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 better time to drink well on the cheap. Two good things have come … [Read more...] about What Do We Want Out of Wine?
By Bruce BauerThere 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 having their burger for dessert. After my rave to w about … [Read more...] about Review: Yakuza Restaurant
How to maximize your restaurant wine buying dollars. By Bruce BauerI 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 ten ways to get the most drink for your dollar. It was … [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 happens to catch Gabriel's eye, there's a good chance that 95% … [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 have seen the future of Thai food happiness in Portland, and by lucky coincidence, it is about a five-minute drive from our house! A newish place called Mai Thai (a shocking play on words, I know!) opened a couple of months ago down on 31st and SE Belmont. Both w and I are huge Thai … [Read more...] about Review: Mai Thai Restaurant