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#22231 Fundraisers

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 31 August 2006 - 09:17 AM in Charity Events

OK. New take on it, since no one bit:

does anyone know about any pizza baking contests in town? I had a friend visit from out of town and he noticed all of the pizza places in Portland. I'd love a Pizza Bake-Off-- anyone seen anything like this??



#22171 Fundraisers

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 30 August 2006 - 05:26 PM in Charity Events

Hey guys!
Long time no speak! I just started grad school at PSU so my schedule has been crazy but I've been reading the books on the list-- I just haven't been able to do the fun part: join you guys!

Anyway, I have a question. So I am trying to set up a fundraiser for women in the congo-- if you guys don't know what's going on there, massive genocide not on anyone's radar, very sad "An estimated 3.3 million people have died as a result of the conflict since 1998, and tens of thousands of women have been raped" (for more info, click here http://www.womenforwomen.org/congo.htm) A friend of mine is very passionate about this conflict and has asked me to help her on a run for women in the congo. Problem with that: I totally don't run. I do food. This is an absolutely tragic situation and I want to be able to do my part to help.

So, I was wondering-- those iron chef events-- do you know who organizes them? do they benefit the same charity every time? Are there any other fun food events that you can think of that I can work on organizing?

ummm... you guys rock!! thanks in advance for reading!!
Fatima



#18657 August Book Club

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 24 July 2006 - 10:05 AM in Food Events

Hi Guys,
It's been a while, but I'm back! I'd love to do this month's book and would love to meet all of you!
Any final answers about the book?
Thanks!



#14976 Book club

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 08 June 2006 - 08:44 AM in Food Events

Thanks! I'm really excited about this  :)  Haven't started the book yet, though. I'm picking it up tonight.



#14905 Book club

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 07 June 2006 - 10:55 AM in Food Events

<Meep> Can I come? I'd love to read it and meet all of you!!

What should I bring? And where/ when did you decide it was gonna be?

Thanks!



#14533 Park Kitchen

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 02 June 2006 - 09:49 AM in Restaurants in Portland

I just tried Park Kitchen last night and LOVED it.... It was a bit spendy, but well worth it. The service was phenomenal, the food was creative...
Any thoughts?



#13315 Patanegra

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 16 May 2006 - 04:23 PM in Restaurants in Portland

yeah... well I haven't tried their paella, but patanegra has pretty decent food, by my estimation...

again, it was just the owner who upset me... if you get him to design the menu and then have him take the aforementioned vacation, I'm sure the place would do brilliantly :P

and honeybea, unless you were the person who wrote the review on citysearch, apparently your exact same situation has happened before. crazy no? guess the guy is not handy with the criticism... too bad :ninja:



#13304 Ice Cream, Gelato & Frozen Custard

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 16 May 2006 - 02:04 PM in Restaurants in Portland

So, ExtraMSG, I went back to Parisi's to see if I agreed with you... and actually? I kinda do.... it all tasted different this time around and actually gave me a really bad stomach ache. Go figure! :P

Thanks for the input, tho!



#13067 Ice Cream, Gelato & Frozen Custard

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 13 May 2006 - 12:15 AM in Restaurants in Portland

Dare I suggest something out in the burbs?

Tutto Bene at Bridgeport Village (Tualatin) has really good gelato. I dunno about butterfat, but I do know that I like their lemon sorbetto.

I also have a lot of diabetic friends who drool at the thought of gelato. Tutto Bene is one of the only places that consistently accommodates by offering a sugar-free option. Via Delizia sometimes does if they feel like it, usually vanilla-- and Mio Gelato's sugar free is always strawberry (which tastes more like medicine in my opinion).

I love love love the place on NE fremont- can't remember the name but it's right next to foxfire teas on 40 somethingth. :D



#13033 Worst Restaurants in PDX

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 12 May 2006 - 03:06 PM in Restaurants in Portland

Amanda,
You hit the nail on the head. It's amazing what being friendly can do for a place. And you're right-- "hip indifference" -- really annoying, but good food and good service win me over every time.

Actually, what you described kinda reminds me of the Green Onion. It's not fancy, certainly not high brow, sometimes slow, very homegrown, grassroots....but the food is actually quite good, very authentic... (ok well some isn't, but I still enjoy it)-- ambiance is so so, but the woman who owns it is a gem. So loveable, sweet, kind, and generous. Go there if only for her. You won't be sorry. :D



#13014 Worst Restaurants in PDX

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 12 May 2006 - 01:47 PM in Restaurants in Portland

No apology needed, chefboy! At least not from you... I've been to plenty of good restaurants with wonderful service. I still have faith in the restaurant business! :D

but yeah, I do think that the word should get around. Maybe it already has-- s'prolly why the place is empty.



