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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

Yellow Bellies

Which local mustards pass muster?


Food Reviews & Stories
Most shelves at the Made in Oregon store are stocked with the obvious: Jams made from native berries, our famous wines and cheeses, the blankets our pioneers traded to indigenous people before s   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Slide Inn: Slide By


Bar Reviews
The vaguely Germanic Slide Inn (2348 SE Ankeny St., 236-4997, slideinnpdx.com) is an ambitious restaurant. It’s also an abject failure: Fried polenta is a flavorless crunch coated in a discordan   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Lila (Hair of the Dog)


Drank
Old dogs are notoriously reluctant to perform new tricks. So someone give Hair of the Dog brewmaster Alan Sprints a good belly scratching for his new Lila Maibock. Sprints’ brewery will celebr   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

C.B. Bernard, Chasing Alaska

Dead polar bears everywhere.


Books
Anyone who has lost a weekend pursuing their heritage through the waggling leaves of Ancestry.com understands the dynamic driving C.B. Bernard’s Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier T   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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