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March 14th, 2012 12:01 am WW Culture Staff | Scoop

Scoop: Double Oprah Cones For All!

Gossip dyed a sickly/festive green.

  • DERBY DAYS: The final events of Portland Meadows’ horse-racing season are Wednesday, March 14 (with a prime rib buffet!), but local railbirds won’t have to wait long for more ponies. The racetrack is bucking the trend of shuttered grandstands by starting its next season early—instead of waiting for fall, it’ll begin racing again Sunday, July 15. This means Portland Meadows is directly challenging Seattle’s Emerald Downs, which usually takes many Meadows horses during the summer circuit. >> In other Kentucky-ish news, Pope House Bourbon Lounge on Northwest Glisan Street is a big March Madness winner: Hours after the NCAA seedings were announced, the sour-mash emporium began inviting Louisville fans over for drinks on Twitter.
  • THE WORLD IN OUR BACKYARD: Not that Portland’s music scene needs an ego boost, but this week NPR’s popular World Cafe show sets up camp in Rose City for a series on local bands. Last year’s featured city was Dublin, Ireland, so we’re thinking the program’s travel itinerary has more to do with the quality of its host city’s beer than the content of its character. Web promos focused on some usual suspects, such as Blitzen Trapper and the Decemberists.
  • OPRAH SUNDAE: Portland food has been pushed hard in middle America thanks to the Food Network’s love of competitive gluttony. Now Oprah is helping push our bacon-centric scene. O, the Oprah Magazine is giving some love to Alberta ice-cream seller Salt & Straw. S&S is returning the favor with a special “Oprah Club Sundae” based on its Arbequina olive oil ice cream. Order a scoop and S&S will top it with hot fudge, candied bacon from Olympic Provisions and smoked sea salt from the Meadow.
  • FREE TIX: Among the many Portland outfits hoping to make an impression at SXSW is Tixie, a concert-listing site with a little twist: A chance to win a pair of tickets to shows listed on its site. It’s got Portland, Austin and some other big music towns covered, with plans to roll out a bunch more by the end of the year.
  • TEXAS TOASTED: Speaking of SXSW, WW Music Editor Casey Jarman is in Texas this week, eating tacos, drinking Lone Stars and blasting out his eardrums at the greatest of industry clusterfucks, SXSW. While, as of press time, Mr. Jarman still had not crafted any sort of schedule for his week-long sojourn, he promised to post intermittent updates at wweek.com.
  • GLUTEN LIBRE: In last week’s Cheap Eats guide, we described the menu at downtown cart El Cubo de Cuba as “totally gluten-free.” It is, in fact, half gluten-free—the half that doesn’t come between bread. Apologies to readers who were hoping to find a celiac-friendly Cubano. You’ll have to stick to Cubo’s delicious bento boxes for now.
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