Suze Orman, financial "adviser", says that people should stop eating in restaurants to save money. Unemployment has hit 10.1%, but Suzie Orman wants us to boycott an industry that supports 14 million people? How is this is going to help?Orman made this statement on a recent episode of the Oprah show. The outcry was immediate, and Ms. Orman retracted her statement the next … [Read more...] about No Dogs at Farmers Market, Suze Orman Miscalculates and More!
Several sad stories today: Camas Davis out at the declining Portland Monthly, rumors that Gourmet Magazine will fold, and more! Under the title of Checkbook Journalism: Sad to see a magazine that had slowly risen from the depths of mediocrity plummet back the other direction. I learned yesterday that Camas Davis (along with seven other employees) has been laid off from … [Read more...] about Camas Davis out at Pomo, Gourmet Magazine to Fold?
Mark Bittman was not impressed with Le Pigeon Restaurant, and Morgan Brownlow Opening Cured Meat DistributorI like Mark Bittman. He seems like a laid-back kind of guy I'd like to hang out with. Like everyone these days, he has a blog, and describes a recent book tour trip to the Northwest. Unfortunately, he wasn't terribly impressed. Lunch: At a local vegan place. … [Read more...] about Mark Bittman Regrets Portland Visit, Morgan Brownlow News
Since returning to Portland in 2002, Morgan Brownlow has seen his star rise higher, faster, than any local chef in recent memory. After two years with Ripe and Family Supper, he became partner and founding chef at Clarklewis, which won the Oregonian's Restaurant of the Year for 2004, barely three months after it opened. More, according to his peers, when Brownlow is on, he is … [Read more...] about Interview: Morgan Brownlow
There are a few address in Portland, that are notorious for failed restaurants. Think the old Zefiro space. A reader asks, "Do you believe that a space's history (particularly if it has a so called 'hex' or has been home to many failed ventures) can be overcome by a talented chef and/or great food? Are Portlander's capable of forgiving a space or neighborhood its misgivings?" … [Read more...] about Are Some Restaurant Locations Cursed? Kevin Ludwig’s New Venture