June 2008
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On the contrary, it means seeking out talented chefs who can transform the simplest, cheapest ingredients into a sublime masterpiece of a meal.
Features
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In 1997, a Eugene street kid named Jordan Scott Merrell, age 15, confessed to a killing. It took the jury just an hour to deliver the verdict: guilty of felony murder. But the jury didn’t hear evidence that might have altered the course of...
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It takes a talented design staff to craft Dr. Martens signature shoes. And to protect the Dr. Martens brand, it takes a talented legal team. When Mexican-manufactured replicas of the company’s iconic footwear began appearing in Los Angeles stores...
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When his OBT predecessor was staging edgy ballets set to pop music, Stowell was deepening his commitment to classicism.
In the weeks that passed between the time our editors researched and wrote “The Art of Eating Cheaply” and the time Portland Monthly went to press, something rather unfortunate happened: Prices went up.
All meteorological evidence to the contrary, Colorado and Oregon actually have much in common. We have the Cascades; they’ve got the Rockies. (And no, we don’t want to read any letters about how much more “epic” the Rockies are. Save it for the...
When the price of wheat soars, there are winners (Oregon grain growers) and losers (you).
On the contrary, it means seeking out talented chefs who can transform the simplest, cheapest ingredients into a sublime masterpiece of a meal.
AT POK POK and Whiskey Soda Lounge on SE Division Street, a popular Thai establishment, the nonalcoholic beverage menu presents diners with the usual suspects: Coke, Pepsi, and 7-Up. But it also offers “drinking vinegars,” a liquid prospect...
MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE this winter was particularly cruel, but even though the sun and its warmth have finally arrived, I’m still struggling to come out of a discombobulating funk—one that, rather unfortunately, also got ahold of my taste buds. No...
Inside Andi Kovel’s St. Johns studio, a large furnace belches 2,000-degree heat while the 39-year-old glass artist prepares to transform 600 pounds of gooey, malleable glass glowing hot and bright into three-foot-tall vases.
LAS VEGAS isn’t the only city where escort services are legal; Portland’s got a few of its own. Like Sandra Rafalik: media escort. For the past 13 years, Rafalik, a Philly native and former advertising executive, has been a city guide for...
American Gladiators inductee Monica Carlson talks about the fantasy—and the reality—of pummeling burly women.
Does our blossoming burg still have room for the Rose Festival?
"HELLO BART. This is Bob. Bob Riede.” It’s 7 a.m. on a Saturday, and I’m not really sure which planet I’m on. Last night was supposed to be dedicated to rest and packing; instead it included one too many shots of Jack Daniel’s, followed by a...
JENNIFER GATELY, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer curator of Northwest art for the Portland Art Museum (PAM), is “walking” me through a scale model of the Collins Gallery, the museum’s main exhibit hall. With eight more weeks to prepare for the...
When his OBT predecessor was staging edgy ballets set to pop music, Stowell was deepening his commitment to classicism.
Step aside, people. Three-year-old Claire knows exactly what she wants—a stuffed giraffe.
AS THE SNOW begins to melt on Mount Hood, the light of day will once again reveal the thousands of pieces of detritus inadvertently left behind by careless snowboarders and skiers. And as they do every year, the three major ski areas will direct...
Activity: Wildflower viewing Why it’s great: Wildflower lovers take note: The three miles of trails winding through this 231-acre preserve seem to have been carved out with your point-and-click camera in mind. In all, more than 300 species of...
I’M LOUNGING on the elevated outdoor deck of Tofino’s Inn at Tough City, a cup of sweet, high-grade sake and a plate of fresh Dungeness crab futomaki in front of me, trying to envision what this remote village must have looked like before all...
Who knew you could score a college sports scholarship by watching someone else compete?
Poor Tonya Harding. First she was a lauded local superstar. Then a fallen hero and a punch line for bad jokes. In Portland this spring, she was even the subject of a musical. And now her name has been co-opted by the murky political world as a...
In 1997, a Eugene street kid named Jordan Scott Merrell, age 15, confessed to a killing. It took the jury just an hour to deliver the verdict: guilty of felony murder. But the jury didn’t hear evidence that might have altered the course of...
It takes a talented design staff to craft Dr. Martens signature shoes. And to protect the Dr. Martens brand, it takes a talented legal team. When Mexican-manufactured replicas of the company’s iconic footwear began appearing in Los Angeles stores...
The oak standing in front of your home offers shade—and cold, hard cash.
SMART SPACE Laure Redmond makes the most of large living room, using Oriental rugs to create separate sitting and dining areas. Image: Steven Scardina Strangers to Milwaukie, that unprepossessing East Side suburb, may regard...
AS A BOY growing up outside of Dallas, Texas, in the 1980s, picking a sport to play was a simple matter of multiple choice. Three choices, to be precise: tear up the gridiron like Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett; hurl fastballs like...