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A TOAST To Craft Distilleries

Food Reviews & Stories
It is a cliché of Portland’s food-centric marketing that we are ground zero for the wave of small, so-called craft distilleries that have popped up all over America in the past decade. It’s a    More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Better Brewers

Food Reviews & Stories
While pour-over has become the standard at the city’s finest cafes, home coffee geeks have been steadily expanding their arsenals of java-related gadgetry. Where once the Chemex and French press    More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Seven Habits For Highly Caffeinated People

Drink it fresh—really fresh.

Food Reviews & Stories
So you’ve bought a $16 bag of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from your local microroaster. How long do you have to drink it before all that dollar-an-ounce specialness is gone? According to Courier Coffee    More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

What About Decaf?

Food Reviews & Stories
Most of Portland’s more than 40 coffee roasters are turning out exceptional beans for those of us who don’t mind caffeine, but what about those among us who love coffee but have been warned off the hard stuff?   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

The Money In The Cup

Food Reviews & Stories
Your morning cup has gotten more expensive of late. Why? Raw, green coffee beans now cost more than they have at any point in the past 14 years. There are a lot of reported reasons for this state o   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Drip City

Everything old is new again in Portland’s coffee scene.

Cover Story
Why is Portland, of all places, the capital of American coffee culture? There’s no overt explanation why a city celebrated for its slacker attitude also devotes so much energy to the roasting and    More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE, RUTH BROWN

Countdown to Bridgetown: Hari Kondabolu


The Bridgetown Comedy Fest is just 17 days away! Today we're featuring Hari Kondabolu, in my opinion one of the funniest young comics in America. (Also, his brother, Ashok, is one of our funniest hype men.) Kondabolu's aggressi...   More
Monday, April 4, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Countdown to Bridgetown: Sean Cullen

Sean Cullen comedian

In just three weeks, Bridgetown Comedy Festival will flood every venue in the Hawthorne Stumble Zone with some 170 comedians for four days. It's more comedy than it is actually possible to consume, so scheduling your laughs is bound to pose a problem. To get you started, we'll post some fine video from a Bridgetown performer here e...   More
Thursday, March 31, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Ball Busters

Art-golf and cocktails combine to fill a gaping cultural hole.

Portland! We lead the world in pinball bars, artery-clogging street food and impractical bicycles. Our dominance in childish pursuits for adults is so universally renowned that it’s generated doz   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Eyesore of the Week: That Blue...

The Mirabella

A quickie today: I don’t have any great complaints about the architecture of the Mirabella, a recently completed high-rise "continuing care retirement community" in the South Waterfront. I'm not sure who wants to retire to a building adjacent to a working shipyard. And I think the heinous gray box at...   More
Friday, March 25, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE
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