The Spirited Story of Thomas & Sons Distillery

When one considers opening a distillery, one normally wants alcohol to be front and center. But before launching Thomas & Sons Distillery — an offshoot of Townshend’s Tea Company — owner Matt Thomas and his industriously capable acolyte, Seth O’Malley, were trying to rid their tea (specifically, their kombucha) of any alcoholic presence....

A Cricket a Day…

Would you eat a cricket? Or maybe the better question is: Why wouldn't you eat a cricket? Roughly 80% of the world already eats insects, from grasshoppers to centipedes....

Carlo Lamagna’s Marinated Oregon Seafood

Opened in May 2007, Clyde Common is a great place for face-to-face conversation with friendly strangers, spot-on service, cocktails that seem to disappear without a trace, and cuisine that makes your palate sing....

No Compromises

“The customer is never right. We teach them what quality is. You want the pulp out of your orange juice? You better bring your own strainer.”...

Corn Reborn

“What’s done in here is how it’s been done for thousands of years,” says Pedro Ferbel-Azcárate, co-owner of the Portland-based artisan tortilla and masa company, Three Sisters Nixtamal....

Korean Short Rib Bibimbap with Rachel Yang

“If you are going to break the rules, you better know the rules,” says Rachel Yang, chef owner of Revelry. I sat down with Rachel to discuss a dish close to her heart — Korean bibimbap — to better understand how she integrates creativity and tradition....

Comfort To Go

When Portland’s oldest Chinese-American restaurant, the Republic Café, opened in 1922, people in China weren’t loading their forks with egg foo young and sipping old fashioneds in bars strung with fringed lanterns. No, they were negotiating famine and political unrest in the country’s first republic after centuries of imperial rule. Their bowls held very different meals....

Drink Chocolate

When I emailed Aaron Koch about writing an article on his instant drinking chocolate company, Treehouse Chocolate, he responded, "Do you want to come see the smallest chocolate factory in the world?" This was the first surprise. There would be more....