Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Martini, Appetizer, Entree, 3 Doors Down Cafe, 37th and Hawthorne, Southeast Portland

Please scroll down to find today's dahlia, Fascination, from Swan Island Dahlias.

Yummy, satisfying, from sip to bite, first to last.

Ketel One Vodka, muddled basil, shaken, topped with a cherry tomato, blue cheese, basil bite. I've never had anything quite like this. Cool yet peppery. The topper's textures and tastes, a delight.

Potato Gnocchi, Creamed Corn, Mama Lil's Hungarian Peppers. I could eat this once a week, easily. To tell the truth, I have been doing so, happily. Those little pillows, those gnocchi, my goodness, but they're addictively good. And that sweet corn along with the spicy peppers. Oh, my.

Entree and a Glass of Wine
Coffee & Cocoa Rubbed Carlton Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Chard with a side of Roasted Beets. Such juicy and tender pork satisfies anyone who takes a bite. The veggies make it seem like a meat-and-two-sort-of-dish, but there's a sophistication to it that rates it higher than that. And then the beets. If one could eat a ruby, surely it would taste this sweet with this exact texture and density. The wine, Gruner Veltliner, a white, went very well with my entree.

Today's dahlia, Fascination. Facts from Swan Island Dahlias--Bloom: 3" Deep Lavender, Bush: 2'

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