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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

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
 

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