Chizu Now Open in SW Portland!

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Chizu, the newest business venture by Steve Jones, is now open at 1126 SW Alder Street in Portland. A little sister to perennial Portland favorite, the Cheese Bar, Chizi bills itself as "a whole new way to experience cheese". Chizu, is the Japanese word for cheese, and Steve thought the sushi bar format would work … [Read more...]

Red and Black Cafe R.I.P.

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First noticed by OregonLive, the Red and Black Cafe has announced on Facebook that they are closing. The 15 year old Southeast Portland restaurant known for its vegan menu (though it never made any of our "Best of Portland Vegetarian" lists), gained notoriety in 2010 for refusing to sell a cup of coffee to a Portland … [Read more...]

Steven Smith of Smith Tea Dies


Sad news tonight. According to the Oregonian, local teamaker Steven Smith has died from liver cancer at age 65. Back in the early 1970s, Smith started Stash Tea, which sold teas and herbal infusions to natural food stores. The company grew to the point where  it was sold to a Japanese tea company in 1993; tea … [Read more...]

Clyde Common Premieres New Menus

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Clyde Common has retooled their menus under the new executive chef Carlo Lamagna. According to their press blurb, the lunch menu will be in three sections: snacks, plates and vegetables, "with new items like a Fried Trout Sandwich with rainbow trout, fried caper aioli, house fermented hot sauce with spicy carrot slaw; … [Read more...]