PORTLAND, Ore.
Langbaan literally means “back of the house” in Thai, and it’s also the name of a unique dining experience in Portland offering a Thai-inspired tasting menu in a tiny 24-seat space tucked behind another Thai restaurant.

And to be clear, it was my favorite meal of my recent vacation here.

Portland has […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Pok Pok is the often-recommended Thai restaurant in Portland from Chef Andy Ricker, who is leading a one-man revolution of how Americans view Thai cuisine. In the years since opening his restaurant in an emerging neighborhood on Division Street, he has opened several restaurants (including Pok Poks in Brooklyn and […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Dining at several new restaurants in Portland, I noticed a sophisticated swath that permeates many restaurants as opposed to just a few darlings a few years ago. Chefs here are cooking with excitement and creativity, more so than when I last visited in 2014.

One good example is the quaint and charming […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
I dare to say that Portland may be the culinary destination of the Pacific Northwest (in the United States, not considering Canada’s Vancouver, B.C.). In the last few years, this sleepy lumber town of a city has exploded with a food scene that’s keeping up with the likes of Los Angeles and […]

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So Memorial Day weekend is coming up and at least in the Bay Area the weather forecast is looking promising for a classic summer weekend.

Many of you probably already have plans, but for those of you (like me at times) where holiday weekends always seem to creep up on you, then this guide to […]

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The unofficial start to summer is just a week away with Memorial Day right around the corner, and I’m excited because summer gives me free rein to eat a lot of BBQ and grilled items, even if I don’t own a grill.

This recipe for honey hoisin glazed spare ribs is the last in my recipe […]

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I’m quite familiar with Café de la Presse, the San Francisco French bistro that sits prominently at the corner of Grant and Bush Streets under the shadows of Chinatown’s Dragon Gate.

During my frequent trips to Chinatown, I would pass by the café and marvel at its press theme (as a former journalist I feel […]

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The story: Blind Tiger is the bar and small plates restaurant from Edward Yoo and his partners. Yoo also owns the popular Korean barbecue restaurant Gogi Time in Oakland’s KoNo (or Koreatown/Northgate) neighborhood. In fact, Blind Tiger is located right underneath Gogi Time on Telegraph Avenue, serving up a Pan-Asian menu and cocktails.

Why I […]

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Opened in 1997, Farallon made a big splash as a high-end seafood restaurant with the décor by renowned restaurateur Pat Kuleto and sophisticated seafood dishes by Chef Mark Franz.

I recall visiting years ago for a celebration dinner – because the price point made it one of those special occasion dining destinations – and marveled […]

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It’s always a revelation to me when I eat freshly made pasta. While I typically use dried pasta when cooking at home, there’s something about biting into freshly made pasta that’s almost dreamlike, especially when done well.

That was the case as I sat at the counter of Belotti Ristorante e Bottega digging into my […]

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