Not much in the way of news this week, but since I’m way behind on everything else, here you go:
Cha Cha Cha will be going in next to Ristretto Roasters and EaT on NE Williams. Not exactly the food force that the developer had envisioned, but in this economy one can’t be too picky.
Beaker & Flask is finally making progress. The windows are in, and an opening is in sight. We’ll have more details on this in the next ten days.
From what I hear, Jack Yoss is a cook’s cook, the kind of guy everyone is comfortable hanging out with to shoot pool or watch a game. He is currently on the first major stop in his travels, Phuket Thailand. Jack has started a blog, and the first posts have been… interesting. I especially appreciate the one on eating various insects. You can follow along on Yoss is Lost. Not for the squeamish.
Departures, the next restaurant at The Nines, has started training dinners, and will open Friday, 3/27. Several of us have been inside, and it’s gorgeous; teak wood everywhere. Is teak sustainable? Anyway, it’s on the fifteenth floor, with have two patios, and a huge bar, which only seats 14 because they want to use large captain’s chairs to give the feeling of being in first class. The food is small plates of Pan-Asian (brace yourself) street food. Hmm… has that been tried in Portland? Let’s hope it is an improvement over the restaurant downstairs, but if not, at least it has a great view.
Jax, on SW 2nd avenue across from where Ibiza closed a few months ago, has also closed. R.I.P.
Gourmet Magazine has a headline that is sure to get your attention: “If you have eaten a tomato this winter, chances are very good that it was picked by a person who lives in virtual slavery”. It is a provocative article about tomato pickers in Florida living as slaves. Another reason to eat locally and seasonally! You can read it here.
Byron Beck dropped me a note that Terell Brandon, the University of Oregon basketball legend will be opening a deli at the corner of Denver and Kilpatrick, in the Kenton neighborhood of Portland.
Over the last few years, there has been more and more talk about drastic calorie restriction being the key to a long life. Some experts claim those who dramatically reduce their calorie intake can live to 130 years and older.
This got me thinking. Obviously, food is an important part of my life. Would I be willing to give up one of my great joys in exchange for a much longer lifespan? After catching a recent show on Oprah (I woke up from a nap and it was on the TV, I swear), which showed the extremes some people are going to, I decided that my answer to the question would be no. To me, it would be a life half lived. What’s the point? How do you feel? I’ve put a poll on the front page.
Finally, via Nancy Rommelmann/via Reason.com, we have an interesting video: Jill Erber – owner of Cheesetique in Alexandria, Virginia – defends free trade by defiantly selling French Roquefort cheese at her cost. She does so to highlight a punitive tariff imposed as the Bush Administration was about to leave office.
The tariff was to take effect on March 23, 2009. The Obama Administration has delayed the tariff by a month and may eliminate it altogether.