The view from OHSU {Portland, OR}

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I have lived in Oregon for almost 18 years, but today was the first time I have had a reason to go to OHSU.  You can take the aerial tram, which I plan to do someday just for fun, but today I drove myself up the hill.

I used the Maps app on my iPhone and freaked out a little when it started telling me to look for parking because I’d have to walk the rest of the way to my destination.  I ignored the nice Maps lady and kept driving – since, you know, there was a road – and thankfully it spit me out right at Kohler Pavilion where I needed to be.

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Why was I at OHSU?  Don’t worry, nothing serious, I was just taking the OHSU Labor and Delivery tour so I’d have the lay of the land when working with doula clients delivering there.  I’ve heard good things about OHSU, but I was really impressed with some of the info I read:

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I am so glad to live near a place with some great labor and delivery options that most hospitals aren’t willing or able to provide.  If we do have kids, I would absolutely look at delivering here.

I needed to go up to the 7th floor of the Kohler Pavilion, but I was a little early and when I got on the elevator I saw that there was an atrium on the 9th floor so I decided to check that out.  The 9th floor also happens to be where the aerial tram station is, and the view is pretty nice.  The Mountain wasn’t “out” today (and it would be a little more to the right of this photo), but it’s still a pretty view:

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Thanks to this favorite camera apps post from Kevin & Amanda, I had just downloaded 360 Panorama app, and figured this was the perfect place to try it out for the first time.  Just click and drag the image below to the left or the right to rotate the picture.  It’ll be like you were standing exactly where I was, seeing exactly what I saw.  So cool, right?!  What do you think?

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You can also click here to see it bigger in its own window which is pretty cool.

How’s that for a random post?  Hospitals and photo apps!

Fogo de Chao {Portland, OR}

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There’s a new kid on the block in Portland!

The Brazilian steakhouse (churrascaria) restaurant, Fogo de Chão, opened a location on 6th Avenue a couple of weeks ago and I was invited to their grand opening dinner to get the full experience for myself.  I was able to take Mr. Won’t Run which is good because he likes meat, and this place is all about the meat!

Before I get to the meat though, let’s talk about the drink, the salad bar, THE CHEESY BREAD, and how to Fogo.

The Drink

While waiting for our table we hung out in the bar and tried their signature cocktail, the Caipirinha, which also happens to be Brazil’s national cocktail.  It’s made with lime, sugar, and Cachaça (an alcohol made from fresh sugarcane juice that has been fermented and distilled).  I had read that Cachaça is like a sweet rum, and I’m not a huge rum fan, but this drink was delicious and now I’d like to go drink them on a beach in Brazil!

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The Salad Bar

So, this is not your regular lettuce and bacon bits type of salad bar.  There are 30+ options to choose from, including fruits, veggies, cheese, and full-size bacon, no bits here!  And meat, yep, meat at the salad bar.  It’s pretty perfect!

This is just part of one side of the bar:
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Lovely cured meats and cheese:
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And in case you need more meat and cheese (who doesn’t?):
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I didn’t want to go too overboard with the salad bar since I knew there was more to come, but everything I did have was great: fogo-de-chao-pdx-07

THE CHEESY BREAD

When we got back to our table with our salads, the cheesy bread arrived.  You guys, I’m telling you right now, you want these babies!!  Apparently it’s a Brazilian cheese bread called pão de queijo, and after the first one I basically wanted to shove them all in my mouth chubby-bunny style!  So cheesy.  So chewy.  Soooo good.  And I hear they’re gluten-free too!

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Some traditional Brazilian side dishes also arrived: crispy hot polenta, garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized bananas.  All delicious!  But a little out of focus, sorry.

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How to Fogo

Now let me introduce you to the Gauchos!  And their meat!  Their meat on skewers!

There are 16 different types of meat available, and the gauchos are really the chefs, they grill the meat and then walk around the restaurant carving it up as needed.

How do they know you want some meat?  There are handy little coaster type cards on your table, one side is green and the other side is red (you can see a little of the red side in the picture above).  When you have the green side up they’ll stop and offer you some meat.

They must have green-side-up sensors because it never took them very long to notice our card.  When you want the meat onslaught to stop, you just flip your card to show the red side, chow down on what you have, then flip it back to green to resume the meat-palooza!

