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The Chocolate Maker

Portland’s first bean-to-bar chocolate is dreamy.

Food Reviews & Stories
Charley Wheelock is a man with big dreams. Sitting on his back deck in inner Southeast Portland, he talks of building a chocolate factory   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Petticoats, Not Pedophiles

Lolita fashion isn’t what it sounds like.

Wonder Northwest: It’s Portland’s newest geek convention, bringing together pop-culture subcultures from all walks of life. A read though the schedule is pretty much what you’d expect: comic-b   More
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 RUTH BROWN

What's With All the Thai Restaurants in Portland?

Crunching the numbers on Portland's ethnic eateries.


The ever increasing number of Thai restaurants in Portland is something of a preoccupation in the WW office. Don't get me wrong, I'd give my first-born for a good pad grapow, but given the number of actual Thai residents in the city—versus, say, the Vietnamese population, or the Indian population, and their respective eateries—the numbers seemed a little out of whack.So I sat down with a copy ...   More
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Portland Wins Two (More) James Beard Awards


Portland chefs have taken out two more James Beard Foundation Awards.

Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon and    More
Monday, May 9, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Oregon Online: State Agency Maps Broadband Coverage


The State of Oregon has created an ugly but functional interactive map of broadband services across the state.
Thanks to the Oregon Public Utility Commission, you can now see how much of the state still has no broadband access and write angry letters about that, or, more usefully, enter your address and find all the ...   More
Friday, May 6, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Portland Wins Two James Beard Awards

More to come?


And by “Portland,” we mean “people who live in Portland.”
Tonight, the James Beard Foundation Awards (essentially the food world's equivalent of the Academy Awards, but with a significantly higher collective BMI and likely more cocaine) announced its book, broadcast and journalism award winners.    More
Friday, May 6, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Pancakes and (the Dude From) Pavement

Rock & Roll Pancake Brunch with Stephen Malkmus and Rebecca Gates.


Pencil this one in: Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) and Rebecca Gates (the Spinanes) will be performing sets at a "Rock & Roll Pancake Breakfast Benefit" for New York-based artist and activist Dara Greenwald on Sunday, May 22.
Greenwald is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, and artists around the country ...   More
Thursday, May 5, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

After Two Years, Picnic Finally Opens

This food cart's no flash in the pan.

picnic food cart

Yeah, I know, we're a little bit food cart-ed out, too, but I couldn't let this one pass without comment because I have been waiting and watching so long:

For the past 2 1/2 years, John Dovydenas has been planning to open a food cart.

For all those (including us) who...   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Portland's Food Deserts

That's deserts, not desserts.


The USDA has just cobbled together a ton of data on access to food around the U.S. (sadly hosted on some of the worst, slowest servers on earth). One of the tools it has created is an interactive map of "food deserts," which it defines as: "a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store."    More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Going Pommy in Portland

Have a royal weekend


As a citizen of the Commonwealth, I'm a bit baffled by the amount of attention being paid in this country to the impending nuptuals of Wills and Kate. You got out! You don't have to care about this pack of antiquated inbred Germans any more! Have the clean-living Obamas left you desperate for sex scandals and animal hunting? Did The King's Speech mislead you into believing British royals are as at...   More
Thursday, April 28, 2011 by RUTH BROWN
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