2015 Wine Haiku Contest Winner!

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Voting has ended for the 2015 wine haiku contest, and we have a clear winner. With 33% of the vote, Miles takes the prize:   Mute crystal balls hang, Tendrils, clusters, shimmering, Vineyard chandelier   Runner up with 24%: work day is over pour a glass of pinot noir let your troubles … [Read more...]

Time to Vote for Your Favorite 2015 Wine Haiku!

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The entries have closed, and now it's time for you to vote. What is your favorite 2015 wine haiku? The winning haiku will receive one bottle of wine from each of these generous wineries: Apolloni Vineyards, SE Wine Collective, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, and Chapter 24 Vineyards. To cast your vote, just select the … [Read more...]

In Depth Review: Gas Station Food

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[Note: Since I don't have anything ready for April Fools day 2015, I thought I'd repost this story from 2010. The best part is, this really happened, but I thought it would make a good April Fools Story. I've written many on this site over the years.] A few years ago, food critic and Gourmet Magazine editor Ruth … [Read more...]

Wine Haiku Contest 2015!

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The 2015 contest is now closed. Thanks for all the entries! We'll open the contest to public voite shortly. It's time for the wine haiku contest 2015! Every Spring since 2006 I have held this competition. The entries are always great, and I look forward to the event. This year, it's "Wineku" - all the entries … [Read more...]

The Backlot Dims: Remembering Joan Rivers

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The most memorable person I have ever met, was Joan Rivers, and it was all because of a last minute bartending job. In the late 1970's, I was working at a "fern bar"; the hot new thing, known for featuring lots of greenery and Boston ferns in macrame hangers, fake antiques, and a clientele wearing mostly polyester … [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...]