To leave Seattle on a Friday afternoon to drive anywhere is a tricky thing - but to drive South through Tacoma and Olympia with a state fair and road construction is even more fun. But alas PDX for the heck of it weekend awaited us so we tried an alternate route and found - traffic. Yay!
Five hours later we made it to the fine Residence Inn just outside of downtown Portland, Oregon and just six minutes from the award winning neighborhood Italian restaurant Nostrana - surprisingly sandwiched inside a little home improvement strip mall.
Because five hours in a car was not enough I decided to go traveling some more with my taste buds and ordered a Corsica rosé wine flight. Then I convinced my companions to experience the charcuterie with me.
Hello lamb liver pâté, lamb ham, tuna terrine and beef tongue - yum. The lamb pâté was like eating a pillow of pudding that tasted of subtle lamb - and you did not need to even chew the tongue it was so tender.
It is no wonder Nostrana has James Beard awards hanging all over its walls - even the chicken, my not so adventurous eater traveling buddy Tyler ordered, tasted unlike any chicken I have ever tasted before.
I ordered the insalata Nostrana per the instructions from the article I read about the place and was not disappointed in its intense flavor. A great rufage precursor to Evan's ginormous 31 day aged 1 kilo steak
and my cappallini pasta.
It was a good meal at a good place with good people who were tired and full and oh so ready for sleepy-time. We returned home to the hotel to rest for a new day on Saturday filled with more food and adventures.