I would imagine that few people have noticed, but I have been away from the breakfast blog of late. That’s for two big reasons: One is that I was wrapped up in my Indiegogo campaign and finishing up the book (going to the printer Friday, yay!) and the other is that I have been on another round of my English soccer tour. Thus, no reviews.
But I am writing and posting this on a Virgin Train between Liverpool (Everton FC) and London (Spurs and Chelsea), so that’s something.
I do, however, want to say another big thanks to everybody who pitched in on the campaign, whether you put down some money or helped spread the word. It all helped, and the $4,000+ I raised will really help. So thanks, everybody! Big bow of gratitude and humility.
And now, on to some Portland Breakfast News
From the Oregonian, Bijou Cafe has launched dinner service. Details on the offerings:
A glimpse at the new night-side menu reveals Parisian gnocchi with butternut squash and shitakes, grapefruit- and brown sugar-glazed pork tenderloin and a chocolate bouchon cake with poached banana ice cream for desserts.
Elsewhere, one of my favorite, fairly unknown Portland breakfast places, The Hands on Cafe, is being taken over by new management. Leather Storrs, who used to be at Noble Rot, will be in charge — and interesting twist being that his dad was the architect who designed the campus at Portland College of Arts and Crafts, so he knows the place quiet well. Details from the Oregonian.
In openings, closings, and breakfast-quittings, Laurelthirst has stopped breakfast service. Don’t know why, and only found out through my ace fact-checkers at Indigo Editing (hat tip).
Tasting East also closed, which means there’s one less place for congi in town, and my double waitress crush will remain just that. The Roadrunner also closed (from Food Dude), which let me off the hook because I could’t think of a damn thing to say about that place so I had left it out of the book.
On the plus side, Gravy now has dinner service until 9 p.m. — and they’re also now serving breakfast “all day every day.” So add them to the list of “Breakfast for dinner” places. Here’s their menu.