Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1421-1-.html Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT+7 en hourly 1 Oregon’s 10 Best Beers - 2011’s finest brews from Portland and the rest of the state. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18588-oregon%E2%80%99s_10_best_beers_2011%E2%80%99s_finest_brews_from_portland_and_the_rest_of_the_state.html Oregon makes—and drinks—a lot of beer. No one keeps a comprehensive list of every Oregon beer released, but informal estimates suggest at least 2,000 brews were crafted here this year. From th]]> The Cake Wars - Who among us is righteous enough to eat of the sacred buttercream Bible-beating Oregon bakers have denied gays? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20698-the_cake_wars_who_among_us_is_righteous_enough_to_eat_of_the_sacred_buttercream_bible_beating_oregon.html Sugar, flour, eggs and water are now munitions in America’s culture war. Or so you’d think from two Oregon bakeries that recently refused to make cakes for same-sex weddings, getting national ]]> Restaurant Guide 2012: Smallwares, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19798-restaurant_guide_2012_smallwares_restaurant_of_the_year_runner_up_.html Life on the food frontier can be rugged and lonely. Ask Johanna Ware. As a child in Chicago, Ware remembers the quizzical reaction to the “crazy lunches” packed by a mother “who cooked her w]]> Beer of the Future - A new era of Oregon hops will better your brew. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18817-beer_of_the_future_a_new_era_of_oregon_hops_will_better_your_brew.html Four years ago, things were great for Gayle Goschie. She was growing hops on the same 1,000 acres in the Willamette Valley that her parents and grandparents had tended, selling a key ingredient ]]> Lake Affront - Oswego Lake’s big secret: It’s public and you can paddle it. In fact, I did. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18897-lake_affront_oswego_lake%E2%80%99s_big_secret_it%E2%80%99s_public_and_you_can_paddle_it_in_fact_i_di.html Carrying a big green kayak down the sidewalk in Lake Oswego gets attention.

“You know you can’t just go in there?”

“They’ll ding ya if they catch ya in there!”

To hear it described by townsfolk...]]>
The President of Beers - We bootlegged beer from all 50 states for the ultimate American taste-off. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19731-the_president_of_beers_we_bootlegged_beer_from_all_50_states_for_the_ultimate_american_taste_off.html

Beer is made from barley, hops, yeast and statute. We tend to forget, but the bearded men with sweaty brows who toil over copper...

