Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1421-1-.html Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Strip Club Guide 2014 - Don’t make it weird. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22096-strip_club_guide_2014_dont_make_it_weird.html Portland’s strip clubs are not like other strip clubs. It’s not that poles are more plentiful here than in other American cities—though they almost certainly are—they’re just, well, dif]]> The Cake Wars - Who among us is righteous enough to eat of the sacred buttercream Bible-beating Oregon bakers have denied gays? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20698-the_cake_wars_who_among_us_is_righteous_enough_to_eat_of_the_sacred_buttercream_bible_beating_oregon.html Sugar, flour, eggs and water are now munitions in America’s culture war. Or so you’d think from two Oregon bakeries that recently refused to make cakes for same-sex weddings, getting national ]]> Beer Guide 2014 - Get your fill. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21901-beer_guide_2014_get_your_fill.html Behind a fleabag motel on the eastern outskirts of Gresham, you’ll find it: the mythical tobacco store with a growler filling station. There, surrounded by Donettes and Romeo y Julieta cigar]]> Oregon’s 10 Best Beers - 2011’s finest brews from Portland and the rest of the state. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18588-oregons_10_best_beers_2011s_finest_brews_from_portland_and_the_rest_of_the_state.html Oregon makes—and drinks—a lot of beer. No one keeps a comprehensive list of every Oregon beer released, but informal estimates suggest at least 2,000 brews were crafted here this year. From th]]> Lake Affront - Oswego Lake’s big secret: It’s public and you can paddle it. In fact, I did. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18897-lake_affront_oswego_lakes_big_secret_its_public_and_you_can_paddle_it_in_fact_i_did.html Carrying a big green kayak down the sidewalk in Lake Oswego gets attention.

“You know you can’t just go in there?”

“They’ll ding ya if they catch ya in there!”

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Restaurant Guide 2012: Smallwares, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19798-restaurant_guide_2012_smallwares_restaurant_of_the_year_runner_up_.html Life on the food frontier can be rugged and lonely. Ask Johanna Ware. As a child in Chicago, Ware remembers the quizzical reaction to the “crazy lunches” packed by a mother “who cooked her w]]> Portland Beer Guide 2015 - The Legend of Beervana http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24124-portland_beer_guide_2015_the_legend_of_beervana.html Round and round they go, up one row and down the next. They look like kids waiting to ride Space Mountain, except they’re here for beer. It’s a Saturday night in San Francisco, and a bri]]> Beer of the Future - A new era of Oregon hops will better your brew. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18817-beer_of_the_future_a_new_era_of_oregon_hops_will_better_your_brew.html Four years ago, things were great for Gayle Goschie. She was growing hops on the same 1,000 acres in the Willamette Valley that her parents and grandparents had tended, selling a key ingredient ]]> The President of Beers - We bootlegged beer from all 50 states for the ultimate American taste-off. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19731-the_president_of_beers_we_bootlegged_beer_from_all_50_states_for_the_ultimate_american_taste_off.html

Beer is made from barley, hops, yeast and statute. We tend to forget, but the bearded men with sweaty brows who toil over copper...

