January 2008
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Cover Story
Which doctor would you call if you or a loved one needed medical care? That’s the question we asked more than 8,000 Portland-area physicians through our online survey. Doctors voted for up to two physicians each in as many as 48 different specia
Features
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Photographs by Rafael Astorga.
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In Portland clinics, doctors trained in diverse healing traditions are learning to work together—and patients can feel the difference.
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Finding the healing practice that's right for you.
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Oregon insurance carriers say yes to alternative medicine.
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Researchers put alternative medicine to the test.
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What you should know before you go
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Looking for a job? On Portland's industrial waterfront you won't need a college degree or even a résumé. Just a willingness to put in a long, honest day's work.
LATE ON A BLUSTERY NIGHT in November, on a catwalk inside an aging monolithic foundry in Northwest Portland, I found myself staring into the mouth of an electric arc furnace that buzzed and roiled with 36 tons of molten steel. Beside me stood the...
FAIR TRADE WITH third world farmers. A crusader’s zeal to rescue us from overroasted beans. With its DIY do-goodery, Stumptown Coffee Roasters has long appealed to Portlanders’ fierce loyalty to local businesses. Indeed, its coffee has become the...
EDIBLE MENUS. Cryovacked potatoes. Liquid-nitrogen-seared tuna. No, this isn’t “Cooking with Einstein.” These dishes represent a growing international movement—dubbed “molecular gastronomy”—that relies on scientific processes to elevate flavors...
A 2,000-POUND SACK of dried garbanzo beans hangs from four giant hooks near the 25-foot-high ceiling of a processing room at Milwaukie-based Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods Inc, a producer of flours, cereals and mixes made from whole grains. With...
A bold winery in the Willamette Valley has become the only producer of true Italian balsamic in the United States.
Fresh seasonal chutneys offer a delicious antidote to inevitable post-holiday burnout.
Searching for the quintessential hangover cure? Get back to the basics with a perfect bloody mary.
I AM NOT A VEGAN—far from it, in fact—although I did try my hand at vegetarianism back in high school and college. My endeavors came to an abrupt end, however, when I landed a summer job teaching writing in the maximum-security wing of a women’s...
A TRUE TAVERN should offer the following things: Good, cheap food. Good, cheap drink. Dark wood. A diverse clientele. A certain quirkiness. And pleasantly dim lighting. Anytime a tavern deviates from this formula, it becomes something else....
THE HANDWRITTEN SIGN out front of the El Brasero taco truck sometimes reads Rica Barbacoa_. It means “delicious braised meat,” and you should trust it, especially since the meat in question at this particular taco haven happens to be lamb shoulder...
IT’S BEEN NEARLY seven years since Mister Rogers slipped on his sweater and pulled off his loafers for the last time, but one Portlander has picked up the program’s mellow mantle and given it a sense of 21st-century realism. For one thing, the...
IN MILD, MODERATE Portland, the opportunities to go walkin’ in a winter wonderland are rare indeed. But if the grand poobah of weather—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—is right, Mother Nature should sprinkle the city with a...
ALTHOUGH WE’VE at last turned the corner en route to longer days, many are the Portlanders who spend January in an ursine state, hibernating on the couch with TiVo and a stack of Truffaut DVDs. But a stalwart, vibrant few refuse to give in to...
For the past three years, the Portland NAACP has been inactive—no meetings, no phone number. When I tried to track you down… It was a P.O. box. We now actually have office space at the Urban League. I think [local] membership is currently 185. I...
LEAVE IT TO A COUNTRY that dreamed up such wacky sports as caber tossing (chucking 18-foot-tall pieces of timber across the lawn) and hammer throwing (chucking 16-pound steel balls across the lawn) to conceive of a sport like curling. Yes,...
IT’S TWILIGHT in the South Waterfront, the glittering high-rise district under construction on a former brownfield near the base of the OHSU tram, and four people wearing headlamps and blazing-orange jumpsuits are dancing in a muddy vacant lot....
On his 20th album, Ancestral Swamp (Gnomonsong Records), sixtysomething itinerant folkie (and cartoonist) MICHAEL HURLEY, who makes his home in Astoria, has a few prominent locals backing him up. Mixed by Jim Brunberg at Mississippi Studios, with...
Photographs by Rafael Astorga.
UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN under a large (polyester) rock, you know that planet-friendly apparel no longer means drawstring hemp pants that render your wardrobe more shabby than chic. Today high-profile designers like Stella McCartney are adding so...
  IN THE MIDDLE of the night on a Tuesday in mid-November, just after a fireworks spectacular had spewed from its roof, the New Frontier Hotel-Casino, packed with explosives, imploded and crumbled to the ground. The destruction sent a...
TO FINE-TUNE his giant slalom for the 2006 Olympics, Bode Miller relied on a secret weapon. No, not the kind you inject: Dartfish, a software program that about 95 percent of Olympic athletes use to analyze their biomechanics and improve their...
’ROUND AND ’ROUND the block we go; where we’ll park, nobody knows. With only 7,200 street spaces downtown, finding a place to stash that Subaru can range from mildly annoying to hair-tearingly frustrating. Portland’s uniquely tiny downtown...
A FEW WEEKS AGO, while I stood in line at my favorite coffee shop, a scraggly poodle nuzzled its saliva-caked face against my pant leg, leaving behind a smear of slimy goo. On a better day, and with a different dog, I probably would have...
I’VE JUMP-STARTED A LOT of cars in my 33 years: a filthy, one-eyed Celica sunken alongside a cypress swamp in Louisiana; a wheezing Volkswagen Rabbit clinging to a mountain guardrail in Colorado; a steamy, decrepit Chevy pickup loitering in my...
AT 17, MIAYA SHAMBRY is a teen out of time, belting out classic rock standards by the likes of scratchy-voiced ’60s songstress Janis Joplin as a student enrolled in the Portland chapter of Paul Green’s School of Rock. This national music...
EVERY YEAR, the American Library Association receives about 500 requests to ban books, like the Harry Potter series, which has been challenged more often than any other book in recent years. Portland might like to pretend we’re above this 1984...
Looking for a job? On Portland's industrial waterfront you won't need a college degree or even a résumé. Just a willingness to put in a long, honest day's work.
SURE, WINE CLUBS offer a promising solution for oenophiles wishing to save time and gas money. But there are those of us who prefer to think of wine-of-the-month clubs as opportunities to discover wines we might not have otherwise tasted....
Todd Dewey Jantz and Curt Jantz chose warm, contemporary furnishings in muted, solid earth tones for their family room. "Patterns are mostly used as accents," Curt says. Image: Jon Jensen TODD DEWEY JANTZ and Curt Jantz were...
In Portland clinics, doctors trained in diverse healing traditions are learning to work together—and patients can feel the difference.
Finding the healing practice that's right for you.
Oregon insurance carriers say yes to alternative medicine.
Researchers put alternative medicine to the test.
What you should know before you go
Which doctor would you call if you or a loved one needed medical care? That’s the question we asked more than 8,000 Portland-area physicians through our online survey. Doctors voted for up to two physicians each in as many as 48 different specia