Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Restaurant Rambling: Genie's Cafe

I've told you about Genie's before. They have excellent breakfasts!! I love having the occasional weekday off. It's the perfect time to go out and enjoy a nice breakfast! It's not as crowded as the weekends and you don't feel rushed. A friend and I were getting certified for a class at work. We decided to study together over breakfast. She had never been to Genie's so I decided that was where I was taking her.

The menus have a great variety: omelets, scrambles, benedicts, pancakes, waffles, etc. We both decided on the Veggie scramble (house smoked tomatoes, onions, spinach, artichoke hearts and feta cheese). I also ordered a side of bacon. Now they don't just serve any bacon, they have Applewood smoked bacon (by Carlton Farms). Yum! The scrambles were delish! They're served with oven roasted potatoes and toast. When the side of bacon came, I made my friend try one piece. I told her it was really good and she didn't believe me. After trying it, she was hooked. She helped me finish it up. I should also mention that their coffee is good. They serve Stumptown Coffee! Ahh....I'm not sure how much I actually learned after our study date but I can tell you my tummy was very happy!

Gene's Cafe
1101 SE Division
Portland, OR 97202
ph: (503) 445-9777

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Restaurant Rambling: Mingo

A friend and I recently had a girls night out. We decided to go to dinner and a movie. After debating where to go for dinner, we decided we were both lazy and picked the restaurant not on it's award winner meals, but rather on location, location, location. I suggested Mingo. Mingo serves good Italian food and as a bonus, they have an excellent Italian wine selection. She had never been so it was a great opportunity for her to try it out.

Mingo is located in "The Round" in Beaverton. They focus on simple Italian cusine. The menu features several specials that change regularly, like the risotto, ravioli and soups. I had a good idea what I was going to have when the waiter came around. Then he mentioned the specials. There was a duck breast served with a fig and port reduction with mashed potatoes and broccoli. SOLD!! I ordered the duck special and had the Nebbiolo red wine. The duck was heavenly. It was cooked perfectly and the reduction was just right. For dessert, my friend and I shared the tiramisu. I have to say that Mingo's tiramisu is one of the best I've had. Be sure to share it though cause it is a big portion!
In case you're wondering, we went to see Confessions of a Shopaholic. It was really cute girly movie.

12600 SW Crescent St, Suite 120
Beaverton OR 97005
ph: (503) 646-6464

Monday, March 2, 2009

What's Cookin?: Pastele with Spanish Rice

Can I consider it cooking when I make the Rice-a-Roni myself? I had some frozen pasteles in the freezer from the last time my daddy came to visit. I love pasteles! What's a pastele you're asking? Pasteles are a Puerto Rican dish. It is like a tamale but the outside "masa" is made up of green bananas. The inside is a pork filling. I'm not sure if traditional pasteles have an black olive in the middle but as kids growing up in Hawaii, it was always fun to find the olive in the middle of your pastele. Mmm....I am a big fan of pasteles. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find them in Oregon. I usually place my order when I'm running low and my daddy brings them up frozen. They're usually pre-cooked so all you have to do is boil or steam them. I usually have my pastele with Spanish rice. This night I was too lazy to make it from scratch so Rice-a-Roni helped out. It was actually decent rice. Hmmm....that reminds me. My pastele stash is running low. Time to invite dad for a visit!