Alas, Even Obsessive Critics Need A Break

We at ELV and our staff have been going at it hammer and tongs for some time now.

Yeah, we’ve been a little edgy.

So it’s time for a break…a respite….a vacation if you will. So we’re heading north – to Portland, Oregon and the beaches of the Washington coast to eat oysters, drink wine and forget about restaurants for a while.

And for “a while” we mean until we can find a wi-fi connection up there.

No seriously, we’re going to immerse ourselves in the bounty of the Pacific Northwest for a week, with the restaurants of Las Vegas becoming but a dim bulb of nostalgic whimsy as we cast about the highways for the fruits of King Neptune’s trident. Beyond the question of a doubt, we’ll be cooking on all four cylinders and it’ll be as much fun as shooting monkeys in a barrel.

Or something like that.

BTW: if any of you want to show us where we should eat in or around Portland, we’re all ears.


p.s. If you want to follow our adventures for the next 6 days, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (Facebook under John Curtas; Twitter under Eating Las Vegas. Or just Facebook our sorry keister and we’ll Facebook yours right back.

p.p.s. But stay tuned, ‘cuz we may do a few Facebook/Twitter-like posts on this site, just to annoy Brian Waddell.

p.p.p.s. And as long as we’re seeking advice, whaddya think of this, as our new avatar for the site?

12 thoughts on “Alas, Even Obsessive Critics Need A Break

  1. Dear John,
    You are going to a fantastic food town. If you have time here are a few of our favorites: Steve’s Cheese inside of Square Deal Wines in the Pearl District, Payley’s Place (get the gnocchi for sure!) and Park Kitchen. Steve Jones is a good friend of ours. So please introduce yourself.
    Happy eating!
    Kristin Sande at Valley Cheese and Wine

  2. I hear Voodoo Donuts is the place for breakfast in Portland. Maple and Bacon donuts…can’t go wrong with that. :)

  3. Annoy away my friend. Enjoy your trip, and I look forward to hearing all about your adventure.

    P.S. Don’t listen to that Kristin lady in the first reply. What could a Midwestern girl possibly know about cheese, wine, or gnocchi? he he.

  4. Dan and Louis Oyster Bar for the most delectable, precious little Willapa Bay or Yaquina Point oysters you can imagine. Order them fried, which will deliver a plate of oysters from the Pacific coast, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. It’s in a seedy part of Old Town in the heart of Portland. They’ve been serving oysters for something like 125 years.

    Fast forward to today and head up to Wildwood restaurant in Northwest Portland, founded by Chef Cory Schreiber, whose Grandfather, Louis Waschmuth (sp?), was one of the founders of Dan and Louis Oyster Bar. A taste of the past of the Northwest at Dan and Louis, a taste of today at Wildwood, with a family link running through both restaurants.

    At Wildwood this time of year expect fruits like blackberries, loganberries, and Northwest peaches, along with some local cheeses and Oregon wines. Enjoy.

  5. Let us know all about it when you’re back. I can’t wait to go up that way soon to see The Northwest in all its beauty again. Enjoy your trip, Mr. ELV. :-)

  6. bwdining, to answer your question “What could a Midwestern girl possibly know about cheese, wine, or gnocchi?”

    Far more than a Fresno boy could ever know … he he.

    ELV, enjoy your Oregon trip. If you drive out to the Oregon coast, there is a Tillamook cheese/ice cream visitor center, where you can sample a few things.

  7. Bijou cafe-Downtown breakfast
    carafe- french
    toro bravo-tapas
    bridges-N.E. breakfast
    Cup and Saucer- S.E. breakfast
    Cafe Mingo- Dinner Italian
    Gravy – Hangover breakfast. Missisippi area
    coffee people – mexican hot chocolate

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