Portland food and wine

In town for ASEV. Hit up a few places:

1. Stumptown (the location near burnside bridge)
Panama Carmen Estate coffee is my kind of coffee — a floral, high acid, light bodied coffee. Wasn’t roasted too long, the floral notes are still there. I can easily believe that this is one of the top five coffees during the Panama cupping competition.

2. Voodoo Donuts
Blueberry cake donut with a light glaze — easily the best donut I’ve ever had. Fresh blueberry flavors and not overly sweet. Chocolate glaze donut was good but not in the same league.

3. Noble Rot
Small plates and wine. Good wine — 04 Artigas Priorat, a dry Riesling can’t remember the name. Onion tart was yummy and roast chicken was good.

4. Zell’s
Good breakfast, I didn’t explore the menu except for a tofu-substituted feta omelette which doesn’t do the place justice. They gave out free fresh mini-scones with fresh jam.

5. Anzen
Lunch was salmon sashimi and small serving of hijiki salad for a total of about $6. Not bad in the Convention Center area. The store has suprising depth of Japanese product in this part of town.

6. Doug Fir
Drinks were fine, atmosphere was log cabin kitsch, and the downstairs band venue was one of the best. This is the NW counterpart of LA’s Spaceland.

7. Navarre
Spanish tapas. The lamb with pesto was notable. The other dishes aren’t sticking in my mind, but overall good quality and nice spot. Wines were fine, a vermentino by the glass and a rueda.

8. The real find of the trip wasn’t food. Imelda’s is easily the best shoe store I’ve seen. Nothing in LA, SF, or East Bay has come close.

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