Cupid shoots, he scores!

Hello, Valentine revelers. Yes, we are open on Monday, February 14 for Valentine’s Day. We’ll be serving our regular menu, with some extra special dishes to bring out the heartthrob in you:

  • Ancho chili coconut calamari, lime crème fraiche and lime chili dipping sauces
  • Oregon Dungeness crab sopes, chili de arbole salsa, cilantro crème fraiche
  • Salad of tequila and hibiscus poached pears and avocado in tequila lime vinaigrette, toasted pepitas and smoked ricotta salata
  • Tenderloin au poive, Yukon Gold and celeriac mashers, oxtail port jus, grilled asparagus
  • Rack of lamb, cherry chutney, biryani basmati rice, roasted coconut coriander carrots

And for dessert:

  • Rainbow’s 12-layer cake with coffee and chocolate mousse fillings
  • Caramel crème brulee

Cheap date night: Tamales

Yep, it’s Wednesday, and time for a warm-up to Valentine’s. It’s our weekly Cheap Date Night, and tonight, we’re offering a lovely small plate with an oxtail tamale, red chili mole, and peruano beans with pork belly and green chilies. That’s two plates for $9. Yes, we’re making plenty of tamales. (In fact, we’re hoping you don’t eat them all so we can have some, but that’s kinda counterproductive thinking, isn’t it?) See you around Nora’s Table.

Reservations now available on-line, sort of

Visit norastable.com, and you can now make a dinner reservation just by clicking on the Reservations button (quick: look to the right of the page). With some limitations! We are test driving a new service from Urban Spoon called Rez, and while it is pretty cool,  it won’t allow you to reserve more than a table for 6. So if you dine in a wolf pack, you will still need to make that reservation the old fashioned way by called us at 541-387-4000. Of course, you can always call instead because we love to chat.

The coolest thing is that it will let us make some special offers available to just our on-line reservations, on certain days and at certain times. So check it out, and use it. We are trying to be ever-so-much-more diligent about putting a current day’s menu on the site as well.

And now for the ever important question: will we be take reservations this summer? We tried going completely “first come first serve” last summer, and we weren’t entirely happy with the results. (Everyone showed up at 7:00 and wanted a table at the same time. Imagine that.) So this summer, you will be able to reserve with us again, and we hope this on-line option helps. Technology is our friend, right?

Boy Wonder creams Heinz in ketchup smack-down

You know we put a premium on making it ourselves: sausages, pork belly, mustard, crème fraiche, all our own breads and hamburger buns … the list goes on and on.

Except, until now, ketchup.

Yep, it arrived in that big ol’ red can from Heinz, with its USDA-acceptable level of bug body parts and other objects not generally associated with a good condiment.

Those days are gone. Our fine Boy Wonder, Justin Anderson, is justi-fiably proud of his beautiful hand-made ketchup, now available with our fries and burgers, or anything else you may want to slather it on. Our first tasters this past Saturday night were a couple from, ironically enough, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of, you guessed it: Heinz ketchup. Not to give a raspberry to the home team, but they thought it beat the pants of the stuff from the Pitts.

Discover the Gorge this May
With wildflowers and orchards in high bloom,  get ready to celebrate the first Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Discovery Month in May.

Visitors are invited to “Discover the Secrets” of the Columbia River Gorge, when nearly 40 local organizations will stage dozens of special events, including the Columbia Gorge Fiddle Contest (May 6-8), Gorge Open Studios Weekend (May 14-15), River Peoples Cultural Exchange (May 14), and the first annual Gorge Wine & Pear Festival (May 21-22). A site-specific fruit ladders art installation will dot the Gorge landscape, and exhibitions at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles Art Center, Maryhill Museum of Art, the Gorge Interpretive Center, and the History Museum of Hood River County are planned. For a full schedule of events go to www.columbiagorgeartsandculture.com. Come join the fun, then join us for dinner.

Art to go: Barry Mack’s personal collection

Check out our walls this month filled with abstracts from prominent Portland painter, Barry Mack.  With help from our curator Marty Rudolph, Mach presents a series of paintings titled “Light Source” from

his personal studio collection.  Marty says the prices are a fraction of what his work typically goes for. Drop by for a look, even if you aren’t in the mood for food.

 

 

 

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