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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

Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom: Dauphin of Division


Bar Reviews
A grocery store-style Wine Well bottle chiller seems like a no-brainer for a beer bottle shop. Why refrigerate everything at the same temperature when you can cool down anything on the shelf in fi   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Headout: The Price is Right, Live From The Numbers

Playing The Price is Right at the Price is Right drive-thru smoke shop.


Headout
Portland, come on dooooowwwwwn! The Price is Right Live, a stage production based on the 40-year-old TV game show, comes to Portland this week. In its honor, we played The Price is Right at the lege   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Mmmhops (Mustang Brewing and Hanson)


Drank
Everyone who’s commented on Mmmhops, the beer from the brotherly band Hanson, has feigned surprise that those sweet little boys with little-girl haircuts now sell beer. Let’s be serious: The y   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Fresh Prince of Ales (Gilgamesh Brewing)


Drank
Now this is a story all about how my tongue got flipped—turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute to explain some fails, and tell you why not to buy a beer called the Fresh Prince of   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Leave the Fork, Take the Pen


Books
Nobody goes to a food festival to eat. Anyone who can afford a $465 ticket to Feast, which will occupy visiting food nerds and local Twitterazzi for the next four days, knows this. In the best m   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Estate Winesap (Blue Mountain)


Drank
Blue Mountain’s Estate Winesap is a rarity among its contemporaries: an apple cider made by apple farmers. While most cideries buy their fruit from other sources, this bright, dry Champagne-co   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

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
 

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