Good Food & Friend(s)

Last week was very busy for me (at work and just in general). My good friend (and former Portlander) was visiting and that meant meeting up for some tasty food! Our plan was to eat at Portobello Trattoria, the vegan Italian Restaurant that opened in January (you can read my review about my visit there on it’s opening night, here). However, upon reaching the doorstep, a handwritten note taped to the window changed our plans. Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed that evening due to an unforeseen kitchen misfortune. We were pretty sad (I must be bad luck or something). We decided to dine at Bye and Bye instead, a vegan bar that serves filling, simple foods (and drinks for folks who like that sort of nonsense). Despite the extremely dark interior and super low chairs (I had to sit on my foot in order to chat and eat comfortably with my friend and Tim), we enjoyed ourselves. Our food was prepared and brought to our table in less than 15 minutes and the folks working there were friendly. Here is what we ate:


The Eastern Bowl: brown rice, broccoli, and tofu in a spicy peanut sauce; nothing fancy, but delicious nonetheless


BBQ Bowl: brown rice, barbecued tofu, and roasted Brussels sprouts; again, very simple, but I ate half a Brussels sprout (!!!) and I usually avoid those crazy green balls of ick (obviously this was Tim’s meal)


Grilled Cheese Sammie (with avocado and tomato): my friend chose this and she said it was tasty, plus her meal came with chips and salsa, and a pickle!

Oh! I had a crazy spicy ginger ale (with and equally crazy name):


This was very gingery and refreshing.

After our dinner, we headed over to Sweetpea for dessert and warm beverages (no pictures). Yummy. Hey friend, thanks for visiting with me, I had fun!!!

Over the weekend, Tim and I ate some mighty fine food. Here is a small sampling:


Grilled pizzas with mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach, and cashew cheeze sprinkles


Mushroom Barley Soup (recipe from The Candle Cafe cookbook) and Dijon Thyme Bread (a test recipe for Celine and Joni’s upcoming awesome-as-ever cookbook)

I also went to a potluck on Thursday with some people from my knitting group, but I didn’t take pictures. We had lots of treats (blondies, cupcakes and cookies) and some healthy foods (leek and bean cassoulet and kale with beans and veggies) too. I was hoping to make some serious progress on my wormy/snake, but we didn’t knit much. Oh well, next time!