Breakfast with Bacon @ Nel Centro

Just like the food options in Portland are diverse, so is the shopping. From the fancy luxury shops to the outlet mall and everything in between.   I had made a list of the shops that I wanted to visit, but we just didn’t have time to check them all out, 3 days is just not enough!  It wash quite shocking to me that I did not purchase a single thing at Nordstrom.  I was fully expecting to find at least a pair of shoes there, but I was disappointed by the selection.  The downtown Portland Nordstrom store didn’t have much of a selection compared to other Norstrom stores I’ve been to in Seattle and California.

Portland Part 2: Breakfast with Bacon

Nel Centro

Nel Centro, Portland Oregon

The first order of business the next day was brekkie.  Off we went to Nel Centro.  Recommended by my friend, they last time they visited Portland, apparently they dined at Nel Centro more than once, so how coulld we go wrong?

My single most common breakfast order is bacon and some form of hashbrown potato. I know, this is not an exciting combination, to anyone else but me. So my apologies if this is boring, but I can’t resist. Continue reading

Hello Hipster…aka Portland.

Hand Eye Supply - Cast Iron Skillet found!

Hand Eye Supply – Cast Iron Skillet found!

This past June it was time to get out-of-town and go on a mini-road trip.  Not too far away, but not too close either.  This time Whistler just wouldn’t cut it.  So instead of heading north we headed south on Highway 99 and the I5 off to Portland Oregon. City of bridges, roses and Hipster cool. Our plan was to shop, eat and repeat.

My favorite part of Portland, aside from no tax,  was the spectacular (allergy friendly) food! So many great places to eat in Portland, it was difficult to choose just a few places to eat.  We had pre-selected the places that we’d eat because we knew that it would be a hard choice to make on the spot with so many options.

The allergy issue was a concern, as it always is when travelling, but all the restaurants we went to were great with my allergy trifecta.  And with ZERO attitude which was really nice and made the trip extra relaxing. Continue reading

Third Time’s a Charm @ Alta Bistro

Alta BistroFirst post in a very long time…

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…well, that’s a bit dramatic, and this dine out wasn’t a “Tale of Two Cities” epic; none the less that’s how it felt.  If you don’t want to read any further, here’s the Cole’s Notes version: It was a really weird dining experience that started great, but ended oddly.

I was up in Whistler for the weekend, and we decided to try a local dining favourite. Tucked away, next to the local Library, Alta Bistro has been a local Whistler favourite for some time.  We decided to give it a try.

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Radio Silence? Testing 1..2..3..

A little programming note:

Hello!  Sorry for the radio silence for the past few months.  I’m not sure why I haven’t been keeping everyone up to date with my dine-out adventures.  I suppose, it is a combination of work, summer weather and a bit of laziness.  Rest assured I haven’t stopped dining out…I just haven’t written about it yet.

I’m sure you all didn’t miss me, it’s not like there aren’t a million other blogs out there that probably share similar content.  If you’re still with me, thank you.   I promise to try to post more regularly in the next few weeks!

Here’s are a few clues to what’s coming up…it involves a road trip to somewhere south of Vancouver, and short trip north of Vancouver to the mountains.



Bannock n’ Salmon

Ok, we’re back to regular programming (hopefully).  Happy to report things on the work front have improved and I’ll be able to dine out more often, which means more frequent Dairy-Egg-Nut posts.  The hiatus was longer than expected, but I hope that the few brief check-ins kept you all entertained.  Did you like the Peanut joke?  Yes, I know that it’s a bit elementary, but I thought it was cute. And I wasn’t completely slacking, I did launch my online shop.  I hope you had a chance to check it out (shameless self-promotion).  Everything is handmade in Vancouver.

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Well, it has been a while since I actually wrote a post about dining out.  My work situation is taking a positive turn, and I’m still working on my jewellery, so hopefully this post will start a new trend of blogging more often.  Promise.

I went for a dinner at Tropika Malaysian Cuisine out in Richmond the other night.  I usually never go out for Vietnamese, Malaysian or Thai food, due to the real danger of peanut contact.   I know that most of you with similar allergies would understand. However, I had just come back from a family event and I was invited out to dine by my cousins and I was hungry.  I thought that this would be a good opportunity to give it a try and test out Tropika’s allergy awareness.

The menu is really large, with an amazing assortment of Malaysian dishes.  Malyaysian cuisine is influenced by Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese cuisine so the choices are all amazing.

It was a family meal so we ordered many dishes, eleven to be exact.  All of them looked delicious. Of the eleven dishes that we ordered, I was only able to eat one dish that we ordered specifically for me.

I chose the Hainanese Chicken and plain steamed white rice.  We also spoke to the server to make sure that the chicken was safe from dairy, egg or nuts.  The Server insured us that the chicken was served by itself and was not in contact with peanuts/nuts. And he did check with the kitchen to make sure that this would not be a problem.

It was a nice meal, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I am sure that there are more items on the Tropika menu that I could have eaten, but as a test meal, I it was a good idea to remain cautious and only try one dish.  It’s always a bit of a risk going to a place that you know is potentially going to kill you if things go wrong. In this case the peanut content on the menu is quite high.  However, I am glad I tried it and I would probably go back again, but I would not feel 100% relaxed as I would at other places that I’ve tried.