Posts for January, 2013

January 31, 2013

Big Dream, Smallwares

This week on Eater, I interviewed Johanna Ware, chef-owner of Smallwares, and walked away incredibly impressed by her drive and dedication to both her restaurant and her vision. I also walked away with a curious craving for chicken lollipops, which I intend to return and do something about very soon.

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January 21, 2013

Slurp It, Slurp It Good

Happy Monday all! This weekend I posted my latest Citysearch guide, a roundup of some of my favorite PDX soup swamis, entitled “Slurp It, Slurp It Good: PDX’s Best Soup Sources.” Citysearch has been encouraging us scouts to add video intros to each guide, and I’ve demurred 23 times, but you know what they say, 24th time’s the charm! Well, it is and it isn’t–I’m not actually the greatest videographer, as evidenced by my alluring fish face greeting you at the start of the clip, but hey, I never promised you a rose garden. Slurp on!

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January 16, 2013

Toast & Tango

Sit at the wide stone bar facing this homey Mt. Tabor bakery’s giant wood-fired bread oven at your own peril—over my series of visits, I’ve received no fewer than three warnings that having a front row view of a loaf’s journey from yeast to feast can possibly result in a peel to the nose. Not a Hollywood kind of peel, but the kind that looks like a giant gelato spoon and is made of unfeeling, unyielding wood. So, consider yourself warned, and with that out of the way, let’s talk about the bread. Read full story »

January 15, 2013

Foam Gets In Your Eyes

After 30-something years of teaching, my mom retired this year, and she’s rapidly checking things off her retirement bucket list, which is great, because a lot of her agenda items involve meals and food-centric excursions and I’m invited. Which is how I ended up eating a seven-course breakfast in a haunted coastal cliff-hugging Oregon lightkeeper’s house-turned-B&B last week. Yes, I’m the girl who goes to B&Bs with her mom. Laugh all you want! Because the one with the ricotta-stuffed Oregon marionberry blintz in her belly laughs last, and that is me. Read full story »

January 9, 2013

Pints & Pub Grub

Steak and kidney pie, Scotch eggs, and Strongbow–it’s what’s for dinner. Hence, my new Citysearch Guide, “Portland’s Finest Craic-Laced Strongholds of Pints ‘n Pub Grub.” Blimey!

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January 8, 2013

Get Jam In Your Hair at The Tannery Bar

Sunday morning, I woke up with berry jam in my hair. At first, I lay there rolling the seeds between my fingers, perplexed. We don’t have any jam in the refrigerator at the moment, it’s too full of green smoothie fodder. Had I had begun sleepeating, like those poor Ambien victims who wake up gripping a ravaged package of hamburger buns?! Read full story »

January 7, 2013

PDX’s Best Wine Bars

Because it’s nearly wine o’clock, here’s my latest Citysearch Guide…Sublime Spots to Relax and Uncork: PDX’s Best Wine Bars.

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January 2, 2013

Lean and Green in 2013

In honor of Day 2 of 2013, and what a brilliant, beautiful, shining day it is, I’m sharing my two newest Citysearch Guides with all you resolved-to-be-healthier sorts, because they involve mindful, plant-based eating and turning yourself into a human pretzel, in whichever order you prefer. Read full story »

January 1, 2013

Happy 2013, Facestuffers!

Well…Happy New Year! Today’s a bit confusing. It’s sunny and bright. I woke up at 7am. I wasn’t hungover. My refrigerator looked like this:

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WHO AM I?  WHERE AM I? Read full story »