Category: Food & Drink

Eat Here: Sweedeedee

Eat Here: Sweedeedee

Even before a move to Portland I had heard buzz about Sweedeedee, a humble little joint on Albina that whips up amazing pies and hugs in the form of home made corn cakes and oven-baked bacon. Walking into the unassuming dwelling tucked away in cozy North Portland, one is welcomed by the quaint sounds of a record player. At […]

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Standard: Peanut Butter & Jelly

Standard: Peanut Butter & Jelly

It’s pretty safe to say that American cuisine has turned a corner. No longer the stuff of Velveeta and Cambell’s-soup-based casseroles, the country’s regional, ethnic and populist midcentury dishes have been modernized, tarted-up and remixed for a new generation. Southern barbecue or New England clam chowder, made with care and rendered in quality ingredients, can […]

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Scribe Winery

Scribe Winery

Despite the heated narrative surrounding wine and provenance, battles over DOP, and what can be called what, most winemakers today use chemicals and other non-natural processes to cajole and manipulate their grapes into submission. So, supposedly hallowed origins are likely far less critical than the pretty bottles might have you believe. It’s generally good business: more all-around drinkable wines […]

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Edible Beauty: Nasturtium

Edible Beauty: Nasturtium

Alas, the yearly May-June scramble for foraged ramps has finally tapered off. Luckily, there’s not much of a wait for the next hot-ticket ingredient, as the July heat brings with it the blossoms of another beloved culinary pleasure: nasturtium. A member of the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family, edible nasturtium is one of a genus of seven […]

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The Mighty Michelada

The Mighty Michelada

On paper, the michelada is an affront to good taste. A spicy, salty beer that quite often contains a dash of clam juice? ¡Pero que asco! But somehow magically, impossibly, the combination of its disparate and contradictory ingredients make for something of an eminently drinkable elixir that goes down easy like summertime sweet tea. Like […]

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Travel: Do the Charleston

Travel: Do the Charleston

Few places embody the soul of the new South like Charleston, South Carolina. This handsome and hospitable crossroads of buttery foods, humidity and high style has been making quite the impression as of late, and some pretty cool kids are taking note. Southerners and their cities all too often remain hidden behind nostalgia, married to […]

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Virginia is for Bacon Lovers

Virginia is for Bacon Lovers

Do you smell that sweet salty aroma? What is it? Does it fill your heart with glee and sadness all at once? Does it make you feel glorious, like being in one of those old Folgers Coffee™ commercials? If so, give a big “hell yeah!” because that smell you smell is BACON.

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City Guide: Copenhagen

City Guide: Copenhagen

There’s probably no place on the planet as effortlessly cool as Copenhagen. The city seems to climb to the top of pretty much every Monocle survey ever, its residents are devastatingly stylish and it is by all accounts a haven for hygge. Bikes and fantastic coffee abound, and the vibrant food scene—underpinned by the plucky New […]

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Licorice Love

Licorice Love

If you live in North America, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t exactly enjoy the taste of licorice. In fact, it’s likely that you hate it. And in that case, the simple thought of licorice ice cream, licorice breads and pastries, and licorice marinated meats—all washed down with an ice cold licorice beer or […]

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Pink Wine: The Case for Rosé

Pink Wine: The Case for Rosé

Pink wine is a touchy subject, understandably so. We’ve long shuddered at the thought of saccharine, syrupy zinfandel and sugar blends that proliferated the American wine markets in the 70s and 80s—iced down to-go containers of glorified grape juice, celebrated and pilfered by teenagers everywhere, thirsty for a first taste of inebriation. But while wine snobs, buffs, […]

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Recipe: Mulberry Sarma

Recipe: Mulberry Sarma

With its delightfully eclectic blend of meats, vegetables, and earthen spices, Turkish cooking combines the wonderful flavors of Middle Eastern, Asian, and Mediterranean cooking. One of the many staples of this cuisine are the stuffed and wrapped dishes, known as dolmas or sarmas. In Turkey, sarma consists of leaves (generally grape, cabbage, or chard) rolled […]

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The Writing of M.F.K. Fisher

The Writing of M.F.K. Fisher

You may not realize it, but M.F.K. Fisher taught you how to eat. With over 27 published books to her name, the prolific Californian food writer ushered in a new era of American culinary writing in the 20th century. Her words combined her adoration for food with an exceedingly gracious approach to the art of […]

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Espresso: A Brief Overview

Espresso: A Brief Overview

There are many things we can be thankful to Italy for: Burrata cheese, Bruno Munari, Catenaccio style football, and tumblr dashboards full of images tagged “sprezzatura”. But among these fantastic cultural contributions is Italy’s crown jewel: the fine art of making espresso. First imported in from Turkey by the Dutch East India Company, coffee has […]

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Recipe: Derby Day Mint Julep Ice Cream

Recipe: Derby Day Mint Julep Ice Cream

Mint Juleps are a classic cocktail steeped in tradition in the South. Originally they were a breakfast item, which was thought to aide in protecting against malaria. In modern day they are better known as the Kentucky Derby’s most celebrated cocktail. With Derby Day coming up this week we wanted to share a recipe for […]

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The Noodle King of Bushwick

The Noodle King of Bushwick

Eating at King Noodle is like hanging out in a tiki bar inside an arcade where you snack on small plates that sound like East Asian Mad Libs. “Mapo tofu chili cheese fries.” “Vietnamese coffee flan.” “Banana-hoisin ice cream.” Of course we had to try it. Before opening King Noodle in Bushwick last year, chef […]

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How To: Make Burrata

How To: Make Burrata

With one heavenly bite of burrata (meaning “buttery” in Italian), your perception of cheese is irreversibly altered. This ultra-creamy cousin of traditional mozzarella cheese is considered a rare delicacy, yet relatively easy to make at home. This week, we’re teaching you how to make this Puglian import in the comfort of your own kitchen and […]

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Salami Friday

Salami Friday

What do you do with your loose change? Around here, we like to throw all our extra pennies into what we call our Salami Friday Fund. It’s amazing how quickly spare change can add up, and all the delicious cured meats and soft cheeses it can get you. On Friday afternoons, you can usually find […]

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Travel Destination: Austin, Texas

Travel Destination: Austin, Texas

Our friends Molly and Johnny just returned from the great state of Texas, where many of you may be heading shortly for SXSW. These two know what’s up when it comes to good food, great drinks, and a kickass quality of lifestyle and culture, so we picked their brains about all things Austin. What brought […]

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The Chocolate Pairing Guide

The Chocolate Pairing Guide

Valentine’s Day may be over, but we whole-heardedly believe that chocolate is appropriate any day of the year. As is a strong cocktail or a stronger cup of coffee. Lucky for us, our friends at Badminton Chocolate Co. put together this drool-inducing pairing guide, finding the perfect chocolate-beverage marriages we’ve ever seen. First, we talk […]

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RECIPE: OAT FLOUR BANANA FLAPJACKS

RECIPE: OAT FLOUR BANANA FLAPJACKS

This recipe came about from a boring obsession with oatmeal. I was fed up with bland wheat flour based pancakes that relied on syrup for their flavor. I had a revelation: to make oat flour with oats and a coffee grinder. The banana give a natural sweetness so that syrup is not a necessity. The […]

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