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Teff Love - Crowning Portland’s best Ethiopian restaurant. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18715-teff_love_crowning_portlands_best_ethiopian_restaurant.html People aren’t shy about recommending a favorite Ethiopian restaurant. Their opinion is usually worthless, however, because it’s one of the two they’ve visited. It’s true that the menu, pri]]> Cod Save The Queen - Giving the gold to Portland’s best fish and chips. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19473-cod_save_the_queen_giving_the_gold_to_portlands_best_fish_and_chips.html It’s tough to get behind Team USA at this year’s Olympics. It’s bad enough that both LeBron James and Mitt Romney’s dancing horse are representing our country in London, but now American c]]> Old Salt: 2014 Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up - Setting a new standard for sustainable comfort food. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23205-old_salt_2014_restaurant_of_the_year_runner_up_setting_a_new_standard_for_sustainable_comfort_food.html Skin is the new wing. Of that, Old Salt’s Ben Meyer is sure. “Go to New Seasons and look at the deli case, and you’ll see their biggest seller is boneless, skinless chicken breast,” he says]]> How To: Stay Warm And Dry - Coping with Oregon sunshine through trial and error. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18855-how_to_stay_warm_and_dry_coping_with_oregon_sunshine_through_trial_and_error.html It’s possible to cycle across town on the coldest, wettest day Portland has to offer without even the slightest chill.  I suspect it is, anyway. Call me naive, but with an unlimited budget ]]> Beer Guide 2013: Introduction - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20389-beer_guide_2013_introduction_.html Do you prefer BridgePort IPA or Full Sail ESB? The last time Willamette Week published a beer guide, that was the hot debate. The editor of our 1999 guide—a guy named Jeff Alworth—couldn’t]]> Bar of the Year 2013 Runner Up No. 1: Hale Pele - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20552-bar_of_the_year_2013_runner_up_no_1_hale_pele_.html There’s never been anything quite like Hale Pele in Portland.  Tiki bars are, of course, nothing new here. This town has long had respectable versions of the Singapore Sling-slinging Polyn]]> Confessions of a Chubster - The moral crusade against fatties. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18663-confessions_of_a_chubster_the_moral_crusade_against_fatties.html Americans are disgustingly fat. I’m allowed to say so because not long ago, I was disgustingly fat. Three years ago, I weighed close to 300 pounds. I would like to tell you being a big, lazy s]]> Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 5, Expatriate - Playful, worldly excellence and damn fine drinks. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23208-top_five_restaurants_of_2014_number_5_expatriate_playful_worldly_excellence_and_damn_fine_drinks.html Not so long ago, Portland’s bars and restaurants were distinct. For the purposes of this guide, a restaurant was a place you could happily dine without drink. A bar, meanwhile, was a place tha]]> Restaurant Guide 2013: Ava Gene’s, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21330-restaurant_guide_2013_ava_genes_restaurant_of_the_year_runner_up_.html Ava Gene’s could have rested very comfortably on its laurels. A breakout hit from its first weekend, the avant-Italian follow-up to Duane Sorenson’s first restaurant, the Woodsman Tavern, ]]> No Reservations? - Where to camp if you didn’t book your spot back in February. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24791-no_reservations_where_to_camp_if_you_didnt_book_your_spot_back_in_february.html Portlanders love the outdoors. If you need proof, just go onto ReserveAmerica.com right now and try to book a camping spot for July. Chances are you’ll be directed someplace like Lake Owyhee Sta]]> Beer Guide 2013: Beer of the Year - Urban Farmhouse Ale (The Commons) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20381-beer_guide_2013_beer_of_the_year_urban_farmhouse_ale_%28the_commons%29.html Mike Wright looked like a different man a year ago. When Wright opened his Commons Brewery to a gaggle of local beer writers last March, he was clean-shaven and wearing a polo shirt, resembling ]]> Where’s Angus? - An annotated guide to the cover of Green Day’s <i>Dookie</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22020-wheres_angus_an_annotated_guide_to_the_cover_of_green_days_dookie.html Green Day’s Dookie turned 20 this month. With more than 20 million copies sold, it’s the best-selling punk-rock album of all time. It’s also probably the best-selling record illustrated en]]> Beer Guide 2014: Beer of the Year - Belgian Strong Dark (Pfriem Family Brewers) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21902-beer_guide_2014_beer_of_the_year_belgian_strong_dark_%28pfriem_family_brewers%29.html Old-guard Belgian brewers are a secretive lot. At the famous St. Bernardus, in the West Flanders village of Watou, they’d prefer that other professionals not take the otherwise public tour of ]]> Blue Star Donuts - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20134-blue_star_donuts_.html Fried chicken with fancy doughnuts is, apparently, a thing. The combination has taken the East Coast by storm, with four such shops announced in Washington, D.C., alone. But, as best as I can ]]> A Prim Woodland - The Woodsman Tavern tastes good and looks better. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18507-a_prim_woodland_the_woodsman_tavern_tastes_good_and_looks_better.html It’s Thanksgiving eve and the Woodsman Tavern is bustling. The harried staff darts about as diners seated on iron-legged drafting stools blend together in the richly dim room. A pale, slightly b]]> Basement Brew - Step into Dean Pottle’s never-ending house party. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21448-basement_brew_step_into_dean_pottles_never_ending_house_party.html First rule of Dean’s Scene: You cannot buy beer at Dean’s Scene. You can drink beer—there’s plenty of suds spouting from four taps inside the pub Dean Pottle built in the basement below ]]> Accanto: Restaurant Guide 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23201-accanto_restaurant_guide_2014_.html 2838 SE Belmont St., 235-4900, accantopdx.com.[SEASONS CHANGE] Accanto means “next door” in Italian, and since birth that’s been both the address and identity of this low-key cafe adjoining the ]]> Salt & Straw - A frosty reception. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19166-salt_straw_a_frosty_reception.html But what do the children eat? “Oh, they like the vanilla,” answers the knit-capped woman behind the counter at Salt & Straw. This is suspicious. As a child, I remember screaming for bubble]]> Restaurant Review: Cibo - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19594-restaurant_review_cibo_.html It’s surprisingly easy to guess which guys are headed through the mirrored door to the adult theater. Grandfatherly gentleman in a plaid shirt scurrying down the sidewalk like he’s late for a ]]> Shut Up, Lardo - A bun-based battle of rival Southeast sandwich shops. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19838-shut_up_lardo_a_bun_based_battle_of_rival_southeast_sandwich_shops.html Yo! Asshole! Youse can plainly see I’m eatin’ at dis sandwich shop. And youse gonna eat at d’otha sandwich shop? In South Philly, where partisans yell insults across the street as they line ]]> Eye of the Shawarm - Searching for Portland’s best Lebanese mezze platter and shawarma plate. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21182-eye_of_the_shawarm_searching_for_portlands_best_lebanese_mezze_platter_and_shawarma_plate.html If you want great Lebanese food, you need to go south and east. Not too far—but the best places I found in trips to nine local Lebanese restaurants were both on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. Th]]>