Padam, Padam

Songs of passion. . .French cabaret music, klezmer, tangos, Latin and original music.

Updated June 12, 2011

Padam, Padam at the Cheese Kiosk

The Lady was there; I wish I had been there… it was a perfect day at the cheese kiosk. The Lady thanks Padam, Padam for performing and making a special day even more special!!!

How cool!! Portland’s own musical group, Padam, Padam, will perform a mini-concert from 2pm-3pm tomorrow, June 11th at Fred Meyer’s Hawthorne Store, the only Leed’s Certified Silver Grocery Store in Oregon. It’s all part of the specialty cheese kiosk’s “Locavore/Local” theme as the cheesemongers salute more than two dozen cheeses from local cheesemakers in Oregon and Washington State. They also are featuring other local fare that pairs well with the local cheeses, including Beer, Wine, Tea, Jams and Mustards.

There will be cheese samples as well… stop in and hear some great music and take home some local cheese.

Local cheesemakers include: Tillamook, Willamette Valley Cheese Company, Tumalo Farms, Appel Farms, Rogue Creamery and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.

The Lady will be there and if I can sneak in (another “No Pets Allowed” food joint… what’s up with that???), so will I, your not-so-humble Feline Foodie!!!


Rolling out the début of the Hawthorne Fred Meyer’s “The Chef and The Cheesemonger” Series® will be Beecher’s Handmade Cheese’s “World’s Best” Mac and Cheese sampling on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 1pm to 5pm.

Currently, Hawthorne is the only store in the Fred Meyer chain with its own Chef, who is teaming with the Cheese Steward Lead to create samplings using recipes that incorporate specialty cheeses and other specialty products available at their store. The Chef will use (or create) recipes which will also be sampled. The main ingredients will be available for purchase along with a free copy of each recipe to make it easy to re-create at home.

First in the series, The Chef and The Cheesemonger are thrilled to announce that Kurt Beecher Dammeier of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese located at Pike’s Market in Seattle, has graciously provided use of his recipe, “World’s Best” Mac and Cheese, which has been featured on Martha Stewart’s television series. You can view the video of Kurt and Martha by clicking here.

The recipe, just in time for Thanksgiving, will make four servings featuring Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, the primary cheese needed to make this to-die-for Mac and Cheese. (Flagship and the other cheeses used in the recipe will all be grated and available for purchase). The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to accommodate any Thanksgiving gathering.

AND as an added bonus, Kurt is also providing signed copies of his 2007 Cookbook, Pure Flavor, which includes the “World’s Best” Mac n Cheese recipe and more than 100 other recipes that feature the unique bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Customers can enter a free drawing to win one of the cookbooks.

Future samplings are planned for 2011 and will be announced both here and on the Fred Meyer Facebook page.

Om Nom Nom…Sandwiches

November 18, 2010

The Lady’s work friend, Katie, has opened a food cart at a la carts food pavilion located at 4926 SE Division, Portland (behind Barely Worn).

The City of Portland has a huge Food Cart Culture. There are literally thousands of food carts throughout the city with more pavilions popping up weekly. Food carts offer quality food in every craved cuisine from simple comfort food to Thai to Peruvian to Greek to Bar-B-Que. If you love to eat it; you can usually find a food cart that serves it (including one on Belmont that serves escargot for $6.50).

Katie and her business partner decided to keep it simple and offer a small menu of five different sandwiches. The bread is baked in the cart; the aioli is made by Katie and all the ingredients are fresh and high quality. They slice the meat to order and every sandwich is made when ordered.

The Man, who is ever-evolving, was reluctant to eat at a food cart… memories of carts in downtown Los Angeles in the 50s were probably dancing in his head… but The  Lady persuaded him to go with her to check out Katie’s cart. The Man was pleased to see an Italian choice on the menu and that’s just what he ordered: Salami, Mortadella, Sopressata, provolone, an olive salad/spread that is also made on the premises with butter leaf lettuce, onion and basil aioli on toasted focaccia. You know what happens; the same thing that always happens when The Man eats good food… yep, he swooned and pronounced the sandwich the best Italian he had ever eaten…

The Lady chose the Club which included turkey, ham, bacon, butter leaf lettuce, onion, tomato, aioli, stone ground mustard on a delicious rustic white bread. Also delicious, although The Lady was… well… more Lady-like and didn’t swoon…

The other three choices on the menu are Chicken salad on Ciabatta; Turkey (also on ciabatta) and a Portabella Mushroom Sandwich with roasted red bell pepper, chevre and avocado.

Each sandwich is $6.00; a terrific price, especially for size and quality.

The Lady gives Om Nom Nom 4 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got to lend her…)

Om Nom Nom offers Tim’s Cascade Chips for a side and Hot Lips Soda to drink.

There are about a dozen other food carts at this location that offer Bar-B-Que, Vegetarian and even Elk and Bison Burgers… The Fondue Cart wasn’t open but you can rest assured The Lady will return to check it out at a later date…

From pdx.eater.com


The tony Ten 01‘s been workin’ it lately: In addition to branding a new small-plates menu for its downstairs dining room, the Pearl spot will be serving up one hell of a cheese plate on Monday night. In a partnership with Steve Jones of Cheese Bar, the upcoming Cheese Bar Spectacular will feature tastes of more than 100 cheeses, in addition to beer and wine pairings by PDX’s most entertaining sommelier, Jeff Groh.

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Tickets start at $39.99

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