Food Orgies I’ve Lived Through: Oyster Bliss and IACP in Portland


You'd think it was the holidays
judging by how much I’ve been eating. It’s a little weird when the forced austerity of tax time collides with not-to-be-missed eating opportunities. Credit card bills and elastic-waist pants are usually the result.  No regrets here because hey, this is just how I roll now. Living in the moment and all that.


I attended my first ever Kermit Lynch party on Saturday the 17 followed by 4 days of gorging on all manner of both street food and fine restaurant eats in Portland.




Oyster Bliss is all about oysters, homemade sausages by Chris Lee and Samin Nosrat, wine by  Kermit Lynch and desserts by Café Fanny, along with plenty of sun, friends, and music. It was a blast drinking buckets of rose, chewing on sausages, slurping oysters and laughing with friends and tablemates. It’s tough to spend a Saturday afternoon like that because it’s too tempting to continue the debauchery. Luckily I’ve reached the age of reason and spent the late afternoon and early evening napping.


Fanny's strawberry rhubarb tart
Fanny's Chocolate Pave

 Barely recovered from the oyster party, Tuesday I arrived in Portland and proceeded to eat my way through town. I had plenty of good company and made countless new friends. Here are a few of the pictorial highlights.


The dreamiest coffee ever from the sweetest 200 square foot storefront.

Porchetta sandwich from The People's Pig Cart. Yowza!

Ziba's pitas: like my grandma's strudel only savory with cheese and lamb and Ajvar!


Poutine from Spudnik

I've had some pretty sorry examples of Korean tacos. This was not one of them.

Ok so I probably didn't really need to eat Texas toast grilled cheese with hamburger.

Cutest shack ever

My roomie Amy's Schnitzelwich from Tabor. She was nice enough to share. It was a textural wonderland.

Civilized lunch with new friends Laiko Bahrs, Maura Sell, Brona Cosgrave, and Patrice Savery at Pasta Works.
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Green garlic soup!

farmers market pizza!

Much to my surprise, I walked into the Chronicle Books party and there was my book cover all blown (and grown) up and looking gorgeous. I had to get a happy shot. It's blurry but too fun not to include.

In closing, the conference was inspiring, exhausting, exhilerating and magical this year. The best ever. Everyone I met, famous or not, was kind, engaging, friendly, and helpful. It felt like one big giant love fest and sharing sphere. It made me feel like anything is possible and we’ll all get where we are going by helping one another. And you know what? I believe we really will. I don’t know if it’s the new economy or Portland itself but the conference felt like one big happy family. Maybe I just had “city of the roses”-colored glasses on, but I don’t think so. I think it was real.

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One Comment

  1. maura
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Your posting makes me hungry all over again! LOVED meeting you. I look forward to the DIY Portland Book Tour this Fall.

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