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Restaurant Guide 2013: Xico


Restaurant Guide
3715 SE Division St., 548-6343, xicopdx.com.  [SCOUTING REPORT] In sports they’d say Xico has “big upside.” A year after opening, this loft of Mexican comfort food as delivered from Or   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Guide 2013: Different 'Vision

Looking at the future of Southeast Division Street


Restaurant Guide
Division Street is home to our Restaurant of the Year, runner-up and five other picks in this guide. Seemingly every old business on Division is being converted into a trendy restaurant or bar.    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Guide 2013: Ava Gene’s, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up


Restaurant Guide
Ava Gene’s could have rested very comfortably on its laurels. A breakout hit from its first weekend, the avant-Italian follow-up to Duane Sorenson’s first restaurant, the Woodsman Tavern,    More
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Review: El Cubo de Cuba


Food Reviews & Stories
Little Havana’s Cuban restaurants feel strangely uptight, like they’re run by Republicans. One of the best lunches I’ve had all year, at the Versailles Bakery in Miami, was marred by the u   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Slick Gear

Stuff to help you enjoy riding your bike for the six wet months to come.


Culture Features
Photos by Misha Ashton mooreThere’s a lot to be said for biking in the rain. Sure, Portland’s winter skies are gray and leaky and the sun falls behind the West Hills so, so fast. On the othe   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR, REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: The Greatest Pumpkin

A blind taste-off of 23 pumpkin beers and ciders.


Drank
When it comes to pumpkiny booze, no one touches New York. That’s what nine Willamette Week tasters found from a blind taste-off of pumpkin beer and cider. The Oregon debut of Pumking, the vaunte   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Sugar Cube


Food Reviews & Stories
On the blackboard behind the glass counter at her new bakery on Northeast Alberta Street, Kir Jensen has chalked “No guilt, just pleasure.” You’re going to need to buy into that philosophy,    More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Scene Setter

Newcomer Amy Miller explains Portland’s comedy booms and busts.


Culture Features
Cat photos. Cat photos. Girls in yoga pants. Cat photos. Tupac shrine. Pizza. Purple weed. Arrested Development GIFs. Wait, what’s this on my Tumblr feed? Oh, it’s Beaverton-bred standup comic Ian   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Bittersweet Vermouth (Imbue)


Drank
Oregon makes great gin. You could cheerfully surrender all 10 of your drink tokens at this weekend’s Great American Distillers Festival at the Tiffany Center for nothing but sips of Aria, Aviati   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Eye of the Shawarm

Searching for Portland’s best Lebanese mezze platter and shawarma plate.


Food Reviews & Stories
If you want great Lebanese food, you need to go south and east. Not too far—but the best places I found in trips to nine local Lebanese restaurants were both on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. Th   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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