Saturday, April 12, 2014

Podnah's Pit BBQ

My friend Burl lives all the way in Coos Bay, which is roughly a 4 hour drive from Portland. We share a love of shooting guns, and dining on delicious meat. When in his neck of the woods we like to go out into the middle of nowhere and fire off a few hundred rounds,  and when he's up in the Portland area we try to get together and check out some of the delicious animals being served at local eateries. 

This time when he came to visit we decided to go waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone, and travel across the river to Podnah's Pit BBQ. 

As you can see, it's a super classy joint - the patrons outside are wearing tuxedos! (okay, okay, your typical Portland tuxedo of jeans, tennis shoes and either a sweatshirt, North Face jacket or a leather jacket). 

They have a very well stocked bar, with comfy stools, and a great rustic aesthetic that runs through the entire restaurant. 

The bar is super spacious and looks like a great place to cozy up to and grab a slab of meat and a beer (or in my case a ginger ale). 

We arrived for lunch at around 2:00pm. The dining area isn't huge, so I'd expect a line during peak hours. Look how happy everyone is! These are smiles clearly brought on my delicious meat, right? 

We only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table, and in Portland, the land of the 2 hour wait for a meal it felt like we won the lottery. Check out the tagline at the bottom of the menu. One of the many fabulous things about the dining scene in Portland is that so many places make EVERYTHING themselves. 

Burl and I cozied in and spent about 20 minutes carefully deciding what to get. There were so many options. I thought about ordering the Pit Boss, in the name of research for the blog of course. It is comprised of 1/4 lb brisket, 1/4 lb pulled pork, 2 pork ribs, 1 sausage link, cornbread and two sides for $21.25 - but after careful consideration I realized there wasn't any realistic chance of me being able to finish it, so I passed. 

Instead I ordered the St. Helens Brisket (smoked 10 hours) which comes with two sides and cornbread ($14.50). 

My pile of brisket was so soft and melt in your mouth delicious that it kind of had the appearance that it had already been chewed. I assure you this isn't the case! It was very, very good, melty, rich, salty, I could have happily gobbled up an additional heaping pile. 

The first of my sides was Texas Caviar (black eyed pea salad). It was brimming with jalapenos and red onions and had a delicious vinegar-y bite to it.

For my other side I chose Coleslaw, as I had heard it was fantastic. It was coleslaw.  Nothing exceptional, but I was pleased to find it too contained jalapenos.  

Burl also chose the St Helens Brisket. If you look carefully at the upper right corner you'll see that I've caught him photographing his meal too - it's nice not to be the only camera wielding person at the table. 

Burl's brisket was visually far more appetizing than mine, but tasted equally great.

He chose BBQ Beans as a side and he really liked them. He kept trying to get me to sample them, but I'm just not a fan of baked beans, I couldn't bring myself to try them. 

For his second side, Burl chose Potato Salad. It was your standard, run of the mill potato salad, but presented very nicely. 

If you'd like to check out Podnah's Pit BBQ for yourself, they are located at 1625 NE Killingsworth in Portland. Their website is podnahspit.comThey are open Monday - Thursday from 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday from 11:00am - 10:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am - 10:00pm. and Sunday from 9:00am - 9:00pm.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush & Whitening Pen

The other day on my way home from work I was planning on stopping at Target to pick up a new toothbrush. I stopped at Target on my way home as planned, but ended up leaving the store with a bunch of things I didn't go there for, and forgot to buy a toothbrush. (story of every trip to Target EVER)

Imagine my delight when I arrived home, toothbrushless and checked my mail - a large package from Influenster featuring Colgate Optic White - GUYS - IT SAYS "TOOTHBRUSH" RIGHT ON THE BOX!  Best. Timing. Ever.

Inside the box was the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening pen, a trial sized tube of Colgate Optic White toothpaste, and a ton of coupons for $3.00 off a future purchase. 

Obviously this could not have come at a better time. I don't know if I am unusually hard on toothbrushes, or brush my teeth too often, or what, but I seem to need a new toothbrush far more often than the average person. I am also SUPER picky when it comes to toothbrushes (and toothpaste). I really like a toothbrush to feel "sturdy" and not bend at all - and so many nowadays have "flex heads" - I feel like I don't have as much control when the toothbrush head is fickle and flexing all over the place. This toothbrush was SO GREAT. Medium bristles, the head wasn't too large to fit in my mouth like so many toothbrushes out there, and it was very sturdy. I would be in love with this toothbrush just stopping there, but having a built in whitening pen is like the icing on the cake. I use many teeth whitening products, strips, trays, gels, lights, but I've never used a pen - so it was nice to be able to try one out - and having it attached to the toothbrush is a great way to remember to use it. 

I don't think that my teeth have actually changed color at all, but I've been using whitening toothpaste daily and whitening treatments weekly for years, so I'm probably maxed out on whiteness potential at this point. 

