Gin & Tonic is what my father would have called “an honest drink.” Nothing fancy; direct and to the point. However, making the perfect gin and tonic requires a few simple steps. In the 50’s I’d come home from school and mom would turn on the Children’s Hour on NPR. I would sit sideways in the egg chair, lost … [Read more...] about Making the Perfect Gin and Tonic
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Reposted from 2006 by Lizzy Caston Some things are worth repeating! Here’s a bit of Dude trivia: he’s not only a good cook – his Sunday dinners for friends are well-known, but he’s also an awesome bartender. As a matter of fact, his first foray into the food industry was as a bartender at The Magic Pan Restaurant in … [Read more...] about Vodka Cucumber/Mint Lemonade for a Hot Day
I think a lot of folks will find the "cocktail demystified" on Saturday the 28th appealing. Distillery Row is holding an event showcasing local products from Eastside Distilling, Vinn Distillery, New Deal Distillery, Stone Barn Brandyworks, House Spirits, and Rolling River. The distilleries will take turns presenting … [Read more...] about Distillery Row “Cocktails Demystified”
Here is a guide to our favorite Portland wine shops Last update 1/4/18 While many wine bars like Bar Avignon are gaining in popularity and exposure, Portland Oregon wine shops often fly under the radar of the public. Big retail stores like Fred Meyer’s, Zupan’s, New Seasons and even Trader Joe’s carry large … [Read more...] about Guide to Portland Oregon Wine Shops
Widmer Brothers Pub has announced they will be temporarily closing their restaurant located on North Russell Street, March 17th and March 24th through 27th. The remodel is part of a series of initiatives to celebrate the brewery’s 30th Anniversary. Beyond a major cosmetic renovation – one that hasn’t been done since … [Read more...] about Widmer Pub Temporarily Closing for Remodel
The results have shuffled in the 2013 vote for Best Beer Bar in Portland Oregon. When I was in college, a nearby restaurant which went by the unfortunate nickname of "The Refectory" which was immediately renamed "The Rat Factory" by students - for good reason, had a list of 150 beers (I think that was the number). When … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2013: Best Beer Bar in Portland
I've often been disappointed by a highly-rated wine. At the same time, I've found wines at the other end of the judging scale that I really liked. Over the years, it seems that my palate can vary from day to day, which can be really annoying when I open bottles of wine over a few weeks, and less impressed than … [Read more...] about Is Wine-tasting Junk Science?
Lots of wine shops come and go from the bottom of this list every year, but the top three always seem to be the same. New to the list this year is CorksCru on NW Broadway. The percentage spread between the top three is tightening, and they are all firmly entrenched at the head of the list. 2012: Cork Wine Shop, … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2013: Best Wine Shop in Portland