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Mommy

Clinging to hope in a hard-living Canada.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Xavier Dolan’s Québécois, Cannes Jury Prize-winning opus, Mommy, opens with a weathered but well-manicured hand reaching for a red apple, while what looks to be a child’s undergarments blo   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 KAT MERCK

Zero Motivation: Movie Review

Army brats.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Israeli comedy Zero Motivation has been breathlessly hailed in reviews and promotional materials as everything from M*A*S*H* meets Orange Is the New Black to an episode of Broad City as directed b   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAT MERCK

Macrolicious

The 10 most convenient yet nutritious foodstuffs in town.


Health Issue
Did you spend much of November and December lolling in a greasy puddle of nutritionally questionable party snacks and rum? Us too. Well, it’s time for your January redemption, but without    More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 KAT MERCK

The Great Invisible: Movie Review

Built to spill.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In contrast to its name, The Great Invisible opens with something very much visible: ribbons of copper-colored oil floating in the otherwise shockingly blue Gulf of Mexico, like an exquisite mod   More
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 KAT MERCK

Bar Avignon: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
2138 SE Division St., 517-0808, baravignon.com [WESTSIDE STORY] On summer evenings, this sleek wood dining room fills quickly with well-heeled Ladd's Addition residents in   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 KAT MERCK

Enat Kitchen: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
300 N Killingsworth St., 285-4867, enatguada.com [BARE BONES, FULL BELLY] Amid all the hip, self-aware small plates and chalkboard walls cropping up along North Killingswor   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 KAT MERCK

Grain & Gristle: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
1473 NE Prescott St., 298-5007, grainandgristle.com [BEER ME] Much like the Pok Pok offshoot next door, Grain & Gristle offers a highly stylized take on its parent nati   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 KAT MERCK

Restaurant Guide 2013: Pho Oregon


Restaurant Guide
2518 NE 82nd Ave., 262-8816. [PHO OUT] With its antiseptic, cafeteria-style atmosphere reminiscent of a big-city Chinatown, Pho Oregon is a world away from the precious chalkboards and decorative   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 KAT MERCK

Restaurant Guide 2013: Screen Door


Restaurant Guide
2337 E Burnside St., 542-0880, screendoorrestaurant.com. [MASON-DIXON...LINE] Perhaps nowhere more accurately mirrors the dichotomy of Portlanders’ eating habits than this East Burnside institu   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 KAT MERCK

Let Me Eat Cake

Living on starvation wages doesn’t mean you have to starve.


News Stories
For the past six months, I’ve been feeding two people on $35 a week. That’s right—$35 a week. Five dollars a day, $2.50 per person, 83 cents a meal. I live in a normal city lot; have    More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 KAT MERCK
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