Goodby Produce Row Cafe

Closed. R.I.P

Alan Davis, owner of the Produce Row Cafe, announced this morning that the cafe will close permanently tonight. It is with a heavy heart that we close Produce Row today for an indefinite hiatus. We understand this is a surprise for many and please know that we could not be more grateful for all of your support over … [Read more...]

Finishing up on News for August 2014

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Oy. This bit of news makes me cringe: "It’s electricity à la mode. Diners are now offered a portable cell phone charger as part of the 15-course tasting menu served by Philadelphia restaurant Volvér, which is owned by chef Jose Garces. The charger is delivered on a small silver platter by wait staff between the … [Read more...]

Catching Up – Bits of Portland Restaurant News

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On the recent fig story, a commenter asks, "I am looking to find a place I can go and u pick some figs? I work in a Alzheimer’s facility and my residents loved the figs we got last year. They brought back so many memories for them when they where children. Last year we had a nursery donate a couple of boxes to us… … [Read more...]

Mise-en-Place Makes for a Better Life

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A few weeks ago, NPR's The Salt, ran a story titled "For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef". Mis-en-place is a technique used by good chefs to keep their stations organized. Before the restaurant opens, everything is prepped, everything in its place. The same organization is true for bartenders - notice how … [Read more...]

Book Review: Breakfast in Bridgetown 3rd Edition

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In 2006, Paul Gerald contacted me, asking if I would like to run some reviews he had written about places to eat breakfast in Portland. I was dubious, as I frequently get approached by folks with great ideas that they never follow up on, people with personal agendas, and quite a few who have a sense of taste that … [Read more...]

Sunday Dinner with Betty

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In the 1990's, I was living in Sonoma County California. This was during the middle of the AIDS crisis, and somehow I had ended up working in a hospice, counseling patients, walking their dogs, cooking, cleaning their houses, arranging memorials... whatever I could do. It was a fulfilling yet exhausting job, sharing … [Read more...]