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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
Quick Spin: Chef Adam Higgs of Portland’s Acadia

Quick Spin: Chef Adam Higgs of Portland’s Acadia

I arrived in this weird Pacific Northwest city back in the early 2000s, settling into a house in Portland’s then-undesirable Northeast neighborhood. I remember being pretty dismayed with the food options in the area, venturing out one night, determined to find a great restaurant nearby. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a dimly lit corner spot on Fremont Avenue, where the menu at Acadia pulled me in, full of seafood and Cajun spices, and I stayed for both dinner and dessert.

March 19, 2014 | By
Newsbits: Cheerios Goes GMO-Free (sorta); Portlandia’s Gilt Club Quietly Closes

Newsbits: Cheerios Goes GMO-Free (sorta); Portlandia’s Gilt Club Quietly Closes

There’s been much discussion since Cheerios manufacturer General Mills announced last week that they’ve been making GMO-free versions of the well-known cereal over the past few months, and expect customers to spot the adjusted product shortly on their store shelves. The company is confident about their decision, of course, with spokesman Mike Siemienas commenting, “We believe consumers will embrace it.”

January 6, 2014 | By
Quick Spin: Bartender Jordan Felix of the Multnomah Whiskey Library

Quick Spin: Bartender Jordan Felix of the Multnomah Whiskey Library

The Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library, the long awaited cocktail destination from Alan Davis of Produce Row Cafe, is everything you’ve heard it to be. The selection of over 1500 pours from around the world, handpicked by resident whisk(e)y expert, Tommy Klus, is breathtaking, lining a full wall six shelves high. A rolling ladder is used to access it all, bottles of every color and size flooded with a warm yellow light that draws your attention despite the beauty and detail of the entire room. Every gathering around a table is punctuated with plush and leather seating, couches and chairs, tall custom drink trays awaiting your next choice off the extensive menu.

November 20, 2013 | By
That Week Portland Cocktail Week Came To Town

That Week Portland Cocktail Week Came To Town

Oh, those bartenders, those “mixologists”, the ones we write about, the ones we admire from the other side of the bar. They gather regularly, you know. It’s not all tips and ten-hour shifts. Sometimes in New Orleans, sometimes in Kansas City, sometimes in New York. One shining week a year in the heart of Stumptown. There are tattoos and laybacks, branded swag and local spirits.

Tally ho, drink lubbers. The 2013 Portland Cocktail Week report lies ahead.

All camaraderie and brainstorms. Drink testing and note taking. Nearly four hundred or so of the best mixers, from across the country, around the world, stagger in from red-eyes, ready to see their friends and seize their free days.

November 12, 2013 | By
Featured Chefs Simmons, Pierce, Izard, Whims at 2013 Feast Portland

Featured Chefs Simmons, Pierce, Izard, Whims at 2013 Feast Portland

It’s been great fun following the growing careers of Chicago chef Stephanie Izard and NYC’s Sarah Simmons.

Izard, a Midwest native, has not only created a perpetually packed collection of goat-themed ventures, including Girl & The Goat and the Little Goat Diner, she’s become a regular on both the award lists and the food & wine event circuit, making appearances in Aspen, Pebble Beach, Portland.

October 3, 2013 | 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
The Head and the Heart at Portland’s Musicfest NW

The Head and the Heart at Portland’s Musicfest NW

On a random weekday evening, as I was flipping through the channels, I came across a showing of Austin City Limits, a grand performance series on PBS showcasing some of the finest musicians in the country. The episode featured a Seattle ensemble named The Head and the Heart, and with their stunning ACL studio performance, I was instantly a fan. Formed in 2009 thanks to an open-mic night at a local bar, the folky, heartfelt tunes from Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, and Charity Rose Thielen are touching but not overwrought, detailing the universal struggles between the head and the heart.

September 10, 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
Portland’s Blind Pilot Ups The Musical Ante with the Oregon Symphony

Portland’s Blind Pilot Ups The Musical Ante with the Oregon Symphony

By the time the first few notes of “We Are The Tide” began to swirl through the auditorium, the crowd had already made it to their feet. Swaying back and forth in their seats throughout the evening, toes a-tapping, it had been a relatively even-keeled set, a bit of the pomp of the Oregon Symphony […]

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