Benefit dinner at Portobello Vegan Trattoria!

Now, I’m not vegan. However, my husband is, and I’ve been cooking entirely vegan meals for the past 4 and a half years. I have a great appreciation for restaurants that do the whole vegan thing right.

About a month ago, Ted and I attended a dinner at Portobello Vegan Trattoria benefitting Farm Animal Rights Movement. We were excited to go, as we’d been to the restaurant this past fall for our first time and enjoyed the food and the space. The restaurant also offered a wine pairing for each course, so we jumped on that. I’m so glad we did.

Yeah, the food blew us away.

Pre-course

Amuse-Bouche-Supris

Pre-course: Amuse-Bouche-Supris
This may be small, but it was Ted’s favorite of all the dishes.

First course

Endive Salad with Toasted Chickpea, Shaved Red Cabbage, Tarragon and Pecans
Paired with Tyee Gewurtztraminer, Willamette Valley ‘11

First course: Endive Salad with Toasted Chickpea, Shaved Red Cabbage, Tarragon and Pecans
THIS was delicious. Small, but delicious.

Second course

Potato Leek Soup
Paired with Rueda, Gran Familia, Spain

Second course: Potato Leek Soup
I love potatoes, I love leeks, and I really love garlic dusted potato chips!

Third course

Herb Fettuccine Carbonara, Crispy Oyster Mushrooms, Saffron Cream
Paired with Cape Bleue Rose, Jean-Luc Columbo, France ‘12

Third course: Herb Fettuccine Carbonara, Crispy Oyster Mushrooms, Saffron Cream
This wasn’t my favorite as I don’t like pasta, but it interested me. And no, that’s not a real egg.

Fourth course

Parsnip Panelle, Roast Celeriac, Parsnip and Sunchoke Chips, Beet Greens and Cacao Nib Foam
Paired with Cabernet Franc, Rock Point, Rogue Valley ‘12

Fourth course: Parsnip Panelle, Roast Celeriac, Parsnip and Sunchoke Chips, Beet Greens and Cacao Nib Foam
This was my favorite. Besides dessert, of course.

Last course

Cheesecake Zabaglione with Pistachio Ice Cream, Fried Phyllo and Pomegranate Molasses
Paired with Viognier “Ice Princess”, Seven of Hearts, OR ‘10

Last course: Cheesecake Zabaglione with Pistachio Ice Cream, Fried Phyllo and Pomegranate Molasses
Yeah, this was amazing.

We had a great time at this dinner, and even better, we’ll be going back this weekend for a special Valentine’s Day dinner! I’m excited!

Oh, hello.

Yeah, so I kind of dropped off the face of the earth for a bit. I blame, oh, you know, moving across the country! I’m finally at the point where we’ve settled into our new home, and I’ve been motivated to blog again. I’ve taken little breaks here and there throughout my 14+ years of blogging (yeah, it’s really been that long!), and now, I’m ready to start writing again.

For now, I’ll leave you with a picture of one of our favorite places in Portland, the Portland Japanese Garden. We live only a mile away, and we bought a year long membership, so we’ll be able to stop by whenever we’d like and also attend special events. I’m excited.

Portland Japanese Gardens
I took this picture in late December. So much green!

Our Big Move – Day 7

Finally, I’m getting to the last part of our drive across the country! It’s short, only because I didn’t take a lot of pictures. I was too excited to finally be done with the driving!

Day 7 – Idaho to Portland

We slept well in Boise, and more importantly, we slept in, as we only had a 6 and a half hour drive ahead of us. We woke up, packed our things in the car, and ventured to a Whole Foods to pick up pastries for breakfast. Soon, we were on the road!

After less than an hour of driving, we saw a very welcome sight.

Our drive across the country | Oregon! Finally!
We finally made it to Oregon!

So, the landscapes of eastern Oregon completely took me by surprise. I expected most of the state to be forest and thought we’d be driving through lots of trees, but no. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This, my friends, is what eastern Oregon looks like. Not a forest in sight. We definitely didn’t expect rolling hills!

Our drive across the country | Landscapes in eastern Oregon.

Our drive across the country | Landscapes in eastern Oregon.

Another welcome sight? Driving along the Columbia River for the last few hours of the trip!

Our drive across the country | Columbia river.
The Columbia River!
Our drive across the country | Another view of the Columbia River.
Another view of the Columbia River.

I drove most of the way after I took these pictures, so I don’t have any of the last couple hours while we drove through the Columbia River Gorge. I also don’t have pictures from when we first arrived in the city, driving over one of the many bridges that span the Willamette River.

I just remember being happy we finally made it to our new home, ready for our next adventure.