I have been a fan of Smallwares for a while. This would be out last meal out in Portland before flying off to Spain to look for a winter flat on the Costa Blanca. Terri-Lynn has her own blog that details our Spanish adventure here.

We met some friends and started ordering, Smallwares has dishes meant to be shared. This is what we ate. The prices listed below were in August of 2018.

This has been a signature dish for some time so I think it is a good place to start. Fried kale. Candied Bentons bacon. Fish sauce vinaigrette. Cilantro. $11. I have actually made this dish at home a few times. Simple really, just combine the above ingredients.

Grilled lobster mushrooms. Walnut puree. Sea beans. Mitmita (chili,cardoman,clove) You know that Orange fungus popping up in your yard in the early fall? Yup, I love lobsters, they are actually a parasitic fungus that grow on other mushrooms, usually a Rusula or a Chanterelle. This is a really an Oregon dish with the Sea Beans, Forage! $12.

Tuna tataki. Seared tuna. Green sambal dressing. Tomato. Cucumber. Toasted coconut. If there is raw fish on the menu, I will order it. $11.

Grilled octopus salad. Maple fish sauce dressing. Mixed greens. Radish. Pepitas. Mint cilantro. Red onion fried quinoa. The Octopus here is always outstanding and perfectly cooked, very tender. $12.

Kim chi pancake. Prawns. Octopus. Soy ginger sauce. $10.

Seared sea scallops. Summer succotash. Corn. White beans. Padrons. Green beans. Xo sauce. Country ham. Grapefruit. Tarragon.  $22. People ask me where I come up with my ideas for my own cooking. This is a great example, eat out more.
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About XPLORE FILM and Sip & Stay

The Art of Life

Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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