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A Review of Davenport in Portland

On November 30, 2016 By

PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Opened three years ago, Davenport represents the trend of chefs focused on local, seasonal ingredients cooked in casual, homey settings. Chef/Co-owner Kevin Gibson, who once cooked at Castagna and then a pop-up at a sandwich counter, changes the menu to showcase the ingredients of the Pacific Northwest.

Why I went: […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
During this Thanksgiving weekend, I flew up to Portland for a quick holiday weekend to visit my sisters. But even though we had a big Thanksgiving dinner (we celebrated on Friday since I flew in late Thursday), I convinced my sister we needed to try the new Afuri ramen restaurant in Portland’s […]

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After my full week in New York, I spent a long weekend in Chicago and had just as much fun dining on the culinary scene in this exciting city.

I’ve traveled to Chicago a few times over the last few years, and every time I visit I see a growth in the culinary scene, not […]

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Believe it or not, I still have things to say about my eating vacation to New York last month.

Admittedly, I couldn’t go to half the places on my wish list for this city. But I covered a lot of ground in the nine days in Manhattan (with a few diversions to Brooklyn and Queens), […]

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CHICAGO
The man behind the Chicago dining scene is Chef Grant Achatz, the former French Laundry chef who made his name with his fine-dining, three-Michelin-star restaurant Alinea.

Over the years, Achatz — with his innovative molecular gastronomical creations — has transformed the way people dined, where the food is more theater than sustenance. While gaining near cult status with Alinea, […]

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CHICAGO
When visiting Chicago, some of the more interesting food can be found in the neighborhoods outside the downtown loop, a bit of a ride on the L train.

For example, when looking for Sunday brunch with my Chicago friends Angel and Bob, we ventured out to the Logan Square neighborhood to visit Jam […]

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NEW YORK
A trend among restaurants that I can really get behind is unpretentious, casual spaces that become the backdrop for sophisticated and highly conceptualized dishes.

That’s clearly what’s happening at High Street on Hudson, a nine-month-old restaurant in the West Village that’s opened all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the outside, […]

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NEW YORK
The story: The Starr Restaurant Group, which has brought splashy restaurants to Manhattan like Morimoto and Buddakan, opened Upland on Park Avenue South, featuring a menu designed by California native Chef Justin Smillie, who first got attention as executive chef at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.

Why I went: While vacationing in New […]

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NEW YORK
In a nod to the U.S. Open tennis tournament currently playing out in town, I dare to say that Chef Liz Johnson — the young chef of the tiny Mimi restaurant in the Village — hits aces down the line dish after dish after dish.

OK, so she might not be a Serena […]

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BROOKLYN, New York
I’m in New York for the Labor Day weekend, and one of the fun food events I’ve experienced so far on my trip was my day out at Smorgasburg on Saturday in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

First off, got to say, I love Williamsburg. I never spent much time here […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Even though it’s been two weeks since I’ve returned home, I still look back fondly at my trip to Portland and continue to dream about all the food I ate.

And I’m not kidding when I say I ate continuously on this trip. This was a real foodie vacation (sure, I visited with […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Husband-and-wife team Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton (owners of the popular Ox Restaurant) loved combining appetizers when dining out, intrigued by the mashup of flavors. The couple, who says they love bold flavors, decided to open a restaurant built around the little bites with lots of flavor […]

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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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