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.
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
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.