20 08, 2010



Restaurant website Location: NW, 21st above the Pearl Cost to feed four for dinner: About $125 (plus wine) My colleague was doing Atkins, the low carb thing, and however tasty the bread, she couldn't eat it. So the chef at [...]

23 01, 2010

Yasmen (Lebanese)


Review website (Yasmen doesn’t seem to have a site) Location: Beaverton Price to fill up (and I mean fill up) two people: $60 I chatted idly with the Yasmen employees while I waited for Robyn to arrive. “It’s only 7:00 [...]

Yasmen (Lebanese)2017-10-07T19:30:02-07:00
26 12, 2009

Chez Joly (French)


"Don't you usually have a PRAAAAY FIX-AAAAAY?" I asked the waiter. He looked puzzled for a minute, then asked, "Do you mean "prix fixe?" he asked, "Yes we do," and he showed me the prix fixe menu ($20 per person for salad or soup, entree and dessert) while I blushed a bit. OK, in most places in the US (outside New York and DC), if you ask for the "prix fixe menu," you'll just confuse them. "Prefix to what? Do you mean an appetizer?" they'll ask, with a little eye roll. If you mispronounce it with long aaaaaaas, they just might get it. Except in Chez Joly, which is the closest thing to a real French bistro I've seen in the great Northwest.

Chez Joly (French)2014-12-28T20:40:35-07:00
24 12, 2009

Eleni’s Philoxenia (Greek)


I parked the car about a block away from Eleni's (I was meeting Sara there for dinner), got out and tripped over about a dozen tipsy Santas coming from a rally in the park. I looked around and saw HUNDREDS of Santas, dressed in everything from red Lurex catsuits trimmed with white fur to the real, pillow-bellied deal. What in the world? As I pondered, a lady Santa ran full-tilt into me, grabbed me by the shoulders and kissed me, full on the mouth. "MISSELTOE!!!!" she hollered, and handed me a tiny candycane before running to her next victim.

Eleni’s Philoxenia (Greek)2014-12-28T20:40:36-07:00
1 11, 2008

Wild Abandon


Restaurant website Location: SE Portland Price to fill up two people (with coupon): $40 "I've got a coupon from the Chinook Book," said Robyn, and she read off a list of interesting-sounding restaurants. We decided to try Wild Abandon, mostly [...]

Wild Abandon2017-07-30T14:42:04-07:00
3 05, 2008

Who Stole My Dead Husband?


Dinner theatre website Location: SE Portland (Hawthorne district) Showtimes: Generally Fridays and Saturday nights (make reservations) Cost to fill up (and entertain) two people: $140 plus tip And youse said I don’t got no cultcha. Ahhbviussly, you was wrong. Robyn [...]

Who Stole My Dead Husband?2017-07-30T14:44:36-07:00
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