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Bend Fish Company Restaurant Review 8.8

January 22, 2010

Bend Fish Company, BFC (Soft Shell Crab center)

Bend Fish Company has fresh seafood to cook at home or order from the menu.  Unlike many fish markets, there is no strong fishy odor.  You order at the counter or at the sushi bar.  There are great Happy Hour specials Mon-Sat 2:00-5:30 & Sushi all day Sunday.

Bend Fish Co is among the best Fish Tacos, Fish n Chips & Sushi places in town, or the whole west coast for that matter.

If you decide to do Fish & Chips, Bend Fish Co has several great options; New Zealand Red Cod, Black Tiger Shrimp, Pacific Wahoo, Wild Salmon, Farmed Catfish, Small Oysters, Razor Clams, Alaskan Halibut, ranging from $8.25-$10.95.  Pick a cole slaw; Peanut Coconut, roney Poppyseed or Cilantro Lime.  Last but not least, pick 2 tartars; Cabo, Traditional, Rasta, Cap’n Dicks, Sicilian, Tokyo, Bombay or Cajun.

If you go during happy hour, only 3 Fish n Chip options (unless you want to pay full price for the others) Catfish, Cod or Salmon.  For happy hour, my favorite is Salmon, full price, my favorite is Shrimp or Clams.  Peanut-Coconut is my favorite slaw but the Cilantro-Lime is the healthiest.  You can’t go wrong with the tartars but I usually go Tokyo plus another choice at random.  My husband always has the Cajun.  You really can’t go wrong with any combination.  I had bones in 1 piece of salmon on 1 visit but usually these are without bones.

Bend Fish Co seems to be as good or better than many other Sushi options.  I am not an expert in this area.  I tend to prefer “California Rolls” because I don’t usually go for uncooked meat but my husband loves Sashimi.  I don’t have a regular menu but here are a few of our favorites off the Happy Hour menu; Yellow Tail $4 (Nigiri 2 piece) or $10 (Sashimi 7 piece), Spicy Thai $4.75 (6 piece), Smoked Philly $6 (8 piece), Dragon $10 (8 piece).

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9

Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: N/A (order @ counter, bus your own table)
Atmosphere: 8
Value:9

Bend Fish Company
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
212 NE Revere Ave, Bend, OR 97701
541-330-6131
N 44°4.070′ W 121°18.208′
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Deschutes Brewery Restaurant Review 8.8

January 19, 2010

Deschutes Brewery, Sweet & Spicy Mac n Cheese

Many people make a pilgrimage to Deschutes Brewery for the Beer.  I go for the food.  This is a Pub with great food.  Hang at the bar for a pint or enjoy a meal.  My husband and brother both enjoy the beer.

My 3 favorite dishes at Deschutes Brewery are Fish n Chips, Reuben and Sweet & Spicy Mac n Cheese.  You must try the house sweet & spicy mustard.  I often substitute the sweet potato fries for the regular fries or salad.

I have traveled up and down the west coast with my husband searching for the best Fish n Chips.  We expected to find the best on the ocean but we were pleasantly surprised to find the 2 best places in Bend.  Deschutes is tied for 1st.  The fish is thick & smooth.  The breading is very light allowing the fish to be the star, not the bread.

The reuben is on a marble rye bread.  The meat is juicy & fresh.  I must have cole slaw on my reuben, the cole slaw here is perfectly light, not mayonnaisey.  The mustard is not in the sandwich but in the jar, it adds another unique element only available at Deschutes.

Last but not least, Sweet & Spicy Mac n Cheese.  Shells instead of macaroni Pasta allow more of the sauce in the spoon.  The cream sauce has an Asian flavor.  $11 for a vegetarian dish, $15 with meat (smoked salmon is my favorite).

Get a free pint if you donate blood to the American Red Cross on “pint for a pint” day sponsored by Deschutes Brewery (you must bring the coupon from the Red Cross).

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: 8
Atmosphere: 9
Value:9

Deschutes Brewery
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
375 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702
541-749-1060
N 44° 3.564′ W 121° 18.705′
http://www.facebook.com/deschutes.brewery?ref=ts
http://www.deschutesbrewery.com

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Jackson’s Corner Restaurant Review 9.0

January 19, 2010

Jackson's Corner, Mahi Mahi Burger

Off the beaten path on Broadway & Delaware, Jackson’s Corner resembles a clean, modern mercantile. Entering the building reaffirms the mercantile feeling with busy modern buzz. The east wall is filled with drinks, focusing on specialty beers & unique drinks. The back of the store has a coffee bar (I’m not a coffee drinker so I have not tried this). Order at the counter then choose a table or sit at the bar overlooking the cooking area & pizza oven. Free Wi-Fi. It is usually packed during the noon hour.

We frequent Jackson’s Corner and have several favorites off the menu, depending on mood; steak sandwich, mahi mahi burger, Thai salad, coconut curry soup, chicken noodle soup. The pizzas are also great but I prefer the sandwiches. My husband likes the Kombucha (fermented tea drink), you can also refill your growlers here. Kombucha is an acquired taste, ask to try a small sample. I’m glad I tried it but I won’t order it for myself.

The Thai salad has a sweet & mildly spicy dressing. Choose from a variety of meats, seafoods or vegetarian. I don’t usually go for vegetarian dishes but but I love the stir fried vegetables even better than the prawns, I think this is a first for me.

