Willamette Week - Sonic Reducer http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-31-1-sonic_reducer.html Mon, 20 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Tasty N Sons: Restaurant Of The Year 2010 - John Gorham makes us hungry and happy again, and this time it’s at brunch. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12637-tasty_n_sons_restaurant_of_the_year_2010_john_gorham_makes_us_hungry_and_happy_again_and_this_time_i.html Photos by Chris RyanIn the 18 years Willamette Week has chosen a Restaurant of the Year, never once has a single chef received the honor twice—until now. In 2007, we picked Toro Bravo, John Gorh ...]]> The Garbanzo Gauntlet - Cedo's makes the best falafel in town. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19078-the_garbanzo_gauntlet_cedos_makes_the_best_falafel_in_town.html “We felt sorry for Portlanders because they don’t have good falafel,” says the tall, trim man with a smile. “So we had to come here.” That’s Sam Hazza, a Palestine native who moved]]> You’ve Got Female - POWFest returns with some disturbing news about baby-making. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17200-youve_got_female_powfest_returns_with_some_disturbing_news_about_baby_making.html Listen, ladies, and all people who love ladies: The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest, for short) enters its fourth year with a range that belies its name. ]]> Food Cart Review: Gaufre Gourmet - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17272-food_cart_review_gaufre_gourmet_.html I know you love FlavourSpot—so do I. But Gaufre Gourmet, a little waffle cart on the graveled edge of Chinatown, is a whole other sweet and savory beast. Chefs Charlene Wesler and Michael Susak s]]> Make Me Over - Pho PDX gets a chic, boozy overhaul at Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18691-make_me_over_pho_pdx_gets_a_chic_boozy_overhaul_at_luc_lac_vietnamese_kitchen.html At Luc Lac you don’t just eat the pho—you drink it. And it’s damn good. Adam Ho, co-owner and bar manager at the newish downtown restaurant, mixes bourbon, cranberry juice and a little pea]]> Candybar! - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16368-candybar__.html There are a lot of reasons to love Frank Oz’s big-screen musical adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors, the tale of Seymour Krelborn and his killer plant—the doo-wop girls’ bouncy sa ...]]> Restaurant Guide 2011: The Breeders - Five restaurants for you and your ravenous offspring. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18085-restaurant_guide_2011_the_breeders_five_restaurants_for_you_and_your_ravenous_offspring.html Ocean City Seafood The clatter of carts whizzing by the tables and the cacophonous conversations of extended Chinese families at this dim sum haven mask the squeals, shrieks and coos of the still-on]]> Devour 2012: Pho The Win - A visit to An Dong Market with Le Ho & Adam Ho of Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19193-devour_2012_pho_the_win_a_visit_to_an_dong_market_with_le_ho_adam_ho_of_luc_lac_vietnamese_kitchen.html Illustrations by Kim ScafuroLe Ho first learned to cook when she just a kid; helping her mom in the kitchen of their Bac Liêu restaurant in Southern Vietnam. By age 12, she was already organizing]]> Walter Cole <i>Just Call Me Darcelle</i> - That’s no lady; that’s Darcelle. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16953-walter_cole_just_call_me_darcelle_thats_no_lady_thats_darcelle.html “The first time I put on a dress, I was 37.” That’s a surprising statement coming from female impersonator Walter Cole, better known as Darcelle XV, doyenne of the West Coast’s longest-runn]]> Meat The POTUS - Nothing goes better with presidents than pork. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16955-meat_the_potus_nothing_goes_better_with_presidents_than_pork.html What do you usually do to celebrate Presidents Day? Oh, that’s right, nothing. Well, not this Monday, Feb. 21. Right now one patriotic Portlander is saluting our nation’s leaders with pork and o]]> Hog Heaven - Three Pigs makes big, bad sandwiches and more. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17882-hog_heaven_three_pigs_makes_big_bad_sandwiches_and_more.html Three Pigs is a fine-dining restaurant sandwiched between two slices of bread. Hidden away in a building at the corner of I-405 and West Burnside Street, the tiny sandwich shop (the former home of ]]> Saint Cupcake Alder-Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17932-saint_cupcake_alder_smoked_chocolate_chip_cookies_.html The best dessert at Saint Cupcake’s big, new downtown digs ain’t a cupcake. It’s a nutty, smoky chocolate chip cookie ($3) that tastes like a campfire in a sugar forest. Yes, the adorable egg]]> Brian Boitano - The figure skater-turned-TV cook tells us exactly what he'd do. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12292-brian_boitano_the_figure_skater_turned_tv_cook_tells_us_exactly_what_hed_do.html Portland Fermentation Festival 2010 - Something pickled this way comes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12617-portland_fermentation_festival_2010_something_pickled_this_way_comes.html Christmas Comes Early - Hollywood stuffs your stocking with gifts. you’ll want to return some. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12702-christmas_comes_early_hollywood_stuffs_your_stocking_with_gifts_youll_want_to_return_some.html

