From the monthly archives: September 2014

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.
UPDATE: Andy Ricker announced he will close this restaurant on May 8, 2016 as the numbers never really added up.

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 […]

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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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The story: Chef Corey Lee established himself in San Francisco’s fine-dining scene when he opened the exquisite Benu restaurant in SOMA. For his second restaurant, he takes a more casual route but still creates a sophisticated and modern French bistro spot called Monsieur Benjamin on the ground floor of a splashy new building in Hayes Valley.

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The story: Chef James Syhabout of Commis fame has returned the love to his Oakland home base by opening several new restaurants in the city, adding to the economy. From Hawker Fare to Box and Bells, he’s introduced several different concepts. His latest is a partnership with Linden Street Brewery, and […]

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A Review of Townie Bar in Berkeley

On September 7, 2014 By

The story: A new neighborhood bar and restaurant opens in the former Caffe Venezia space, with owners Nima Shokat and Maianna Voge, offering up seasonal California fare with drinks.

Why I went: My longtime food blogging friend Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging suggested we check out this new place that opened a couple of months […]

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The Mill, a collaboration between Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker Bread, has been a hit since it opened more than a year ago in the emerging neighborhood of NOPA (or the edge of the Western Addition) in San Francisco.

It’s not just another cafe, although single-origin espresso is served and many laptops can […]

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