I’ve mentioned in a few other posts that one of the most challenging things about spending a week with my family was eating. We ranged in age from 11 to 85 and there are drastically different needs. My 16 year old cousin has a condition that only lets him eat a small handful of foods; my brother is a vegetarian; I prefer to eat whole foods and try interesting restaurants; my mother is a vegan; and my grandparents refuse to eat any fat, any ethnic food, any spicy food, and basically anything with flavor that they’re not familiar with. My 11 year old cousin, aunt and uncle, and other aunt basically eat a traditional American diet and are pretty wary of vegan food.
So that was fun!
If it were up to me we would eat out every meal at small, unique restaurants that serve whole foods. Unfortunately it wasn’t my choice so I made due with what I had.
Starting at the airport…I just did my whole speech about small restaurants with whole foods and the first food I have to show you is…Wendy’s? I had been craving French fries for days so I decided I would get them at the airport. The only place I could get them was Wendy’s and as I was in line I realized I was hungry. I had had lunch at work around noon, but it was a pretty small salad. I had wanted to buy something at Penn Station, but then I saw someone I worked with and missed my chance. So I decided I’d get the spicy chicken sandwich. And it was AMAZING. I don’t remember the last time I had fast food and I don’t plan on having it anytime soon, but damn, that was good.
My first full day in Oregon my grandparents took me to Whole Foods to stock up on food. I tried to get things I can’t get at home. Chonga’s salsa (a local Portland company), Kettle Tias! chips (these were amazing, best corn chips I’ve ever had), Lilly’s hummus (ok, not great), Oregon cherries, California blackberries, Washington blueberries, Tillamook extra sharp cheddar (best cheese EVER), Hot Lips black raspberry soda, three twins vanilla chip ice cream (ok, but not impressive).
On Monday we ate at Vita Cafe. I had the veggie burger with chili and grilled onions and fries. The veggie burger was really good, I just wish I hadn’t gotten the chili on top. It distracted from the taste of the veggie burger and was too much food. The fries were phenomenal. Some of the best fries I’ve ever had.
Tuesday we had lunch at the Ram’s Head in the Timberline Lodge. I had the brisket panini (with most of the meat picked off, that’s the bottom right picture), corn and onion soup (seriously amazing), a Timberline Lodge IPA (good), and a hot cocoa (to die for).
On Wednesday we ate at Fultano’s Pizza at the beach. I had the greek pasta salad with chicken (so many veggies, very good dressing, gross chicken) and then a northwest berry ice cream from Osburn’s Ice Creamery.
As I already wrote about we had dinner Thursday at Portobello. We split the sweet peps (so good!), fries (very good!), and bread with olive oil and sea salt (delicious). I had the spaghetti and beetballs for my entree (phenomenal!) and then my aunt and I split the chocolate mousse for dessert (good once we picked off the awful whiskey compote layer).
Some random food…
Biscoff on the plane, the Oreo doughnut and Portland Cream doughnut I got from Voodoo Doughnut, an example of the snack plate I had for dinner two nights, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich I packed for the plane ride home which I ate on the LIRR in the morning.
Cereal (Kashi Go Lean Crunch or Kashi Almond and Flax) and Greek yogurt which was my breakfast every day, angel food cake (from Whole Foods) and strawberries for dessert at my grandparents’ one night, froyo from Yogurtland, Virgil’s Dr. Better soda (so good, like a healthy Dr. Pepper!).
That covers most of it. The only things that come to mind that I’m missing are the frozen meals I ate for lunch or dinner a few times and a veggie sandwich from Big Town Hero (my grandparents’ favorite sandwich place).