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Fat On A Hot Tin Roof

Irving Street Kitchen is an over-the-top shot of Southern comfort.


Food Reviews & Stories
There’s something gently bullying about Irving Street Kitchen, as if it doesn’t quite trust you to be sufficiently engaging company. San Francisco restaurateurs Doug Washington and Steven ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Wild Grass

I don’t know what that was. But I loved it.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Feb. 12, 2010: A stunned hum filled Whitsell Auditorium as the credits rolled on Wild Grass. Shell-shocked debriefings carried over into the men’s room; what-did-it-all-mean klatches cohered in ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
If you have any flush out-of-towners in your charge who have cash to burn and are eager to burn it on you, Southpark could be your best bet for an Oregon-for-beginners dining experience that you, the Portland lifer, will still enjoy. Chalkboards loom over the capacious dining room, announcing fresh    More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Laboring under the false assumption that a dab of old Hollywood glamour classes up the joint, Gracie’s effortful decor is a veritable semaphore of warning to skedaddle up the street for less ostentatious (and expensive) digs. In other words, the ghost of Louis B. Mayer isn’t booking a re   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
With produce grown on its own Skyline Boulevard farm and an impressive roster of sundry local suppliers, the only thing Meriwether’s lacks is an altar to Michael Pollan. But don’t fret: If it’s worship you’re after, the televisions in the bar are tuned to sports. Food origins   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Welcome to heaven, where mashed potatoes are butter-yellow, salads are just an excuse for creamy dressings and, praise the Lord, egg creams and chocolate malteds never went out of style. Yes, crossing Blueplate’s threshold is a bit like stepping into the Twilight Zone, where life seems too goo   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Bar Avignon’s date-night ambience, packed wine racks and long, L-shaped bar suggest a pop-in, pop-out place that treats food as one more excuse to order another drink. But with concoctions like the Division Street Cooler, which tastes like a California lawn soaked in vodka (in the very, very b   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Observe the contortions of your favorite vegan’s face next time they’re enthusing over a new animal-friendly restaurant. You will witness a glorious emotional duel between heartbreak—“why can’t all restaurants be like that!?”—and desire—“I want t   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Cyrus

That was no lady—that was my mom!


Movie Reviews & Stories
Stick with therapy long enough and the rush of emotional purging will grade into salutary exhaustion—finally tired of your own miserable company, you’ll be ready to become a better friend ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Bret Easton Ellis Imperial Bedrooms

Rich, bored and old—the horror.


Books
Having completed his vivisection of ’80s apathy and excess with the peerless American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis took his gleaming scalpel to literary genres, transforming conspiracy-thriller pul ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 CHRIS STAMM
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