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Gin & Tonic is what my father would have called “an honest drink.” Nothing fancy; direct and to the point. However, making the perfect gin and tonic requires a few simple steps. In the 50’s I’d come home from school and mom would turn on the Children’s Hour on NPR.  I would sit sideways in the […]

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FoodieTV, the folks behind the iPhone app, have posted a beautifully shot video of a commercial baklava bakery. The origin of baklava is hotly contested, but this restaurant in Gaziantep, Turkey has been making it since 1887. Join Daniel and Mirra from The Perennial Plate as they tour famed baklava producer Çağdaş. Fo

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Reposted from 2006 by Lizzy Caston Some things are worth repeating! Here’s a bit of Dude trivia: he’s not only a good cook – his Sunday dinners for friends are well-known, but he’s also an awesome bartender. As a matter of fact, his first foray into the food industry was as a bartender at The Magic […]

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Portland’s Harvester Brewing is being forced to change its name by a California wine company named Hope Family Wines. According to Harvester, the maker of Liberty School, Treana, Candor, Austin Hope and Troublemaker wines “has decided that our use of Harvester will create brand confusion and has demanded that

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David Machado, owner of Nel Centro at the Hotel Modera will be running two more restaurants, both inside the Hotel Eastlund. Never heard of it? According to the Oregonian, the Red Lion Hotel near the convention center will be closing September 2nd, will reopen in 2014 after a complete gutting. When it reopens in May, [&#

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Everyone, meet Harold. I wasn’t really looking for a tomato, but bought him at the grocery store in a weak moment when I thought a bit of color would be nice in a salad. Fortunately for Harold, he was sitting on the kitchen counter while I was cooking, and we ended up having a nice […] This post appear

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Oswaldo Bibiano has confirmed that his Mextiza restaurant, is closing in late July. Rumor has it, that a deli type business will be going into the space. Oswaldo plans to keep Autentica restaurant on NE Killingsworth, and the two Uno Mas taquerias, one of which opened in the Civic Condominiums in SW Portland just a few

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Have you noticed the proliferation of  national “Best” lists lately? Best Burgers in the Nation, Best Tacos, Best Burrito, Best Grilled Cheese, Best Tequila Cocktail…  The PR section of this site receives them almost every day, and frankly, they are little more than “click bait”; stories

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Streetcar Bistro and Taproom at 1101 NW Northrop closed this afternoon. No word on whether it will reopen under a new owner. The restaurant was well known in the Pearl for having 30 beers on a rotating tap list, and a nice selection of whiskeys. Always sorry to hear of a closing; I wish them […] This post ap

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Restaurants stalking, Priceline buying OpenTable, another cart pod closing, Case Study Coffee expanding, Corvin exploding, Batali producing and one more that I can’t end in “ing.” You may read reviews before going to a restaurant, but did you know that some restaurants Google you? It’s true, espec

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Sponsored Post: On July 14 & 15, Brian Polcyn presents Cured Cuisine. Chef Polcyn will share the craft and art of charcuterie to interested foodies. Chef Polcyn, a nationally recognized authority on the technique of charcuterie is co-author of the book Charcuterie & Salumi with Michael Ruhlman, one of today’s h

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Sundance TV has been doing an odd series of  educational films called Green Porno, with Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Actually, “odd” isn’t a very good description. Truly bizarre and beautifully done, they have to be seen to be believed. Each runs

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Restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s announced today that it has been the subject of a large data breach involving credit and debit cards. Though the Pearl District restaurant closed, their are still branches in Tanasbourne and Bridgeport Village. From Krebs on Security.com, On June 9, thousands of newly-stolen credit and

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Many of you seem to like these old menus, so I thought I’d post more. This is the entire menu from The Quay on the Columbia, ca. 1951. It is now the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver, at the Quay – pronounced “key”. I love the drink specials – Irish Coffee, “Pink Squirrel” (sounds awful),

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The highly anticipated Mediterranean Exploration Company, a third restaurant by John Gorham of Tasty N. Sons/Alder and perennial reader favorite, Toro Bravo, is almost ready to open. This is my favorite cuisine, so I’m bouncing up and down in my chair. Rather than summarize, here is the press release in its entiret

