Notes from the Road: The Farm Cafe. Portland, OR.

After the Bon Appetit top 10 New Restaurants in America was released last month, I rushed over to Luce to give it a try. Unfortunately, it was a Tuesday and Luce was closed. Disheveled and disappointed I staggered into The Farm Cafe for a self-pity filled dinner.

I didn’t take pics, though I should have. I ordered the Lamb dish that night and it turned out to be one of the best (possible the best) lamb dishes I’ve ever had. If you’re ever in the area, you should give this place a try.

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Notes From The Road: Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Following up on my meal at Smoque, I decided to seek out dessert. The only sweet option at smoque was cobbler (which I wasn’t in the mood for), so I decided to look elsewhere.

In moments of desperation, I go to my place of last resort, the Yelp! app on my phone. This time it came through for me to the tune of Mindy’s Hot Chocolate.

I didn’t know anything about it walking in, but apparently the propietor Mindy Segal won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef 2012. Sounded like a pretty strong place to stumble into!

 I ordered the brioche donut squares with fudge and caramel corn. Also a cup of french press coffee. Both the coffee and the dessert were really good. There was about 10 other items on the menu that I would love to try. Next time I’m in town, I suppose…

If you’re ever in Chicago and are looking for a place to go to for a post dinner dessert, check this place out. The dessert menu was quite impressive!

Notes from the Road: Pok Pok. Portland, OR.

The meal I eat when I’m in Portland more than any other is at the iconic Asian restaurant Pok Pok. Their vietnamese hot wings are seriously great, I can’t get enough of them.

Another, less obvious, reason I eat at Pok Pok so much would be the fact that there is a take out window. Generally, even when I go on a Tuesday night (my preffered dining night), there is a wait between 45 minutes and an hour. I’m not huge on waiting that long to eat by myself. The only thing lonelier than eating by yourself is waiting an hour by yourself to eat by yourself.

I’d like to do a full review at some point, but if I don’t get a chance, let it be known to all that Pok Pok is legit and it gets this weary traveler’s seal of approval.

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