Summer’s idyllic moments It’s hard to believe that it is already August. The typical May Gray and June Gloom days didn’t seem as prominent, and August has actually seen some scattered showers. Best of all, there have been no wildfires! Um, yet. Still, the days are long, the evening chorus has changed from frogs to [...]
“Where the heart is willing, it will find a thousand ways. Where it is unwilling, it will find a thousand excuses.” – Arlen Price It is with sadness that I say, very delayed, that The Pub has closed, and La Tour as well that was within it. Friends knew I was very attached to La [...]
I love tacos. Their small size means low commitment to a big meal, and the opportunity for more variety. Every taqueria in town has its unique selling point. It could be that they are cheap and fast. It could be that the tortillas are homemade. Perhaps one place has an utterly delicious mole, and another [...]
This location has long been a prime spot for the assorted state street café loungers, I certainly was one of them back in my surly goth high school days which was a helluva long time ago. Regardless of the name of the café, or the management, there was always, *always*, an assortment of beatnik folks [...]
On 1 July, California will effectively be banning the sale of foie gras. In the weeks leading up to this change, a number of restaurants have been serving up their last remains of the liver, and I’ve done my best to assist them. The meal I most looked forward to was at Julienne, a special [...]
When the warm season settles in, I start looking for tarragon at the farmers market. And when I start seeing it in lush bundles at BD’s Saturday market stand, that’s when I know that summer is here. They sell it in bunches for a dollar, it’s usually more than I can use. One item I [...]
Julienne is rolling out a prix fixe supper club, called Common Table. Its first dinner was based on favorite restaurants in Portland.
This location has seen some contentious times – different concepts, but usually there’s been a common element of ownership or staff throughout those times. One outcome of an intense experience is that the group that shares it become strongly bonded together, I know what this is like. So the fellows who started the Arlington Tavern, [...]
Tacos al pastor. Tacos al pastor. Tacos al pastor.
Westin of Spare Parts, and Al from Events Untitled (Red Star?) paired up at the Creek Side to roast a whole pig. Check out the cool old grill of Creek Side’s, which they rolled out into the parking lot for the roast. There were plenty of hungry diners inside the bar, who were having a [...]