Well this week has gotten interesting, hasn’t it? As you may know, my full time gig is working at Intel out in Hillsboro. So needless to say, Wednesday got a bit funky for me. After spending a few hours at the gym and grabbing dinner in an attempt to wait out the traffic, it appeared that was a lost cause. Google Maps still showed dark red everywhere with an expectation of 2+ hours home! My friend Rachel and her husband Alex were superstars and generously let us be unexpected house guests super late at night. So at least we didn’t need to sleep in our car!
One thing I really love about the Portland culinary scene is how collaborative it is. From Alma Chocolates using Smith Teamaker blends, to popup dinners featuring multiple chefs all over town, you see the support everywhere. But who doesn’t also love seeing a great competition, right? That’s what makes shows like Top Chef so successful and fun to watch. (And side note, am I the only one who totally wishes I could be one of those diners during Restaurant Wars? Someone please tell me how you get that gig.)
Hours: Daily 8am-10pm (Coffee at 8am, brunch from 9-11am)
Brunch is now open daily at Pine Street Market, downtown’s hippest food hall!
What is a food hall, you may ask? Don’t get all worried thinking I meant food court. I mean, no one over the age of 17 wants to eat Sbarro and Panda Express in a noisy mall. But lucky for me and you, Pine Street Market is nothing like that. Instead picture a beautifully renovated historic building filled with outposts of the top restaurateurs in Portland, like Marukin, serving up ramen straight from Japan and Pollo Bravo from the Portland mastermind John Gorham. This culinary marketplace is the latest hot spot for lunch, dinner and now brunch!