Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Little Green Pickle Food Crawl

One thing that's been so much fun for me since moving to Portland this past summer is connecting with other people who love food. There are so many fantastic food bloggers here and I've really enjoyed getting to know many of them over the past few months hrough our paths crossing at various events. That's why when I got an email last month from Little Green Pickle (the masterminds behind Feast!) about a Food Crawl, I jumped at the opportunity!

 The LGP Food Crawl took place last week, and included stops at four different restaurants here in Portland. Our group of food bloggers was shuttled around the city in an awesome old school bus complete with karaoke machine, which was a lot of fun! It was a night filled with amazing food, great drinks, and being able to take pictures of what you're eating without feeling awkward because everyone around you is doing it too, ha! It was also an awesome way to try out some new-to-me restaurants as three of the four stops on the crawl were places I had never been to before.


 {Our amazing karaoke school bus}

Our first stop was Oso Market; this is a cute space located in the industrial area of SE Portland. It's actually an interesting concept because it's a combination of restaurant and specialty market that has a really great selection of wine and other things. It was a perfect place to start of the night!

We were greeted with glasses of cava to start the night!
We were served a variety of delicious small plates which were all excellent...
Tails & Trotters Chorizo-Stuffed Dates wrapped in bacon with cumin honey and sage oil
Cremeux Montadito with fig, honey, arugula and balsamic reduction served on Little T focaccia
Bresaola Montadito with tomato-mint jam, Parmesan and basil served on Little T focaccia
Baked Mortadella Montadito with tarragon mustard, peperoncini, & micro greens on Little T focaccia

Overall, Oso Market had a great atmosphere that's trendy but also laid-back. I loved the modern industrial vibe with the decor and the close-in location in SE Portland makes it a really convenient spot to meet up with friends. I'll definitely be coming back here for sure!


Next up, we visited Levant; their French-Arabesque cuisine is quite unique and I really enjoyed all the delicious Middle Eastern dishes we got to try!

Fried Halloumi with honey and walnuts
Fava Bean Falafel with zhoug and tahini
Grilled Beef Kofta with barberries, pine nuts, herb relish and Sumac yogurt
Feta and Armenian Cheese ‘Cigars’ with dried mint, garlic, lemon zest and Aleppo chili
I tried the Root Down Daisy cocktail which was a delicious combination of Cognac, Ginger Liqueur, Carrot Reduction, Lemon, Egg White, and Vanilla Salt :)
I loved the open fire in the center of the restaurant as it not only made for a cozy atmosphere, but it also clearly demonstrates an important cooking method for the restaurant's cuisine.
I thought the ambience of Levant seemed very warm and inviting. I really enjoyed the food and think that it's a unique menu, so this is definitely somewhere that I'd go back for a nice dinner!

Levant on Urbanspoon

Next, we went to The Bent Brick in NW Portland!


This was another place I had never been to, but I loved the charming atmosphere! I also really appreciated their creative cocktail menu, and I had a hard time deciding on one. I ended up going with the "Fall Back" because I thought Butternut Squash Whiskey sounded too interesting to pass up.


Their food seems like traditional comfort food with a modern twist that focuses on high-quality ingredients. I really enjoyed all the dishes we tried here as well!

Meat Board featuring house made country pate, house made coppa rillette, wigwam and Finchville country ham with pickled vegetables
Rye Sourdough Spaetzle pan fried with mushrooms and caramelized onion, topped with Tabasco pickled shallots.
Deep Fried Beef Cheek with fried egg aioli

the bent brick on Urbanspoon

Finally, we ended the night at a restaurant I had tried before (awhile ago though) - Urban Farmer! They have a beautiful restaurant in the Nines Hotel and it was the perfect place to have dessert!

Our final drink of the evening was an Elixir Bianco,  which is vodka, Calisaya, Cocchi Americano aged thirty days in oak barrels and served up with a lemon twist. It was delicious! The Calisaya (a liqueur) is actually made in Eugene, OR!
Urban Farmer treated us to so many amazing desserts, I was in heaven!
Butterscotch Sundae with warm brown butter blondie, cherries, praline and toffee chip ice cream
Honeycrisp Apple Doughnuts with apple butter and rosemary ice cream 
Woodblock Chocolate Pate with dried fruit compote and olive oil ice cream
Seville Orange Souffle for Two with creme fraîche chocolate sauce
I don't remember exactly what the name of this dessert, but I do know it featured candycap mushrooms which gave it a delicious maple flavor.
Our final dessert of the evening was a Carmella Affogato with cremeux and Hairbender Stumptown espresso. All the desserts were so great, but this was definitely my favorite. Something about the flavor was just incredible, I already want to go back and to have to go back and order it again. 

Urban Farmer on Urbanspoon 
                                                      
 
Overall, it was a really fun night - thanks again to Little Green Pickle for organizing it!


9 comments:

  1. How fun!! The Bent Brick seems like it'd be my jam, but I've never been to any of these.

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  2. This sounds like such an awesome way to experience the Portland restaurant scene! I can't wait for my first trip out there so I can check some of these out!

    www.thoughtfulpickle.blogspot.com

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  3. Sounds like a fun--and delicious!--night out!

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  4. so many great stops! plus karaoke! yes please.

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  5. Not jealous of any of this. At all.

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  6. So many great photos! That Food Crawl was just so awesome... the evening seemed to go by too fast!

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  7. What an amazing event! I would love to do something like that. I may need to orchestrate a food crawl all on my own. ;-P Thanks so much for the fantastic pictures and post!

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  8. I finally posted my recap of the LGPFoodCrawl up at pechluck.com. Can we get a reunion special planned?

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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