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Mi Mero Mole

Nick Zukin is your new Mexican grandmother.


Food Reviews & Stories
The aroma inside Mi Mero Mole is like entering the kitchen of a Mexican grandmother—a heavenly blend of freshly made corn tortillas and simmering spices. She would insist you stay for dinner and   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Funhouse Lounge: Tomfoolery Awaits


Bar Reviews
A room full of clown paintings—from thoughtful oils to black velvets and a Christ-like Ronald McDonald—would be enough to give anyone nightmares. But the “clown room” at Funhouse Lounge (2   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Splash Bar: Spray-Tan Paradise


Bar Reviews
Ah, the debaucheries of spring break—dancing on bar tops, ill-advised shots, regret-filled mornings. Now every day can be filled with the hedonistic joy of sophomore year in Cancun at Splash B   More
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Schmear Apparent

We miss Kettleman’s bagels, too. Who can replace them?


Food Reviews & Stories
Kettleman Bagels is in zombie mode. Things have slipped fast since the beloved local bagelry sold out last November to Colorado-based Einstein Bros. Kettleman’s superb boiled bagels...   More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Zwickelmania 2012 Picks for Portland

Almost every brewery in Oregon will open its doors to the public this weekend. Here's where you should go.

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Ever been on a statewide pub crawl? Unless your designated driver has a batmobile, you’re not going to make it to all 60-plus participating breweries for this year’s Zwickelmania before day’s end. (You’d probably also need Superman’s liver).
Luckily, the Oregon ...   More
 
Friday, February 17, 2012 by PENELOPE BASS

The New Hate, Arthur Goldwag

Haters gonna hate.


Books
We love to hate. Reality television aside, few arenas highlight our hatred better than politics. In the 1800 presidential election, Thomas Jefferson’s campaign called John Adams “a hideous h   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (PCS)

Scaling down the Bard of Avon.


Theater
It just wouldn’t be Shakespeare without a little sexual subterfuge. Though it’s one of his lesser-known tales, Cymbeline employs many of the playwright’s favorite plot devices—mistaken ide   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

The Box Social: Drink In A Box


Bar Reviews
A stuffed peacock roosts high on a shelf above the bar at The Box Social (3971 N Williams Ave., bxsocial.com). It’s a bold flash of décor for a bar, yet it doesn’t seem out of place in the in   More
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Live Review: Bite Me a Little at Mississippi Studios

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Although you may have thought the vampire craze had long since reached critical mass and collapsed under its own bulging excess, it appears the trend has not yet been staked in the heart Walking the line somewhere between the chaste, no-biting-till-marriage vampires of Twilight and the fuck-anything-that-moves vamps of True Blood is Bite Me a...   More
 
Thursday, January 26, 2012 by PENELOPE BASS

The Real Americans (Portland Center Stage)

Conversations over pie with yuppies and yokels.


Theater
Fed up with yuppie brunch and his life in the liberal bubble in general, San Francisco native Dan Hoyle decided he needed to explore the oft-lauded “real America” of the 2008 presidential campa   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 PENELOPE BASS
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