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The Heathman Restaurant
A touch of class never
hurt nobody, capiche?
But if it did,
you’d want to steer clear of The Heathman, or things
could get a little rough, if you know what I mean.
Housed in the lobby of
& Leisure named one of
the “500 Best Hotels in the World,” the
Heathman features Executive Chef Phillipe Boulot, the 2001 James Beard
Let’s put it
this way, this is the kind of place that has
a menu just for cheese.
to be outdone by curds and whey, the dinner menu may
include, depending on the season, Wild Sturgeon Vallee
d’Auge, Anderson Ranch
Willamette Valley Lamb, Oregon Sand Dabs, or Alaskan Halibut Confit as
Or stop by their Happy
Hour, featuring such items as Smoked Salmon and
Endive, Crab Deviled Eggs, Grilled Short Ribs, and Grilled Lamb Tongue,
just a few.
overlook the cocktail menu while you’re
stuffing your face.
they’ve gone to the trouble to break down the offerings by
Yeah, you read that
put, if you make
it through this particular menu - divided into “Early Days
and Golden Years
(1806-1920),” “Prohibition and Beyond
(1920-Today),” and “Modern
Cocktail Creations” – you’ll be history.
Been thinking about
taking a few courses?
Well, must say we were
schooled recently on exactly what it takes to make
the prerequisite, college scene coffee shop work.
just cater to college kids, and don’t just serve
Located where the South
Park Blocks meet Market, and therefore the gateway to Portland State
this place screams college hangout. And
But it’s so
On any given visit,
there are the students who, if not in
public, would be freebasing their caffeine.
But this genteel
atmosphere requires that they sip it from bowl-sized
cups instead, eyes on their laptops as their professors sit nearby
merits of a maintenance versus prevention oriented society.
Next to them might be
the retired couple who rents in the adjacent
building complex, seated near a yuppie condo type who is
Café draws them all.
And sometimes several
at once as evidenced in the line that
regularly forms at the register. But
a queue is not a problem here.
is quick, and, besides, was it Confucius or my grandfather who said,
just means there must be something worth waiting for.” And
there certainly is.
Buker and his staff have composed a menu that,
from paninis to wraps, salads to spanokopita, visits several locations
world map and all over your palate. In
other words, any college vocabulary will define this place yummy as
So, with three homemade
soups made daily as well as two different types
of quiche and plenty of tempting dessert on the offering, this menu
to everyone in your crowd whether they carry a backpack or billfold and
bike or a Benz.
Located adjacent to
Hotel Vintage Plaza, Pazzo is simply a
wonderful night out.
Valentine’s Day, in fact, was spent sitting with my squeeze
at the dining bar
overlooking the kitchen at the back of the restaurant.
(Said squeeze has it
out for Hallmark Holidays and didn’t even hint
that he would deign to deliver on dinner goods until well after dark.
Hence, no reservations.) But
they had a couple seats open at the dinner bar – and we had a
Dinner was awesome.
Service was very
friendly, and frankly it was just so dang interesting to
watch a professional kitchen at work on a night that should represent
wasn’t a chance
of that with Executive Chef John Eisenhart at the helm.
Cool Cucumber, that man
policed an operation that came off like butter.
(Said squeeze was so
impressed, he even shook the chef’s hand and
congratulated him at the end of the evening.)
Personal favorites on
the menu include the Cinghale, which
is a pork leg braised in duck fat and herbs with savoy cabbage, green
celery, and horseradish – in other words, Italian for
been to Pazzo that somebody didn’t order the Gnocchi and
Handmade, of course,
little potato pillows are mingled with a beef shortrib ragu and
– obviously more words for delicious. Will
they never run out?
Pazzo also has and is
its own bakery.
One can simply buy
loafs of Beer Walnut Bread, Raisin Bread, Ciabatta or
waltz in and order a pizza by the slice on homemade crust.
in a weekend brunch, I ask you?
After all, eggs,
potatoes, meat portion of some kind – what’s the
Sadly, dear reader,
not the first of my forays into gross naiveté.
But it does explain why
when something fresh and exciting is offered up
for morning dining, I for one take notice.
And that, my friends,
is what we have going on at West Café.
Me, taking notice. ‘Cause
this stuff’s good.
eggs on Dungeness crab corn fritters and wilted greens (I prefer to
greens on a separate plate,) served with soy mustard sauce and the best
fries I’ve ever tasted. I
not, the best home fries ever.
try your eggs on homemade black bean cakes with cheddar, salsa, and
Located on SW 12th
and Jefferson, West Café
offers everything from Tarragon Egg Salad sandwiches to Pan-Seared
Salmon and a slew of clever sounding martinis in between.
