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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

Gold Chain

In defense of Shari’s, America’s best freeway-exit diners.


Food Reviews & Stories
Portlanders rarely miss a chance to feel their hearts swell with civic pride, especially when it comes to unfancy food. While our upper tier is only what a city of our size and wealth requires—w   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Summer Guide 2013: The Small Ax

Avoiding sunburnt eyeballs on the slopes of Mount St. Helens.


Featured Stories
I have no business with an ice ax. This realization pops into my stocking-hatted head only after I’m well above the treeline on Mount St. Helens, climbing a steep pile of mushy white snow. Eve   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Lompoc Tavern: New New Lompoc


Bar Reviews
Smoking is strongly discouraged in vicinity of the new Lompoc Tavern (1620 NW 23rd Ave., 894-9374, lompocbrewing.com). Management is so obsessive about it that one of my companions was actually as   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: The Field of Fruits


Drank
Geography is destiny, Napoleon said. The emperor wasn’t talking specifically about booze, but he could have been. Europe is almost evenly split into wine and beer. South of the Alps, where fruit   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Cake Wars

Who among us is righteous enough to eat of the sacred buttercream Bible-beating Oregon bakers have denied gays?


Food Reviews & Stories
Sugar, flour, eggs and water are now munitions in America’s culture war. Or so you’d think from two Oregon bakeries that recently refused to make cakes for same-sex weddings, getting national    More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Headout: What is This Thing?

Archaeologists examine the public’s purported fossils and artifacts, separating pterodactyl teeth from white pebbles.


Headout
When I was in grade school, I found something weird in the woods not far from my house. It’s old and brown, made of smooth, hard bone. It’s six inches long, shaped like a tool, sawed square on   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Lay Off the Sauce

No, Lake Oswego’s Pine Shed Ribs is not the best barbecue in Portland.


Food Reviews & Stories
Earlier this month, Stephen Colbert’s sister lost a congressional election to philandering former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. In response, the TV host shunned his home state, declaring a   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Fireside: Warming Up


Bar Reviews
For all its supposed trendiness, Northwest 23rd Avenue’s pub life is in a sad state. Especially before New Old Lompoc reopened recently, when Nob Hill Bar & Grill was the only barlike bar be   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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