Emi and I wanted to do something simple, yet unique to celebrate our one year anniversary. We decided on a quick trip down to
We wanted to share some photos from our trip with the food we ate (of course) and recommendations for places to check out if you ever find yourself in the
Emi's Canadian bacon ham eggs benedict
Happy Hour at 23rd and Hoyt
The restaurant had a very modern, sophisticated feel highlighted by a very affordable happy hour menu. We decided to sit outside to enjoy Emi’s house red and my
The charcuterie plate I ordered was one of the highlights of the trip
It came with Prosciutto di Parma, Toscana, salmetti secchi, house pickles, olives, and two varieties of mustard. All of the meat was thinly sliced deliciousness and was not as salty as I expected it to be. When combined with the sweet pickle and some mustard over the bread it was an awesome way to start off our eating adventure. Also for $4 it was a steal.
Emi ordered the Steamed Clams with white wine, garlic, and a brushette. You can’t go wrong with white wine and garlic. The clams were amazing, but the broth was even better. Emi sopped up the soupy broth afterwards with the remaining bread.
Raspberry Berry Infused Collins from Paragon
After heading back to the hotel to change and to enjoy a bottle of champagne, we took a cab to The Pearl District and enjoyed some cocktails at the very fancy Paragon. I love me some infused vodka, especially with real fruit so we couldn’t pass that up.
Next we went to Andina a Peruvian restaurant that was absolutely packed. We found a table in the bar and decided to order some tapas and cocktails. Emi enjoyed an Acai Caipirinha and I ordered my first ever pisco sour; not bad, but very sweet. We ordered a few tapas dishes as well and of course didn’t take a photo of our favorite dish. We highly recommend the Anticucho de Pulpo – which is grilled octopus kebobs with rocoto and caper chimichurri. The octopus was amazingly delicious and tender. Being Japanese we are used to tough, flavorless tako (octopus), so I had never had grilled, tender, salted octopus.
After happy hour and tapas we were still starving. Starving like “let’s immediately drive to Dick’s to order two Deluxe’s, two fries, and a rootbeer float”. So instead we took a cab to the Koi Fusion Korean taco truck that I had read about online.
For only $12 we ordered a bulgogi taco and a short ribs taco and the short ribs K-Sliders. Finally we were satiated and headed back to the hotel to pass out.
Pork tamales served w/fresh pico de gallo, sour cream, and beans at the Portland Market
All in all it was a great trip and a memorable way to celebrate our one year anniversary. We look forward to another year of eating adventures together!