#12988 Worst Restaurants in PDX

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 12 May 2006 - 10:34 AM in Restaurants in Portland

I've actually googled the restaurant. Apparently, there was an article about him in the Willy Week a Spanish guy raised in Paris, which seems like the right guy because I recognized the French accent-- supposedly, his name is Ricardo Segura and he acted like he ran the place. He also ran the restaurant that closed, Tapeo? Maybe that says something? hahaha... who knows, but this guy's bad news. :(



#12971 Worst Restaurants in PDX

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 12 May 2006 - 09:19 AM in Restaurants in Portland

In the interest of sounding redundant (which I'm sure you're all gonna love :( ) I'm pasting my experience at Patanegra from another post for all the people who haven't read it.

hands down, worst place in town. Here's why:

The low-down: My boyfriend and I decide to go out for a romantic evening after work on a Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. We arrive at Patanegra on NW 23rd Place, and decide to sit outside in the sun. They seat us downwind from their trash enclosure, that smells terrible, but no harm done— we simply ask to sit inside.

We walk into the empty restaurant where a kind server instructs us to sit anywhere we like along the wall. The place is totally vacant, save two quiet, older women at a two-person table. Wanting to get cozy, we settle for a table for four and sit next to each other on the bench side. Our waiter kindly arrives, takes our drink orders, allows us to browse the menus.

Moments later, I notice him chatting with the owner at the bar who is pointing at us and fingering our seating. Our server comes back and begrudgingly informs us that, although he doesn't care, the manager has asked us to move to a smaller, two-person table in case the place gets busy. Keep in mind, it already 7:00 PM, and 25 of the 27 or so tables are empty.

**Note: we are seated with two smaller tables pushed together. Had they suddenly become uncontrollably busy, the waitstaff could have kindly asked us if they could split the tables, and we would've happily obliged.

**Note also that I used to work in a restaurant, so I’m particularly patient with kind servers and accommodating customers. I don’t blame the waitstaff here. In fact, they were apologetic, and seemed to think this was as ridiculous as we did.

In spite of how absurd the request was, my boyfriend moves to sit across from me as the waiter obediently splits the tables. Thinking that this was actually quite silly, we ask our humble and apologetic server if we can speak to his manager. The manager is on the phone behind the bar but learns that we want to speak with him. Minutes go by. He gets off the phone but we see no sign of him. He finds everything else to do BUT come and address his customers. We ask again. Nothing.

Finally, I decide to get up and speak to him. I find him off the phone, behind the bar and therefore able to chat with me. I ask him why he hasn’t come to talk to us, even though we had requested it, and he barks back “What is your problem? What do you want?”

Resenting the rudeness, I ask him why saw it so imperative to move us in an empty restaurant. He yells that he asked no one to move me and that the server knows the policy. “If you are two people, you sit at a two person table. If you are four people, you sit at a four person table.”

I agree with him. That makes sense. However, the restaurant was essentially empty, so could he try to accommodate us? We are paying customers and would like to sit together.

This was the straw that broke the spitting camel’s back. He starts shouting at the top of his lungs “I DON’T CARE WHO THE F**K YOU ARE! GET OUT OF MY F**KING RESTAURANT!”

The boyfriend jumps in, saying “Sir, hold on, this is an opportunity for you to win over some customers who have been here several times. We love your food. We’d just like to know why you won’t let us sit together.” To which our temperamental friend flies off the handle, shooing us out, and screaming that he doesn’t give a fuck who we are, and that we are fucking assholes with our fucking bullshit! At this point, two freshly seated new parties, totally stunned, turn in his direction, mouths agape, shocked at the language, the aggression, and the violent gestures.

We were two relatively quiet customers who were being ushered out with little, if any provocation. Offended and stunned, I collect my purse, and quietly say to the people at the table next to me that this was all because we wanted to sit together at a table for four. The owner then comes screaming directly at me that I should not be telling everyone my “fucking life story” and to get the “FUCK OUT of his restaurant.”

Fine. So the boyfriend and I walk out and in one last comment, the boyfriend says “be assured that we won’t be coming back”, to which the guy looks at me and responds “get your fat ass out.”

I’d also like to note that in this instance, the boyfriend and I could be classified as “laidback suits”. Suit dress, suit composure. We weren’t bums. Were obviously going to order more food, wine, the works. There were no fists-a-flailin’. No bad language. We didn't even raise our voices. We simply wanted to sit together. We like food and fun dining experiences. At most, we’re snobs about ingredients but don’t ever take it out on the restaurant. Instead, we generally tip 20+% and chat away with the waitstaff, knowing that their work is arduous and fruitless. I’ve been there. It sucks. I empathize.

In all seriousness, I was shocked, totally offended and mostly confused. The owner had already made up his mind that he didn't want to hear anything we had to say before we even came to talk to him. He didn't listen for even a second, but instead started screaming profanities at us, right off the bat. This was by far the worst dining experience either of us had ever had.

I just think that this is a good opportunity to expose some really unfortunate behavior in the restaurant world. If this guy wants paying customers, he shouldn’t be treating customers so obscenely. And he’s done it before--read citysearch. You’ll see.



#12969 Patanegra

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 12 May 2006 - 09:14 AM in Restaurants in Portland

:( hahaha well egads, I'll take that into consideration next time I create my user name thing. For now, I still enjoy everything pdx, and qualify that with "except patanegra" :P



#12938 Patanegra

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 11 May 2006 - 05:04 PM in Restaurants in Portland

:( No kidding, right?

