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Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
The restaurant arm of Simpatica Catering is sub rosa dining at its best. Access to its Friday and Saturday sit-down, fixed-menu dinners can only be granted via reservation, and only if you respond in a timely fashion to the weekly emails. They take a more egalitarian approach with the Sunday brunch:   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
The surreal Streets of Tanasbourne may be a bit of a trek from Portland, but the dosas at Chennai Masala are worth it. The long, crispy crepes, carted out by the friendly staff at this no-frills South Indian eatery, are stuffed with numerous fillings, many based on a tasty onion-potato curry and ser   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Concept restaurants are viewed with a certain amount of justifiable suspicion—often too much effort is made in service of the concept and the food is just an afterthought. Despite some uninspired sandwich offerings, the menu of tweaked comfort food at 50 Plates—a sleek, earth-toned new v   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Tanuki stays true to the izakaya pub-grub tradition with a fine selection of sake and sake-based cocktails in a laid-back, casual atmosphere—but don’t think for a second they’ve forgotten about the food. Izakya staples such as kushiyaki—literally stuff on sticks—are a f   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
When you visit Good Taste Noodle House, bring a friend. They are not shy about portions at this anonymously decorated cafe off Southeast 82nd Avenue, and you’re sure to need backup to finish a Super Bowl order of won ton noodle soup, brimming with plump dumplings stuffed with pork and shrimp a   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

Restaurant Guide 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
Restaurants attached to suburban grocery stores are rarely considered dining destinations. While it can be argued that Hakatamon, a Japanese eatery physically connected to Asian mega-market Uwajimya, might get a pass for being contextually appropriate, that would be dismissive of the work they do th   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

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
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