To put it simply! Ciao Vito serves the best pork chop in town. Why does it top the charts? It comes in a thick slab of medium cooked melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Also a favorite at Cia Vito, their spinach polenta bursting with flavor from beginning to end. In terms of the other dishes sampled, the spaghetti on the entree menu was highly disappointing with little sauce and least recommended by myself. Overall, the atmosphere is enjoyable, the staff was friendly and the pork chop well- speaks for it’s self. Ciao Vito is located at 2203 NE Alberta, Portland, OR 97211.
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Photo Courtesy of Pinot American Brasserie.
BOTTLE & FORK EVENT, Monday, November 8, 2010, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, $18 per person, please RSVP to Pinot American Brasserie, 503-719-5506.
Pinot three ways with J. Albin winery. Casual wine presentation with appropriate food pairings. Blanc de Noir sparkling wine, J. Albin Reserve Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Vin Glace dessert wine.
Kevin Lennox, director of Indigo’s fashion department known as The Studio, will be hosting a Fall Fashion & Beauty Shopping Party in Penthouse 2101 from 7-9pm on Tuesday, September 28th. Locatwed in Indigo’s Penthouse Suite 2101 on Tuesday, September 28 from 7-9 PM. Participating Vendors:
Banana Republic is going to be bringing clothing for both men and women, along with debuting some of their new holiday collection. They will also be focusing on layering and explaining how to layer the BR looks this season.
Moule will be bringing men’s and women’s clothing along with some accessories and home products.
Covet will be featuring their accessories collections as well as some new products from Missoni.
Also look for Viridian Wines, Prima Salon, Nordstrom, and Jo Malone.
One of our favorite wineries has begun a summer movie night series out at their winery. Anne Amie Vineyards has launched Flicks ‘n Flights. They encourage you to bring food for a picnic. The only requirement is that alcohol must be purchased from Anne Amie. Sounds like a great way to spend a summer evening. This week’s film is Young Frankenstein.
Friday, July 30, 2010 – 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Join us for a movie under the stars. This year marks our 2nd Flicks ’n Flights series where we’ll show movies on the hilltop above the vineyards. Bring a picnic and buy a bottle of wine to enjoy with the show! Charcuterie plates and assorted cheeses will be available for purchase.
Anne Amie Vineyards, 6580 NE Mineral Springs Road, Carlton, OR 97111
How’s about dining out on swings? Sounds interesting, right? East Burn- a good place to kick back with friends and sway while you eat. There is both indoor and outdoor seating options; many of these include swings that hang table-side. The outdoor patio also includes tables with fire-pits as your centerpiece (please note: the outdoor patio allows smoking).
Last week I managed to fit in a feast while dining at East Burn and it was worth it. Let me just say-Elk Meatloaf Sandwich- served on pugliese with slow roasted tomatoes and baby arugula dressed with champagne vinaigrette (Oh yum). I will be back for the meatloaf sandwich before you know it.
The good food didn’t stop there, I also indulged in a side of clam chowder that was equally brilliant. You see- I am a huge fan of clam chowder and all types of Seafood. This was due to my adolescence when I grew up digging clams clams in Sitka, Alaska during the summer. My grandfather and I would go out in the early morning when the low-tides hit and scoop up large clams right beneath the surface. When our buckets were filled to the brim, we would haul the clams indoors and helped grandma get to cooking. By afternoon and high-tide, we had a huge batch of fresh clam chowder that would melt in your mouth. Some fun facts to throw out there while offering a good piece of where to eat when you want to sway!
Ponzi offered up their 2009 Pinot Gris, 2009 Pinot Rosato, and 2008 Tavola Pinot Noir. The warmest reviews came for the Pinot Noir which winemaker, Luisa Ponzi described as showing “vanilla, spice and red fruit leading to a mouth of warm spice notes and blueberry.”
Hamacher impressed us with his 2007 Chardonnay and his 2008 ‘H’ Pinot Noir. My personal favorite was the chardonnay which exhibits flavors of “mineral-laden creme brulee and apples on the palate,” while “Pear, citrus and anise dominate the aromatics.
These incredible wines are now available at incredible discounts. Orders placed before June 18th will be discounted 10%. There is no minimum order and the wine is delivered right to Indigo @ TwelveWest. Don’t miss this opportunity to get some of the regions best wine at a convenient discount.
