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Mardi Gras time in Portland!

Portland Mardi Gras Ball 2011

Portland Mardi Gras Ball 2011

I’m working with a great team of New Orleans ex-pats who’ve transformed themselves into the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus . In New Orleans, a krewe is mearly an organization that puts together a float, parade or celebration ball for the Mardi Gras season. There are a gazillion Krewes, some very old and revered, some new and piecemeal!

More on Krewes from Wikipedia

Continuing the tradition from thousands of miles away, The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus is hosting Portland’s First Annual Mardi Gras Ball Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at the Norse Hall on SE 11th. Tickets are $25.

Dance lessons! NOLA style food! King and Queen!

Here’s more info:

Taking the Louisiana State Song, “You Are My Sunshine” as its theme, the 2011 Ball will feature the
music of Steve Kerin and Atomic Gumbo with special guest DK Stewart, plus the Too Loose Cajun
Band featuring New Orleans’ own Reggie Houston. There will be Zydeco and Cajun dance lessons
preceding the live music that begins at 9 p.m. Authentic Louisiana fare from Swamp Shack, along
with King Cake, and an exclusive souvenir medallion will be provided to all attendees. Costumes,
masks, a parade, and the crowning of a Mardi Gras King and Queen will round out the festivities.

Tickets on sale at Tickets Oregon: http://bit.ly/MardiGras2011_Tickets

Come on out and let the Bon Temps Roulez!

Dance lessons! NOLA style food! King and Queen!

Here’s more info:

Taking the Louisiana State Song, “You Are My Sunshine” as its theme, the 2011 Ball will feature the
music of Steve Kerin and Atomic Gumbo with special guest DK Stewart, plus the Too Loose Cajun
Band featuring New Orleans’ own Reggie Houston. There will be Zydeco and Cajun dance lessons
preceding the live music that begins at 9 p.m. Authentic Louisiana fare from Swamp Shack, along
with King Cake, and an exclusive souvenir medallion will be provided to all attendees. Costumes,
masks, a parade, and the crowning of a Mardi Gras King and Queen will round out the festivities.

Tickets on sale at Tickets Oregon: http://bit.ly/MardiGras2011_Tickets
Come on out and let the Bon Temps Roulez!

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Lucky Strike Restaurant Portland Oregon

You like it hot? You like it Sichuan ? This is the place for you!

See the Google reviews for Lucky Strike in Portland

On a daring visit about a week ago, we had to try the latest and greatest in Asian food. Friends had recommended it, so why not? My brother from Florida, my world-globetrotting mom, and my up-for-anything S.O. journeyed out to far SE Powell for culinary daring-doo.

This is NOT General Pao’s chicken in cornstarch sauce. This is apparently straight-up vocanic Sichuan cooking. Our table of 4 ordered the Seafood pancake, green beans, plain rice, beef with broccolli , and the plain asian vegetables.

The seafood pancake was delightful. Chock full of briny squid, shrimp and other flavors, and served with a spicy (but not overwhelming ) peppers in oil dipping sauce.

The green beans were smothered in easily avoided red chile peppers. They had a delightful salty clean flavor, balanced with a mouth numbing peppercorn. (I later found in this yelp review, it’s called “huajiao”).

The Beef and Brocolli was listed as “on the safe side” on the menu. Being vegetarian, I tried the broccolli only. Nice, garlicky and bland!

If I had do-overs, I’d take my mother and brother to a ‘safer’ Asian joint, like Om Seafood or Powell Seafood, both also on SE Powell. This is not so great for non-meat eaters, but glad I tried it!

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US Barista Championship 2009

The United States Barista Championship competition is a free event and open to all coffee fans, friends, baristas, foodies, consumers, lovers, haters, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters . . . anyone and everyone who wants to come and check out the coffee action is WELCOME. The “4th Machine” will be offering up espressos and cappuccinos also free of charge, and some pour over coffee, during all hours of the competition. Click on the SCHEDULE link above for the latest event schedule.

http://usbc2009.com/

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Hubigs Pies New Orleans

We are excited to provide our customers across the country with the sweet taste of a Hubig’s Pie. Please refer to the online store for a full choice of flavors.

Hubig's Pie Order

Hubig's Pie Order

In anticipation of an upcoming trip to New Oreleans for Mardi Gras, of all things. I usually go during non-severe tourist season but the opportunity beat on my door with a sledgehammer.

Hubig’s pies are made in the Bywater – you can smell the factory blocks away. Available at most local stores. Usually by the time I get rolling they’re out of everything but Apple.

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