Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ken's Artisan Bakery

338 NW 21st Ave  Portland, OR 97209

Well yesterday after my experience with People's Food Co-op and I had a Marionberry Muffin from Ken's Artisan Bakery, I had to go and try something else!

So I dragged one of my friend's from school to come with me during my break because it is only a little ways from Oregon Culinary Institute

You walk into the building and go up a small flight of stairs and are greeted by the display case of yummy treats. All seasonal, local fresh products.

They stop serving lunch at 3 P.M. so sadly I didn't get to try a sandwich from their menu. But the menu looked amazing! 

You can also buy bread loaves, they are very reasonably priced.

Mixed Berry Tart & Chocolate Chip Cookie

I had the mixed berry tart and my friend had a chocolate chip cookie! I wish I had brought more money with me because I would have gotten another pastry! Both very good. 

It also looks like a very fun atmosphere to work in. Everyone was very nice and smiling.

Try it!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

People's Food Co-op

3029 SE 21st Ave  Portland, OR 97202

Today, for my Food Ethics class we took a field trip down to People's Food Co-op. I really enjoyed this place. 

It is a small grocery store that only focuses on energy efficient & local-sustainable way of living.

Organically grown and produced food products will be prioritized and made available by the co-op. Unless 3 factors come into place: 
1) Locally grown/produced; 
2) Ecological/cultural/political factors; 
3) Lack of availability of an organic product.

The co-op's produce purveyors are local sustainable farmers, who sell produce directly to the co-op. Some farmers are certified organic, some are not. 

People's Food Co-op also make every effort to provide products to customers that do not contain any genetically engineered ingredients.

Myself sitting outside waiting for my class

Outside they also have a food truck named Sip. Which has all natural/organic juices, smoothies, tea & coffee. 

I did not have anything from Sip, but I did have a delicious Marionberry Muffin from Ken's Artisan Bakery (The co-op's bakery purveyor) 

People's Food Co-op do not carry any carry any meat, poultry, fish or any products containing animal byproducts for which animals must be slaughtered. 

The only exception to the 100% vegetarian policy is the Pet Food. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Bagel Cafe

301 N Buffalo Dr  Las Vegas, NV 89145

My Mom has been constantly telling me to try The Bagel Cafe! She goes every Sunday morning after church. So I finally tried it and fell madly in love!

I loved it so much I went back the next day and got the same things!

You walk into the front door and immediately see the display of freshly baked bagels in tons of varieties! 

To the left you see all the cold cuts, cheeses & salmon lox for sale! 

It is a Jewish/New York style bakery & cafe!

This place is so delicious everything is huge & has tons of flavor!

To the right is my favorite section! The Dessert Display case! 

They freshly bake all of their pastries & desserts every morning. 

This place for being a scratch made bakery is still very reasonably priced!

Rainbow Cookie

My all time favorite treat from The Bagel Cafe is their Rainbow Cookies! It is the best, so moist and delicious! It has layers of heaven! 

The first layer is a pistachio cake topped with a layer of raspberry coulis! Second layer is vanilla cake topped with a layer of raspberry coulis! The third layer is cherry cake topped with a layer of chocolate ganache

I need to get this recipe! I have had Rainbow Cookies before but never this moist!

& this is only the beginning....

NY Style Knish & Spicy Mustard

Oi Vey! Let's talk about Knish! 

If you are a potato lover & a doughnut lover! Well they just had a baby and named it Knish! 

Forget a plain old potato pancake! A Knish is a light pillow of potato, deep fried in batter. It is so gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside

Eat it with spicy mustard and you cannot go wrong!

Bagel Sandwich

I chose to build my own bagel sandwich for breakfast. 

I chose the Sundried tomato & basil bagel, one egg scrambled, cheddar cheese & ham! 

It was a huge sandwich! I had to take half home, but oh man was it is good! 

The bagel was toasted, the cheddar cheese was melted, the scrambled eggs were fluffy and delicious. The ham was huge! Almost twice as big as the bagel!

I know I said I would compare places to Portland, but this place has a place in my heart, in no way am I going to compare anything to The Bagel Cafe!

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Cracked Egg

7660 W Cheyenne Ave #125
Las Vegas, NV

So I just flew into Las Vegas last night.. 

I am staying with my boyfriend Connor at his parent's house. This morning we had to drop off his car to get his brakes fixed. So we went with his Dad and Step Sister to The Cracked Egg.

I have been before because I have grown up in Las Vegas I have been everywhere!

But this visit was extra special and delicious. Maybe because I haven't been there in so long! But everything I remember about the place was spot on and even better than my memory!

Let's start with the best coffee cake ever! It is so light & fluffy! Baked fresh every morning! Different flavors as well so you never know which one you will get! I love it so much.

