Food News: “One Piece” Dinner from Nodoguro
Nodoguro’s edible homage to One Piece
On select dates from December 11—19, omakase restaurant Nodoguro is offering 13-course cook-at-home dinners with an online tutorial, themed around food from the anime One Piece. Nodoguro was a PoMo Best Restaurants pick in 2015 and in 2016, so these tutorials should help you bring some of those Best Restaurant skills into your kitchen. Kits are $150 and can be ordered online here.
Tonari’s new takeout brunch
Nodoguro’s more casual spinoff Tonari is launching take-home brunch service starting this weekend, with offerings ranging from onigirazu (rice sandwiches), house-cured salmon roe, and Dungeness crab-rockfish salad, plus Russian sour cream honey cake topped with toasted soybean powder. Tonari was one of PoMo critic Karen Brooks’s picks for Best Restaurants 2020, so we have high hopes for brunch.
Pork-filled puff pastry
Check out this bánh patê sô—Vietnamese meat (or vegan pate)-filled puff pastry—that Anh Tran, one of the former owners of the now-closed Vietnamese restaurant Yen Ha, is selling through his Instagram page @_2anh. Prices are $25 a dozen for pork-filled bánh patê sô, and $30 a dozen for Impossible meat and vegan pate filling. Order now through December 6 (vegan ones can only be picked up on December 6). Orders will resume during the week of Christmas, and can typically be picked up Thursday through Sunday.
Kachka for Hanukkah. Plus, horseradish vodka!
Don’t feel like making your own latkes for Hanukkah this year, which is fast approaching on December 10? Kachka is offering Latke Party kits: two-person packs of twelve potato draniki, served with garnishes including roasted coriander apple sauce, maitake mushroom gravy, eggplant ‘caviar,’ truffled farmer’s cheese spread, smetana (similar to sour cream), and chives. The kit also comes with endive salad with creamy tarragon dressing, a dreidel game to keep things lively, and chocolate gelt. Customers can also add on sides of brisket, an apple donut making kit, or a loaf of challah. Online preorders are now open here, and can be ordered for pickup from December 10 through 18.
Plus, Kachka’s famous horseradish vodka—one of our picks in our winter issue Hibernation Guide—is now available bottled, distilled in partnership with Martin Ryan Distilling. Find it at Martin Ryan’s tasting room, Aria Gin, in NW starting today. In the next week or so, it’ll be available at Oregon liquor stores throughout the state, plus via delivery through At Your Door.
Tequila on “The Rock”
Local ice cream maker Salt & Straw has released a seasonal eggnog flavor, made with a not-so-conventional choice of liquor: tequila. Named Dwanta’s Teremana Spiked Eggnog, the ice cream is made in partnership with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, made with his own tequila brand, Teremana Tequila. For each pint sold, Salt & Straw is donating $1 to World Central Kitchen’s Restaurants for the People program, which purchases meals from local restaurants and donates them to people in need nationwide.