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And we can’t forget dessert!  Mr. Won’t Run had the Key Lime Pie which we both thought was just okay, but we love Key Lime Pie so we’re pretty picky about it.

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I had their signature dessert, the Papaya Crème, but sadly, I wasn’t a big fan.  Mr. Won’t Run loved it though and thought the papaya flavor punched you in the face.  I thought it was bland which is so weird, Mr. Won’t Run just thinks I don’t know what papaya tastes like.  he might be right.  The serving seemed a little “off” too, a giant goblet on a dinner plate, but that’s just me being picky again, ha!  It’s definitely a great crème , really smooth, but it’s a large portion, so plan to share!

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I’ve heard rave reviews on the other dessert options so I’m excited to go back and try the Flan, Crème Brule, Molten Chocolate Cake, Grilled Pineapple, and more!

If you’re looking for something different I would definitely recommend checking out Fogo de Chão, such a fun atmosphere and good food too!

Fogo de Chão
930 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR  97204
503-241-0900
(menu)

Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2:00
Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5:00-10:00 / Fri, 5:00-10:30 / Sat, 4:30-10:30 / Sun, 4:00-9:00

Find a location here; you can like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter too.

Read more reviews from Portland bloggers here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here!

(Disclosure: This was a complimentary meal I was invited to as part of a media event with Little Green Pickle for the grand opening of their client’s new restaurant.  As will always be the case, all opinions are completely my own, completely honest, and I wouldn’t be telling you about it if I didn’t like it and think you would too!)

The Sugar Cube {Portland, OR}

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This past Sunday I got together with some Portland blogger friends to try brunch at a new spot: The Sugar Cube.

With a name like that you know it’s going to be good, and it did not disappoint.  They even do my kind of math!

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The Sugar Cube story is something I think you could call typical of Portland; an amazing young pastry working at places such as Genoa and Clarklewis before striking out on her own with a food cart!  See, I told you this was a Portland story.

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Peking Duck at Departure {Portland, OR}

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Wanna buy a duck?  A what?  A duck.  Does it quack?  Of course it quacks!

Please tell me someone else has played the “wanna buy a duck” game!  Yes?  No?  Think I’m crazy?

Well, speaking of duck, we ATE one recently!  That was a first for me, and I crossed another restaurant off my Holiday Mingle list.

Thanks to a Tweet from Portland Monthly Magazine, I learned about Departure’s December Duck tradition.  That’s not what it’s called, but I’m a fan of alliteration so they should totally start calling it that, or maybe December Duck at Departure.  Or maybe Double D at Departure?  Maybe not.

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Anyways, the Tweet took me to the article above and I just about shorted out my phone with all the drool pooling on the screen as I read the description!  I headed to Departure’s website to read more and was surprised it wasn’t on their front page but I finally found it on their Blog and the drooling continued.  I sent the link to Mr. Won’t Run and we made reservations ASAP!

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Tula Gluten Free Bakery Cafe {Portland, OR}

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Thanks to an invite from Lisa Hill PR (who I met at the Holiday Mingle), I had the chance to attend a really fun Blogger event on Monday night at Tula Gluten Free Bakery Cafe.

Tula was started in 2010 by husband and wife team Mieke (pronounced mee-ka) and Caleb Johnson.  What began in Bend moved to Portland in 2011 and they have been doing very well ever since.

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Do you eat gluten free, by choice or by necessity?  I do not have a health reason to eat gluten free, but I know people who do and I know how important it is to avoid cross-contamination.

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Double Dragon {Portland, OR}

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We’ve crossed another one off our list of places to try – Double Dragon!

Like The Original, this place was also introduced to me at the PDX Bloggers Holiday Mingle event.  If you like Banh Mi, then you must visit!

It’s a cute little place located in SE Portland on Division St and was very easy to find.  If you know where Apex or Los Gorditos is, then you know where Double Dragon is.

Check out the fun sriracha bottle lighting, and that gorgeous bar!

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I hear they have a pretty killer happy hour, and serve a variety of drinks, everything from Rum Horchatas to classics like Negroni, Sazerac, and Old Fashioned to signature cocktails like Burnt Reynolds, Gold Soundz, and Border Patrol.

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