Updated December 20, 2011 Published December 20, 2011
FEATHER FREE: Portlandâs getting what is (as far as we can tell) its first vegan bed-and-breakfast. The Cherokee Rose Inn (2924 SE Alder St., cherokeeroseinn.com) was opened by newly transplanted Georgia native Sandy Miller. Thereâs a full vegan breakfast, of course, but the retired middle-school science teacher goes the extra mile by not providing comfy down pillows. âI use cruelty-free soaps, cleaning products, etceteraâ says Miller, a 20-year vegan. âMy dream is to offer my fellow vegans a warm welcome and a convenient home base when they come to visit the city.â
BARISTA BATTLE: Portland will host a national barista competition in April. The United States Barista Championship happens as part of the Specialty Coffee Association of Americaâs annual shindig, which the Oregon Convention Center is proud to host this year. Locals wishing to protect their home turf will have to qualify in Tacoma on Jan. 27. Alternately, instead of getting serious about competitive coffee-making, they could just try to sell that screenplay and/or finish their dissertation. Info at usbaristachampionship.org.
DIGIHURST: Portlandâs most popular theater pub, the Laurelhurst, has joined the computer matrix, replacing its celluloid projectors with digital ones in its four theaters. The Laurelhurst debuted its digital shows last weekend, but will keep a film projector in its largest hall for repertory movies.
VANCOUVERIA: Because Portlandia parodies are inevitable, and because people with Washington license plates drive objectively worse than people with Oregon plates, we chuckled at a new send-up positing that âthe dream of the suburbs is aliveâ across the river. âRemember when going out to dinner meant Applebeeâs or Olive Garden? Blooming onions!â Video here.
URBAN RENEWAL: Interurban, the Mississippi bar shuttered by an electrical fire about a month ago, has reopened its kitchen and is serving its full menu. The bar, largely spared by the fire, again has food from Toro Bravoâs John Gorham matched with booze from Prost! barman Dan Hart. The other owner, Kurt Huffman, is involved with the new downtown pizza joint Oven and Shaker (see review).
BECAUSE THIS ISSUE NEEDS MORE DOUGHNUT: Acme Donuts (2929 SE Powell Blvd.) noticed its berry-filled treats tend to disappear a little faster than normal during Hanukkah. So this year itâs taking special orders for strawberry-filled, powdered sugar-topped doughnuts, called sufganiyah in Israel. âI had no idea it was part of the tradition, but weâve run out of jelly-filled doughnuts the last two years,â says a clerk. âSo we put out a sign and weâve already got an order for 200 for tomorrow evening.â