November 2008
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Cover Story
This year, we’ve taken our 10 favorite restaurants and broken them down by the quintessential measures of any great place to eat: food, chef, service, and atmosphere. Our guide to dining at Portland’s top eateries gives you all the information you need to
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On October 28, we dined at The Nines with our heels on and our checkbooks out in celebration of the 2008 Light A Fire awards. Lucky for us, there are lots of opportunities in Portland to do-good in high style. See the calendar below for upcoming...
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Kelly Zahoudanis and her husband, Alexis did a 12-year stint in Los Angeles before their move to Portland. “We wanted a change of lifestyle,” Kelly says, “a place with values and ideals in line with ours.”
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The story of the biggest Ponzi scheme in Oregon history.
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ON A WARM SUNDAY NIGHT at the end of summer, a squadron of cheerful greeters welcomes visitors to Whipple Creek Church’s weekly “Coffeehouse,” where parishioners are invited to hobnob with visiting Christian authors, orators, and musicians. The...
IT IS A TESTAMENT to this city’s status that when I started telling people I was relocating to Portland not one of them said, “You’re moving to Maine?” All due respect to the land of lobsters, but even east of the Mississippi the Portland that...
It’s expensive and barely legal, but raw milk is a hit in Portland.
CHANCES ARE, if you didn’t grow up eating country pâté or chicken liver mousse or anything in between, you’re not going to go out of your way to find it. But eat out in this town enough and it’ll certainly find you. Lately, you can’t throw a...
Oregon’s only sake sommelier delivers Portlanders from the dark days of rotgut rice wine. Welcome to the age of watari bune.
This year, we’ve taken our 10 favorite restaurants and broken them down by the quintessential measures of any great place to eat: food, chef, service, and atmosphere. Our guide to dining at Portland’s top eateries gives you all the information you...
In a Victorian on SE Hawthorne Boulevard, the chef of Belly Timber tries to transcend the building's troubled past.
If you are a person who tends to forgo dessert, we should warn you: when you visit the Pearl District’s Oba, you may be tempted to change your mind. Oba's fresh take on luxurious banana-and-cream-cheese malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) is well...
Our Critic's Top Wine Picks
Twilight was shot in Portland early this year. The teenage vampire series--based on a book of the same name-- is so bloody popular that it’s spawned Twilight pilgrimages, in which fanatics trek across the country to visit sites from the book. Here...
An extremely long Presidential campaign ended in a historic vote last night, and it feels too soon to give it all up-- our buttons, T-shirts and sloganeering yard signs. We've spent two years stumping for our candidates, are we just supposed to...
On October 28, we dined at The Nines with our heels on and our checkbooks out in celebration of the 2008 Light A Fire awards. Lucky for us, there are lots of opportunities in Portland to do-good in high style. See the calendar below for upcoming...
So you call yourself a Portlander? Not unless you own a dog-eared copy of every one of these classic titles.
These local record stores are still rocking.
I found a YouTube clip of you singing karaoke to ’N Sync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me” at a fundraiser for Oregon Mentors [a youth foundation that Oden helps sponsor]. It didn’t look like you needed much help with the lyrics. Yeah, I knew most of the...
BlackBerry in one hand, bottle in the other, Portland moms give birth to new businesses.
ON A WARM SUNDAY NIGHT at the end of summer, a squadron of cheerful greeters welcomes visitors to Whipple Creek Church’s weekly “Coffeehouse,” where parishioners are invited to hobnob with visiting Christian authors, orators, and musicians. The...
The Auteur is a faux biopic of the legendary highbrow adult-film director Arturo Domingo. The Portland director’s follow-up to his 2005 cult-hit comedy, Film Geek, opens here in December.
Storm Tharp paints portraits—after a fashion. His jarring, surreal depictions of both celebrities and average Joes serve as a window into his own state of mind rather than commentary on his subjects. *Arm & Arm*, is showing now through Nov...
*Portland Center Stage* (PCS) and the *Portland Pearl Rotary Club* joined forces for the inaugural “Bet on the Pearl” fundraiser to drum up support for both organizations.
  Jake’s Famous Crawfish commemorated the 35th anniversary of Portland’s DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital by hosting its third annual “Dog Day of Summer” dinner on August 24. A record crowd of 137 pooches sniffed out the good times,...
The School & Community Reuse Action Project (SCRAP), a North Portland-based nonprofit that advocates environmental responsibility through the creative reuse of goods like secondhand fabrics and office supplies, kicked off its third annual...
LOCAL 35 owner Justin Machus claims to be “just a jeans and T-shirt guy,” but don’t let this seemingly humble self-assessment fool you.
Its a blustery Wednesday morning and don't you wish you were here? For more getaway ideas in sunny California search our "*Find a...
From November 6 to 8, more than 300 of the world’s best luthiers—artisans who make stringed instruments—will descend on Portland for the Violin Society of America’s international competition. Cellos, violas, violins, and bows will be appraised
The story of the biggest Ponzi scheme in Oregon history.
I hate the new smoking ban—and I don’t even smoke.
Kelly Zahoudanis and her husband, Alexis did a 12-year stint in Los Angeles before their move to Portland. “We wanted a change of lifestyle,” Kelly says, “a place with values and ideals in line with ours.”
I caught sight of a photo of Iron Maiden lead shrieker Bruce Dickinson, in a storefront window in St. Johns. He was decked out in all-white fencing gear, brandishing a different kind of heavy metal—a foil. If Dickinson was man enough to don...