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Casa Vaca Taqueria, Part II

So, the dudes have blogged about Casa Vaca before, but this was before they started serving brunch on the weekends.  Of course we had to try it!  Lowell got the eggs Benedict, which looked absolutely amazing – he even devoured the spinach! Mom got the breakfast enchiladas which were to die for, and dad got the huevos rancheros which were also amazing. But the winner was Aidan’s Tres Leches French toast. Oh. My. God. This one I made sure to try even though I was stuffed and it was the best thing ever created. It was decadent, delicious, all around perfect.  But adults beware, you may need to wear your stretchy pants to this one. Their mimosas are pretty darn good too!  Finally, as always, everyone there is super nice and it is so family friendly and easy to go with kids!!  We love Casa Vaca!!!  Their brunch menu is on their website.  http://www.casavacapdx.com/menu

Kris’ Fish (formerly known as the awesome neighborhood fish truck) does it again!

Ok, seriously folks.  This place is worse than a candy store.  We can’t ever get out with just what we came for.  The amazing fish and meat are enough, but then there’s the crab and salmon dips, the salsas, the zucchini relish, and cheese and salami, and that’s not everything.  But the other day we went in for some fish for dinner and Kris had Dover Sole stuffed with crab and artichoke.  Pre-made?  Just throw in the oven?  Nothing to do?  Kris suggested we slice the top and put a dollop of brie or some other creamy cheese.  Oh my god.  It was to die for.  The boys loved it and it took no effort on my part.  It was creamy and delicious and we sincerely hope Kris does this again.  We love you Kris!!!  Be sure and check out Kris’ Fish Facebook page and if you haven’t been there recently, her new digs.  No more truck!  It’s an actual structure!  Still at 35th and Multnomah!

 

Hunan Pearl

Every once in awhile the dudes surprise us.  We went here for lunch and mom and dad were less than impressed, but the dudes loved it!  Lolo loved the egg flower soup and his sweet and sour shrimp.  Aidan loved everything except the egg flower soup, and they both loved the deep fried appetizers.   The staff was wonderful and the service was great, but until Aidan and Lowell are old enough to drive, they won’t be going back. 

   

The Rib Room

The atmosphere was wonderful. The service was outstanding. Aidan had the coil appetizer and Lowell had the seafood Gratin. Lola wasn’t tremendously big on seafood Gratin, but Aidan scarfed the quail up like nobody’s business. For their entrées the dudes both had the eggs Benedict with crawfish, crab, and andouille sausage and mom and dad tasted it, it was to die for. The dudes also loved it. It was by far the most popular dish amongst the whole table. Aidan had the egg nog crème brûlée with a gingerbread way for, and Loel had the chocolate chip P con pie. Both were a hit. And as so often happens, mom and dad ordered right for the boys – we ordered the prime rib which amazingly, was not medium rare and was a little bit overdone. It was by far the best meal of the boys have had so far here!

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Kachka

After going there alone we decided to go with friends and take the boys with us. We were not disappointed at all. It was festive, the service was outstanding, and we tried things we had never had before. Now, this is not a place to take kids that aren’t willing to try new things. We ordered the cold appetizer tasting menu for the table and it was outstanding – for the grown ups. Aidan and Lowell liked one out of five of the things that they tried. And they tried A LOT. They tried headcheese, pickled watermelon, pickled peppers, various smoked fish, lard wrapped around pickled cucumber with honey, dumplings with sour cherries, tiny smoked fish on pumpernickel toast, eggplant and walnut rolls, the list goes on. ,

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Jen’s Garden

Aidan had his first quail and loved it, Lowell had the salmon but he was fascinated by Aidan’s quail. Overall the food was great and the service was outstanding – no dirty looks when the boys walked in. They treated them like little men. Beats many Portland restaurants for a town of 2000. (The rack of lamb rocked)

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