I really, really liked this toothbrush/whitening pen combo. The next time I went to Target I stopped by the toothbrush aisle to see what the retail value is on these toothbrushes. 

iuahdlkjsalsk;ajkdjiahfodlsdhfosj;f;pskdfpk  <------ that is the sound of me choking on my toothbrush. I really, really liked this toothbrush - but I will never be comfortable paying $13.99 (regular price) for a toothbrush. Even with the $3.00 off coupons that were included that is just too much money for a toothbrush in my opinion - especially considering I go through them so quickly. If it were more in the $5-6 range it would be far more reasonable. Unless of course you have teeth that aren't whitened to their full potential - if you need some whitening this is definitely a good value, to purchase once, kickstart your whitening, and then start on a regimen of regular whitening. 

You can pick up a Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen from here.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster in return for my honest opinion about them. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Garden Bar Salad Co.

For months I've been running by the little storefront that was previously occupied by Moreso. There has been a teaser in the window saying "Garden Bar, Coming 2014" with no other information. It's been killllllling me waiting to find out when they will open and what exactly the restaurant will be like. I popped out of the office in search of lunch a couple of days ago and to my delight Garden Bar had opened! 

Look. How. Adorable. It. Is. Inside. 

Very few places in Portland really bother to create any kind of atmosphere, Garden Bar was pretty much exactly what I would expect of a salad restaurant to be like inside - bright and cheery, kind of rustic, clean, and of course salad was on display front and center. 

You have the option of purchasing a "Chef Salad" or building your own. I chose to build my own salad - there are endless combinations of delicious salad goodness. 

Before I had even tasted my salad I was already planning my return trip.

I chose a salad with kale, hard-boiled egg, tempeh, garbanzo beans, jicima and peppers. I couldn't commit to a dressing, there were so many choices - so my lovely salad maker suggested Green Goddess, it went perfectly with my salad. 

I was thoroughly impressed with the selection at Garden Bar, and the six coworkers who I sent by after my visit all were big fans as well. 

If you'd like to check out Garden Bar for yourself, they are located at 25 NW 11th Avenue in Portland. Their website is Their website isn't quite up and running yet - once it is, I'll update with hours of operation.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

WineUp on Williams

WineUp on Williams very graciously hosted the last Portland Small Dog Meetup. We typically meet at a winery with a nice outdoor space, which isn't something that's really feasible in the winter here in Portland, what with the relentless rain and all. 

It's a cute little shop that also does local winery tours. You can see the reflection of their wine bus in the window here. 

It's really adorable inside, reminiscent of perhaps a medieval castle? 

 They have sooooooo many bottles of wine for sale. 

Our meetup was downstairs, in their recently opened wine cellar. It was a great place for the dogs to run around and socialize, and for us humans to do a wine tasting.

Hailey reaaaaaaally wanted to take a seat like the humans and enjoy the special tasting menu that WineUp on Williams prepared for us. 

Speaking of the menu - here it is

$10.00 for a flight was a great price. We all enjoyed the varied selection. 

The dogs had a great time sniffing and wiggling at each other. 

The hummus plate was delicious ($6.00)

If you'd like to check out WineUp on Williams for yourself, they are located at 3037 N Williams Ave in Portland. Their website is They are open Tuesday - Thursday from 2:00pm - 9:00pm and Friday & Saturday from 2:00pm - 10:00pm. Happy Hour is from 2:00pm - 6:00pm daily.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Brunch at Nel Centro

Oh Nel Centro. What can I say? I really, really wanted to like Nel Centro. I walk by it on my way home from work every evening, and people look reasonably content with the food that is before them. It's close to home, close to the office, from the outside looking in looked like it would be decent - I even read a couple of reviews online.. and yet.. I was very disappointed. 

My big mistake may have been going to Nel Centro for brunch instead of the more popular Happy Hour, but I was swayed by two separate blog reviews that named Nel Centro "their favorite brunch in Portland".  WHAT? Needless to say I'll not be reading those blogs again because clearly my taste is vastly different from the authors of those blogs. 

Perhaps my first clue as to the quality of the brunch at Nel Centro should have been the crowd in the dining room. The complete and utter lack of a crowd. In Portland even the worst establishments have couple of people milling about during brunch hours. 

The menu was boring an uninspiring. T had an omelet with smoked apples, brie, baby arugula and bacon ($13.00). Everything on the menu comes with potatoes and toast. 

I ordered the extremely boring eggs any style with bacon ($11.00). I don't even know where to begin. I'm not a fan of a meal where everything is pretty much the same color. The eggs were completely overcooked and unappetizing. The potatoes were incredibly greasy and under cooked, which made them like hard little grease covered rocks. The bacon was really tiny and fatty and was not the flavor of something I would choose to put in my mouth.  Yuck. 

If you'd like to check our Nel Centro for yourself, their website is They are located at 1408 SW 6th Ave in Portland. They are open for breakfast Mon-Fri from 6:30am - 10:30am and Saturday from 7:30am - 11:30am. Brunch is served on Sunday from 8:00am - 2:00pm. They are open for lunch Mon - Fri from 11:30am - 2:30pm  and dinner Sun - Thurs from 5:00pm - 9:00pm and Fri - Sat from 5:00pm - 10:00pm. 

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