By Charley Michaels God, I love and hate eating out in Portland. Would hate to run a restaurant even more. A Yelp review (names withheld): Upon entering the ambience was warm welcoming, and lively, but once we were seated it was evident that the noise level was too loud for comfort. Next set back: service was slow. … [Read more...] about A Classic Portland Tale of Yelp Reviews
I'm not sure how it happened, but 2007 marked the Nutmeg Renaissance. [By "Salty Cod" - Note: this article is fictional. A joke. Not serious. We thought it would be obvious, but we were wrong. Thus, this disclaimer. Proceed with caution. Read with care.] No one knows precisely why, but nutmeg became the hot … [Read more...] about Taste of 2007? Nutmeg
By guest writer Axel Benjamin Coffee Roaster Andrea Spella tells me over my morning cappuccino that he developed his love for coffee when he was just a kid. [Updated: Spella Caffe now has a brick and mortar location at 520 SW 5TH Ave. You'll find a new review of Spella here.] Growing up in a second-story … [Read more...] about Review: Spella Caffe
Having paid my dues in the trenches of restaurant work, I confess to more than mild irritation when faced with diners with food allergies. "I can't have soy," says the old lady. "No peanuts!" yowls the red-haired boy. Now, as karmic retribution would have it, I have my very own resume of food allergies: wheat, soy, … [Read more...] about Those Annoying People with Food Allergies: A Guide
["PDXMan" saw the comment below, and decided to fill me in. I thought his response was so good, it deserved publishing. I appreciate the time he took crafting his response.] "Many times imports are a much better bargain then domestics. It drives me crazy that heavy bottles can be shipped half way across the world and … [Read more...] about Why Are Domestic Wines So Expensive?
That Coffeehouse NW is a destination for coffee fans citywide is a miracle. The pedestrian-hostile, auto-drenched corridor of Burnside Street is anything but cute—not so much resembling the two-lane, café-lined Eastside connectors like Belmont and Mississippi. And while Coffeehouse NW was trying to build its customer … [Read more...] about Coffee Guide: Coffehouse NW
Note: Bar Due has now closed Fratelli's Bar Dué Happy Hour in Portland Hi, PFDers! Hap here. Did you miss me? I've been traveling. I don't know about you, but I find it's always best to visit the state parks during the week before or after Memorial Day weekend, because the weather is good and most kids are still … [Read more...] about Review: Bar Dué
Life is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days by James and Kay Salter Knopf 2006, $27.95 ISBN 0-307-26496-3 Book Review by Hungry Soul Often memorable moments in life are marked by a meal. Graduation dinners at fancy restaurants. Family recipes used only during the holidays. In my family, vacations are centered … [Read more...] about Review: Life is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days by James and Kay Salter