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Quick Spin: Author Bret Anthony Johnston

Quick Spin: Author Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston’s outward appearance oozes fiction writer. You see his thick-rimmed glasses and often solemn photos and you think, Yup, this is what they’re all like. But Johnston (whose name sounds a little like a member of a boy band, doesn’t it?) is so much more than the scarf-wearing stereotype you might associate with the typical writer.

June 4, 2014 | By
Quick Spin: Comedian Myq Kaplan

Quick Spin: Comedian Myq Kaplan

If the name of a comic’s album gives us any insight into what to expect in his comedy, then Myq Kaplan’s albums titles are supremely helpful. There’s his most recent album – “Small, Dork, and Handsome” – along with “Meat Robot,” and “Vegan Mind Meld”, to name a few. These let us in on what to expect from Myq: comedy that walks the line between the sharp edge of English major excellence and cover-your-mouth inappropriate.

May 8, 2014 | By
Quick Spin: Comedian Matt Braunger

Quick Spin: Comedian Matt Braunger

The fact that we even have Bridgetown Comedy Festival today can be owed to comedian Matt Braunger (and co-founder, Andy Wood). Braunger, who was born and raised in northeast Portland, describes himself as “…a lightning-rod of awkwardness…” in one of his specials. His humor is grab-a-beer-with-a-friend relatable, and he bursts with energy on stage.

May 6, 2014 | By
Feast Portland Events for the Frugal Foodie

Feast Portland Events for the Frugal Foodie

Food and wine festivals can often feel like a Catch-22. On one hand, they’re an awesome way to showcase chefs and restaurants from across the country, drawing higher tourism numbers to a city perhaps lower on the radar. On the other hand, however, tickets for festival events are often unreasonably expensive, asking for hundreds of dollars per person for high-end dinners, and thousands of dollars for an all-access pass, making them feel unrealistic for the average food fan to attend.

September 13, 2013 | By
Quick Spin: Chef Kevin Sandri of Portland’s Alberta Street Pub

Quick Spin: Chef Kevin Sandri of Portland’s Alberta Street Pub

I blame Kevin Sandri for my appreciation of the food cart. My first year in Portland, his cart, Garden State, was selling sandwiches at a waterfront food festival. Not familiar with the cart, I – the unsuspecting, naive victim – grabbed the cod sandwich without much thought or expectation. When I took a bite, I […]

July 17, 2013 | By
On Molecular Gastronomy and Trying New Things (Win a Dinner for Two at Portland’s Racion!)

On Molecular Gastronomy and Trying New Things (Win a Dinner for Two at Portland’s Racion!)

Portland Dining Month began to really blossom my first year in Stumptown. I remember scrolling through that original list of restaurants on my computer screen, only recognizing one or two from long line of participants. Everything was a new experience back then, yet I still frequent many of the restaurants I tried that year. Portland […]

June 25, 2013 | By
Comedy Can Save the Day: Portland Comic Ian Karmel

Comedy Can Save the Day: Portland Comic Ian Karmel

I cannot think of a better week for the Bridgetown Comedy Festival to arrive. Portland will welcome heaps of comics of all varieties this weekend, at a time when it feels as though we could all really use a good laugh. Comics are coming in from all over the country, including a few of my personal favorites […]

April 18, 2013 | By
Quick Spin: Chef Matthew Busetto

Quick Spin: Chef Matthew Busetto

When I first went to Firehouse in North Portland, I was only in it for the pizza. I’ve never met a wood fire pizza I didn’t like so I knew I’d end up there for that reason alone. But what I didn’t know was how much soul was baking within the walls of the old […]

December 20, 2012 | By
Healdsburg’s Project Zin Serves Up Support of Down Syndrome

Healdsburg’s Project Zin Serves Up Support of Down Syndrome

After a while, food and drink events can start to feel like they all run together. While I have nowhere near as much event experience as Jennifer, I’ve been in it long enough to know that sometimes these events can feel a little…repetitive. But when I heard about Project Zin in Healdsburg – near where […]

August 22, 2012 | By
With Bowery Bagels, Madigan Brings A Little New York to Portland

With Bowery Bagels, Madigan Brings A Little New York to Portland

Michael Madigan crosses the street like a New Yorker. As we passed his KitchenCru – a culinary incubator designed for small food startups to create and build products – on the way to his Bowery Bagels shop opening next week, I couldn’t help but think Madigan has a reason to walk fast and not bother […]

June 7, 2012 | By
Quick Spin: FoodShed’s Brenda Crow

Quick Spin: FoodShed’s Brenda Crow

Ever wish you had a trusted food friend? Someone you can call up at any given point and ask, “Hey, what do I do with these fiddlehead ferns?” Portland-based FoodShed, owned by food professional Brenda Crow, is sort of an online version of that friend. While she certainly has had her hand in kitchens, butchery, […]

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