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#170985 Thillist Article 12/30/16

Posted by Dan on 28 January 2017 - 12:36 AM in Food Media, Entertainment & News

I'm on a snowboard forum that has seen the same trend of decreasing traffic. Everyone left there is, how shall I put it, of a certain age (including me). Folks there are also hypothesizing that people that once might have joined the forum are moving to Facebook instead. It's too bad because I think FB is crap and don't use it. Both this forum and my snowboard forum have a fabulous signal:noise ratio and content of a quality that I don't think you can find on social media.

 

So...anyone want to hear about my trip to Pujol in October? :-)




#170798 Pure Spice

Posted by Dan on 01 September 2016 - 04:44 PM in Restaurants in Portland

Thumbs up from me as well. My mom grew up in mainland China and Hong Kong, and she recommended Pure Spice to me. 




#170781 Pinolo Gelateria

Posted by Dan on 29 August 2016 - 08:11 AM in Restaurants in Portland

Finally took all the advice above and dropped by this weekend to get a quart of pistachio. Amazing. We have been experimenting with ice cream at home this summer -- with great results -- but Pinolo is head and shoulders above. And don't get me started on that ice cream shop down the block...the tourists can keep Salt and Straw, I'll stick with Pinolo. 




#170701 Knife Sharpening

Posted by Dan on 08 July 2016 - 05:54 PM in Shopping, Growing & Foraging

Just dropped off my Global chef's knife at the Knife House on Belmont (2637 SE Belmont). They said for Global knives, they recommend a belt grind, which costs $4, and said it will be ready tomorrow. Honestly, I probably wouldn't recognize the difference between an amazing sharpening job and an acceptable sharpening job, but I'll post back with results. The Knife House looks pretty real deal though - really big selection of nice knives and cutting boards. 

 

I think you'll notice when the knife is really sharp. Using them is just so much better with a good edge. Do you have a steel to keep the edge up? It makes all the difference to use a steel on your knife regularly.

 

Not a steel, but I do have and use one of the Global-branded sharpeners, like this one. I don't know if this is technically doing the same thing as a steel (realign edges, I guess?) or if it's an actual sharpener. Using it does make the knives cut noticeably better - I can cut a tomato immediately after use -- but it doesn't last long. 




#170686 Knife Sharpening

Posted by Dan on 05 July 2016 - 10:39 AM in Shopping, Growing & Foraging

Just dropped off my Global chef's knife at the Knife House on Belmont (2637 SE Belmont). They said for Global knives, they recommend a belt grind, which costs $4, and said it will be ready tomorrow. Honestly, I probably wouldn't recognize the difference between an amazing sharpening job and an acceptable sharpening job, but I'll post back with results. The Knife House looks pretty real deal though - really big selection of nice knives and cutting boards. 




#170600 Ya Hala

Posted by Dan on 09 May 2016 - 07:00 AM in Restaurants in Portland

I'm sorry to hear that about Ya Hala - it's been more than a year since I've been there, but in the past I always enjoyed the food. I agree that Nicholas on Broadway has also declined. 

 

As far as Tarboush, I think they're doing a good job - they have a few things that are a little less common and I think the food is very good. I have a Lebanese co-worker who told me it's the best Lebanese in town. 




#170366 Imperial

Posted by Dan on 09 February 2016 - 06:48 AM in Restaurants in Portland

Ate here for a client lunch last week. Got off to a bad start by being seated at 12:50 for a 12:30 reservation -- there was no table available when we arrived about ten minutes before our reservation. It took about 40 minutes to get food to the table -- service was nice enough, but totally lacking in urgency, a surprise as the lunch rush was over by the time we sat down.

 

Food was a high point; most were happy with their meals. I had the Caesar salad with rotisserie chicken added, which was good; other members of the party praised the grilled cheese and the mac and cheese. Mixed reviews on the fried chicken and the soup of the day, a cream of broccoli / cauliflower which was described as "gritty". 

 

So, maybe a B for food, a C+ or B- for service. A coworker who didn't attend this lunch mentioned he'd had indifferent service at Paley's Place recently -- is this a trend, or just a one-time hiccup?