Another amazing meal at Acadia reminded me that this post is long overdue. Chef Adam Higgs is doing beautifully inspired things at his New Orelans bistro in NE Portland and I want everybody to know about it.

I love everything about this place. In my mind it represents a true bistro; the size is just right and the service is always warm. The food is elevated, clean, and long on flavor. When you go, please order the Louisiana BBQ shrimp appetizer. DO NOT MISS THIS. YOU WILL THANK ME LATER. This dish is so good that I rarely share, and I recommend using extra bread for soaking up the remaining pool of butter sauce. You will be tempted to order a side of just that sauce (don’t). You will want to bathe in that sauce (please don’t). Rather than continuing to go on and about why you should check this place out, I’ll just share with you what we ordered the other night and let Adam’s food speak for itself. And the answer is yes, everything tastes as good as it reads.

Grilled house made andouille sausage with pickles okra and Creole mustard

Arugula and Butter Lettuce with gingersnap cookies, brown sugar roasted kabocha squash, Cypress Grove fromage blanc and black pepper vinaigrette

Shrimp Creole with shrimp meatballs, gulf shrimp, fresh spinach and Creole tomato sauce over rice

Red beans and rice

Roasted root vegetables with horseradish butter

Shredded Brussels sprouts with bacon and apple

1303 NE Fremont St
Portland, Oregon
(503) 249-5001

Dinner: Home

Carbs and ice cream: It’s about the only thing that’s comforting me during the NBA lockout. Fall just isn’t the same without my Portland Trailblazers. (Okay, okay, I’d still be carb loading even if the NBA season was in full swing.)

Spelt Lasagna

with spinach, burrata and chanterelles

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Happy Halloween

Me: “Would you be willing to be Mark Anthony for Halloween?”

E. Dohrmann: “Like Jennifer Lopez’s Ex?”

Me: “Uh, no.”

And for the record, E. Dohrmann’s costume also included a shield bearing the likeness of Romulus and Remus. (He also was supplied with a sword, though he refused to carry it in public.)

This is the bar at my friend Hannah’s house. I love that it’s comprised almost entirely of locally distilled spirits. It also covers my bar essentials: Gin, Whiskey, and Coffee Liqueur.

Isn’t it beautiful?