This was my second and third time with Peace O’ Pie as carry-outs. For the second time I had a vegan Not-So-Secret Garden specialty pie or calzone (green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and spinach) with smoked apple sage sausage (Field Roast Grain meat Co. brand), garlicky basic breadstick (four pieces) served with organic pizza sauce and a very delicious coconut cupcake.
Quite frankly, the organic pizza sauce that was served with garlicky and puffy-like basic breadsticks was an overwhelming raw garlic flavour. It overpowered the organic tomato pizza sauce already. Maybe I’m not quite a fan of raw garlic, though the garlic wasn’t quite thoroughly cooked within the organic pizza sauce.
I do like the Not-So-Secret Garden calzone fillings, however the raw onions still overwhelm the flavour (so had to take them out completely, but happy that they are wee big to pick out).
The coconut cupcake was orgasmic, an utter heavens despite how tiny it was. I was glad it was replaced by a cinnamon sweet roll, the one I was dying about, however I liked the coconut cupcake so far.
The third time, I had “The MD” specialty pie (calzone). The fillings include herb-roasted onions, zucchini, smoked apple sage sausage, mushrooms and lastly the pesto (which was bland without a spark of flavour, perhaps slightly bitter). I had to admit that the Not-So-Secret Garden specialty pie was better (without the raw onions), but the garlicky breadsticks are to die for, absolute flavourful and gorgeous.
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It was very dark in the restaurant. So I had to snap photos at really high ISO. But they turned out fab.
Check out their website at: www.myersandchang.com
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Habibi Restaurant, Portland, Oregon
Habibi- Traditional Syrian-Lebanese Cuisine
1012 SW MORRISON
PORTLAND, OR 97204
M-F: 11am-3pm | W-Sat: 5pm-9pm
My boyfriend and I went to Portland’s vegan-friendly Habibi restaurant about a few months ago during the early afternoon. We have always been wanting to try some vegan Lebanese foods these months, but we couldn’t find one. Overall, the restaurant was small and very nicely decorated and modern like. It was mostly clean and very laid-back.
We ordered two dishes: vegan falafel sandwich (falafel, lettuce, tomato, onion & tahini) and the vegan spinach pie (chopped spinach marinated in olive oil, lemon juice & secret spices mixed with onions & pines nuts and brushed with fresh pesto). The spinach pie was surprisingly salty and interesting, but it was a huge “calzone-like” pie, thought I would expected a Trader’s Joe vegan spinach pizza, but it was just a huge calzone-like pie! The falafel sandwich was unexpectedly boring; it was not even better than any other falafel sandwiches we had in Berlin or even Hamburg (Germany)! It was bland, tasteless, yet it was still healthy. The texture of the falafels was completely different, maybe mushy or fried in a way. My boyfriend has a thing for perfect falafels (crunchy, tasty, not mushy). I didn’t quite take a nice photo of my vegan spinach pie dish, unfortunately.
The total was $12 plus tips. We are a fan of Lebanese foods especially hummous and pitas, but we didn’t like it in the end because they weren’t that special. We knew we had authentic Lebanese foods somewhere else like Hamburg of Germany or elsewhere in Europe, but it would be absolutely fantastic if we have gone to Lebanon and try their authentic foods. Service was superb and quick as expected. I wouldn’t say it would be the best authentic Lebanese food ever served in the downtown Portland, but it would just okay and decent. But I wished these dishes were more flavourful and unique in the end.
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