Salt and Straw

This place has me confused. Not sure if the hype is what keeps people lined up at both locations.  The ice cream is good, and the flavors are mostly too strange to appeal to me, but I keep going and enjoying my just made waffle cone with a scoop of gooey brownie and a scoop of something with brittle or caramel.  Daughter Olivia had the pear with blue cheese ice cream today.  And liked it.

I heard that the red velvet was quite tasty, and I like the banana ice cream with walnuts and something else I can’t remember. And a good one with bourbon.



I love the food in Portland. It is easy to get a great meal for 15-20 dollars.  Less. Chefs are inventive and generally not fussy or contrived.  I eat out often and have delicious food all over town.  But Roost is, to me, the perfect restaurant. It is clean and uncluttered. The staff are wonderfully warm and friendly. Smart choices in beer, wine and hard liquor. Flowing ice tea.

The food is phenomenal. Every course, every dish. Fried zucchini, cod cakes, olive bread with house made ricotta. Chicken is as good as chicken gets.  Every entree, including the vegetarian option, is stellar.  Desserts are in the comfort food category, and should not be missed. Prices are reasonable and portions are generous.

Tell them Laurie sent you

Brunch kicks ass

23 Hoyt

23 Hoyt.

23 Hoyt

Once again, a great meal at 23 Hoyt. Chef Amber Webster is the driving force behind the stove, and her food, in every category, is masterful. Pasta is always perfect, love the flatbreads, fish was great and so was the pork.

Desserts are top notch- ice creams are perfection and the donuts- too good for words.


The room is comfortable, the drinks are strong and tasty, Amber is a lovely young thing.

Wings night out

I love “Fire on the Mountain”. We go to the one on East Burnside.  Tonight we were brave and got the hot and the extra hot with both sauces. And fries and onion rings and fried pickles.  Then, wanted to “treat the heat” we drove over to Alberta to Salt and Straw. Lines around the block- no way we were going to do that.

In a couple of weeks Lincoln is going to have a dinner with Salt and Straw. We need to check that out.

Clyde Common

      selection of supremely fresh vegetables with a truffle drizzle


From the book…assorted freshest of veg served with a truffle dressing. Yogurt is in this fragrant and unusual melding of flavors. I hate most vegetables but this dish rocked.





perfect now

These are some of the things I like to do with strawberries


Ice cream

In salads

On waffles and pancakes



Quick jam




Super smoothie