La Copa Llena at the Black Eagle

The new restaurant: La Copa Llena at the Black Eagle. We're hard at work trying to get open by November 1st. A menu featuring old favorites and new experiments. Beautiful sunsets, great booze, good music. All what you've come to expect from Casa Isleña, just bigger and better. It's humbling and exciting and a bit nerve-racking, …

papaya thief in portland: updates from the west

Hi, it's been a while. Here's what's going on: When I get to work there's a list waiting for me. I fold my towels, set up my cutting board, start collecting all my tools for the day. I weigh out my mise en place. Flatbread, olive oil cake, vanilla, almond, and/or hazelnut ice cream. Chocolate …

Smoked duck breast

I've been having fun curing and smoking the Berkshire bellies. They've been coming out delicious--a little bit sweet with a bit of smoke, a black pepper bite, and a nice marble-y crunchy slice after we par-bake then crisp it on a griddle. Of course I want to see what else we can throw in the …