Lisa: “I had a bad day at work. I’m cranky and hormonal.”
Michael: “I’m tired. I really don’t feel like cooking tonight.”
Solution = DINNER OUT.
I was sold. I was cranky and hungry and it didn’t take much convincing on Michael’s part to get me to go out. Michael picked Nuestra Cocina over on SE Division.
I used to drive by the restaurant every day on my way home from work. I’d been wanting to go there for ages. It’s a really cute restaurant, stylishly decorated and typical Portland-hipster.
We were seated immediately and our waiter, named Michael, was a rockstar. I find that I’m really sensitive to bad service in restaurants and he was a very pleasant reminder that there ARE some good restaurants in Portland that have good service. He was upbeat and friendly and had excellent food and drink recommendations.
ANTOJITOS Y ENSALADAS
The waiter immediately brought warm, freshly made mini tortillas with salsa. They tasted like fresh corn and sun. The waiter recommended the special of the day and it was a winner: pork tamales with tomatillo sauce.
The waiter’s suggestion for my glass of wine was also a great one. Valserrano Rioja. It was full-bodied and bolder than what I would normally order but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
After the tortillas and tamales I wasn’t as hungry as I was when I first walked in the door but I still ordered an entree. Luckily it wasn’t oversized.
Michael’s dinner was: Grilled half chicken in achiote rub with Guajillo mole & braised greens (I think it was Kale).
My dinner was great. I LOVED the pork. (Shredded pork seems to be my new favorite thing to order at restaurants). I had a bite of Michael’s chicken and it was perfectly prepared. He marveled at how the chicken also remained piping hot until the very last bite.
I won a box from Erin recently and was so excited to see it arrived!
I loved all the comments on yesterday’s post about the Evergood sausages. I think it’s hilarious that the guy chose to respond in such an unprofessional way…and Brie made a good point: who responds representing a company with a ton of ??? and !!! That’s just tacky. Another friend of mine, who is a lawyer, said I should just respond with “Objection. Non-responsive.” That cracked me up!
QUESTION: Do you have a three day weekend for the holiday? How are you going to spend it?