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It's November and So Much is Happening at Bread & Honey

It's November and So Much is Happening at Bread & Honey

November is a great time of year in Portland, the weather gets cooler, leaves have fallen, and there is a constant mist in the air. We tend to spend more time indoors, but that doesnt mean you have to sit at home and watch Netflix all day everyday.

Come in to check out our new fall/winter menu. We have added on many new grilled sandwiches, such as the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich with feta spread mozzarella and sharp cheddar, you can add tomato to it for only a dollar. Or the Sweet-and-Hot Grilled Sandwich with ham, salami caramelized onion, pickled jalapeños and mozzarella. And let's not forget the Roasted Vegetable and Three Cheese Panini, with portobello, red peppers, and red onions and arugula. They are all delicious, and grilled sandwich just makes you feel good inside when it's cold out.

We're not just new menus this month, I am so excited about our upcoming event on Wednesday November 9th, I just need to give it a catchy name...  maybe I'll tell you what the event is all about and you, all my readers can, help me name it.

Okay, so essentially it's a book exchange with wine, lots of wine and snacks. It works like this, ladies with books (I only say ladies because I don't know any men who read fiction) that they have already read and most likely won't read again, can come to the café and put them in a pile and take out a new book to read. We will have happy hour and popcorn and wine, did I mention wine? Maybe we should just have it be a wine club. :)
How about the Happy Hour Book Exchange ? Or the Read & Feed ? No that's stupid, how about the Wine and Rand ? No, I don't think wine and the Fountainhead go well together.

Happy Hour Book Exchange it is !!! Wednesday, November 9th at 5:00pm, so bring your books and your friends and your love of popcorn....

Our Supper Club returns on Thursday the the 10th of November,  at 6:30pm. Our menu this month is Korean braised short ribs with pickled daikon and house made shiitake mushroom pot stickers and coconut five spice crème brûlée.  If you have missed they last two, they have been tons of fun.

Well, that's all the exciting news I have for now. Hope to see you this month at some point. :)

Breakfast Empanadas!!!!

Breakfast Empanadas!!!!

I would like to introduce our new Bacon & Sweet Potato Breakfast Empanada.

Not enough is said about breakfast empanadas, but I'm about to change all that, their crispy on the outside and warm and cheesy on the inside and we make two different kinds every day at the Bread and Honey Café.

Here is the recipe for our new amazing empanadas;

  • 1 pound of sweet potatoes, peeled and boiled.
  • 1 pound of Yukon potatoes, boiled whole skins on.
  • 1 bunch of kale, boiled in salted water
  • 12 oz of cooked, chopped bacon
  • 8 oz of grated sharp white cheddar
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 12 eggs very softly scrabbled
  • 1 tablespoon fine diced shallots
  • 1 T kosher salt

Squeeze and chop the kale.
Sautéed shallots with the bacon and Kale.
Peel Yukon and sweet potatoes and cut into small pieces.
Mix all ingredients together and let cool on a floured surface.
Roll empanada dough into a 1/8 inch thick slab.
Cut into rounds, 3 to 4 inches across.
Scoop filling into the center of the dough rounds.
Egg wash the outer edges of the rounds, fold over and crimp edges with a fork.

Bake at 375 for 12 minutes or until it looks like something you want to eat.
This recipe makes a whole bunch, so for those of you who are making this for less than 20 people
you should probably cut the recipe in half.

This weekend, for our brunch special we are going to make these Breakfast Empanadas with chorizo instead of bacon and served with two eggs any way, topped with salsa and sour cream...

Oh my, so good!!

Events to Look Forward to at Bread and Honey Café

Events to Look Forward to at Bread and Honey Café

If you have joined us for brunch, you know that we have a great time. So now we are taking things into the night. This even is going to be so fun, I can't wait to share it with you.

So without further ado I would like to introduce Bread and Honey's Supper Club !! The first Thursday of each month we will have dinner, wine and dancing (without the dancing, although if the spirit moves you I won't judge).

So let me paint you a picture of what the event will look like:

The first event will be on Thursday, September 8.

6:30 Arrival
Guest start to arrive, they are greeted by a very handsome server with a tasting of white and red wine.  While guests sip their first glass of wine and mingle in the courtyard the very friendly and attractive staff will serve cheese, salami and fruit platters with fresh baked bread.

7:00 Seating
Guest will choose their seats from the outdoor courtyard or within the café.

7:15 First Course
Roasted beets tossed in a honey lime dressing and plated with blue cheese and crispy shallots.

7:30 Second Course
Dinner is served, wine braised brisket with crispy polenta, or spinach cheese pies with radicchio salad or quinoa filled squish with braised greens. All dinners are served with rainbow roasted carrots tossed in Italian salsa verde.

8:00 Dessert
Coconut cream custard topped with sautéed pears in brown sugar butter and whiskey.

8:30 Conclusion
Our first event will conclude with all our happy customers leaving well fed and a little drunk, but not too drunk to drive home of course.

I haven't mentioned the best part of this event yet, we have amazing food, friendly attractive servers, dinner in the beautiful courtyard, but the best part is  that all this could be yours for just 40 dollars for the brisket and only 30 for the vegetarian or vegan options, and tip is included!

Feeding the Beast. What You Should and Should Not Eat With PMS.

Feeding the Beast. What You Should and Should Not Eat With PMS.

Bread and Honey Café is largely staffed by women, and because nature is cruel, all of our pms happens in the same week (poor Trevor). I've  done some research that I wanted  to share with my readers, this is for you mom.

Quinoa, whole wheat and oatmeal all are complex carbohydrates which will boost serotonin, the feel good hormone.  Even though I've never noticed the feeling of Euphoria after eating a bowl of oatmeal, it can't hurt, plus everyone should eat more fiber.

Grilled salmon, chia seeds, and avocados are all  high in omega-3 fatty acids which have also been called nature's antidepressants by Harvard researchers. So next time your husband is standing in front of the closed refrigerator, asking if you still have almond milk, rather than opening the door and looking inside like a normal person, just take a deep breath and a big swig off that bottle of extra Virgin olive oil and maybe he'll think you're crazy enough not to bother  with stupid questions for the rest of the day.

Turkey, chicken and lean red meat have vitamin B12,  which will give you a boost of energy to help you get from work to your couch,  so you can binge watch New Girl, I obviously don't have kids, and when your husband comes home from working 11 hours and the house is a mess and you've eaten all the chips and not made dinner, you can remind him that this is not the 1950 and that being a feminist means having choices, and I can choose to lay around in my own filth if I want!!!

Moving on, kale, spinach, and romaine are high in vitamin A, which help acne.  Because, being bloated, tired, and bitchy aren't enough, we also get breakouts from our periods, and the worst part is, when it’s finally over and we're too old to even have periods any more, instead of frolicking around in white shorts any time we want, we grow beards.

This wraps up the foods to eat, now let's move on to the foods to avoid.

Okay, this is really important, do not under any circumstances consume tequila!!!

I once through my husband (but then boyfriend) out of my apartment in a tequila pms fueled rage, and woke up alone and confused as to where he went.

So after consulting my menu, I've determined what the best lunch is, for feeding the beast, the one salad that uses all the ingredients we talked about is the mediterranean quinoa salad, with chicken. We have romaine lettuce for acne, quinoa for that feel good hormone serotonin, and chicken for vitamin B12 which gives you energy, plus  the olive oil  in the tahini dressing for omega 3 fatty acids, nature's antidepressant… enjoy!