How’s your week been? Have you done anything fun yet? I sure hope so. I was reviewing my Travel Oregon plan, which basically involves me having fun on a regular basis. I wanted to check in with myself and see if I’m reaching any of my goals, and I’m glad to say that today, I achieved three (!) of them. Three in one day. Woot woot! (If you haven’t seen my list, you can check it out on my Travel page.)
And as for today’s adventure? First, I met my daughter, Maddy, at Boke Bowl for a Poke Bowl (seriously). Then, I went sailing with the family and Maddy’s boyfriend, Jeff. Finally, I went to Nonna with Vini to hear Rebecca Kilgore, Randy Porter, and Tom Wakeling. (For those of you who don’t know, Vini is my husband, Peter’s, nickname.)
Even though I’ve eaten at Boke Bowl before, it was only once, at least three years ago, so I’m calling it a “new” experience. In fact, the last time I was there, I went for the ramen and they had a very limited menu. This time, the food I ate was brand new on the menu, and the menu has been greatly expanded!
The Poke Bowl was made of cold ramen noodles, arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and of course, poke (marinated raw tuna, pronounced “po-kay”). If you’ve been to Hawaii, you probably know how good poke is. If not, I would definitely recommend trying this dish. It was light but filling, and very tasty. It’s seasoned with an Asian inspired vinaigrette, and Maddy and I added some soy sauce and togarashi table-side. We also ordered a trio of buns, which were little folded pockets of steamed dough (similar to char siu bao at a dim sum place).
Ours were filled with beef brisket and Asian slaw; pork belly with pickled veggies and hoisin sauce; and fried (!) chicken with a mustard aioli. All in all, I’d have to say, “yummy, yummy, yum yum!”
Later that afternoon, we took what will most likely be our final sail of the season. Now I realize you might be thinking, “how can sailing count? It’s not like the rest of us can just head out for a sail…,” but here’s the thing. You totally can. If you know us, and you’re in the Portland area, all you gotta do is let us know you’re into it. Then, when we go sailing in the future, we’ll give you a call and you can come along. Seriously. We love sailing with our friends. Consider yourself invited!
Finally, Vini and I hit Nonna for some nosh and jazz. Two of my favorite things! If you go to Nonna, here are some of the things I recommend:
The Fauxloma – a new, non-alcoholic drink concocted by our bartender that includes grapefruit juice, peach syrup, lime, salt, and club soda. It was barely sweet, tangy, and delicious! The shrimp fritters – crispy on the outside and shrimpy on the inside, with a luscious garlic aioli. The charcuterie board – different every time. Always good. The burrata – served with heirloom tomatoes and a mess of baby greens with balsamic reduction. It was at once, silky, rich, and bright. Really a nice balance of flavors.
The jazz was spectacular – natch. Becky Kilgore, is of course, a wonderful vocalist. I loved her set lists too! Some great, familiar classics, but also, some songs I’d never heard before, which is always a treat. No need to mention how terrific Randy Porter is on piano, but I’ll mention it anyway. He’s such a great soloist, and he’s one of those guys that just makes it all look so easy! Finally, I’m giving a shout out to Tom Wakeling, whom I’ve known for a very, very long time, and also whom I forget is a really great bass player! I used to hear Tom play with the Kicks Band back in the day. There isn’t always a lot of solo time for the bassist in a big band. So, Tom, I wanna say, I really enjoyed hearing you play tonight and you blew some great solos, man!
Seriously, people, get out of the house! There are so many amazing, fabulous, fun things to do here! Anywhere special you like to go? Let me know! I love suggestions. In the meantime, think about coming down to Ronnie’s jam at the Prime Rib on Sandy Boulevard, Sunday night, October 1. That’s my next planned outing. Hope I see you there…
And here, for your listening pleasure, is a little snippet of “Them There Eyes.”
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