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Big Salad

Making a meal out of lettuce.


Food Reviews & Stories
In Portland, it’s easy to find big-ass food. Six days’ worth of calories shoved between two loaves of cheesy garlic bread. Brain-sized meatballs. Bacon-wrapped bacon, double-fried. Portions tha   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 CARIN MOONIN

Cravings: Deviled Eggs

When it comes to proper deviled eggs, old school is best.


Food Reviews & Stories
Cooking something, then putting part of it back inside the food from whence it came, has always fascinated me: twice-baked potatoes. Stuffed turkey. And, of course, deviled eggs. The egg white forms ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 CARIN MOONIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Tattooed fixie cyclists and middle-aged matrons happily coexist at the vegetarian- and seafood-centric Farm Cafe. It really is as fresh as fresh gets here—friendly and efficient service notwithstanding. If it’s warm, sit out on the small but lovely patio, or, in any weather, enjoy the co   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 CARIN MOONIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Downtown workers and Stumptown visitors alike enjoy what Southpark brings: straight-up seafood and nonintimidating preparations. Right across from the (you guessed it) South Park Blocks, Southpark has something for everyone, whether you’re suffering through a Match.com dinner date or treating    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 CARIN MOONIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Now in its fifth year, Lauro keeps the home fires steadily burning, consistently turning out Mediterranean-influenced comfort food that always fits the season. Watch the culinary pros at work in the theatrical open kitchen, anchored by a gas-fired pizza oven, or perch at the bar and delight in the f   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 CARIN MOONIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Although Nostrana packs ’em in with long waits on weeknights, widely spaced tables and cathedral-high ceilings keep claustrophobia at bay. Old windows used as mirrors make the room appear even larger, and the dizzyingly tall bar is constructed of salvaged planks. The cuisine follows suit: rust   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 CARIN MOONIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Can’t make it to Sweden? Or even Northeast Airport Way? Though sometimes it seems a flight to Europe might be quicker than a meal at this adorable Clinton Street cafe, those who seek their non-IKEA Scandinavian fix or just want one of the cutest breakfasts in Portland line up here on weekend m   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 CARIN MOONIN

Where’s the Beef?

Just in time for burger season, Carin Moonin chows on PDX’s meatless options.


Featured Stories
A good veggie burger is supposed to make you not miss meat. But I don’t miss meat. I had my last “real” burger in 1995, and I haven’t longed for one since. That said, I do rem ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 CARIN MOONIN

Moving Validation

A reformed non-driver gets schooled in spin class.


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Sleet dots the windshield. My hands slide over the steering wheel, clammy with shame. I round a curve, precariously close to a snack shack. The vehicle shudders and groans. On the second bend, I turn ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 CARIN MOONIN

Drink Guide 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
Bartender’s Choice: Ninkasi on draft.The aftershavey hope of Night Light on a weeknight happy-hour doesn’t disappoint. Noir evening light filters through the west-facing windows. Tea lights on the bar give flawless skin. The back room’s comfy couches solicit stretching. Whether you   More
 
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 CARIN MOONIN
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