Making the Perfect Gin and Tonic

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Gin & Tonic is what my father would have called “an honest drink.” Nothing fancy; direct and to the point. However, making the perfect gin and tonic requires a few simple steps. In the 50’s I’d come home from school and mom would turn on the Children’s Hour on NPR.  I would sit sideways in the egg chair, lost … [Read more...]

Vodka Cucumber/Mint Lemonade for a Hot Day

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Reposted from 2006 by Lizzy Caston Some things are worth repeating! Here’s a bit of Dude trivia: he’s not only a good cook – his Sunday dinners for friends are well-known, but he’s also an awesome bartender. As a matter of fact, his first foray into the food industry was as a bartender at The Magic Pan Restaurant in … [Read more...]

New Review: SE Portland’s Roman Candle

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This is of course, an April Fools joke. I'm so tired of all the stupid words being made up by aging writers in a vain attempt to come across as cool, all the stupidity to make the food scene sound more important than it really is, and the over-the-top hyperbole being used by people who used to be good critics, I … [Read more...]

Ingredient of the month – all about Oxtail


This was, of course, an April Fools joke. I apologize to the lady who wrote me a nasty letter this morning about being embarrassed by her butcher. This is the first of a new once a month series of articles about food ingredients. I hope you use the information to better understand some of the lesser used but … [Read more...]

Breakfast in Bridgetown is Looking for Funding


I don't think I've ever posted a link to any campaigns to Kickstarter or Indiegogo to raise money, but this time I'm making an exception. If you have been following this site for a while, you've probably enjoyed Paul Gerald's writing. In 2008, he wrote the first edition of Breakfast in Bridgetown - the Definitive Guide … [Read more...]

The Winner of the 2014 Haiku Contest!


The winner of the 2014 food haiku contest is Alina! She wins a three-course dinner for two as part of Portland Dining Month 2014. By Alina - One hundred choices, A month with thirty-one days… Is “Second Lunch” gauche?   The runner up by Carly Jane: I remember when one hundred good … [Read more...]

Vote for Your Favorite 2014 Food Haiku

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We have narrowed the list of our favorite haiku entries down to ten. Now it is your turn! Please take a 2014 Haiku! Here is the final outcome: 1 - ( 49 votes ) 2 - ( 130 votes ) 3 - ( 23 votes ) 4 - ( 1 vote ) 5 - ( 7 votes ) 6 - ( 10 votes ) 7 - ( 2 votes ) 8 - ( 9 votes ) 9 - … [Read more...]

A Bit More Italy: What? More Steps!


This is the third in a four-part series: You can read the entire journal from the beginning here. For me, the best way to figure out an Italian train schedule is to jump on the internet, pull up Italia Rail, and look on the site. Otherwise I end up confused and spend six hours going north to end up 1 hour east. Even … [Read more...]