I need to figure out if my co-worker, Mr. Sexy but Staid Suit, is really my Mr. Mattress Adventurer in disguise. Where can I take him to shock the corporate pants off him?
Test his continental cachet with an overseas dining experience. At Moroccan palace Marrakesh (1201 NW 21st Ave., 248-9442), dainty dandies won't survive the hands-only dining policy, while oceanic goodies like sea cucumber and geoduck at authentic Chinese joints Legin (8001 SE Division St., 777-2828) or Om Seafood (7632 SE Powell Blvd., 788-3128) show you exactly what he's willing to put in his mouth.
I am in love--slippery, dirty, wonderful love. But my would-be sex slave isn't feelin' it. What restaurant will make my lovely want to rip my clothes off--with her teeth?
When it's all about mood and booze, slink over to Colosso (1932 NE Broadway, 288-3333). If you can snag one of the tapas bar's velvet-curtained, private tables, panty-soaking is only a plate of Spanish olives away. Still unsatisfied? Chinatown lounge East's roomy, floor-to-ceiling mirrored bathrooms and mod cocktails should seal the deal (322 NW Everett St., 225-1569).
Screw your guide's spendy, chi-chi places. Where can I get super-swank for a steal?
A memorable white-tablecloth experience for two comes with a pricey tag. But, lucky-lucky, from now until Nov. 6, you can score a three-course prix fixe dinner for $25 at really classy restaurants like The Heathman (1001 SW Broadway, 790-7752), Wildwood (1221 NW 21st Ave., 248-9663) and Cafe Azul (112 NW 9th Ave., 525-4422), thanks to Portland's second 25 for 25 program, in effect Sundays through Thursdays. (Drinks and dessert not included, tightwad.)
My boyfriend feels like a freakin' wimp picking at the bitsy finger food at small-plate bars. Were can we get a macho man meal?
Try der Rheinlander (5035 NE Sandy Blvd., 288-5503), for a hog heaven of sausages, veal schnitzel and stein after stein of beer; also included are polka and accordion music. For Saturday Night Fever-era machismo, steakhouse classic Ringside (2165 W Burnside St., 223-1513) has you covered, or go gangster style at Morton's Steakhouse (213 SW Clay St., 248-2100).
I want to come out--in style.
Crush (1412 SE Morrison St., 235-8150) is out, all right: A snug wine boite where video-screen drag queens man the bathroom and, in the summer months, a waiter has been known to serve in a loincloth. Red wine and handmade pasta should ensure a gay evening for all. If the family's still not getting the picture, try a round of Cabana Boy-and-Cokes and gay bingo at Old Town rainbow room Fox and Hounds (217 NW 2nd Ave., 243-5530).
Psst! Have we mentioned that WW's super-sexy pullout Restaurant Guide 2003 is full of new dish?
For a full list of restaurants participating in 25 for 25, visit www.restaurant.com/25for25