Ariana’s, and a Blast from the Past

Bone marrow is associated in my mind with childhood and doing dishes.

Competition for leftovers among my five siblings was fierce, right down to the meat juices. Kitchen duty, however, meant that the roasting pan was all mine. When no one was looking. I sucked on bones and soaked up pan juices with bread.

I assumed that, as with many of my secret pleasures, it was an uncouth, maybe even disgusting, indulgence.

But wait! Boldly featured this winter on the decidedly high-class menu of Ariana Restaurant in Bend:

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Marrow with crispy toast

As good as I remember it. After a day of skiing, hot, rich, drippy marrow spread on toast was — heaven.

For me, anyway. My husband could barely watch me eat it. Marrow isn’t for everyone.

No matter. Everything we tried was delicious — salmon, chorizo shrimp with creamy polenta, salads.

Best of all? Dessert.

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Mozza’s Boudino. Italian butterscotch pudding, vanilla caramel topping, crème fraîche.  

Out of this world.

Excellent service, a cool, old Craftsman-style house, full service bar. 

Ariana Restaurant and Bar, 541-330-5539.

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Roses then, magic elixir now

 

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Last summer, in her spare time from recording award-winning audiobooks, my buddy Heather Henderson gathered petals from her garden, layered them with sugar. As more roses bloomed, she added more layers. Gradually, gently, the petals released their liquid, creating this beautiful syrup, with a scent and flavor as delicious and delicate as the color.

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Tacovore

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Creamy, delicious, Tacovore flan. Photo? Oops.

It’s no accident that Tacovore was awarded best Mexican/Latin American restaurant in Eugene last month.

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Nov. 5 issue of Eugene Weekly

The food is simple. Delicious.

oLines are long at peak hours. Atmosphere casual, clattery. All worth it. Our line moved quickly, and lunch was delivered hot and fresh soon after we ordered. Here’s the secret to their legendary margaritas.

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530 Blair Blvd., Eugene, OR, (541) 735-3518   Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday.

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Visit from summer

 

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Thank you sfbaywalk for photo

Huckleberries picked last summer at the coast.

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Thank you Laurel F for the photo.

Take a bow in November.

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Beckie uses her favorite pie crust, the “right one.” She was not happy with the all-butter recipe she used for our Pie Day. Just for the record, Bev and Julie found the all-butter crust delicious.

 

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Huckleberry tart
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Beckie writes — huckleberries have so much flavor!
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Thank you Steve Cyr for fall huckleberry hillside photo.

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