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I haven’t always been a fan of Anthony Bourdain. Though I enjoyed his first book, Kitchen Confidential, No Reservations, the show he slogged through for nine seasons on the Food Network, left me cold. Last year, however, I started watching Parts Unknown on CNN, and found him to be much more interesting – mat

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In a press release today, Ben Dyer of the ever popular Laurelhurst Market and Butcher Shop, announced that Ben Bettinger will be taking over as executive chef, replacing Shannon Preble, who is stepping down to pursue “other passions”. As I reported earlier this week, Bettinger is leaving his current position

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From a press release today: Saint Cupcake, the beloved baking dynasty that ignited a cupcake trend in Portland is set to re-open early this summer.  Jami Curl, founder of Saint Cupcake, has sold the business and agreed to help Julie and Alex Bond, long-time Saint Cupcake customers and the owners of Serratto restaurant,

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Sauvage at Fausse Piste, 537 SE Ash Street, is closing. The ‘New American’ restaurant is the handiwork of chef/owner Jesse Skiles, along with chef de cuisine Nicolas Duff and winesman Jeff Vejr. From the Sauvage website: Dear Friends,After much thought and reflection we have decided to close Sauvage on Sa

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Odd that we get this news so far in advance – Imperial Chef Ben Bettinger is leaving the restaurants Imperial and Portland Penny Diner this August.  According to Eat Beat, Vitaly Paley will be taking over the restaurant until a replacement is found. No word on where Bettinger is headed. Bettinger is an alumni of [

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Just when it started to get fun! Crowds poured into the streets in a mass migration towards coffee houses, after the Portland Water Bureau announced the end of the boil water order. Residents should flush pipes for two minutes before drinking. No, that doesn’t make any sense to me either. Portland,OR-  As of 11:0

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From KGW News, “Until further notice, all Portland Water Bureau customers and those in the affected areas should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded,̶

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I’ll cover the good news first. In my opinion, Portland doesn’t have any good Chinese restaurants. Could that be changing? According to the Oregonian, Jasper Shen, chef and co-owner of Aviary, is planning to open a Chinese restaurant (!) From OregonLive.com Shen has been recipe testing soup dumplings, known

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The popular Beaterville Cafe Lubritorium Bar at 2201 NE Alberta street, is closing on the 26th. My tipster says owner, Bill Lockner, has “Thanks for 20 years”, and “Goodbye” written on his windows. The bar venue will be open until they run out scheduled entertainment. A staple breakfast joint, Bea

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Bar Lolo, the “Barcelona-style tapas bar” on 2940 NE Alberta Street, has closed.  May 16, 2014 After nearly three years, we unfortunately will be closing.  Our last day of business will be Saturday May 17th.  We would like to thank all of our regular customers for their support. We are currently developing

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There is a dearth of particularly interesting Portland restaurant news lately, but here are a few items that have caught my eye. Blue Star Donuts has opened a branch at 3549 SE Hawthorne. You may remember them from such delicacies as the Fried Chicken Donut or the *Valhorona Chocolate Donut. You can read my review [̷

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This sounds pretty great, so I thought I’d post it here. The Meadow, opened another salt and chocolate shop over on NW 23rd last year. Now they are opening all 500 chocolate bars for tasting, beginning July 1st. “You are invited to pick and choose from any and all of The Meadow’s chocolate shelves. Take [&#

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Long-time rumors of Tastebud Pizza going into the old Pagenwood Furniture Restoring location in Multnomah Village are finally coming true. According to Portland Monthly, the restaurant will have a fully stocked bar, a retail counter, and a 72-inch Mugnaini wood oven, which will be “the only piece of cooking equipme

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On Wednesday, May 7th more than 20 local restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to Raphael House of Portland, in a record show of support for survivors of domestic violence. For community members, getting involved is as easy as dining at any participating restaurant location in Portland, Lake Oswego and Ore

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Naomi Pomeroy, owner of the ever popular Beast restaurant and the newer and well reviewed Expatriate, has won a James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest. This is the first win for Pomeroy, though she was nominated in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Pomeroy thanked her daughter, mentioning the difficult balance between a career as

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