Category Archives: On PDX

The Beginning of the End – PDX > SF

(Blink… blink… blink, goes my cursor) See, I don’t even know how to really start this. And actually, I barely did. After writing that pathetic first sentence, I closed the computer. That was last night. How do you wrap up years upon years of good and bad times – major struggles, some victories, your favorites, [...]

Confession – I’m Moving

Ok. Here goes Cat. Crawling out of the bag. My partner Casey and I have made plans to move from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California. Oh em gee! When?! Why?! How?! Yes, all of those questions are more or less cascading through my brain too. Casey got accepted to graduate school at the Art [...]

How Much is that Waffle from the Window

SE 36th Ave. and Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214 (503) 239-4756 Sometimes, okay, actually a lot of times there’s a gem in this town and it gets passed me. Like the Waffle Window – aka., the cutest brick hole I’ve ever seen. The Waffle Window has been around. It’s not new and the foodie press [...]

Spints: Shout Out

401 NE 28th Ave. Portland, OR 97232 (503) 847-2534 This isn’t a review – it’s more of a shout out to a friend who’s got a really cool restaurant on her hands. I’ve known Alyssa Gregg for a while. We’re not super close, but I interviewed her years ago for Portland Food and Drink, and [...]

Finding the Fun in Fungus

Yesterday was an anomaly. Here’s why: I was successful at something without having to try that hard. That can only lead me to believe that chanterelle mushroom picking is insanely easy. My girlfriend had been talking up this field trip for a while and I was very hesitant for two reasons – 1) I was [...]

Fall Food Dining Fest

October has been a month full of delightful eating outings. Instead of attempting to keep up on all individual reviews, I thought I’d just explode them all into one epic blog post. Enjoy! Ping 102 NW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 229-7464 If I ate at Pok Pok nearly as much as I drove [...]

Alyssa Gregg to Open Spints

I’ve been hearing about this brewing for a few months, and finally I can break the silence of this exciting new restaurant/bar my friend Alyssa is working on. I’ve yet to see the space, but I’ve heard she’s been working on it non-stop and it looks incredible. Hopefully I’ll get over there soon, but until [...]

Mississippi Marketplace: Food Court of Carts

North Mississippi & Skidmore Portland, OR 97217 I like the expression, “I’m the mayor of (insert your neighborhood here).” I hear this every once in a while, and if I remember correctly, one of the owners of the Night Light Lounge even had this as his MySpace name (“Mayor of SE Clinton”). Don’t quote me [...]

Back to Eden Bakery Boutique: Hello Cute

2217 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211 (503) 477-5022 Vegan. Baking. Two things that creative culinary Portlanders are trying to fuse together more and more. Big names in the scene include: Sweetpea,  Black Sheep, Cherry Bomb, Dove Tail and as of Tuesday, Sept. 22, Back to Eden Bakery Boutique opened a retail space destined for [...]

Aliviar Coffeehouse: Humble in Hollywood

1737 NE 42nd Ave. Portland OR 97213 (503) 954-1091 Complaining about coffee in Portland is treacherous territory. In a place where quality coffee is almost as much a birthright as water, it can sound trite to say, “there’s no good coffee in this neighborhood.” But when the developing standard is to be able to enjoy [...]