Here are a few Tattoos that Kenny Hill, the Chef/Owner of Trebol has on him. The first and last pics are on his arm and the middle two are on his leg. I guess the guy that did them isn't at a shop right now, but I will get more info on the Artist soon.
So I go into Oddball for the second session of my newest tattoo a few weeks ago and Jason busts out this honker of a Tattoo Gun for the shading. I seem to remember a shader having only 6 needles in it, I assume they come in many different sizes and I'm sure you can make any size of Tattoo Machine you want, but this was some sort of crazy urban legend machine. This thing had, get this, 25 needles in it, he burned through the shading on my leg in less than 3 hours, I had never seen anything like it, it was crazy.
Oddball Tattoo Studios
2716 SE 21st
Portland, OR 97202
Nostrana is one of those restaurants that I have driven by about 100 times and for some reason just never had the occasion to stop. Well, last week I finally made my way into Nostrana for lunch and was very impressed. The space is huge, high ceilings with open beams is the look of the dining room but the expo kitchen is the focus of the restaurant. The menu reads well and the wine list is nice, the only thing that I found odd was the seating, the chairs weren't uncomfortable, but they were kind of flimsy, made out of plastic and looked out of place to me.
I went for a Pizza, and although they all sounded tasty, I went for one that had Ricotta, Onion, Pancetta and Nettles, it was good, it could have done without the Nettles, but if the Chef digs Spring Nettles, then who the hell am I to argue! They have a sweet wood oven and it produces some bitchin Pie, OK, I'll say it, this is one of my new favorite Pizza spots. My Newcastle was cold and the Bread was damn good, the bread was actually some of the best that I have had in Portland. I dig Italian food but rarely go out for it, now that I have found a decent Italian Restaurant, I will certainly go back for more.
So here is the deal with Mexican Food, for me it either has to be High End, bad ass, quality Mexican Cuisine prepared by a talented Chef or I need to buy it out of the back of a Mini Van that has expired plates on it. I'm not sure which I prefer, I am a big fan of both, lately I have been leaning towards the High End side of things so that's why I ended up on NW 21st in search of a Taco.
So Cha is the better looking sibling of the Cha Cha Cha family and although the food wasn't awesome, it was certainly better than the meal that I had at the Sellwood Triple Cha. I will go back to The Cha's to give them another chance, but the Best Of Citysearch "Cheap Eats" Award doesn't make me want to run out for some marginal Carnitas.
I went for a Carnitas Taco and a Carne Asada Taco and they were fine, nothing crazy, but pretty good. I could tell that everything was fresh and that was a bonus, good quality beef and pork helped things, but I guess the whole experience was just kind of boring. Maybe if I was drinking, I wouldn't have been so bored, I think that they just need to spice up their food a bit.
If you love Cha Cha Cha and you want a fancy night out or just a solid lunch on NW 21st, go give Cha a try, you might dig it, but if you are looking for a unique dining experience, Cha isn't the answer.
305 NW 21st Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Milo's City Cafe is my new favorite breakfast spot, it has almost everything I need in a breakfast restaurant. The food is excellent and the service is always solid. At first glance I didn't think the Potatoes were going to be what I wanted, they are kind of a Home Fry type of Potato, which I normally don't care for but damn if they aren't excellent! The Eggs Benedict are amazing, yep, I said it and I will say it again, they are amazing! On my first visit to Milo's, my Eggs were a bit Hard Poached, but on my second trip, they were cooked perfectly. I am yet to try Lunch or Dinner at Milo's but I'm sure they are equally as good. If you enjoy waiting in line for breakfast, you won't mind the weekends, but if you hate waiting in line for food like I do, go during the week.
Milo's City Cafe
1325 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
So I had heard about this place a few times and read about it a few times, but I hadn't actually met anyone that had eaten here, so I had to try it and when I heard that they have Fried Okra on the menu, I was there. I had heard that there is a line out the door on the weekends, but that wasn't the case when I stopped by for lunch, I was the only one in there. So, needless to say, the service was excellent, my Sweet Tea was getting topped off every 5 minutes.
Since it was my first meal at Izogie's, I had to go for the Fried Chicken and Fried Okra, shit, if they had Fried Pickles and Fried Frog's Leg's, I would have gotten those too. The Fried Okra was good, not great, but probably the best that I have had in the Northwest. The Fried Chicken was really good, don't get me wrong, it wasn't my Grandmas, but it was damn tasty. I will go back to Izogie's very soon, I hope that there are a few more customers next time so I don't feel so lonely. It's kind of off the main drag, but it's well worth seeking out.