There are shops that sell chocolate and then there are the Cacao chocolate shops in Portland. The latter can inspire even the most hardened and cynical among us. When we first heard about the Cacao chocolate shops, it clearly sounded like it was worth our attention. Serious enough to warrant not one, but two reporters … [Read more...] about Cacao Chocolate Shop in Portland Oregon
Product and Portland Metro Business Review Archives
Now and then I do a review of a store or commercial product. You'll find the archive of those stories here.
We've all seen expensive tonic waters in the grocery store, but are they worth the price? [12-2018 - We just added Portland Syrups "Rose City Tonic Water".] Over the years many people have asked me what are the best tonic waters, and if they are worth the cost. Over the last week, I sat down several times with groups … [Read more...] about Best Tonic Water – Are the Gourmet Brands Worth the Price?
Best Coconut Waters Updated 9.23.19 - added Maui & Son's. Full change list at bottom. What are the best coconut waters? Judging by the amount of shelf space devoted to them in grocery stores, coconut water is a popular item. Not being a huge fan of the fruit, I had never tried it until it was recommended to me … [Read more...] about What are the Best Coconut Waters – We Rate 33 Brands
This review has been superseded by my tonic water roundup, which you can find here. Continuing my interest in tonic waters, I decided to review another brand which is appearing on store shelves: Fentimans Beverages. You may have seen their other products, such as Curiosity Cola, Shandy, and Victorian … [Read more...] about Review: Fentimans Tonic Water
"Portland is a beverage town," Steve Smith says simply. And his beverage of choice is -- and always has been-- tea. Note: sad to report that Steve Smith died in 2015. However, Steven Smith Teamaker is still in business Back in the early 1970s, Smith started Stash Tea, which sold teas and herbal infusions to … [Read more...] about Interview: Steven Smith Teamaker
"Everyone's Lives Would Be So Much Better If They Just Used The Right Salt." Mark Bitterman, Local Selmelier A wonderful thing about Portland is our growing community of small specialty food purveyors. Many of these are based on single obsessions: the perfect latte with foam so pretty and detailed that pictures … [Read more...] about The Meadow: Singing the Praises of Salt
Updated: 12/11 - 2nd store. I happened to walk past Benessere yesterday, but I could only take a quick peek, because I had the dog with me. Though the store has been open a month, I never heard about it, so I sent a friend in today to check it out and take some pictures. Benessesre is located downtown at 907 SW … [Read more...] about Benessere Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars
NOTE: this review has been replaced with a new, larger roundup, which you can read here. I have already rewritten and updated the recipe for making tonic water from scratch, which you will find here. In January, I reviewed Q Tonic. Now Fever-Tree Tonic, another gourmet version has hit local store shelves. I thought … [Read more...] about Q Tonic vs. Fever-Tree Tonic