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Editor’s Note: Airline food has a notoriously bad reputation. So when we heard that Virgin America, the airline famous for doing things differently, had created some seriously gourmet ice cream for everyone and a new, uber-fresh menu (for first class passengers), we just had to spread the news. – BH Ever on the hunt for something new, Virgin America held a contest in February to choose its signature ice cream. Not your daddy’s rocky road, but three unique creations by San Francisco ice cream... Read More
Mitzil Mexican Eatery, in Oregon City, Oregon, is having a free party with food, music and fun this Saturday, March 1, 3-5 pm, to launch their new line of bottled salsas, sauces, and spices. This modest little bistro serves up some of the freshest, from-scratch Mexican dishes using long-time family recipes. In our opinion, Mitzil is one of the best restaurants in the Portland area. Located in the little town of Oregon City, less than 20 miles south of the city, Mitzil has been serving up authentic... Read More
There are museums and then there are great museums…Washington’s Seattle Art Museum (affectionately called SAM) is one of those wonderful institutions that elevates art to a whole new level. They recently treated us to a sneak preview of the season’s upcoming events, which include a Miro Exhibition that’s not to miss. Miro’s Woman Bird Star will be part of SAM’s new exhibition. SAM’s three branches have stellar programs on tap for the upcoming year. Anyone who has not visited... Read More
Attention Foodies: FoodWorx is coming to Portland, Oregon, Feb. 4., 2014. The second annual conference where foodies of all stripes discuss the many aspects of food, including food access, social justice, and the environmental effects of growing and processing our food is almost here. Whether you’re an entrepreneur interested in making contacts in the food world, an activist who wants to make food justice a reality, or simply a foodie who loves good food, the one-day FoodWorx Conference is for... Read More
It’s that time of year when we make those New Year’s promises that most of us fail to keep (80-90% of us according to studies). Instead of making those not-so-fun resolutions to lose weight, save more money, and eat healthier, how about considering some easy, travel-related resolutions that’ll help you travel more and have more memorable experiences? Here are a few ideas: Don’t put it off. Often, people say they’re going to travel when they have more money or more time o travel when they... Read More
Long-time celebrated chef Jimella Lucas taught me to love oysters. She baked up the bivalves that were only a few hours out of Willapa Bay with butter, lemon, house made breadcrumbs, and a sprinkling of Parmesan, letting them cook in their own liquor. At first bite, I was captivated by the soft, creamy, briny essence. It’s a dish I dream about and one I will never again enjoy from the hand of this legendary chef. Jimella Lucas, one of the best, if not THE best chef the Northwest has ever seen,... Read More
Photo courtesy Alyson Levy Photography Pisco sours, Peruvian chicken skewers, empanadas, smiles, and thanks–happy birthday Andina. It was the 10th Anniversary Bash at Andina, Portland, Oregon’s iconic Peruvian restaurant. On a night dedicated to appreciation, the proprietors and staff of Andina, Portland’s own outpost of Peruvian cuisine, provided a memorable experience for a diverse crowd of food enthusiasts. As hard as it might be for those of us who have for some time enjoyed its unique... Read More
Photo Lasse Fuss You know how chaotic it can be at the last minute before take-off when everyone is stuffing bags into the plane’s overhead bins. In an effort to avoid the now-ubiquitous baggage fees, people tend to cram too-large suitcases, jackets, and all manner of stuff into those small overheads. That was the scene recently as I boarded a United Airlines plane out of Washington, D.C., heading home from Montreal. Suddenly, there was a cry and a collective gasp. The airline employee who’d... Read More
As a travel writer, I travel for work and spend a lot of time in transit—hanging out in airports, waiting in cafes, riding in buses, etc. I usually use this “down time” as writing time. I always travel with my netbook so I simply plug in or go on battery power and catch up on the many stories I have pending. It’s often really productive time. However, I find it increasingly difficult to find some quiet space in which to work. I blame the ubiquitous use of cell phones. While cell phone technology... Read More
Chef vs. Chef: Natalie’s Top Chefs Compete for Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Oh boy. Two “top chefs” from the same awesome kitchen, Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn, will compete for Maine Lobster Chef of the Year at Harvest on the Harbor here in Portland, Maine. I want a front row seat on Thursday, October 24, as Executive Chef Jon Gaboric and Line Chef Chris Long face off against each other for the coveted title. Chef Long will prepare his butter-poached Maine lobster with grilled lobster... Read More
Okay, friends, sometimes my flights are long and I’m tired and my patience wears thin with airlines, with flight attendants, with taxi drivers, etc. Recently, I wrote about being on a long series of Air Canada flights from Oregon to Prince Edward Island and being really unhappy about being denied what I believed to be a pre-paid meal on my flight back from Montreal to Vancouver. I wrote a pretty hot opinion piece in this column (“Air Canada: Policy Over Service”). I’m here to say I was wrong.... Read More
I made my debut in the cider world this summer at the Northwest Cider Association’s Third Annual Summer Cider Day. Held at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, hundreds of cider lovers met face to face with 17 Northwest cider makers, tippling more than 50 different ciders. For newbies like me, I needed to find out what I was drinking. It’s fairly simple: cider is an alcoholic beverage fermented from apples, just as wine is fermented from grapes. In addition to the traditional dry ciders... Read More