Does it Matter if You Use Cheap Wine When you Cook? According to an article in today's NY Times, it doesn't really matter if you use good wine or "plonk" in cooking. Wincing a little, I boiled a 2003 premier cru Sauternes from Château Suduiraut (“The vineyard is right next door to Yquem,” the saleswoman assured me), then baked it into an egg-and-cream custard to see whether … [Read more...] about Kettleman’s Bagels in Portland, Can You Use Cheap Wine in Cooking?
Review: Thatch Tiki Bar
"Thank God the tiki bar is open Thank God the tiki torch still shines Thank God the tiki bar is open Come on in and open up your mind" John Hiatt The Tiki Bar is OpenMy own experience with tiki bars began early, and my love of the tiki bar has been with me ever since. As a young kid from a very cold and snowy climate, my family would often take "mini vacations" by … [Read more...] about Review: Thatch Tiki Bar
Review: Mekong Vietnamese Grill
(updated 3/2015)My drive to work takes me down SE 13th Avenue every day, and since I love a good bowl of pho, I was delighted to discover this new place which features beef pho and chicken pho as their daily specials. I’ve had their beef pho several times; the broth lacks the overtones of sweet spice in some versions, but makes up for that with a delicious beefy … [Read more...] about Review: Mekong Vietnamese Grill