So what is it we want out of wine? That it tastes good, right? Oh, and if it doesn't empty our wallets that is certainly a nice bonus. This is especially true for yours truly, since the "stock option" plan for VINO employees consists of drinking leftover wine from weekend tastings. Luckily, there has never been a … [Read more...] about What Do We Want Out of Wine?
By Bruce Bauer There are times when I've gone to a restaurant and had an incredible experience, but for various reasons, I didn't make it back. Such was the case with Yakuza Lounge on Portland's northeast side. I had my first experience with my friend DOR last October. It was such an-out-of-control meal we ended up … [Read more...] about Review: Yakuza Restaurant
How to maximize your restaurant wine buying dollars. By Bruce Bauer I have been meaning to put my thoughts about how to maximize your restaurant wine buying dollars to print for a long time. I was finally motivated by a similar article in the Wall Street Journal (the link is now invalid) where they listed their top … [Read more...] about Restaurant Wine Lists: Getting the Most for Your Dollar
"Foie Gras"...."Lamb Belly"...."Foot and Tail Croquette"..."Beef Cheek Bourguignon". Gee, where am I, in heaven? Nah, just Le Pigeon here in PDX, where the accolades have always come fast and furious for chef/owner Gabriel Rucker's charnel house cuisine. Talk about respect for your raw material. If you're a pig who … [Read more...] about Review: Le Pigeon – Another View
Bruce Bauer from WineGuyWorld.com has a look at a Thai restaurant I hadn't heard of before. I dropped by with some friends, and had a large selection of dishes. Based on my meal, I think this is a pretty accurate impression. Food Dude] I have seen the future of Thai food happiness in Portland, and by lucky … [Read more...] about Review: Mai Thai Restaurant
[It has been a while since we reviewed Tabla. Since then, it has gone through a few changes. Bruce Bauer over at wineguyworld sent me his impressions from a recent visit. I thought you might find it interesting] Getting value out of any one dish when you eat out isn't too difficult. Here in Portland a plate of the … [Read more...] about Tabla – Another Look