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Thrive Pacific NW


Food Cart Reviews
Thrive catered my wedding. That’s not so much a disclosure—we’re not friends with the owners and we paid the going rate—as it is an endorsement. Because if Thrive, which just opened its    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

MusicfestNW 2013: Drink Before, Eat After

Where to get a good pre-show buzz and a satisfying post-show burger.


Food Reviews & Stories
Drink before, eat after. Take it from a 32-year-old veteran of a couple thousand concerts. Why? First, alcohol is more effective on an empty stomach. Second, a large meal often leaves one groggy   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Swill Vs. 3-Way IPA (10 Barrel Brewing Vs. Fort George, Lompoc and Gigantic)


Drank
Just as the summer of 2013 had dueling radio hits (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”), in Portland it had dueling seasonal brews. Like a great pop song, they��   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Grand Cru (Mazama Brewing Co.)


Drank
Roundabout 2290 B.C., when Europeans were first using bronze and Native Americans were first growing corn, a giant volcano in Southern Oregon blew its top, leaving a crater now filled with a lake.   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

El Modernito

Ración makes joyful, high-tech tapas.


Food Reviews & Stories
The world has found three great Spanish loves in the past decade. First, tapas bars with cheap bites of interesting food meant to be sampled and shared. Second, the wide range of safety-glasses-re   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Sweet As Pacific Ale (GoodLife)


Drank
I wish this weekend’s Oregon Brewers Festival were in late September. While sunshine is all but guaranteed in late July, the heat tends to push crowds to lawn-mower beers, which is why so many b   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Portland Sangria (Enso Urban Winery)


Drank
I had big plans for Portland Sangria, the new bagged wine from Enso Urban Winery. I was hoping, I suppose, for an alcoholic warm-weather counterpart to Oregon Chai. I imagined it as a delicious, light   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Habanero Cider (Finnriver Farm & Cidery)


Drank
Finnriver’s Habanero Cider is more like pepper spray than hot sauce. That is to say, the danger of pain comes from inhaling, not drinking. Finnriver Cidery, which sits on Washington’s Olympic    More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Sok Sab Bai


Food Reviews & Stories
Sometimes it’s the simple things that leave you reeling. Remember your first Ike’s Wings? Even if you’d known great chicken wings, there’s something special about Pok Pok’s signature dis   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Morning Sen

Andy Ricker’s new noodle joint has great noodles, even better custard.


Food Reviews & Stories
Andy Ricker is too busy to gather coconuts. Makes sense, given the Pok Pok owner has six restaurants on two coasts, a nationally distributed line of drinking vinegars and a cookbook coming out thi   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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