The Mahi Mahi Burger is a favorite that my husband & I split often. The mahi tuna melts in your mouth, served over Thai sweet & mildly spicy cole slaw on ciabatta bread (made fresh daily from a local bakery). Includes a side salad, I usually substitute the house dressing for the Thai dressing.

You must try Jackson’s Corner for yourself.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: N/A (order @ counter, bus your own table)
Atmosphere: 9
Value:9

Jackson’s Corner
845 Northwest Delaware Ave, Bend, Oregon
541-647-2198
N 44° 3.187″ W 121° 19.088″
http://www.facebook.com/jacksonscorner

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Chow Bend Restaurant Review 9.0

January 10, 2010

Chow, Roasted Natural Beef Brisket

Chow is located across the street from Newport Market.  Walking in you are quickly greeted & seated.  Nearly every table is full, in the dining area of this charming house turned restaurant.  Space is limited but well worth any wait you may encounter (we didn’t encounter a wait).

Our vegetarian friend ordered a grilled cheese.  This is not the grilled cheese you grew up with, it looked spectacular.  Grilled Cheese, Savory Ricotta & Feta Cheese, Local Cheese, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato $10

Grace & I split a Roasted Natural Beef Brisket, Chipotle Aioli, Queso Fresco, Tomato, Avocado, Roasted Jalapeno, Greens for $11, this included a choice of side.  Fresh Vegetable Spring Roll with Peanut Sauce (usually $3).  I also had a chance to try my husband’s side of grilled squash.

I can’t believe it took me so long to try Chow.  I will be back, very soon.  It will be hard to order something else on my next visit, the Brisket was delicious.  Everything I saw looked so good, I hope to eventually try everything on the menu in the coming visits.

Next time I have the spring roll, I will order it without the onions.  I wouldn’t change anything else.  I briefly spoke with one of the owners on my way out, he said everything is made from scratch.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 10
Service: 8
Atmosphere: 9
Value:9

Chow
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
1100 NW Newport Ave, Bend, Oregon
541-728-0256
N 44° 3.755′ W 121°19.680′
http://www.chowbend.com

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Lose it! Free iPhone app for weight loss & maintenance

January 10, 2010

This is my personal food log for Friday, January 8, 2010

I am trying to get back to a healthier me.  I hope to work with restaurants to obtain nutritional information including calorie & fat content to share on this blog.

I discovered a free app for my iPhone last summer called “lose it”.  It is a lifestyle instead of a “diet”.   You input your food & exercise into the app to keep track of your eating & activity patterns.  You choose how you want to implement this in your life; lose a little, a lot or simply maintain.

The app has a large fresh food, prepackaged food & chain restaurant database.  If it doesn’t have what you need, you can create your own custom foods & recipes.  It also has a list of your previous meals & foods to quickly locate your regular items.

As a self proclaimed “foodie”, I like to eat good food & am not willing to do a shake or rice cake diet.  I don’t mind having some lighter, healthier snacks & meals but every day I still want spectacular food.  I just have smaller portions.  This is perfect for me, customizable, easy & free.

http://www.loseit.com

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I’m back

January 10, 2010

So much to do, so little time.  I am back & plan to regularly post again.  I haven’t stopped eating out or taking photos.  I have done quite a bit of traveling though so it doesn’t quite fit into “Bend” bits.

I just downloaded the iPhone app so I can easily post on the go.

I will be taking a beginning photography class at the end of the month with my new camera.  This should allow me to provide photos that do the food justice.  Photos taken in a dark room on the iPhone don’t come out as well as the ones in a brightly lit room.  We want to be fair all around.

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Pastini Restaurant Review 8.4

September 14, 2008

Pastini, Butternut Squash

Pastini is another nice addition to the upscale Old Mill restaurants. The interior is modern with lots of windows overlooking the Deschutes River. The staff was friendly & gladly moved us to a booth closer to the river view when we asked. You will be served with complimentary bread, oil & vinegar.

The food is delicious but there were a few hitches. We ordered a double noodle dish for $1.75 more, they forgot to add the extra noodles in the cooking process so they brought additional noodles on a plate, the additional noodles minimized the flavor after they were mixed in. The butternut squash was wonderful but some pieces were not fully cooked and a little hard. I will try coming back another time to base the rating on more than one experience.

The spaghetti & meatballs were very good, the meatballs were very large & resembled a very good meatloaf. The Parmigiana Bread is very good, the red sauce that comes with it is the best sauce I have tried (I usually don’t like any red sauce) I will order this again.

I noticed on the menu that you can do “wheat free whole wheat substitutions” but I did not get this clarified

Add Chicken to any pasta or salad for $2.25
Add Meatballs to any pasta for $1.65
Rigatoni Zuccati – Roasted butternut squash, wild mushrooms, spinach & rosemary in a light cream sauce, $9.50
Spaghetti & Meatballs – Three handmade meatballs of beef and pork simmered in a savory marinara sauce, $8.95
Parmigiana Bread – Rustic baguette toasted with butter and parmesan, served with a side of marinara, $3.95
Kids meals (12 & under) – $5.50

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 8
Service: 8
Atmosphere: 9
Value:8

Pastini Pastaria
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
375 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702
541-749-1060
N 44° 2.840′ W 121° 18.963′ (about)
http://www.facebook.com/PastiniPastaria?ref=search&sid=1057683504.1620381956..1
http://www.pastini.net