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Laurie Wolf

Laurie Wolf

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July 17th "The Portland, Oregon Chef's Table" written by Laurie and photographed by her husband, Bruce Wolf.
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A Sandwich a Day: Torta Ahogada from Mextiza in Portland, OR

Mextiza is a newish Mexican restaurant in Portland that has a popular older sibling, Autentica. Mextiza offers over 60 brands of tequila, and dishes that are indigenous to the many regions of chef Oswaldo Bibiano's native Mexico including Toluca, Sinaloa, and Hidalgo, among others. The sandwich highlight is the Torta Ahogado, slowly cooked sliced beef that's simmered in a red sauce and served with refried beans, onions and thinly sliced radish. More

A Sandwich a Day: Falafel from Barbur World Foods Market in Portland, OR

This international market, with a specialty in Middle Eastern foods, is one of my favorite places to shop in Portland. The variety of foods, beer, and wine is great, plus the prices are reasonable. It's owned by Myrna and John Attar, who are the same people behind the terrific Lebanese restaurant Ya Hala, so you can also expect fresh prepared foods from the deli counter: hummus, baba ghanouj, tabouli, and roasted lamb on basmati rice, and freshly baked pita for this falafel. More

A Sandwich a Day: Roast Turkey from Lovejoy Bakery in Portland, OR

Though the roast beef with caramelized onions and cheddar is damn good, their turkey sandwich has to be my favorite. Roast turkey with avocado, bacon, mascarpone and housemade cranberry chutney is a winning combination of tart and sweet, crunchy and chewy. It comes on their housemade sourdough levain bread. It's one of those sandwiches that calls to you as soon as you walk in. More

A Sandwich a Day: Awesome Egg Salad at Meat Cheese Bread in Portland, OR

Meat Cheese Bread has been one of Portland's favorite sandwich spots since it opened in 2008. Owner John Stewart has been cooking since he was 14 in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He makes just about everything from scratch at MCB, from the perfectly flaky croissants to the pickled veggies and meats. Each sandwich becomes a phenomenal sum of its parts, even one as simple as the egg salad. More

A Sandwich a Day: Banana Nutella from Olympic Provisions in Portland, OR

Olympic Provisions is a Portland hot spot for charcuterie. Salumist Elias Cairo is a master of all things cured and smoked, and many of the charcuterie plates in town use their products. (We took a behind-the-scenes tour of their meat department last year). The sandwiches are some of the best in Portland and although many are porky and strictly for carnivores, this particular one is actually targeted to the Montessori school down the street. More

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Hero from Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland, Oregon

Ken's Artisan in NW Portland is reputed as the go-to place for what many consider to be the best bread in Portland. The other Ken's, across the river, is a pizza restaurant and equally stellar. For the westsiders who want to stay in their neighborhood, Ken's Artisan Bakery does pizza every Monday night, and it rocks. Actually, you can't go wrong with anything they bake or make. Largely due to the bread, along with fresh, seasonal ingredients, any sandwich listed on the daily changing blackboard menu is going to be excellent. More

A Sandwich a Day: Turkey Reuben from Mother's Bistro in Portland, OR

A Sandwich a Day: Sliced Smoked Brisket at Podnah's in Portland, OR

it may not be the norm, but man it is the bomb

A Sandwich a Day: Fried Chicken at Sunshine Tavern in Portland, OR

It actually was the perfect size for a satisfying and delicious bunch of bites.

A Sandwich a Day: Lefse from Viking Soul Food Cart in Portland, OR

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A Sandwich a Day: Banana Nutella from Olympic Provisions in Portland, OR

I loved the addition of jam, it was not a terribly sweet one. A friend tried it with an orange marmalade and said it was absolutely great.

A Sandwich a Day: Banana Nutella from Olympic Provisions in Portland, OR

give it a try, rich and sublime

The Best Use of Butter: Kouign Amann Pastries

There is a bakery in Portland, Alder, that makes individual Kouign Amann. I was blown away when I saw it, I had only read about it before this sighting. What a buttery, phenomenal treat. And in addition to this hard to find magnificence, Alder has wonderful gelato. All flavors are terrific, but the sesame blew me away. Kind of like ice cream halvah. And the chocolate with orange blossom made me want to curl up and cry from deliciousness overdose.
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A Sandwich a Day: Italian Hero from Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland, Oregon

and another thing. This bakery makes wonderful chewy chocolate chip cookies, all the bread is totally rad, the chocolate pound cake crazy good, and they make a damn good cup of coffee.

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Hero from Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland, Oregon

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I also love that the sandwich is made to order and everything is the perfect temperature to bring out the best of each ingredient. Too cold and it has no taste

A Sandwich a Day: Banana Nutella from Olympic Provisions in Portland, OR

Olympic Provisions is a Portland hot spot for charcuterie. Salumist Elias Cairo is a master of all things cured and smoked, and many of the charcuterie plates in town use their products. (We took a behind-the-scenes tour of their meat department last year). The sandwiches are some of the best in Portland and although many are porky and strictly for carnivores, this particular one is actually targeted to the Montessori school down the street. More