I’d like to thank our participating wineries for generously hosting our event and once again, we owe a huge thank you to our volunteer chef, Mark Henry, for selecting and preparing a spectacular menu of hors d’oeuvres that paired so well with our wines. Lucky for us, his skills in the kitchen can match those of our esteemed vintners.
Residents of Indigo may remember our innaugural wine tasting back in January when we spent an enjoyable evening enjoying wines from Yamhill Valley Vineyards. Well, word spread pretty quickly about what a great venue our Sapphire Room is for hosting a wine tasting and now Sokol Blosser will be generously providing the wine for our 2nd rooftop tasting.
We are happy to welcome Sokol Blosser to our building and their environmentally friendly practices fit right in with our own. They boast an impressive list of eco-friendly practices: the estate is USDA certified organic, they use 50% biodiesal in their farm tractors, they use unbleached paper products, recycle as much as possible, and similar to Indigo’s LEED certification, their underground cellar is LEED certified by the Cascade Green Building Council.
I spoke with Sokol Blosser yesterday and they let me know that they will be bringing four wines to sample; a red blend (Meditrina), a white blend (Evolution), a pinot gris, and a pinot noir.
A gourmet hors d’oeuvres menu has been carefully selected and will be prepared on site by Executive Chef, Mark Henry. I think I might be more excited about the food, but regardless, I anticipate this tasting with Sokol Blosser to be a huge success. In the last week, I have overheard many people chattering about it in the lobby. So get your glasses ready because the Sapphire Room is the place to be this Wednesday night.
The tasting is open to residents and their guests only and will be held in The Sapphire Room from 7pm-pm.
While there are many distinctions between what is truly “organic” and what is simply deceiving marketing, be sure to check your wine label for the following key phrases:
The LIVE, or “Low Input Viticulture and Enology”, label currently certifies vineyards in Oregon and Washington that utilize natural resources like native insects and pest-deterring plants to reduce reliance on chemical pesticides.
“Salmon Safe,” another certification applied to vineyards in the Northwest, ensures that farmers use agricultural practices, such as planting trees, growing cover crops and applying natural pest control methods, that don’t harm salmon habitats.
Certified Organic wines are made entirely of organic ingredients and processed without synthetic agents. Organic wine producers claim that it helps produce flavorful wines: Flourishing soil microorganisms and careful attention to the health of the vines, they claim, make a great contribution to taste. Organic wines contain no added sulfites (though some may exist in the wine naturally), which make them better for those with sulfite allergies.
Wines labeled “made with organic grapes” must be made from certified organic grapes but don’t adhere to the same rigorous processing standards.
Some of My Favorite Local Organic/Biodynamic/Salmon Safe Oregon Wineries:
Last Thursday’s Fashion Event was surely a great success! Kevin Lennox, Indigo’s very own Personal Stylist, hosted this event with style and then some. Those in attendance had the opportunity to view some of the latest fashions while sipping on complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvers. Kevin Lennox spoke with those attending about the work he offers in Indigo’s Studio and the help he provides transforming one’s wardrobe and helping to clear out those old items in one’s closet.
Party begins at 7PM, Kevin will speak at 7:45PM about “The Studio”, Raffle will be held at 8:00PM (Must be present to win).
Join us this Thursday on top of Portland’s Hottest Building for wine and hors d’oeuvres as Indigo @ twelve | west unveils Kevin Lennox, Indigo’s very own Personal Stylist or “Style Concierge“. Sip some pinot, grab a bite and get the one on one personal touch as you work with Kevin to transform your wardrobe from drab to fab!
In addition to complementary wine and hors d’oeuvres, the party will feature:
+ A chance to meet Kevin Lennox and hear about Indigo’s exclusive personal stylist
+ View the latest fashions from Kevin’s retail partners:
+ Get to know DJ Widmer head of Eco Drycleaners and his partnership with Kevin for Indigo exclusive in-house tailoring + Explore Kevin’s closet revitalization and reorganization with retail partner and organization extraordinaire Storables
As a compliment to you and your guests each will receive:
+ a complementary gift bag featuring discounts and merchandise from our retail partners
+ a chance to win a Veuve Clicquot Champagne gift basket to toast a free wardrobe makeover session with Kevin Lennox as he guides you towards revitalizing your wardrobe, reorganizing your closet, and putting your best shoes forward in 2010!