Our last night in Portland, we had dinner with our friends, Siobhan and Jeremy at the food truck they operate, South.
Turns out, we made it just under the wire. Lucky for Melanie since she was craving good southern fried chicken. I had the Nashville HOT chicken. That's right, hot's the operative word. Delicious and hot. The sides were all great and the Banana Pudding was also quite good.
And we had a great beer from Base Camp Brewing Company where South was parked.
Siobhan posted this on Facebook today:
In March of 2019 [we] opened South to bring real southern cooking to Portland. We have been in Yelp’s Top 10 food carts for 2 years and have succeeded in an extremely competitive foodie town. This is almost 100% due to Siobhan’s amazing business sense and culinary skill. I am so proud of what she has created.
Sadly it is not possible for us to continue under the current economic circumstances. We are closing the cart for a while and hope to reopen under Phase 3 in the Spring.
It’s was an unbelievably difficult decision, but the right one for our family.
From Siobhan: “Very sad to say that I’ve made the decision to close the food cart until Multnomah County reaches Phase 3 of reopening. I’m pretty heartbroken, after all the work Jeremy and I have put in. We hope to be back in the spring.
Thank you to all of our lovely friends who’ve cheered us on!”
We're pulling for them.
Since dine-in is still not a thing in the age of COVID-19, well, not a thing I'm too keen on right now, it's really encouraging to find very solid high-end take-out like we experienced at Seasons and Regions. We parked Miranda across the way from the restaurant in their "overflow" parking at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. I enjoyed the crab cakes, Melanie had the "Scampi Style" Shrimp Linguine.
The last time Melanie and I were in Carmel was back in about 2009. We'd flown into San Francisco a few days ahead of a deposition she was to take in San Luis Obispo. On the way back to San Francisco after the deposition, we drove Highway 1 for a while, took in the beautiful coast and stopped for dinner in Carmel.
While I don't remember the name of the restaurant at which we ate, I do remember dinner was good and we found the town to our liking.
This time around we were in Carmel to boondock on our friends' land in the Carmel Valley. When we arrived in Carmel, we went grocery shopping and, since it was lunchtime, we made our way to Carmel and La Bicyclette.
We were there just as things got very real and businesses began to close. It would be the last meal we shared in a restaurant during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Melanie had a lunch special of braised rabbit, I had a mushroom pizza with truffle oil. Both were delish.
Since dining out and trying local Cusine has always been one our great pleasures both on the road and before we started, we can only hope our nation can flatten the curve so all the wonderful local eating establishments can once again begin to bring us together over a table. I hope David Chang isn't right about the current state of affairs.
We'd talked about it at least a month before we arrived in Los Angeles, having previously watched Ugly Delicious and Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Netflix, having a meal at David Chang's newest restaurant, Majordōmo, was on our radar.
And he's a James Beard award winner. And he stayed high all day with Seth Rogan for a segment of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. They laughed. A lot. And ate good food. And talked about eating good food. And laughed. Role models for alternative ways of being productive.
Majordōmo is located in what appears in early-evening-I'm-not-familiar-with-Los Angeles light to be a warehouse area of LA. I seem to remember it's located near a park (Uber). The build out of the restaurant both belies and doesn't the interior. There's more than ample wait staff who are knowledgeable, including waiter assistants. It was warm on the patio where we ate.
All items on the menu are meant to be shared. Our waiter suggested ordering from 3-5 items for a meal for two. Wines by the glass are nice. We ordered three items from the menu, all of them nicely prepared. We liked sharing too.
Melanie and I were in San Diego for a few days again this weekend past. As we were parked near Balboa Park, we spend a fair amount of time walking around the park and the areas of San Diego adjacent to the park, Cambridge Square, Park Laurel and Bankers Hill.
Wet Stone is located in the Bankers Hill area of town. We walked there intending to fetch a glass of wine after our visit to the Japanese Friendship Garden kinda on our way back to Miranda. After a few glasses sitting in Wet Stone's front window, screened and open to the outside on a fine Southern California winter's day, we decided dinner was in order.
We'd had a big lunch so we choose Wet Stone's Chorizo Bilbao & Achiote Chicken Flatbread. It was more than enough for us to share. I had the remaining piece today for lunch. 😎
Wet Stone is an intimate setting. Chef and owner, Christian Gomez, personally made sure we were well taken care of. It was a great experience. We'll be back.
I found Maestro listed in one of those "Essentials" lists for Pasadena. I've used Eater before with good success, this time being no different.
From the opening cocktails to our shared desert, the meal we enjoyed was a treat. Melanie and I shared two appetizers, Shrimp and Octopus Ceviche and then Calamari; she then had the Free Range Chicken Mole and I had the Braised Short Ribs Burritos; we finished with a nice Tequilla and Cheese Cake.
Great service and food, nice selection of Tequilas, Maestro.
Miranda is currently parked in the All Saints Episcopal Church parking lot in Pasadena, California. We're here for a few days and the location is perfect for exploring Old Pasadena where any number of restaurants, bars and shops are located.
Last evening we had dinner at Ramen Tatsunoya. Best Ramen either of us has experienced to date. Service is great, food was superb.
We arrived at 6:00 p.m. as Tatsunoya was opening and got two of the last few seats available in this smallish 45+/- seat restaurant. It wasn't too long before a line formed outside. It's that good.