Monthly Archives: July 2014

Noisette

So sad that this place is closing. If you haven’t ever tried it, do it while you still can. The staff and food are amazing. We had the rainbow trout salmon rillettes – big hit, the cheese plate, and the scallop (we aren’t sure it was really a scallop, but delicious nonetheless.). We got the lobster and the dudes got the short ribs – the boys devoured everything, but then wanted to know why we didn’t get much food. Good question guys, good question. We should have ordered two plates each. But not complaining! Hope something changes and Noisette stays. It’s now in the dudes’ top three. Love love love Noisette!!! Two thumbs up from the dudes!!

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Bastas Trattoria

The dudes started with the antipasto, which they devoured. Aidan ordered the prawns, and Lolo ordered the salmon special. But in the end they both devoured mom’s Ragu. They both agree that tonight they give it a thumbs sideways, but if they had ordered the Ragu it would’ve gotten two thumbs-up! A little weird that they had a projector playing Romancing the Stone on the wall with no sound, but it entertained the dudes.

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Flying Fish Truck in Multnomah Village

Aidan’s favorite is the rock fish. Lowell says his is the cod. Their fresh crab is amazing. So is the salmon, and the halibut, which is what we are here for today. Conveniently located right by the Parsons Farm stand, this place rocks! We are so happy to have it so close to us. Kris is always so nice to the dudes and takes time to teach them about what they are eating! Cannot say enough good things about the Flying Fish Truck!

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The Bay House, Lincoln City

We know, the Bay House is not actually in Portland. However this restaurant means a lot to us because it is one of mom and dad’s favorite restaurants out there, and we knew Lowell and Aidan had graduated when they were able to sit through and enjoy a 2 1/2 hour six course meal. They devoured everything from the salad to the duck. The only thing they weren’t crazy about was the steak, but the steak was wonderful – these guys just aren’t big on red meat. We were a little worried about taking the dudes there because it is fine dining at its finest, and it is SO quiet in there, but they rocked it, and the staff was wonderful with them. They loved the view of the Bay, and took their dining experience seriously. Aidan and Lowell will definitely be back, but this place is only for 5 year olds who take their food seriously. Otherwise it’s a disaster waiting to happen!

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Bluehour

It is the second time here for the guys. The caviar was the star of the show (college is overrated), and Kris delivered outstanding service and everyone was nice to the dudes. The people watching here is good, which Aidan and Lowell enjoy and helps us out too! The dudes had scallops, which they loved, but they really loved mom and dad’s pork tenderloin with Bing cherry sauce! We asked the guys what their favorite thing about Bluehour was. Aidan: the food. Lowell: the dessert. Mom and dad – all of the above. 20140710-183422-66862629.jpg

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Side Door Cafe

This place is great for lunch.  We haven’t been there for dinner yet, so we can’t say, but it’s a nice but casual spot that is uniquely decorated (and chalkboards in the bathroom which can be good or bad, depending on your perspective).  We never do, but kids should split a dish if not ordering a kids meal (if you haven’t noticed, our guys never order off the kids menu except for Verde Cocina and their cheesy eggs).  Pictured here Lowell is enjoying the tuna cheddar melt.  They do very large, cheesy, crabby, shrimpy, tuna – whatever – it’s going to be large and cheesy.  Don’t bother with an appetizer, as tempting as it may be.  They also have some pasta, salads, and quesadillas etc., but we always go for the large, dripping cheesy sandwiches.  Aidan and Lowell like the food, but the colorfully decorated restaurant keeps them happy while they wait.

Silk

Silk is one of the dudes favorites.  It’s in the Pearl, conveniently located right down the block from WeVillage.  It is super kid friendly, and the food is really good.  Aidan’s favorites are the Bahn Mis and the crispy rolls, Lowell likes the short ribs and the crispy rolls.  They also amazingly loved the turmeric catfish (really good).  All their noodle bowls are awesome.  Great place with great service.  It looks like they have a great happy hour in the bar, but we won’t know for another 16 years or so…

The Dundee Bistro – Can never go wrong here.

We are getting through the last of the oldies and are going to start new this Friday (don’t know where we are going yet) We love this place, and now that they are old enough Aidan and Lowell love it too.  We always hit it for lunch either on our way to or from the beach. The food is consistently good, they are nice to the dudes (even though there are never many kids when we are there), and they almost always have a clam or mussel dish, which means the dudes will always be happy (and wine for mom and dad, which makes us happy)IMG_5425 2.  The pizza is good, and the burger is awesome although for whatever reason Lowell and Aidan are not into burgers.  ?????  Love, love, love the Dundee Bistro!

Fogo de Chao

So this was Aidan and Lowell’s first encounter with a Brazilian steak house.  It was about a month ago.  Dudes are five and a half now.  They were very excited about the salad bar, which came first.  Then the meat started coming, and coming, and coming.  The dudes didn’t quite get the whole concept, and after a few rounds of meat slices Aidan asked “When we order dinner?”  They were totally meated out, so we let them go back to the salad bar.  Overall, this was not one of their favorites but we don’t think it had anything to do with the quality – our guys just aren’t heavy duty carnivores.  They like a variety.  For the adults, again, it was good, but it was A LOT of meat.  They tell you to lay low with the salad bar and make room for the meat, but personally we would have gone heavier on the salad bar (they have shrimp, salmon, pasta salads, salamis, cheese, peppers, etc.) and go lighter on the meat.  We seemed to keep getting the same meats, but that also could be that Aidan and Lowell like to dine very early, so they may not have had everything ready by 5:00.   photo-2.jpg

Verde Cocina!!!

Ok, our boys were being daring in this photo, but when we come here they always order the cheesy eggs, guacamole and tortillas, and beans.  For us adults, their chili relleno is to die for (not the chili relleno you are used to, but even better!  Who knew anyone could take such healthy fruit and veggies, sauté it and make it so delicious, and the goat cheese is a refreshing change), along with their seafood stew or paella.  Hit and miss as far as how long the food takes, so we always bring back up toys for the dudes, but always worth the wait.  Get there early, parking is a bitch anytime after 5:30.  (We will review Sasquatch later, which is next door)