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It's Cinco de Mayo. Go Eat a Burrito.

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Today is the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, an observance barely noticed in Mexico that has been celebrated with eating, dancing and explosives by Californians of Mexican descent since the late 19th century and, these days, by everyone else.
A Chicano holiday should be commemorated with Chicano cuisine, of which there is no dish more iconic than the burrito. Introduced to Los Angeles in the '30s and popularized throughout the Southwest in the '50s, the fat, rice-stuffed burrito is a thoroughly American creation, best avoided much south of Juarez.
Here are 10 really good ones to eat while contemplating the many contributions of the Mexican diaspora to our nation's culture.   More
 
Thursday, May 5, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Bust (Portland Center Stage)

Lauren Weedman gets the jailhouse blues.


Performance
On any given day, the Los Angeles County jail system holds over 18,000 men and women in custody—160,000, all told, in 2010. Seven or more men share cells built for four in buildings so foul that,   More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

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After more than a decade-long manhunt, Osama Bin Laden, the founder and leader of Al Qaeda, has been killed by US forces, according to president Obama. The text of the President's remarks are after the jump.
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Sunday, May 1, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Eyesore of the Week: The Pride of Linnton

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Another reader submission this week: Tom Jaleski writes, "We have had to live with this towering construction site garbage heap the owner calls "pride of the Linnton" for three years now and this is only the first story. A really sad thing to see everyday, also sad to watch him destroy the hillside for this. It is really insensitive and unresponsive to the site." I think he's right. Were the thing...   More
 
Friday, April 29, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Over And Out: No Babies


Bar Reviews
The Observatory, the Montavilla restaurant that has been overrun by neighborhood families, mildly geeky youth and urban-homesteader types since the day it opened, has undergone parthenogenesis. The   More
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Help This Sickeningly Adorable Couple Open An Ice Cream Truck


Every time I hear an ice cream truck warble through my neighborhood, I feel compelled to chase it down. I feel this even though, having grown up in rural Linn County, I have never once purchased ice cream from a truck. I would like to, someday, but I don't like extruded, dyed, seaweed-filled ice cream. However, I would absolutely buy Risse and Sean Davis' ice cream, should they manage to raise the...   More
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Eat Mobile 2011 In Photos

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 All photos by Christa Connelly.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Kim Jong Grillin', Eat Mobile Champion, Burns

Han Ly Hwang celebrates his Eat Mobile win

Han Ly Hwang, the owner of Southeast Division Street food cart Kim Jong Grillin', had a hell of a Saturday: First, his Korean barbecue skills earned him the judge's choice award   More
 
Monday, April 25, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Pascal Sauton Parts Ways with Carafe Bistro

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Pascal Sauton, for the past seven years the chef at Carafe Bistro (and, before that, Lucere), has severed ties with the restaurant. In an email sent last night he wrote:
"As of today, I am no longer associated with Carafe restaurant. Carafe remains opened for business, just without me. Over the past 7 and half...   More
 
Friday, April 22, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Eat Mobile 2011: Pod Profusion


Food Reviews & Stories
The past 18 months have seen dedicated food-cart parking lots spread across the city like so many dandelions, springing from the ruins of failed condo projects, reclaimed vacant lots and the fever    More
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE
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