Daily Archives: July 1, 2012

Growing Kosher

Wandering through the back roads off the I-5 corridor, Oregon’s Willamette Valley offers a jewel that has been gaining international recognition – its wine country. Vintner Phil Kramer of AlexEli Vineyard in Molalla has produced Oregon’s first kosher pinot noir. Phil and his mother, Anita, purchased the 18-acre estate four years ago. He has been…

Chef's Corner: Cooking with Riesling

Oregon has gained quite a reputation for producing great wine. I remember being on my honeymoon in Hawaii almost 20 years ago and seeing an Oregon pinot noir on the wine list. What I thought was a novelty in 1994 is a common sight on wine lists in fine restaurants across the country. The production…

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Perfect Pairings

The region’s exquisite wines call for cheeses with complementary flavors and fragrances. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to choose a good cheese, but an awareness of local offerings can help you create an unforgettable plate. Take the advice of Lindsey Walton, artisane du fromage at Urban Farmer, a restaurant with a farm-to-table theme,…

New Seasons' wine bar builds community

While many grocery stores regularly offer wine tastings, the New Seasons Progress Ridge Market takes that up several notches. Its customers can relax over a glass of wine or beer at the cozy wine bar in the heart of the store. “The wine bar is an innovative concept in the grocery world,” says bartender Kandie…

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Eat Local

It’s high summer, and even if you’re not making an active effort to eat local, it’s just about impossible to go a day without ingesting something that has been locally grown or raised within 50 miles of Portland. All of the Portland metro area’s 50+ farmers markets are open and in full swing, and savvy…

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Street Food for every taste

Voted the top street-food city in the world by CNN, Portland maintains a glorious diversity of food carts. Hand-painted trucks with quirky decorations announce a profusion of delicacies from all culinary corners of the globe. With such a variety of carts, it’s not surprising that among the offerings are Jewish, Israeli and deli favorites. Some…

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Appetizing Legacy

Harry Mosler’s bagels and rye bread. Mrs. Neusihin’s pickles. Dora Levine’s fish market. Delicatessens, fruit stands, restaurants and more. Some were kosher, some weren’t. But all made their mark on the community, and have become part of the rich tapestry that is Oregon Jewish life. Food – and the community that it builds – is…

Ingestigating San Francisco

Imagine we could take a look at Jewish cuisine in a modern-day location but from a 1930s Philip Marlowe/Sam Spade classic detective perspective. Maybe it would look something like this: The name’s Boyle – Hy Boyle, private ingestigator. My beat’s San Francisco.They call me lots of things – kosher cop, deli detective, food fuzz –…

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