I do my best to keep the outdoor dining guide updated, and as it looks like warmer weather is headed towards Portland, I wanted to remind everyone that the list is here! As always, corrections/deletions are welcome. If you have a patio that you'd like listed, fill out the simple form here. … [Continue reading...]
By Ken Collura As a professional wine buyer and an active consumer, I'm inundated with ratings. Each major wine publication has seemingly hundreds of them each month. If that wasn't enough, they're encountered in big, bold numerals everywhere wines are sold. You'll see them in newspaper ads, on shelf-talkers, and … [Continue reading...]
My flashback started with a little piece about making butter from scratch on The Splendid Table. The writer mentioned how important the quality of the cream was, and I was reminded of my childhood - stepping out to the front porch every morning to find the latest delivery from the milkman sitting in a little wire … [Continue reading...]
Reposted from 2006, an interview with Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen and the Bent Brick, by Nancy Rommelmann. Scott Dolich, owner/chef of Park Kitchen, sits in his private office, i.e., a park bench across from the restaurant, within feet of two middle-aged dudes playing a loose game of pick-up basketball. It’s … [Continue reading...]
Another to keep you entertained during my vacation, this great wine piece by Darryl Joannides from Cork Wineshop. It was late January 1997 and a particularly dark, wet and dreary winter’s day. We were on the back end of a 3 week trip driving all over the Italian peninsula, and beginning to get that type of weary … [Continue reading...]
Worth noting: A “WONDERFUL” EVENT - Friday, May 10, 2013 – At Quartet Restaurant in Portland, Oregon ! STEVIE WONDER ! LIVE IN PERSON- PORTLAND, OREGON - Net Proceeds to Benefit Project Clean Slate Motown legend Stevie Wonder will be in Portland on May 10 as part of his birthday celebration. He will be … [Continue reading...]
Some things are worth repeating. Next from the archives, a few interviews by author Nancy Rommelmann Before Jehnee Rains became a pastry chef, she was a painter, and to hear the thirtysomething Portland native tell it, the enthusiasms are the same: a fascination with color, with texture; a curiosity as to how … [Continue reading...]
Another popular article from the past, by Ken Collura Have you ever tried Coca-Cola with a steak? Or coffee? How about a margarita? Each of these beverages can be seen accompanying steaks around town on a nightly basis. I know that everyone has different taste buds, but the thought of something sweet and … [Continue reading...]
This article from 2006 by author Tami Parr of The Pacific Northwest Cheese Project answers many questions about the care and storage of cheese. Let’s start with a basic precept: cheese is high maintenance. From production to storage to consumption, cheese demands the full attention of the cheesemaker, the … [Continue reading...]
(Another repeat while I'm traveling) I’ve written many times about my early summers on a cattle ranch in Texas, here's one more story. I’m taking you back once more for a recipe I use all the time, my grandmother’s mayonnaise. If you'd rather skip the memories of my early life, you'll find it at the … [Continue reading...]
Another oldie but goodie from the archives. Food Dude Article #9 (Wine Paraphernalia) By Ken Collura I've never cared for the term "Wine Collector." To my way of thinking, a collection is something that has been passionately assembled, shined up and cataloged, then put out on display. I'm not so sure this … [Continue reading...]
I grew up in a family that was not sophisticated about food. We were not sophisticated about many things ... the red Nash Rambler with Bible verses painted on both sides, our clothing from neighborhood rummage sales, our house on the north end of town ... and our food. I trace our relationship to food to my … [Continue reading...]
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