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The Taste of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 [SPONSORED]

The Taste of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 [SPONSORED]

Champagne – the classic drink of celebrations around the world. And nothing is more classic than Dom Pérignon. With the recent release of the 2004 Vintage – a perfect balance of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes – the result is a fusion of complementary and contrasting elements. “The 2004 vintage has Dom Pérignon’s harmony and […]

June 13, 2013 | By
The Side Dish: Best Food, Drink, and Travel of 2012

The Side Dish: Best Food, Drink, and Travel of 2012

I began the year with a return visit to the Cayman Cookout and ended my year with a marvelous Taste of Tulalip. In between, there were adventures in Maui, New Orleans, Indianapolis – with good friends, great food, and incomparable imbiberies. What more could a girl ask for?

December 13, 2012 | By
Portland Cocktail Week Rolls With The Red, White, and Booze

Portland Cocktail Week Rolls With The Red, White, and Booze

I was on a World Series high last Thursday night. My beloved Tigers were entrenched in the second game of the finals, battling it out with the San Francisco Giants, when I walked into Red, White, and Booze – the closing event of Portland Cocktail Week. The mitten state had been on my mind all […]

October 31, 2012 | By
Zen and the Art of Food and Drink: 2012 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

Zen and the Art of Food and Drink: 2012 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

When Kat and I arrived at Portland International Airport on Thursday morning, long before the sun would rise, we were nearly giddy as we passed through security, ecstatic that our adventure to New York City had finally arrived. As we made our way to the gate, we noticed a monk walking in front of us, […]

October 16, 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
Quick Spin: Beverage Director David Mokha of Fontainebleau Miami

Quick Spin: Beverage Director David Mokha of Fontainebleau Miami

After last summer’s interviews with Maui chefs Eric Faivre and Isaac Bancaco of the Grand Wailea, I’ve been more curious about the operations of a hotel, particularly when it comes to food and beverage services. Hotel restaurants are often more complex beasts compared to their traditional brick and mortar cousins, from the seasonal clientele with […]

July 19, 2012 | By
DISARONNO’s “Mixing Star” Offers Bartenders The Chance At Bollywood

DISARONNO’s “Mixing Star” Offers Bartenders The Chance At Bollywood

It seems as though it is the season for cocktail competitions. Even though they surely run year-round, like their culinary compatriots, a whole host of comps have rolled through Portland over the past few months, highlighting spirits from light to dark, as well as local mixers worthy of note. The latest was DISARONNO’s “Mixing Star” […]

May 18, 2012 | By
2012 Taste of the Nation Portland

2012 Taste of the Nation Portland

I was beyond excited for this year’s Taste of the Nation. My experience at last year’s event proved quite memorable, demonstrating that it was, quite possibly, the best food and wine event in Portland. All the top restaurants from across the city, many of the top wineries and breweries in the area, and a handful […]

May 10, 2012 | By
Quick Spin: Bartender Emily Baker

Quick Spin: Bartender Emily Baker

Three competitors in, an ebullient Emily Baker stepped up to the bar at last summer’s Northwest Spirits and Mixology Show as the newbiest of newbie bartenders. A bit nervous, she worked to create her Mexican Circus Tiger for our panel of judges – some of the finest spirits folks in the country – regaling us […]

May 8, 2012 | By
Emerald City Love at the 2012 Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Emerald City Love at the 2012 Seattle Wine and Food Experience

I was still eating like a Midwesterner when I moved across the country to Seattle nearly fifteen years ago. Fresh from college – and college fare – I was fierce about my love of chain restaurants and comfort foods. Even in a culinary mecca like the Emerald City, I still clung to my fried mozzarella, […]

February 29, 2012 | By
PDT’s Jim Meehan Celebrates In Portland With A Little Help From His Friends

PDT’s Jim Meehan Celebrates In Portland With A Little Help From His Friends

Early Wednesday night, as Portland State students crammed in a few more hours of finals week studying and nearly-intravenous caffenation, I made my way through downtown to The Cleaners event space to celebrate the release of the PDT Cocktail Book from Jim Meehan and Chris Gall. But while the beverages being stirred and sipped at […]

December 9, 2011 | By
The Conclusion of 2011 Portland Cocktail Week

The Conclusion of 2011 Portland Cocktail Week

By the time Sunday began, I was ready for a little leisurely imbibing. With the weekend coinciding with the Great American Distillers Festival, I dropped in to Portland’s Leftbank Annex to check out the selection of distillers and distributors bringing the best spirits to Stumptown. My plans, however, were a bit thwarted when Oregon Bartenders […]

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