Bits of Portland Food News – May 14th


There is a dearth of particularly interesting Portland restaurant news lately, but here are a few items that have caught my eye. Blue Star Donuts has opened a branch at 3549 SE Hawthorne. You may remember them from such delicacies as the Fried Chicken Donut or the *Valhorona Chocolate Donut. You can read my review … [Read more...]

Interview: Chef Jason French of Ned Ludd

Ned Ludd Portland - Ling Cod

This is the third in a series of interviews which first appeared in About Face Magazine by Chris Angelus of the terrific Portland Food Adventures. My thanks to About Face If Portland were to elect a culinary ambassador, Jason Francis French would be high in the running. He wouldn’t necessarily be appointed for his … [Read more...]

Review: Ned Ludd

Ned Ludd Portland - Ling Cod

The Luddites were 19th-century English textile artisans, who violently protested against the machinery introduced during the Industrial Revolution. Chef Jason French pays homage to their mascot, Ned Ludd, for whom the movement was named, and cooks everything from a wood-fired oven. No other source of heat is used; it's … [Read more...]

Reader Survey 2012: Where to Eat on a First Date

Toro Bravo Portland

For me, first dates are a tricky thing. I don't want to go overboard and spend a bunch of money unless I'm pretty sure we are going to hit it off. I don't want somewhere that is so loud and distracting that we can't get to know each other. Then there's the food. A sense of adventure, especially in all things food, is … [Read more...]

News For Mid-July


Coffee cuts the risk of head and neck cancer. According to a study, 4 cups a day cuts your chance by more than 1/3rd. Overall, the risk of developing head and neck cancers was 12 percent lower in people who drank coffee compared with those who didn't, after accounting for a variety of factors, including cigarette … [Read more...]