Birthday Dinner at Cocotte

There’s a fine line between appreciating food and over-indulging. For my “birthday happy hour” we wanted to make a summery appetizer while not ruining our dinner. The compromise was Ina Garten’s herb dip with crudité platter… and a basil mojito.


After researching a number of top rated Portland restaurants, my mom and I picked Cocotte Bar & Bistro. My sister and I split the summer fruit salad with goat cheese and pine nut granola.

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We also split the “savoury clafoutis” which is essentially a soufflé made of brie, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and leaks. Rich but light and fluffy… just great. 

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And dessert. So unnecessary, but it was my birthday so my hands were kinda tied. The dark chocolate mousse with a pine nut shortbread crust, marshmallow cream and strawberry coulis.

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And the almond brandy cake with caramel ice cream, apricot jam and caramel popcorn. Super creative and I loved the crunch of the popcorn. So about that fine line between appreciation and indulgence…

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