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Beer Review: Kick Axe (Lompoc Brewing)

Dry-hopping is an increasingly popular brewing technique with pale ales and IPAs. Hops—usually milder varieties—are added during fermentation to enhance aroma and taste without bludgeoning the   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Gateway Breakfast House: President Obama Ate Grilled Cheese Here, But Should You Go?

Can America take four more years of a man who orders a grilled cheese?


Gateway Breakfast House is a quaint, unassuming diner way out on Northeast Halsey. The place is cramped. The servers and regulars are on a first name basis. “Enjoy our tasty food and tasteless conversation” is scrawled on the wall. Gateway would be perfectly at home in Anytown, USA.

“Did you hear Obama ate ...   More
Friday, July 27, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Scoops' out for Summer: Day 23

Organic Island Snow Shave Ice

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In the home stretch of our month-long ice cream quest, Scoops' out for Summer, we send intern John Locanthi to track down a roaming shave ice truck.

Organic Island Snow Shave Ice
Locations vary, see Facebook for schedule....   More
Monday, July 23, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Scoops' out for Summer, Day 14

Alotto Gelato

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The 31-day ice cream binge that is Scoops' out for Summer continues...

Alotto Gelato
931 NW 23rd Ave., 228-1709, alottogelato.biz.Price per scoop: $3
Most popular flavor: Salted caramel
The person in front of me: Ageing yuppie looking for...   More
Saturday, July 14, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Headout: Paris in Portland

Zee perfect way to celebrate Bastille Day. Waw-haw-haw!

Portland celebrates Bastille Day. We can’t tell you why—there hasn’t historically been any significant French presence here—but we do. Paris had a Portland festival recently, so it seems   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette: On Bluesy Tides


On shore, the Waterfront Blues Festival is a mellow time. Last weekend's party celebrated the Blues, the city of Portland, and a warm summer weekend. The lazy summer sun hung overhead as much of the crowd sits back in their camping chairs and having a few beers. Inside Tom McCall Waterfront Park, seating areas are well-marked, the porta-johns immaculate, and the smoking section clearly design...   More
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Scoops' out for Summer: Day 7

Great Northwest Ice Cream Co.

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In today's Scoops' out for Summer, we send one of our long-suffering interns to the Saturday Market, because we'd prefer not to go ourselves. 

Great Northwest Ice Cream Co.
Portland Saturday Market, 108 W Burnside St. (on the waterfront side...   More
Saturday, July 7, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Hobo Pirates of the Willamette: At Preparation's End

Bluesfest is here and Finger the "Partial Pirate" is ready.


The Canada geese are being chased from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. 

The plump migratory birds usually rule the roost on the scenic walkway along the riverfront. But it's now filled with workers setting up tents and stages. Meanwhile, the water is under blockade from a fleet of small boats. The few geese that remain fight a losing battle to hold onto their park. Shit-covered grass is al...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Hookahs and Blow

How exotic tobacco pipes conquered the under-21 club scene.

Food Reviews & Stories
It’s 11 pm on a Monday night at Beirut Hookah Lounge in Beaverton. Two guys—one in a hoodie and a baseball cap turned to the side, the other in a waistcoat and a purple tie—play cards on low   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette

Yo, ho, ho and a can of PBR.


The morning sun slips through gaps in the patchwork drapes of the captain's quarters, landing an unwelcome blow on Finger's sleeping face.
The hungover pirate rises from his untidy bed, grabbing a can of PBR as he walks past his drum set in the pilot's cabin.
Finger hops from his boat onto his makeshift, free-floating dock near Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Five anchors hold his dock in place,...   More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI
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