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Honeymoon- Oregon: Tillamook Cheese Factory and VooDoo Doughnuts

24 Jul

We did visit 2 very famous Oregonian food spots that were very different on our trip.

First, on our way out to the coast, we stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory to sample some cheese and check out the factory.
Apologies for the sideways video… the new Instagram video function doesn’t have a flip function yet but still allows you to film with the camera horizontally. So please tilt your head to the right and enjoy the video:

Why wouldn’t we go on a cheese factory tour on our honeymoon? Apologies for the sideways video. No “flip” function yet. #theaxelbaums #nycnomnom by @nycnomnom

We really liked the “squeaky cheese” which is the cheese curds they sell.  They actually squeak against your teeth while you chew them.  Quite delish!

And then on our way out of Portland we decided it was time to try VooDoo donut.



We had seen the line all weekend and it was reportedly multiple hours long (homey don’t play that… especially not for a donut).  But on this Monday morning, we walked right in.

Donuts #nycnomnom #theaxelbaums by @nycnomnom

We decided to try the famous bacon maple donut and we also got a Portland Cream doughnut© (“Raised yeast doughnut filled with Bavarian cream. Topped with chocolate and two eyeballs, representing the vision of our great city.”)


Now I know I am strange… but I don’t actually like donuts.  (Fresh made beignets not considered in this statement). I think a childhood filled with Dunkin’ Donuts has turned me off to commercial donuts for life.  But these donuts doughnuts? These were some awesome doughnuts.  The maple cream on the bacon doughnut was flavorful without being too sweet, and the bacon was a great compliment to it.  And the chocolate icing on the cream doughnut was really rich and choclately, with a nicely textured, ever so slightly sweet cream filling.  A truly exceptional doughnut, in fact.  But worth a few hours on line? No.  Go on a Monday morning. 🙂


Pier 9

23 Sep


Pier 9 opened up on 53rd and 9th Ave earlier this year.  It took over the space that used to be Agua Dolce and seemed to become this new place overnight.  

Inside is very “under the sea” with dividers made of old sails, a watery color palette, and some plants that looked almost tropical.  It was almost a little TOO designed.  But it looked very nice.



They put most of their menu onto a mirror, however, it seems as though must had changed since they finished this according to the menu we were given.




We started with the lobster mac and cheese.  It was labeled as “non-traditional” and good thing, it certainly was anything but traditional!  It was like big, individual tubes of pasta stuffed with lobster and cheese and topped with lobster.



It was delicious.




Perfectly creamy and a really beautiful presentation.


We also received biscuits, which Mike very much enjoyed.  



They had peppers, so they brought me some surprisingly delicious toast instead.



Mike got the burger.  Yup… even in a seafood restaurant, Mike judges by their burger.  He enjoyed it, but said it wasn’t anything super duper good.



I got the scallops over celery root puree, eggplant, capers, raisins, and pine nuts.  It was a wonderful mouthful of textures with great flavor.  I was really impressed with this dish.  And the scallops were perfectly cooked and great on flavor.



For dessert, we chose the s’mores donut. It was a homemade donut with marshmallow and s’mores ice cream.  I’m not a huge donut fan, but I LOVE s’mores.  Problem is… what I love most about s’mores is the combination of crunch, sticky, sweet, chocolate, melty goodness.  In this dessert, the donut reigned the plate and I thought it was good, but not my kind of dessert.  


I was not expecting to like this place.  It had all the makings of a place that was so overstyled that they would let the actual food take a back seat. But this was food first.  And it was creative and delicious.  Well done.

Total Nom Points: 7 out of 10