The story: The Tipsy Pip has been drawing the crowds to this Marina tavern/pub since it opened in 2009. Chef/Owner Sam Josi offers hearty pig-centric dishes, including a popular macaroni and cheese.

Why I went: I’ve been wanting to try the place since it opened. Initially, they didn’t take reservations, which meant long waits. Recently [...]

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The story: Barlago opened several months ago in Oakland’s Adam’s Point neighborhood, in the space that for the longest time was the family-owned Zza’s Italian restaurant. This new reincarnation is by Philip Raskin, who has owned another longtime Oakland Italian restaurant Filippo’s in the Rockridge neighborhood.

Why I went: I was invited by the restaurant [...]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Little Bird Bistro is the cute name to the second restaurant of Gabriel Rucker, who opened the popular Le Pigeon (get it?). Le Pigeon on the eastside of Portland offers fine-dining French food with a tasting menu and hard-to-get reservations. Little Bird, opened in late 2010, is Rucker’s casual, more accessible [...]

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SANTA ROSA, Calif.
It’s a busy time in wine country as the annual crush begins at many wineries. In fact, the crush — the harvesting of grapes and crushing into juice to turn into wine — probably started last month for some and will continue for the next few weeks, depending on the region.

Last Saturday, [...]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Considered one of Portland’s most unique restaurants, Roe is like a speakeasy bar since it’s a tiny, intimate restaurant tucked away in the back of the larger seafood restaurant Block + Tackle in the city’s Division neighborhood. Walking to the back and behind heavy curtains, you think you’re going [...]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: James Beard Award-winning Chef/Owner Andy Ricker has revolutionized Thai cuisine in the Northwest (and now New York) through his extremely popular Pok Pok restaurant in Portland, which spawned a second location and a whisky lounge. Last year, he opened Sen Yai (which means “big noodles”) to serve up Thai noodles [...]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
I’m in Portland this weekend for the 3-year-old Feast Portland food extravaganza. Events and dinners were happening all over the city this weekend, and I got tickets to two events. The first was the most fun: the USA Pears Night Market along the city’s South Waterfront area.

The Friday night event [...]

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One can’t go back in time, but sometimes certain things in life make you feel like you can.

A scent or a song can bring back memories, making one feel transported to that moment when one first experienced it. Or a certain scene can make you feel you’re living in that era even when you’ve never [...]

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