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Do Believe The Hype

Checking in with a trio of new big-city food imports.

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Portland is the new L.A. Don't panic—take a look at three new faces in PDX kitchens to see what I mean: Until three months ago, Ten01's (1001 NW Couch St., 226-3463) Jack Yoss was executive ch ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Mike Thelin

Olea's Mondok May Be Opening Hawthorne-District Restaurant

The word on the street is that former Carlyle chef Daniel Mondok will soon vacate his gig as Executive Chef at the Pearl District Mediterranean restaurant Olea to open a new dining room called Sel Gris on Southeast 19th Avenue and Haw...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 by Mike Thelin


Winos, boquerones and Cowboy Junkies in North Portland.

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Lupa (3955 N Mississippi Ave., 287-5872) is my favorite Portland bar that almost wasn't. Rose City-area native Amanda Prock had fancied opening her North Mississippi Avenue wine-centric bodega and bot ...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Mike Thelin

Sagebrush Classic A Delicious Exercise in Gluttony

The Sagebrush Classic's big event was a full-throttle exercise in good old-fashioned American-style hedonism. More than 1,300 Bend folk wandering to and from each of the 18 chef stations was quite a sight. From 5 pm until dark, the plates kept coming and the Deschutes beer kept flowing. Everyone was happy. No ...   More
Monday, July 23, 2007 by Mike Thelin

Fundraising, Latte Art and Tempura Fried Bacon in Bend Oregon

Helping the poor by gorging the rich seems to be the perfect formula in fund-raising, and the Sagebrush Classic in Bend is Oregon's ultimate fundraising feast. Who can resist 18 celebrity chefs from four continents, preparing 18 courses to feed a hungry mass of 1,300 well-heeled Central Oregonians? Neither mys...   More
Saturday, July 21, 2007 by Mike Thelin

Goodbye Valentine's Sandwiches; Hello Valentine's Lounge!

On a cuteness scale, Ankeny Alley (the tiny street between Berbati's Pan and Dan & Louis Oyster Bar) is somewhere between Luxembourg and the Cosby Kids—it's that friggin' cute, and with booze, it just gets cuter.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007 by Mike Thelin

First the Seattle rumors, now a Brownlow charcuterie in Portland???

Good God! Morgan Brownlow is going to start curing Spanish-style ham in Portland, Oregon. Or, so we think. Yesterday, WW's Scoop column tipped readers off that that Brownlow has a Seattle charcuterie in the works, and now pork-lusting...   More
Thursday, July 19, 2007 by Mike Thelin

The Occidental Tourist

Braving blood and "oil-fried bastard" with my friend Chino.

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You never forget eating your first ear. The initial bite takes gumption, but at least the thin slices at Wing Wa BBQ King (2788 SE 82nd Ave., 771-1848) don't look like ears—they could be exotic ...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Mike Thelin

Faux Cannibals—Is this for real?

OK, we all know that certain Japanese dining customs are strange, but this one enters a whole new realm of weirdness--so odd that I personally think it's a load of crap. According to Weird Asia News, the so-called "Banquet o...   More
Thursday, July 12, 2007 by Mike Thelin

Division's Division

Portland's crazy quilt of design review plays out on one street.

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Architecturally speaking, Southeast Division Street between 12th and 20th avenues resembles a rummage sale. North of Division, charming half-million-dollar bungalows mix with unsightly underdeveloped ...   More
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