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Delightful Desserts Cap a Meaty Meal at Ox, Portland

Ox in Portland is getting well-deserved acclaim for its grilled meats, seafood, and roasted vegetables. You may have heard people talking about the Asado Argentino sampler plate, which provides a nice introduction of grilled short ribs, house chorizo and morcilla sausages, skirt steak, sweetbreads, fried…
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Feast Portland, a Week Later: Reflecting on a Bounty of Food and Philosophy

It’s been a week since returning from the four-day festival/feeding frenzy known as Feast Portland, and I find myself reflecting on the easily lost words that followed the colon in the title: “A Celebration of Oregon Bounty.” The program guide described Portland and Oregon as…
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Feast Portland: High Comfort

Yesterday, Serious Eats posted my “Feast Portland” article about the Night Market. An excerpt: High Comfort featured chefs local and from afar, and from restaurants that are long-established (Portland’s Paley’s Place) to brand new (Napa’s The Thomas). With permission to experiment, some chefs went “simple”…
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Feast Portland: Night Market

Yesterday, Serious Eats posted my “Feast Portland” article about the Night Market. An excerpt: One of the best-attended events at Feast Portland, and one of my favorites, was the spectacular Night Market. This celebration of global street food featured some of Portland’s most popular chefs…
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Feast Portland: Sandwich Invitational

Yesterday, Serious Eats posted my “Feast Portland” article about the Sandwich Invitational. An excerpt: Pork and bread ruled the day, with meaty offerings making it a challenge to eat sandwiches from all 15 entrants. But with creativity encouraged, there was a wide variety of bread…
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An Unforgettable 10-Course, 5-Hour Dinner at Feast Portland

One of the most fascinating aspects of last weekend’s spectacular Feast Portland festival was the Dinner Series and its intriguing teaming of chefs. Matthew Lightner (Atera) with Sean Brock (Husk and McGrady’s), for example. Or how about Jenn Louis (Lincoln and more) and April Bloomfield…
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Beyond Seattle: Back to Portland, Where Rothko and Restaurants Rule the Days

Racing around to Portland restaurants has become an annual June ritual of late, but with a rare Rothko exhibit in town until May, my partner and I were rarin’ to go to the Rose City sooner than usual this year. Outings to the Portland Art…
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Hilton Unveils a New Breakfast Menu (and Lunch Extras)

Last month I stayed at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Club, as mentioned in this fuller piece about my fuller Portland experience. When I’m on the lecture circuit (i.e., business travel), I’m loyal to the Hilton family of hotels. My number of stays earns…
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Bowled Over by Ramen

You don't have to go to Japan to get a good bowl of ramen. Reporting for Northwest Palate magazine, here are some I sampled in the Pacific Northwest.
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Passport to Pleasure: Massage, Meat, and More in Portland

Portland is the perfect place for a couples getaway centered around sex and food. It’s an edgy city that’s fairly open about sex and adventurous in its culinary pursuits. So let’s spend the night together in Portland, where we stamp this week’s Passport to Pleasure—a…
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