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Southern Soul

Fine-dining Italian is dominated by northern fare. Can Bellino make the south rise again?


Food Reviews & Stories
In the first century of Italian-American cuisine, nothing north of Naples mattered. The vast majority of the Italian immigrants who migrated to this country in the late 1800s and early 1900s came from   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: Loyal Legion


Bar Reviews
BACK IN BLUE: Kurt Huffman’s 99-Oregon-tap beer hall had quite an opening week. Loyal Legion (705 SE 6th Ave, 235-8272, loyallegionpdx.com) had a line down the block when it first cracked the doors    More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Terminally Intoxicated

A bar crawl of PDX airport pubs.


Bar Reviews
If you’re flying into Salt Lake City, get a drink first. It’s tough to get a decent cocktail given the tyrannical pouring contraptions affixed to every bottle of liquor in Utah,    More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR, LIZZY ACKER

Mi Piace Troppo: Renata Reviewed

The young Renata has some nice moves and fantastic pasta. But there’s work to do.


Food Reviews & Stories
Lunch plans had to be canceled—Nick Arnerich knew that right away. When Arnerich’s new, wood-fired Italian restaurant, Renata, was chosen as The Oregonian’s favorite new spot in its annual res   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: Altabira


Bar Reviews
THE WINDOW SHUTS: The inner eastside sure is fancy these days. No longer do visitors want to stay in a humble Red Lion (actual marketing slogan: “Affordable Hotels”) and drink at a faux-upscale ba   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Laurelweizen (Laurelwood Brewing)


Drank
Call it blasphemy, but I’m not a big fan of “American hefeweizen.” To me, the best part of a traditional German hefe is the interplay of esters like isoamyl acetate and the protein-dense, sweet    More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

A Photo Tour of the 2015 Oregon Country Fair

An afternoon with a bunch of hippies in the woods

ocflede

It's true what they say: You really do need to go to the Oregon Country Fair sometime.Not for a whole weekend of camping—one afternoon should be plenty—and not for the music, which is sort of a sideshow to this carnival of craft and hippie food in the woods outside Eugene.The Fair wrapped up its 46th year yesterday with record attendance...   More
 
Monday, July 13, 2015 by MARTIN CIZMAR

Green and Goal

What we can learn from the Weed the People “shitshow.”


Potlander
It took only three days of legalization for people to get pissy about legal weed in Oregon. And, no, it wasn’t the rednecks. On July 3, some 1,500 people showed up at Portland’s first totally p   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Mister Mister

Four loose-leaf vapes reviewed.


Weed
You should buy a loose-leaf vaporizer. Maybe one of the four we review here, maybe something else. But you should experience the delights of these little electronic gadgets, which gently bake the into   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR, TYLER HURST

Findings: Vol. 41, Issue 35.

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.


Findings
A divorcing couple’s “final date together” ended badly. Not so long ago, Portland cops could not distinguish marihuana from Jerusalem artichokes.  Waterbeds and bongs have a long history    More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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