I had the apricot flavor and Connor's Step Sister had the chocolate flavor! Both so delicious!

Coffee Cake

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of my breakfast because we got to talking too much! I am also not quite used to having to blog about everything I eat just yet! I will get better!

For breakfast, I had a Monte Cristo sandwich & country potatoes! There is nothing wrong with two pieces of french toast with ham, turkey & swiss cheese in the middle! Then deep fried to perfection & a side of maple syrup

Yum! It was the perfect hangover cure! ;)

I even got Connor's Dad to get the same thing as I.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


My window view

I have left Portland to go to my home town of Las Vegas, NV

I know my blog is Seeing Portland. Stomach First. but I needed to get out and see my family for a bit. 

I will be featuring my favorite places to eat in Las Vegas and compare them to Portland eateries! 

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lamb Gyro

Lamb Gyro - SW Columbia & 6th St

Let's talk about Gyros baby! Today I was craving Mediterranean for lunch! I remembered my neighbor talking about this new food cart pod that opened up on SW Columbia & 6th!

There is a total of 5 carts, only 2 are opened right now. There is a Thai food cart and the Mediterranean food cart!

So today I tried the Lamb Gyro! Oh man, was it delicious! It was seasoned to perfection!

The lamb was so tender and seasoned so well! Home made tzatziki sauce that was phenomenal! As well as tomatoes and I added chunks of Feta cheese for $0.50! Wrapped in a warm pita! Yum!

All in all it cost $6.50! It was a steal considering how stuffed it was! It was huge and I ate every bite! They even have a giant Gyro. I just got the regular size!

I cannot wait to go back and try their Falafels and Hummus

As soon as I got back to school I had to tell every friend I saw to go try it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


3449 N.Anchor St., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97217

Today for lunch my roommates and I went to TILT! I have seen my fellow culinary friends talk about this place on Facebook. It is a new restaurant with handcrafted burgers!

We all had something different but we all agreed on getting the TILTOTS! Their house made tater tots which were soooo good. We contemplated getting another basket of them because they were $2 for happy hour! But we were so full we couldn't do it.

Non-Union Club, Fat Farmer, Fried Chicken Biscuit, Freebird

I tried everyone's food, it was all delicious. I had the Fried Chicken Biscuit with pickles and TILT Sauce (spicy thousand island) YUM! 

My roommate Josh also got a slice of berry pie with a sugary crust that tasted like sugar cookies. Sooo good. Sorry didn't get a photograph. They also have apple pie!

I would recommend this place to anyone! Huge portions, scratch made goodness. Cannot go wrong with TILT.

Monday, February 18, 2013


Today for lunch I stopped by Lardo, on SW Washington & 12th. This place started as a really popular food cart and was approached by investors looking for a restaurant that was totally unique. They also have another location on SE Hawthorne

This menu is definitely unique, they have so many yummy sandwich options. From a mix of Italian classics like porchetta and mortadella to local seasonal selections like pork belly, egg, cheese and arugula.

The sandwiches are paired with 14 regional craft and classic Italian beers on tap, as well as Italian liquors and cocktails.

Cold Fried Chicken 
The first time I came to Lardo, the first sandwich I tried was the Cold Fried Chicken Sandwich. Oh my goodness. Heaven pure heaven. 

It has a huge piece of intentionally cold fried chicken. Now as a culinarian I was just thinking to myself "How does one get this chicken to stay so crispy and be cold?" Blew my mind! I had to ask the man at the counter working. He shared that the secret was to fry it in bacon grease! Of course why not bacon grease?!

But this sandwich doesn't stop there... It has spicy Bleu cheese, bacon, pickles & Sriracha mayo! I know, I know you just died inside.

My view as I was waiting for my food.

So naturally when I came in to Lardo today I was looking for that sandwich! Well it looks like they took it off the SW menu but it is still at the SE location!

I was pretty bummed but it just gave me an excuse to try another sandwich. Today I had the Pork Belly, Egg, Cheese, Arugula and Caper Mayo sandwich & Dirty Fries (we will get to those little devils in a minute)

This sandwich was once again an amazing sandwich! The savory fattiness of the pork belly! The gooey egg yolks and firm whites! The melted cheese and peppery arugula! Then the perfect amount of acid from the Caper mayo! Oh my! It was delicious!

Half of Pork Belly, Egg, Cheese & Arugula and those addictive Dirty Fries!

Alright now let's talk about Dirty Fries. Oh man, I have never tasted fries so good. Deep fried in bacon grease! (Nothing wrong with that) Marinated peppers! (So sweet & sour & delicious) Parmesan cheese! (Cannot go wrong) Fried herbs! (Rosemary, Sage & Thyme) Oh and the best things Bacon Lardons! (Juicy, succulent fried pork scraps) I swear to you will dream about these fries!