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Oil and Water

The Gulf Coast oil spill in graphic detail.

In August 2010, a project called PDX 2 Gulf Coast took a group of 22 Oregonians to the Gulf of Mexico to get a firsthand look at the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that had devastated the e   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Hillbilly Nationalists, Oregon's Black Panthers and the Occupy Movement

10 minutes with author and social justice organizer James Tracy


Oh, those Occupiers, just a bunch of white, middle class college kids in thrift store clothing, right? Maybe not, says James Tracy. He's the co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times, a new book which uncovers the little-known stories of the poor and working class white Americans who organized and fought against racism, inequality and Vietnam in the 1960s and '70s.   More
Friday, November 11, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Show Us Yer CSAs!

We want pictures of real CSA boxes.


As highlighted in this week's story A Trip From Bountiful, Community Supported Agriculture—or CSA—boxes don't always deliver what's promised. The brochure showed wicker baskets overflowing with nature's bounty, but all you get is an entire box of kale. We want to collect images of real Por...   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Twitter Claims it Saved Broadway Books

Owner's son conveniently works for Twitter


You may or may not remember that back in '08, Aaron Durand, the son of Portland's Broadway Books owner Roberta Dyer, wrote a blog post offering to buy a burrito for anyone who spent over $50 at his mom's ailing store. Long...   More
Monday, November 7, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Food Cart Review: Crust and Common

Food Cart Reviews
As the weather turns chilly, there are few things more comforting than gobbling down fistfuls of carbs, fat and salt. Well, except maybe chasing it with a pint. That’s one reason chef Bradley Jon   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 RUTH BROWN

A Tale of Three Restaurant Guides

The Wordle tells the story


With the release of WW's 2011 Restaurant Guide yesterday, I decided to venture into the our archives to see how the annual guide—and Portland's dining scene—has changed over the years.Using a highly scientific method—the Wordle—we can see exactly what we've been eating over the years. Behold the...   More
Thursday, October 20, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Fred Meyer Brings the Cheese

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The Burlingame Fred Meyer on Southwest Barbur Boulevard is finally reopening tomorrow after a long renovation, and it's celebrating with... live cheese sculpting.

According to a press release, the store has invited "cheese carver" Sarah Kaufman to sculpt 300 pounds of Wisconsin cheese into a "history of Fred Meyer’s presence in the community."

This is by far the best thing we've ...   More
Thursday, October 20, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Shake It Up

Toast Portland Cocktail Week with a Willamette Week-flavored libation.

The second annual Portland Cocktail Week (it’s actually only three days, but you can always start drinking a few days early) hits town Thursday. It’s more a conference for professional mixologi   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Restaurant Guide 2011: Natural Selection, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up

Aaron Woo frees meatless cuisine from the tofu ghetto.

Restaurant Guide
This time last year, Aaron Woo was definitely not a name synonymous with innovative vegetarian food in Portland. Despite a background in fine dining, including a stint at Clarklewis, Woo had spent    More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Restaurant Guide 2011: Ninja Veg

Five unlikely places for great vegetarian dining.

Restaurant Guide
Ned Ludd This pre-industrial-inspired hideaway on busy MLK cooks every conceivable pig part and whole fish in its big wood-fired oven, but it also uses the hearth to roast buttery carrots and toasty   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 RUTH BROWN
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