And from the chic
décor sporting uniquely formatted photos of local
flare to the friendly and informed staff, including bar manager,
and servers who won’t let you be seated without asking to
take your coat –
this place also serves up a slice of Portland that we’re oh
so glad that
owners Sean Concannon and Douglas B. Smith decided to share with us.
Yup, check this one off
the list right away – and then
check it again.
This is a must-do,
must-see place if your destination is anywhere in the state. But
fuggetaboutit if you’re in downtown Portland – or
the Pearl District as Powell’s actually sits on the border. If
you haven’t been here, you haven’t done downtown or
Even if you
don’t consider yourself much of a reader.
Let’s say you
hate to read.
sure what you’re doing reading this then, but all of that
your grandma’s bookstore.
full city block of new and used books covering sixty distinct sections
nine color coded rooms on four floors - Powell’s comes with
its own map.
And it’s a
good thing it does because this place has got to be seen to
All of it.
more about Powells Books
The Northwest Film Center
in our own backyard we have an organization
completely devoted to the art of the moving image.
A component of the
Portland Museum of Art, the Northwest Film Center
provides education, exhibition, and outreach.
The Outreach Program
provides opportunities and support for
media artists while the School of film includes a curriculum in
video production as well as animation. Enrollment
options cover non-credit, transferable college credit through Portland
University, a certificate program, and cooperative degree options.
But if you just want to
watch really interesting,
hard-to-lay-your-hands-on movies, the Center offers an incredibly
exhibition program covering foreign, classic, experimental, and
place at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.
The Northwest Film
Center also plays host to unique rooftop screenings
during the summer and an assortment of festivals, including the
Portland International Film Festival, which screen at various locations.
If you’re into
movies, and who isn’t right, drop by and
pick up a schedule of events or check them out at www.nwfilm.org.
Fox Tower 10
some reason, and we can regale you with several,
Portland is the destination city for a tremendous percentage of indie
might open in just a handful of other locations. When money is scarce,
distributors will often decide to shell out just for a few target
Typically those markets
will sound something like Los Angeles, New York,
Chicago, San Francisco, and very likely – you guessed it
The Fox Tower 10 is
simply devoted to art house and foreign
And versus those
that jump on the bandwagon after awards’ season has
proclaimed the winners,
you can nearly set your Academy Award watch by Fox Tower ahead of time.
If it plays at Fox
Tower, it’s got a good chance to be courted by
Portland Center for the
Boy, that back yard of
ours must be huge!
Better to bedazzle
with, my dear.
that’s just what Portland Center for the Performing Arts aims
as one of the top ten performing art centers in the
country, PCPA is comprised of five different venues – yup,
all located in
downtown – offering over 900 performances annually ranging
from plays and
concerts to ballet, lectures, stand-up, Broadway shows – I
could go on.
Originally built in 1917
and known as the Civic Auditorium,
the Keller Auditorium is the largest of the venues with a seating
With two balconies and
very large stage, this is a save-the-ticket-stub kind of theater,
In house companies
Portland Opera, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the Oregon
Across the street from
Keller Auditorium is the Keller Fountain, an
enormous series of flowing pools that is so popular during the summer
Pioneer Courthouse Square is considered Portland’s living
room, then Keller
Fountain is its bathtub.
Fountain, the Keller Café on the second
floor of the Auditorium offers dinner, drinks, and dessert before the
The next oldest venue is
also next largest.
Built in 1928, the
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is an opulent affair
with 2,776 seats, an orchestra pit, and a choir loft.
“Portland” sign out front heralds a theater that is
to the Oregon Symphony, White Bird Dance Company, Portland Arts and
and a host of others.
Located inside the
stunning Antoinette Hatfield Hall, which
is now to be renamed The New Theatre Building are three different
Newmark Theatre with 880 seats, the Dolores Winningstad Theatre with
and Brunish Hall at 200 seats.
all this under one roof, one would think that there would be noise
at the very least patron congestion issues.
Such is not the case. This
place is a well-oiled machine.
from experience, audience members are completely oblivious to any other
than the one they are attending.
The spacious lobby
features a five-story rotunda above
which is an art-glass “Spectral Light Dome”
Overlooking the lobby
are three levels of balconies that are
designed like box seats.
to grab a martini and relax in one of these box seats while people
theatergoers in the lobby below. This
particular theatergoer has spent many an afternoon working on the old
this very lobby.
A public space,
the lobby is open to all during the day.
The building is also
home to the ArtBar & Bistro,
serving northwest cuisine, appetizers, and pre-performance cocktails.