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All in the Family - At Sugar Mamas, food is love. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18224-all_in_the_family_at_sugar_mamas_food_is_love.html Sugar Mamas is not going to win any beauty contests. A parade of sadness twitches past the tiny downtown cafe’s windows on the way to the nearby drug treatment center. The walls are a sickly olive g]]> Food Cart Review: YoYo & Lefty’s - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18177-food_cart_review_yoyo_leftys_.html “I’m YoYo,” shrugs the soft-spoken man at the window of the blue-and-white food cart. “He’s Lefty.” He jerks his head back toward the grill, where a second man carefully constructs gyros]]> You Got Your Tofu In My BBQ! - At So Kong Dong, hot tofu and meat live happily ever after. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17743-you_got_your_tofu_in_my_bbq__at_so_kong_dong_hot_tofu_and_meat_live_happily_ever_after.html At So Kong Dong Tofu & BBQ, you hear your food before you see it. The hiss-spit-sizzle of broth and meat hitting hot stone
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How to Pickle Almost Anything - Your Portland Fermentation Festival cheat sheet. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18099-how_to_pickle_almost_anything_your_portland_fermentation_festival_cheat_sheet.html Some people see cucumbers and think “salad,” but local author Liz Crain, restaurateur David Barber and dapper foodist George Winborn think, “I’ll stick those cukes in a crock, let ’em sit ]]> It’s All About The Chew - Frank's Noodle House is the real deal. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16651-itrss_all_about_the_chew_franks_noodle_house_is_the_real_deal.html Hunger Games - At the Bent Brick, the food is serious. Nothing else is. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17957-hunger_games_at_the_bent_brick_the_food_is_serious_nothing_else_is.html Scott Dolich and Will Preisch’s new food-obsessed tavern, the Bent Brick, doesn’t mince words. You might be given the phrase “shrimp, corn, cherry tomatoes, young coriander” ($14) and end up]]> Dave’s Killer Bagels - All crust, all the time. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17827-daves_killer_bagels_all_crust_all_the_time.html Now that baker Dave Dahl has cornered the local toast market, with loaves of hearty Dave’s Killer sandwich bread popping up on supermarket shelves from Whole Foods to Winco, Portland’s wild man ]]> Bullseye - The big-screen <i>Hunger Games</i> scores a bloody direct hit. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18967-bullseye_the_big_screen_hunger_games_scores_a_bloody_direct_hit.html A few assurances for anxious Hunger Games book fans: Actress Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t ruin bow-wielding heroine Katniss. Death still comes by genetically engineered dog, spear and swarm of ha]]> Las Primas - Peruvian sandwiches, punched up. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18800-las_primas_peruvian_sandwiches_punched_up.html In most every language, “sandwich” is a synonym for delicious. Case in point, Las Primas, a new Peruvian joint on North Williams Avenue next to the Box Social, which ditches ceviche for stre]]> Such Great Heights - 2nd Story is worth the climb. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18626-such_great_heights_2nd_story_is_worth_the_climb.html Erin McBride does wonderful things with beets. And kale. And sometimes peaches. As so often happens in this town, (say it with me) it all depends on the season. The Ohio-born farm girl made desser]]> Oregon Brewers Festival - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17764-oregon_brewers_festival_.html The sudsy celebration that started Portland’s obsession with gathering to slurp tiny tasters of craft brews is back for its 24th year. These days it has metastasized into a juggernaut of an event ]]> The Rolling Stoves Gimmie Sandwich - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16957-the_rolling_stoves_gimmie_sandwich_.html Nichole Petterson looks tired. She was up until 2:30 am roasting beef in a local commissary kitchen this morning, prepping for her cart’s third day on the lot at the Refuel North Station pod. But]]> Rod Englert - Oregon's world-renowned crime-scene expert and cold-case sleuth reads the spatter on the walls. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11863-rod_englert_oregons_world_renowned_crime_scene_expert_and_cold_case_sleuth_reads_the_spatter_on_the_.html Daniel Klein, <i>The Perennial Plate</i> - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17692-daniel_klein_the_perennial_plate_.html I’ve been hungrily video-stalking Daniel Klein for over a month. One week he was hanging out with a Vietnamese fisherman on the Gulf Coast; another he was trailing shiitake mushroom farmers in the]]> Food Cart Review: Noodle House - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17958-food_cart_review_noodle_house_.html You’d be forgiven for overlooking Noodle House. With the overwhelming array of eats served at the ever-expanding roster of carts parked at downtown Portland’s 10th Avenue and Southwest Alder Str]]>