Making Tonic Water – My Descent into Madness

Cinchona Officinalis

For me, this is the time of year for a good gin & tonic, and homemade tonic water makes a great gift. I thought it would be a good time to update and rerun this piece for 2008, with lots of updates. One cool spring evening, I spotted an article in Imbibe magazine which extolled the virtues of making tonic water … [Read more...]

Beaker & Flask Restaurant Closed Permanently

Sorry we're closed

Bad news about Beaker & Flask. According to people 'familiar with the matter', the popular bar and restaurant will not be reopening. Kevin Ludwig was well known from his longtime position as bartender at Park Kitchen. In 2010 he realized his dream, opening Beaker & Flask on SE Sandy to great fanfare. The … [Read more...]

Cocktail Prices, Beaker and Flask Closure

Beaker & Flask

In case you missed my tweet last week, according to The Oregonian, Beaker & Flask, Kevin Ludwig's popular bar/restaurant in SW Portland has closed "for at least two months."  "Things haven't been working for a little while, but this happened suddenly," Ludwig told The Oregonian by phone Wednesday. "We’re going to … [Read more...]

Chef Ben Bettinger Leaving Beaker & Flask

The Next Big Thing Sign

Ben Bettinger, chef at the popular SE restaurant Beaker & Flask, is leaving to join his old mentor Vitaly Paley at his new Downtown restaurant. From Oregon Live, "Coming to Beaker and Flask was a huge stepping stone, my first opportunity to find and develop my own style," he says. "Now I have the opportunity to … [Read more...]

Food News

Back from my trip Monday, rested and ready to plunge into projects. First, some news. A new restaurant opening tomorrow called Toast at SE 52nd and Steele. This is the previous location of Angie's Bad Ass Video, so this should be an improvement. Brunch and dinner Wednesday - Saturday. It is owned by industry veteran … [Read more...]

Diary Of A Foodie

When Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie was first announced, I checked the local OPB listings, and since they didn't show it, completely forgot about the series. Months later, my Tivo was smart enough to figure out I might enjoy the show, and started recording it for me. Warm temperatures are not a friend to most of us … [Read more...]

Quoth the Food Dude, “Nevermore!”

Lemongrass

Making Tonic Water from Scratch, Part II [Note: Part I is here] The next day I woke with new energy and determination, and fairly bounded into the kitchen, wondering if I had enough ingredients for a second batch of tonic. My socks stuck firmly to the floor with every step, a footprint of fuzz left behind. … [Read more...]