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Biggie Small

Ready to dine: The hypnotic charms of the notorious Smallwares.


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Portlanders are obsessed with authenticity, especially when it comes to Asian food. We’ll huddle for an hour outside a tarp-sided shanty, poring over a menu and sprinkling pompous little annot   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

A Very Stout Ox

Ox is more than a steakhouse with a sexy spanish accent.


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The chef looks pissed. Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton has her hands on her hips in the narrow walkway leading from Ox’s enclosed main kitchen to the restaurant’s 50-seat dining room. Sweat trickl   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Vanillas in the Mist

Finding the best local grocery-store ice cream.


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“Vanilla” has become a dirty word. It’s now synonymous with bland and uninspired, but the ancient Totonac people believed the vanilla plant sprang from the spilled blood of a beautiful princ   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 RUTH BROWN

All Night Long

It’s 4 am, do you know where your sandwich is?


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We know Portland teenagers are all tucked in bed by the city’s curfew, which is 10:15 pm on school nights and midnight on weekends. But if, hypothetically, they were out late—perhaps coming    More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Totally Grounded

Put down the Chemex—students need cream, sugar and fast Wi-fi.


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Heart Coffee at East Burnside and 22nd Avenue knows its product. The baristas could write a book about beans extracted from Kenya and Ethiopia and roasted on site. They can talk for days about t   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Hookahs and Blow

How exotic tobacco pipes conquered the under-21 club scene.


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It’s 11 pm on a Monday night at Beirut Hookah Lounge in Beaverton. Two guys—one in a hoodie and a baseball cap turned to the side, the other in a waistcoat and a purple tie—play cards on low   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Who Ya Got?

Late-night eats at KimSatGot Pocha


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s an awkward arrival. Pulling up to a shabby Beaverton strip mall at dusk on a Saturday night, we expect to walk into a busy restaurant. It’s totally empty. Called from the kitchen, our h   More
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Piroshki & a Pickle Coffeehouse


Food Reviews & Stories
Natalia Gurzhiy wants to build a Portland piroshki empire. Three months ago, the Russian-born baker and her American husband opened Piroshki & a Pickle Coffeehouse. It is exactly what it says    More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Sic Semper Lactucis

All hail the Mextiza Caesar salad


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I may never return to the original Caesar salad. Tijuana, where the Caesar was created by an Italian immigrant in 1924, is supposedly still safe for tourists. I’m not so sure. That salad—l   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Octopi Portland

Cephalopod steaks at Riffle NW


Food Reviews & Stories
You’ve got a lot of nerve, eating an octopus. The decision gives a diner pause not because of any outstanding cruelty in the preparation—there’s no suffering akin to foie gras, or the lobste   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 AARON MESH
 

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