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Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
The owner sidles up with a heartfelt hello. You tear into your Frisbee-sized pita as a rush of steam escapes the pocket of hot bread and rises into the air above the table. The vegetarian mezza platter ($9.50) does right by your old favorites—creamy hummus, crisp falafel—before the fatay   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Prices jumped a buck or two with this animal-free-food restaurant’s move to tonier digs off Northeast Broadway, but the extra cheddar (don’t worry, it’s vegan) is worth it: The ludicrously cramped seating and infuriatingly toned yoga bodies didn’t hop the river with Blossomin   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Service at this capacious soup outpost is perfunctory and brusque at best, and the wash of bright white light is not ideal for a meal that requires slurping, but Pho Hung’s beef broth is among the heartiest in Portland. Various combinations of tripe, steak, tendon, brisket and flank are availa   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Boastfully billed as “the most organic restaurant in Portland”—a claim that threatens to become our dithering city’s version of New York’s “famous pizza” plague—Papa G’s is the best place in this blindingly green town for a quick vegan bite. Hot    More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Fish Tank

Hold me closer, tiny hip-hop dancer.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Truffaut said it was impossible to make an antiwar movie, because trauma is transmuted into pleasure once the screen lights up. Movies about teenagers—even Gus Van Sant’s depressing sketch ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

The White Ribbon

Wishing you a happy Haneke.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The great German humorist Arthur Schopenhauer once wrote that life is an “episode unprofitably disturbing the blessed calm of nothingness.” Bleak stuff, and not entirely unconvincing, if y ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Isn’t She Lovely?

Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty isn’t Lovely Hula Hands. And that’s quite all right.


Food Reviews & Stories
As it neared the end of its six-year run as one of Portland’s best restaurants, Lovely Hula Hands coasted to its closing as yet another sentimental favorite with a killer burger and decent cockt ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Taqueria Los Gorditos


Food Reviews & Stories
Time was when tofu tortas did not exist outside of the Frito-fueled hallucinations of deprived vegans. Enter Los Gorditos. Its mission: allowing vegans to enjoy the slow fade into portliness as much a ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Blair Witch in an IKEA: Paranormal Activity Reviewed. PLUS: Couples Retreat Dismissed.


The much-buzzed horror movie wasn't screened in Portland, but WW fright expert Chris Stamm braved it this weekend:

Paranormal Activity



In the spirit of found footage horror (see: The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, REC?), a...   More
 
Monday, October 12, 2009 by CHRIS STAMM

The Burning Plain

We are all connected. And drowsy.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s no mean feat for a screenwriter to carve out a trademark style, to somehow assert a distinct personality in cadence or structure. Try naming a writer whose work is instantly recognizable af ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 CHRIS STAMM
 

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