Tag: Appetizers

Thai-inspired Martini Is a Toast to the Sea — and to Oregon

Thai-inspired Martini Is a Toast to the Sea — and to Oregon

One of the things that I love about living in Oregon is the bountiful and fresh seafood available. Another is that the state embraces Pacific Rim cultures. As an Asian-American who has lived lots of places in the U.S., I’ve found it one of the most welcoming places to be. With our love of the […]

March 31, 2010 | 5 Comments More
Perfect Pairing: Pear and Brie Baked in Pastry

Perfect Pairing: Pear and Brie Baked in Pastry

Brie and pear make a delicious and classic combination, with a twist of being encased in pastry and baked to golden deliciousness. Is that really a word? Deliciousness? Make it and decide for yourself and be sure to enjoy it with a glass of Oregon pinot gris or riesling!

March 7, 2010 | 6 Comments More
A Fetching Dinner for Seven Brides Brewing at Silver Grille Café in Silverton

A Fetching Dinner for Seven Brides Brewing at Silver Grille Café in Silverton

Shortly after Jeff DeSantis poured everyone a shell of Emily’s Ember, our servers presented the first course, Tempura of Shrimp and Oregon Dungeness Crab Beignets with Remoulade Sauce. Bringing Japanese and Creole elements together made a perfect first course. The crunch of the tempura batter was beautifully offset by the soft crab beignets and both paired well with the remoulade sauce. Without directly asking the chef, I have a hunch that a touch of Emily’s Ember was in the tempura batter and the semi-spicy remoulade.

With the first sip and bite, we knew we were in for a special treat.

February 26, 2010 | 5 Comments More
Dungeness Crab Martini - Cracked not Stirred

Dungeness Crab Martini – Cracked not Stirred

The martini is perhaps the most romanticized and bastardized alcoholic wallop ever invented. Among famous martini aficionados are Winston Churchill, FDR, Ernest Hemingway, Cary Grant and the fictional James Bond who preferred his “shaken, not stirred” and with vodka. H. L. Mencken once called the martini “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.”

Does martini always = cocktail? What about shrimp cocktail? Why not an ample serving of simply dressed crabmeat presented in the same glass. My vision of a crab martini will be beautiful, unadulterated crabmeat dressed as simply as possible, allowing the sweetness of the crab to command center stage.

February 4, 2010 | 4 Comments More
Smoked Trout Mousse

Smoked Trout Mousse

I first tasted smoked trout when we lived in Baltimore. At a farmers’ market near our home, owners of the Metropol Café had a booth where they served all kinds of smoked seafood as well as cheeses. I remember the wonderful aroma and flavor of the smoked trout. One of the two women had gone […]

December 27, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Tasty Thai Fish Cakes — Tod Mun

Tasty Thai Fish Cakes — Tod Mun

Besides Thailand, I’ve lived in Singapore, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, Baltimore, and now Salem, to name a few, and in each place there has been an abundance of Thai restaurants. How do I tell the good ones from the not-so-good ones? There is one dish I order at every new Thai restaurant I encounter so […]

November 1, 2009 | 5 Comments More
Coho Gravlax: An ode to the fjords of Sweden from the much-less-rugged coast of Oregon

Coho Gravlax: An ode to the fjords of Sweden from the much-less-rugged coast of Oregon

Some people crave sweets. Others crave beef. Recently I had an irresistible lust for gravlax. I don’t know what was driving it. I joke with my friends that my lust for wine is because in a past life I tended a beautiful vineyard in Bordeaux. Maybe my lust for gravlax was because in a different […]

April 27, 2009 More