Author Archives: Andrew Collins

New Portland Cooks Book Features Recipes From Several Pearl Restaurants

New Portland Cooks Book Features Recipes From Several Pearl Restaurants

Whether you’re an ardent foodie regularly out sampling delicious meals at the city’s hundreds of superb restaurants, or you’re just an occasional Portland visitor with an appreciation for the city’s stellar dining scene, if you find yourself wishing you could reproduce some of the area’s top dishes at home, the new cookbook Portland Cooks, by talented local

Spanish Class

A culinary gem in Barcelona has opened a stunning spinoff in the Pearl. Sometimes the perfect justification for a special-occasion dinner is simply the eagerly anticipated launch of the very restaurant you’ve selected. Such is the case with Can Font, which threw open its doors in June, much to the delight of an increasingly curious public intrigued that this Michelin-recognized establishment outside Barcelona …

Spice Pearls

Heat seekers, rejoice! We’ve found four local dishes that’ll make your mouth—and eyes—water. Verde Cocina (shown above) Panzita del Puerco con Fuego At this cheerful Mexican eatery, chef-owner Noe Garnica isn’t kidding about the con fuego part of this hearty appetizer. It might just be the hottest dish in the Pearl District, thanks to the

Pearl On Tap

Bringing You the Latest Finds in Local Beer, Cider, and Wine Stopping by your neighborhood grocery store to refill a growler of your favorite IPA—or to pick up the latest artisan-crafted cider—doesn’t sound strange, especially in beverage-obsessed Portland. But you might be surprised to learn that inside the Safeway at Northwest Lovejoy Street and 13th

Pizza Piety

Our favorite hangouts for savoring the perfect summertime treat We can thank Italian immigrants for what’s become one of America’s quintessential culinary treasures. Pizza made its way to US shores from Naples in the early 1900s, and its presence on Pearl District menus has seen a decided uptick in recent years. Here are four pizza

Greek Life

Home-style fare with a sophisticated touch at Eleni’s Philoxenia Plates appear carrying clams steamed in a piquant ouzo broth, braised lamb shank clinging just barely to the bone, wild prawns sizzling in a garlic-lemon-sherry reduction, boldly colored salads of roasted beets with seasonal fruit, and feathery light baklava layered with pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, and walnuts.

Swag Bag

A fun new app turns the Pearl District into a scavenger hunt for great deals at shops, restaurants, bars, and other neighborhood businesses. The Pearl District Business Association recently partnered with the fast-growing local marketing and advertising technology company SWAG’R to launch an app that aims to revolutionize the way consumers and businesses throughout the

Back to Basics

Hosmer Chiropractic Health’s dedicated approach to healing and well-being Since its founding a decade ago, Hosmer Chiropractic Health (1030 NW Marshall St., 503-227-2279) has expanded significantly and relocated into a handsome, contemporary space in the Pearl District. A highly respected provider of rehabilitory care for a wide range of injuries and conditions, the clinic is

Grape Finds

The joy of discovering wines you never knew you loved When it comes to wine, you might call Alex Marchesini and Kelsey Glasser true citizens of the world. Sure, they’re ardent fans of Oregon and Washington wines, but Northwest labels make up only a small part of the eclectic inventory at Thelonious Wines (516 NW

Sunday in the Pearl with Andy

Writer Kay K Tacke embarks on a wine-filled afternoon with her winemaker brother and Pearl resident Andy Lytle, who shares his favorite sips along the way. We start our ramble by heading west from Andy’s waterfront Pearl abode. A little backstory on my brother: he lives close to the refurbished Albers Mill building, home to

Block Island

A Portland landmark looks forward If all goes according to plans set forth by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), the view looking north on Couch Street between NW Park and 8th in the year 2020 will differ significantly from what you see today. That is, the distant view will change—you may very well see a

Winter Warm-Ups

Any well-crafted drink can stir the spirit. But there are certain beverages that speak especially to our sense of warmth and well-being, melting the chill of a winter evening, or perhaps offering the truest complement to a delicious cool-season dish—we’re thinking of the blistered-crust pizzas at Oven and Shaker, or the black mussels with Old

Brix & Mortar

A modern take on a classic neighborhood hangout With a warm, handsome interior that strikes a pleasing balance between intimacy and expansiveness, Brix Tavern (1338 NW Hoyt St, 503-943-5995, brixtavern.com) sets a welcoming mood for just about any social occasion that revolves around food and drink: happy hour with a few friends, brunch on a

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