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Teff Love - Crowning Portland’s best Ethiopian restaurant. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18715-teff_love_crowning_portland%E2%80%99s_best_ethiopian_restaurant.html People aren’t shy about recommending a favorite Ethiopian restaurant. Their opinion is usually worthless, however, because it’s one of the two they’ve visited. It’s true that the menu, pri]]> Beer Guide 2013: Introduction - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20389-beer_guide_2013_introduction_.html Do you prefer BridgePort IPA or Full Sail ESB? The last time Willamette Week published a beer guide, that was the hot debate. The editor of our 1999 guide—a guy named Jeff Alworth—couldn’t]]> Cod Save The Queen - Giving the gold to Portland’s best fish and chips. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19473-cod_save_the_queen_giving_the_gold_to_portland%E2%80%99s_best_fish_and_chips.html It’s tough to get behind Team USA at this year’s Olympics. It’s bad enough that both LeBron James and Mitt Romney’s dancing horse are representing our country in London, but now American c]]> How To: Stay Warm And Dry - Coping with Oregon sunshine through trial and error. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18855-how_to_stay_warm_and_dry_coping_with_oregon_sunshine_through_trial_and_error.html It’s possible to cycle across town on the coldest, wettest day Portland has to offer without even the slightest chill.  I suspect it is, anyway. Call me naive, but with an unlimited budget ]]> Bar of the Year 2013 Runner Up No. 1: Hale Pele - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20552-bar_of_the_year_2013_runner_up_no_1_hale_pele_.html There’s never been anything quite like Hale Pele in Portland.  Tiki bars are, of course, nothing new here. This town has long had respectable versions of the Singapore Sling-slinging Polyn]]> Confessions of a Chubster - The moral crusade against fatties. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18663-confessions_of_a_chubster_the_moral_crusade_against_fatties.html Americans are disgustingly fat. I’m allowed to say so because not long ago, I was disgustingly fat. Three years ago, I weighed close to 300 pounds. I would like to tell you being a big, lazy s]]> Restaurant Review: Cibo - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19594-restaurant_review_cibo_.html It’s surprisingly easy to guess which guys are headed through the mirrored door to the adult theater. Grandfatherly gentleman in a plaid shirt scurrying down the sidewalk like he’s late for a ]]> A Prim Woodland - The Woodsman Tavern tastes good and looks better. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18507-a_prim_woodland_the_woodsman_tavern_tastes_good_and_looks_better.html It’s Thanksgiving eve and the Woodsman Tavern is bustling. The harried staff darts about as diners seated on iron-legged drafting stools blend together in the richly dim room. A pale, slightly b]]> Beer Guide 2013: Beer of the Year - Urban Farmhouse Ale (The Commons) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20381-beer_guide_2013_beer_of_the_year_urban_farmhouse_ale_%28the_commons%29.html Mike Wright looked like a different man a year ago. When Wright opened his Commons Brewery to a gaggle of local beer writers last March, he was clean-shaven and wearing a polo shirt, resembling ]]> Salt & Straw - A frosty reception. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19166-salt_straw_a_frosty_reception.html But what do the children eat? “Oh, they like the vanilla,” answers the knit-capped woman behind the counter at Salt & Straw. This is suspicious. As a child, I remember screaming for bubble]]> Restaurant Guide 2013: Ava Gene’s, Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21330-restaurant_guide_2013_ava_gene%E2%80%99s_restaurant_of_the_year_runner_up_.html Ava Gene’s could have rested very comfortably on its laurels. A breakout hit from its first weekend, the avant-Italian follow-up to Duane Sorenson’s first restaurant, the Woodsman Tavern, ]]> Shut Up, Lardo - A bun-based battle of rival Southeast sandwich shops. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19838-shut_up_lardo_a_bun_based_battle_of_rival_southeast_sandwich_shops.html Yo! Asshole! Youse can plainly see I’m eatin’ at dis sandwich shop. And youse gonna eat at d’otha sandwich shop? In South Philly, where partisans yell insults across the street as they line ]]> Locking Up Oswego Lake - Lake Oswego’s city council has voted to bar park access to the public lake. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19055-locking_up_oswego_lake_lake_oswego%E2%80%99s_city_council_has_voted_to_bar_park_access_to_the_public.html All of Oregon’s navigable waterways are public, but some are more public than others. Or so it goes in Lake Oswego...]]> Blue Star Donuts - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20134-blue_star_donuts_.html Fried chicken with fancy doughnuts is, apparently, a thing. The combination has taken the East Coast by storm, with four such shops announced in Washington, D.C., alone. But, as best as I can ]]> Summer Guide 2012: Nifty 50 - John Lovegrove hits 50 local breweries in a single day. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19325-summer_guide_2012_nifty_50_john_lovegrove_hits_50_local_breweries_in_a_single_day.html It was a terrible time for a malfunctioning alarm clock. Don’t worry, John Lovegrove wasn’t late for work or a flight—he was behind schedule on a trip to the bar, missing his 7 am deadline f]]> Spiked Shamrock - What's the best way to spike a McDonald's Shamrock Shake? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18932-spiked_shamrock_whats_the_best_way_to_spike_a_mcdonalds_shamrock_shake.html Shamrock Shakes are not delicious. Please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The green concoctions McDonald’s rolls out about a month before St. Patrick’s Day—regular ol’ vanilla-fla]]> Beer Guide 2014 - Get your fill. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21901-beer_guide_2014_get_your_fill.html Behind a fleabag motel on the eastern outskirts of Gresham, you’ll find it: the mythical tobacco store with a growler filling station. There, surrounded by Donettes and Romeo y Julieta cigar]]> Jones: Younger Us - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19495-jones_younger_us_.html They don’t make Zima anymore. I know this because I tried to order the original alcopop at Jones (107 NW Couch St., 971-271-7178, jonesbarportland.com), the new ’80s- and ’90s-themed dance clu]]> Biggie Small - Ready to dine: The hypnotic charms of the notorious Smallwares. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19437-biggie_small_ready_to_dine_the_hypnotic_charms_of_the_notorious_smallwares.html Portlanders are obsessed with authenticity, especially when it comes to Asian food. We’ll huddle for an hour outside a tarp-sided shanty, poring over a menu and sprinkling pompous little annot]]> Basement Brew - Step into Dean Pottle’s never-ending house party. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21448-basement_brew_step_into_dean_pottle%E2%80%99s_never_ending_house_party.html First rule of Dean’s Scene: You cannot buy beer at Dean’s Scene. You can drink beer—there’s plenty of suds spouting from four taps inside the pub Dean Pottle built in the basement below ]]> White Owl Social Club: Hoo Goes There - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20428-white_owl_social_club_hoo_goes_there_.html Are you fit for membership to the White Owl Social Club (1305 SE 8th Ave., 236-9672, facebook.com/WhiteOwlSocialClub)? According to Club propaganda, a $25 fee and pledging your soul to “Ye Olde ]]> Ava-Garde - A user’s guide to Duane Sorenson’s offbeat Italian joint. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20191-ava_garde_a_user%E2%80%99s_guide_to_duane_sorenson%E2%80%99s_offbeat_italian_joint.html Why was my beer coming in bottles? Tap handles hang behind the bar at Ava Gene’s, the new Italian restaurant from coffee kingpin Duane Sorenson, and the tables]]> Pils Off - Pining for Oregon’s best pilsner. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18898-pils_off_pining_for_oregon%E2%80%99s_best_pilsner.html The Pilsner was created after the pissed-off townsfolk in the beer’s namesake village dumped their skunky suds down the gutter—or so the legend goes. The Czechs then built a new brewery and ]]> Paradise City - Take me to Vancouver, where the grass is legal and gays can marry. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19986-paradise_city_take_me_to_vancouver_where_the_grass_is_legal_and_gays_can_marry.html Civilization beckons with red and orange lights. They’re faint at first, glowing brighter as you drive north. The little green sign marking the border sneaks up on you. “Entering Washington,]]>