Sunday, April 26, 2009

Merry Christmas

Last night we were finally able to give Norris' sister and her husband their Christmas present. It was a night in Portland (they live in Washington) and dinner at any restaurant of their choosing. Since they're going to Peru this year, we went to Andina.

Their staff was so accommodating - we were unable to get a reservation at a convenient time, so they suggested we come in. We could eat in the (interior) courtyard, the bar area, or if we were lucky, maybe get a cancellation for the restaurant.

We arrived at 7, just like everyone else. Norris went to the courtyard/bar line, and I approached the hostess, figuring we were in for a long wait. Luckily, I scored immediately - they had a table, but we'd have to relinquish it in 90 minutes. No worries, as we had just had a little wine at home, and were ready to eat.

But the bar menu beckoned, so we ordered caipirinhas and Attardecer Portenos, both of which were just delicious. (we shared everything! So nice to eat with family where you don't have to worry about asking for a bite and a sip!)

Then the waiter came over and said that we could switch to a (prime) center front window booth, and we no longer would have any time limit. So we said YES! From there, we got to watch all the limos with prom-goers drive by, all the Pearl street strollers, and generally had a much better show!

We started with their empanadas. The owner came by and told us the secret - sprinkled with a little confectioner's sugar and topped with lime juice, they had an extra sparkle. They were fabulous!

Then came the entrees: I had quinoa crusted scallops, Mark had pork tenderloin with tamarillo-rocoto sauce, Kathie had pan-seared duck breast with incredible cilantro rice, and Norris had wok-fried beef with yuca. (I've left out all the details, but if you visit their website, you can peruse the menu. The flavors were outstanding!)

The dinner was a huge success! I understand the hype! Andina should be rated as one of Portland's best restaurants because it is! Amen.

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