I think the most offensive part was when he called me a "fatass".... I'm a size 6! not fat! not fat!

hahaha ok well there was so much more wrong with the experience- namely that it happened. Still, it smarts.

hrmph. Yeah get paella elsewhere... not worth it at Patanegra-- particularly if you're taking your mom-- no sense in having her called a fatass on a lovely evening out!!



#12923 Patanegra

Posted by enjoyseverythingpdx on 11 May 2006 - 02:01 PM in Restaurants in Portland

Hello to all.

My recent experience at Patanegra was possibly my worst ever.

The low-down: My boyfriend and I decide to go out for a romantic evening after work on a Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. We arrive at Patanegra on NW 23rd Place, and decide to sit outside in the sun. They seat us downwind from their trash enclosure, that smells terrible, but no harm done— we simply ask to sit inside.

We walk into the empty restaurant where a kind server instructs us to sit anywhere we like along the wall. The place is totally vacant, save two quiet, older women at a two-person table. Wanting to get cozy, we settle for a table for four and sit next to each other on the bench side. Our waiter kindly arrives, takes our drink orders, allows us to browse the menus.

Moments later, I notice him chatting with the owner at the bar who is pointing at us and fingering our seating. Our server comes back and begrudgingly informs us that, although he doesn't care, the manager has asked us to move to a smaller, two-person table in case the place gets busy. Keep in mind, it already 7:00 PM, and 25 of the 27 or so tables are empty.

**Note: we are seated with two smaller tables pushed together. Had they suddenly become uncontrollably busy, the waitstaff could have kindly asked us if they could split the tables, and we would've happily obliged.

**Note also that I used to work in a restaurant, so I’m particularly patient with kind servers and accommodating customers. I don’t blame the waitstaff here. In fact, they were apologetic, and seemed to think this was as ridiculous as we did.

In spite of how absurd the request was, my boyfriend moves to sit across from me as the waiter obediently splits the tables. Thinking that this was actually quite silly, we ask our humble and apologetic server if we can speak to his manager. The manager is on the phone behind the bar but learns that we want to speak with him. Minutes go by. He gets off the phone but we see no sign of him. He finds everything else to do BUT come and address his customers. We ask again. Nothing.

Finally, I decide to get up and speak to him. I find him off the phone, behind the bar and therefore able to chat with me. I ask him why he hasn’t come to talk to us, even though we had requested it, and he barks back “What is your problem? What do you want?”

Resenting the rudeness, I ask him why saw it so imperative to move us in an empty restaurant. He yells that he asked no one to move me and that the server knows the policy. “If you are two people, you sit at a two person table. If you are four people, you sit at a four person table.”

I agree with him. That makes sense. However, the restaurant was essentially empty, so could he try to accommodate us? We are paying customers and would like to sit together.

This was the straw that broke the spitting camel’s back. He starts shouting at the top of his lungs “I DON’T CARE WHO THE F**K YOU ARE! GET OUT OF MY F**KING RESTAURANT!”

The boyfriend jumps in, saying “Sir, hold on, this is an opportunity for you to win over some customers who have been here several times. We love your food. We’d just like to know why you won’t let us sit together.” To which our temperamental friend flies off the handle, shooing us out, and screaming that he doesn’t give a fuck who we are, and that we are fucking assholes with our fucking bullshit! At this point, two freshly seated new parties, totally stunned, turn in his direction, mouths agape, shocked at the language, the aggression, and the violent gestures.

We were two relatively quiet customers who were being ushered out with little, if any provocation. Offended and stunned, I collect my purse, and quietly say to the people at the table next to me that this was all because we wanted to sit together at a table for four. The owner then comes screaming directly at me that I should not be telling everyone my “fucking life story” and to get the “FUCK OUT of his restaurant.”

Fine. So the boyfriend and I walk out and in one last comment, the boyfriend says “be assured that we won’t be coming back”, to which the guy looks at me and responds “get your fat ass out.”

I’d also like to note that in this instance, the boyfriend and I could be classified as “laidback suits”. Suit dress, suit composure. We weren’t bums. Were obviously going to order more food, wine, the works. There were no fists-a-flailin’. No bad language. We didn't even raise our voices. We simply wanted to sit together.  We like food and fun dining experiences. At most, we’re snobs about ingredients but don’t ever take it out on the restaurant. Instead, we generally tip 20+% and chat away with the waitstaff, knowing that their work is arduous and fruitless. I’ve been there. It sucks. I empathize.

In all seriousness, I was shocked, totally offended and mostly confused. The owner had already made up his mind that he didn't want to hear anything we had to say before we even came to talk to him. He didn't listen for even a second, but instead started screaming profanities at us, right off the bat. This was by far the worst dining experience either of us had ever had.

I just think that this is a good opportunity to expose some really unfortunate behavior in the restaurant world. If this guy wants paying customers, he shouldn’t be treating customers so obscenely. And he’s done it before--read citysearch. You’ll see.