08

10

2009

Sarah Bulgarian Restaurant

Colin

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Tags % Daily Value *
Eggplant10%
Israel10%
Jaffa10%
Kashkaval Pane10%
Kebab10%
Kiopoolu10%
Lamb10%
Lyutenitsa10%
Roasted Pepper10%
Tel-Aviv10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher on lower depanding on your calorie needs

Traditional Bulgarian spot on the border between Tel-Aviv and Jaffa, serving an older generation of Bulgarian immigrant and other foodies who crave a different flavor.

Kiopoolu

Kiopoolu

Lyutenitsa

Lyutenitsa

for appetizers we had the Kiopoolu – a Bulgarian eggplant salad and the Lyutenitsa which is a roasted pepper dip (at first this seems to be quite sweet for me, but than I understood how well it goes with the Kebab)

Kashkaval Pane

Kashkaval Pane

than we had the Kashkaval Pane – peeled pepper stuffed with cheese, covered with bread crumb and lightly fried.

Lamb Stew

Lamb Stew

For main courses we shared a Bulgarian lamb stew, which with the right presentation could have been a complete fine dinning experience by itself, but the chef had no idea how good it is and served it “casalinga” style.

Bulgerian Kebab

Bulgerian Kebab

followed by the Bulgarian kebab.

07

10

2009

Isreali BBQ (Mangal)

Colin

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Tags % Daily Value *
Baba Ganoush13%
Baladi13%
BBQ13%
Chicken13%
Eggplant13%
Israel13%
Mangal13%
Potison13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher on lower depanding on your calorie needs

The Mangal

The Mangal

Baladi Grilled Eggplant

Baladi Grilled Eggplant

visiting my sister house we made an Israeli style BBQ, aka Mangal, the approach is very topical to any other Israeli attitude you can accept, very strait forward and simple, letting the freshness and the ingredients do the work. going to the market with my brother in law I learned why baba ganoush can taste different in other parts of the world, the eggplant they are using is called Baladi Eggplant, which has less seeds and bitterness inside and shaped slightly different from a regular eggplant. for the main dishes we made lightly marinated chicken and beef strait on an open BBQ.

Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken

another interesting thing which I came across while the visit in the Israeli market store which was greatly affected by Russian influences in the last 10 years, is this combination of pickled vegetables which include traditional pickles from cucumbers aside to pickled tomatoes and a vegtable which I notice for the first time called Potison – doesn’t have a lot of flavor but kind of goes in an okay bit with the right meal (not the one we made).

Pickled Potison

Pickled Potison

14

07

2009

Snack II

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Tags % Daily Value *
Calamari9%
Eggplant9%
Kalamari9%
Keftedakia9%
Meatballs9%
Melitzanosalata9%
pita9%
Soho9%
Tzatziki9%
Veal9%
Yogurt9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher on lower depanding on your calorie needs

returning to Snack for a dinner. I do think that it is almost impossible to beat their lunch sandwiches deal but the dinner has also a nice array of flavors to offer.

Melitzanosalata & Tzatziki

Melitzanosalata & Tzatziki

the Melitzanosalata – roasted eggplant dip and the Tzatziki – cucumber yogurt dip were amazing, some of the best eggplants I had around NY, I would also give many points to the pita bread served with it, really good and un-usual for the NY pita scene.

Keftedakia

Keftedakia

The Keftedakia – veal meatballs w/almonds, pine nuts and prunes served over hylopites in a red wine reduction, reminded me a bit the flavor of old style Jewish chopped liver, though with much richer setting. another amazing dish.

Kalamari Salad

Kalamari Salad

The Kalamari Salad which is sauteed calamari w/ black olives red onions, oranges and arugula tossed in a spicy citrus vinaigrette, was also interesting, but didnt make a good pict, though I am still not sure if I regret not having the anchovies.

05

06

2009

Toro Bravo

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Tags % Daily Value *
Asparagus7%
Bacon7%
Dates7%
Eggplant7%
Foie Gras7%
French Kisses7%
Lamb7%
Negroni7%
Portland7%
Prunes7%
Radicchio7%
Ragu7%
Scallops7%
tuna7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher on lower depanding on your calorie needs

Negroni

Negroni

Toro Bravo – amazing tapas restaurant in Portland which also makes very good negroni, actually as a result of having 2 of them before dinner many of the delicious dishes pictures came out quite blurry and not bloggable, interesting effect by itself, anyhow if you are visiting in Portland and looking for good dinning you should definitely check out this place, coming from NY it is also refreshing to see how much you can eat here for such a low price regardless to the tax break, but even if this food was pricey its would have been worth it, one of the better places I came across in my trip here.

here is some of what we had in a mixed order.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

the bacon wrapped dates and the ‘French Kisses’ – brandy soaked prunes stuffed with foie gras, both of these had such a condensed layer of flavor, so rich and with immediate satisfaction on the first bite.

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus with crispy jamon, olives, preserved lemon & chilies, can simply be described in one word – amazing.

Moroccan Tuna with Dried Cherry Couscous

Moroccan Tuna with Dried Cherry Couscous

very refreshing setting which also shown in the presentation, served as my dinning buddies would say with ‘Real Couscous’. truly I was kind of surprised that no duck dish had made it way to our table but a Tuna, though no regret so far. and for the next 3 dishes again I have one or two words to say about: amazing, order it.

Radicchio Salad

Radicchio Salad

Roasted Eggplant with Lamb Ragu

Roasted Eggplant with Lamb Ragu

Seared Scallops with Romesco

Seared Scallops with Romesco