / the people's pig / i heart this cart
Five Chilled Seafood Preparations (Ox)
oregon bay shrimp ceviche, dungeness crab cocktail, octopus poke, scallop salad "dynamite," salmon gravlax tartare
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
"everything" bagel seasoning, chive mascarpone, smoked salmon roe
Avocado and Cantaloupe (Le Pigeon)
fluke, saffron, ginger, chilies
Chicken and Oxtail (Le Pigeon)
semolina gnocchi, taleggio, green beans, tomato crema
Foie Gras Profiterole[s] (Le Pigeon)
caramel sauce, sea salt
Apple Sour Cream Streusel Pie (Pacific Pie Company)
Khao Man Gai [Chicken and Rice] (Nong's Khao Man Gai)
I saw Nong on Chopped and sought out her food cart. Served in butcher paper, her khao man gai puts Hainanese chicken rice to shame.
I effort to try a chocolate pecan pie in every city I visit.
Chocolate Bourbon Hazelnut Pie (Pacific Pie Company)
Looks like a chocolate pecan pie, tastes like a Ferrero Rocher. I dug it.
Passion Fruit and Cocoa Nib Donut (Blue Star Donuts)
Blueberry Bourbon Basil Donut (Blue Star Donuts)
Foie Gras Terrine (Ox)
pear prosciutto, pickled chanterelles, malted white chocolate, salted pear reduction, croutons
Foie gras and malted white chocolate? I had to try it.
It confirmed my distaste for creamy foie gras. Seared foie gras? Delicious. Creamy foie gras? NOPE.
Pigeon Noodles (Le Pigeon)
parmesan, black pepper, strawberry, turnip
—Not noodles made of pigeon, just a pasta dish. Wish it was better.
[Dracula's] Blood Pudding Ice Cream (Salt and Straw)
It tasted like spumoni.
Salt Cod Sandwich (Bunk)
olympic provisions spanish chorizo, oil cured olives, italian parsley
I'm done with salt cod. Its intriguing name tricks you into ordering a bland and texturally off-putting fish. Won't get fooled again.
Pork Belly Gyro (Lardo)
feta, cucumber, tzatziki, tomato, aardvark sauce
Dirty Fries (Lardo)
pork scraps, marinated peppers, fried herbs, parmesan
Fried Chicken Donut (Blue Star Donuts)
a glazed doughnut topped with a fried chicken breast chunks tossed with honey butter, with a packet of frank's red hot
[sigh] They sold out just as I walked in.
Clam Chowder (Ox)
smoked marrow bone, green onion, jalapeño
Duck Confit Spring Rolls (Veritable Quandary)
wasabi ginger sauce
Chinese Sausage Corn Dog (Expatriate)
hot mustard, xxx death sauce
Hot and Sour Indian Spiced Fries (Expatriate)
cilantro-raita aioli, house curry ketchup, sumac ranch
Expatriate Nacho[s] (Expatriate)
fried wonton chips, thai chili cheese sauce, spicy lemongrass beef, crema, kaffir lime, tomato salsa, herbs
PB and J Fries (Potato Champion)
fries topped with satay sauce and a smokey chipotle raspberry jam