I'm a foodie. I love to try different fares and I hate to be disappointed. Which is why I love to read about cuisines found in different locations. You know, just in case I happen to go there one day. Well, Portland is one of the destinations
on my list to go to within the next 10 years and Doug Pitassi's 15 Best Restaurants in Portland was a way for me to find out what spots to hit.
One of the good things about this book is that it almost reads like a mini travel guide. It's only 50 pages, so it's very short and to the point. It does not waste any words. Another excellent aspect is that the restaurants featured showcase a variety of cuisines - Japanese, Scandinavian, Italian, French - and gets into restaurants featuring specific foods such as sandwiches and meat.
I also enjoyed that Pitassi was able to touch on the atmosphere that the restaurants provided. He doesn't give you a complete picture, more of a general feeling.
Now, the bad thing - lack of pictures. In order to really stimulate my desire to eat at a restaurant, I need some visuals. I eat with my eyes first and if it does not look appealing to me, it's a no-go. However, Pitassi was able to stimulate my imagination with some descriptions of the fare. So, even though there are no pictures in this book, I will still give some of these restaurants a try when I get there. Hopefully soon.
Full disclosure: I was sent this book free of charge, and received compensation, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.