Patanegra

Patanegra

Patanegra

My husband and I went to Patanegra in NW Portland.  It was our 2nd time, but equally good as last time!  (see 8.12.12 blog post)  We knew we wanted to try the paella this time so we reined ourselves in on tapas. 🙂  The Mencia red wine paired nicely with everything.

We started out with Pan con tomate which we had last time and it was equally as good.  What a delicious combination of bread, serrano ham, and tomato spread!  We then indulged in regular ole bread with olive oil while waiting for our paella.  Did I say regular ole olive oil?  Well, not really.  The olive oil was absolutely delicious with a bold flavor.  It reminded us of the “grassy” taste of the Arbequina olive oil from Oregon Olive Mill/Durant Vineyard/Red Ridge Farms which comes from olive trees from Spain.  This website is quite informative about the olive trees and oils from the various regions of Spain.

The paella was even more spectacular than we were imagining.  Neither of us are heavy seafood eaters and not big fans of the traditional seafood paella-even though we’ve had some delicious ones in Spain.  So, we opted for an interesting sounding option called Paella Carnicera.  It included chorizo and serrano ham along with a sausage called morcilla.  It’s quite a dark sausage with amazing flavor.  It reminds me of a Spanish version of the most flavorful Italian sausage.

Finally, for dessert we had the Crema Catalana.  It had amazing flavor!  It was a type of creme brulee, however, it was a bit lighter and smoother and had notes of vanilla and orange.  We will definitely be back again for more!

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Bar Lolo

Bar Lolo

My husband and I stumbled upon Bar Lolo when shoe shopping one day on Alberta St.  What a great, cozy find!  We are always up for Spanish tapas and this was a funky little place.  It was nicely located on a corner next to a theater and other shops and restaurants.  We liked the ambiance with a rustic stab of wood with wine bottles on it referred to as the wine wall as well as the small tables sprinkled throughout.  We arrived a bit before the rush which provided the opportunity to ask a bit more about the Spanish red wines and the tapas.

Bar Lolo

We started out with the tried, but true tortilla espanola.  The espelette pepper added a nice bite to it.  Of course, you must always have some olives while indulging in tapas.  We followed it with the grilled chicken skewers.  What an amazing combination of flavors!  The moorish spices were a nice contrast with the sweet sherry syrup.  We wrapped up the experience with their potato chips with sea salt and fried herbs (Rosemary, etc.).  It was a nice, simple, crisp finish.

Salt and herb potato chips

The service was consistently good throughout.  We will definitely be back to try some other dishes!