Recess! WW’s Top Picks for the Weekend of Aug. 21-23

FRIDAY 5 pm-late: Rock the fuck out at SMMR BMMR Tired of wimpy folk rock? The first day of the SMMR BMMR festival features some of the noisiest bands around, including Thee Oh Sees, Eat Skull and Sic Alps. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 5 pm. $12. 21+. 5:30 or 8:30 pm: See Ingluorious Basterds at St. Johns Twin Cinemas & Pub. A hymn to the crass, disreputable power of cinema. ...   More
Friday, August 21, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Name Game: Sungari Pearl morphs into Seres.

New name, same game—kind of. Sungari Pearl, the Pearl District's white tablecloth Chinese bistro will morph into Seres Restaurant and Bar come October 1...even though they're not changing the menu, decor or ownership. So why the shakeup? The powers that be say the new name highlights the eight-year-old restaurant's new focus on sustainability and organic goods, which it apparently has been ...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Recess! WW's top picks for the weekend.

Wondering what to do with yourself this weekend? We have the answers. FRIDAY 6 pm: Catch the Portland Cello Project and Oregon Ballet Theatre at Washington Park [MUSIC/DANCE] The always-awesome cello ensemble and the recently bailed-out dance company perform a free show in the Rose Garden Amphitheater for the closing weekend of the Washington Park Summer Festival. Washington Park Rose Garden ...   More
Friday, August 14, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

TBA Diary: Planted!

I must admit, I was disappointed about the “tablecloth.” What was advertised in the TBA guide as a “giant, checkered picnic blanket” and what I had imagined as a rolling sea of gingham turned out to be large red and white tarps, spread apart in a vast rectangle. Maybe if I had seen it from an airplane it would have looked better. I mean, do you see a blanket here (see photo ...   More
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Kate Williams

Golden Spurtle Update: Local Takes the First Prize

For the first time in the history of the Golden Spurtle competition, an American has taken the title of World Porridge Making Champion. That's right, local grain connoisseur Matthew Cox of Bob's Red Mill has beat out all of the Scottish Oatmeal experts to take home the coveted Golden Spurtle trophy. As WW reported last month, Cox, pictured above with specialty winner Anna-Louise Batchelor of England, ...   More
Monday, October 12, 2009 Kate Williams

Some Thoughts On Our Restaurant Guide

Willamette Week's 2009 Restaurant Guide is out today, inside every issue of this week's paper. We had a blast, as always, putting the guide together, and noticed a few things along the way that didn't make it into the guide. First, turnover. The following restaurants that were in last year's guide have either closed or undergone such drastic changes that they might as well have: 23Hoyt, Alberta ...   More
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Sharp Knife: Q&A with America's Test Kitchen's Chris Kimball

Home cooks adore him. Bloggers can't stand him. Foodies call him simultaneously brilliant and boring. On his relentless path toward culinary perfection, he has certainly stepped on a lot of toes (especially when critiquing the ever-growing food blogosphere, which he recently blamed for the demise of Gourmet magazine). Yet Chris Kimball, the studious, and perhaps obsessive, creator of America's ...   More
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Kate Williams

Top Chef in Portland (finally!)

Bravo's best reality show finally jumped on the Portland-happy bandwagon—casting producers stopped by last Sunday to hold open castings for Top Chef. All those with passable cooking knowledge and a vocal personality were invited to throw their knifes into the hat for a chance at mid-level TV stardom. "We want people who are outspoken and passionate" about cooking, Hunter Braun, one of the show's ...   More
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Kate Williams

Hot News: Lucky Strike Moving to Hawthorne?

Lucky Strike, the beloved Szechuan restaurant on outer Powell Boulevard whose pepper-bath chicken has caused me more pain than any other dish in the city (I once spent a morning curled up in bed, simultaneously cursing Lucky Strike and longing to return), has applied for a liquor license at 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd. That's the basement of the torch-fronted building across the street from the Hawthorne ...   More
Monday, January 25, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

FOOD AND DRINK: Sneak Peek at Plate & Pitchfork 2010 Farm Dinner Schedule.

I want you all y'all foodies to try and stay calm. I've got a sneak peek at Plate & Pitchfork's 2010 summer dinner series schedule right here. Why the warning? Well, the outdoor dinner series, which has been shining a bucolic spotlight on local farmers since 2003, sold out in a single day last year (and it broke the internet in 2008)—so apparently somebody cares about eating a white tablecloth ...   More
Thursday, May 27, 2010 KELLY CLARKE


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