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World Series of Pop Culture Strikes Back



[Ed note: In 2006, WW's resident techie, Brian Panganiban, distinguished himself by making it to the second round on the inaugural series of VH1's World Series of Pop Culture. The team, PDX 503, consisted of Brian, his brother Paul and P-town native Wil Olandria. A year later he took a break from answe...   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 by BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Best Baguette

Big flavor in tiny Asian sandwich packages.


Food Reviews & Stories
The spicy Vietnamese sandwiches known as báhn mi are normally encountered in plastic-wrapped stacks, occupying the refrigerator cases of unsettling prepared-food sections of Asian groceries aro ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Dish Review


Food Reviews & Stories
This tough-to-find flu-fighter on the edge of downtown specializes in Taiwanese DIY dining: you get a burner, a pot of broth bubbling away on top, and a selection of items to cook in it ($7.95 lunch, $13.95 dinner). Frozen, wafer-thin slices of meat, including beef, lamb and pork, marinated chicken,   More
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Drink 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
“What’s that PODS container doing there?” I exclaimed in horror to my wife as we drove past Caldera a few months ago. Turns out the storage container was for a long-overdue upstairs expansion, a reading room-style addition that lends itself well to Caldera’s mission of helpin   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Nothing is wasted at Queen of Sheba: You get a good amount of tasty food for not a lot of money, and then you eat your utensils. Spicy Ethiopian stews are ladled over several layers of spongy injera that you can tear off and use to scoop up the goodies. Choose up to three items ($9.50) from Sheba&rs   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
When ownership of the Utopia Cafe changed hands at the beginning of 2007, many regulars worried that the popular Southeast Portland breakfast joint’s food would suffer. They needn’t have. Utopia’s mainstay scrambles ($7.95) are still bursting with all things tasty, like the chorizo   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Awkwardly housed in the old Hollywood library, Fleur de Lis is co-owned by Greg Mistell (one the founders of venerable Pearl Bakery), and you can taste his experience in the bakery’s Franco-centric goods. A flaky, buttery breakfast croissant ($3.50) packed with Black Forest ham and Gruyè   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Dish Review


Food Reviews & Stories
One would think a cuisine as old and steeped in tradition as sushi would have a difficult time adjusting to the realities of the modern world. However, with many species of marine life overfished to the point of near extinction, adjustments need to be made. Luckily, Southeast Portland’s Bamboo   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Drink 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
If, while sipping a house cocktail at the Observatory, you notice yourself feeling somewhat more pious than you did when you walked in, you are more than likely sitting on one of the pews the owners salvaged from a nearby church. The proprietors have deftly crafted a space that manages to exude the    More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Dish Review


Food Reviews & Stories
If, while sipping one of the signature cocktails at the Observatory, you notice yourself feeling somewhat more pious than you did when you walked in, you are more than likely sitting on one of the pews the owners salvaged from a nearby church farther up Mount Tabor. The proprietors, a pair of local    More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 BRIAN PANGANIBAN
 

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