Articles by Kerry Politzer


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New Indian restaurant offers tasty vegetarian menu

Fans of the beloved Bombay Cricket Club were crestfallen to find that it had closed after 21 years. Diners loved the restaurant’s comprehensive menu of Indian and Middle Eastern specialties. Fortunately, the excellent Maruti Indian Restaurant has opened in the club’s place. And while Maruti may not boast the most extensive menu, its offerings are…

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Afuri brings Japan’s clear broth to ramen dining

Afuri 923 SE 7th Ave., Portland 503-468-5001 afuri.us/#about Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5-10 pm; Friday-Saturday 4-11 pm; Sunday 5-9 pm The ramen craze has taken over Portland and indeed much of the country. But until now, one style of ramen has predominated. Afuri’s Taichi Ishizuki explains that tonkotsu ramen, first popularized at Ippudo New York, has since…

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Cajun fare for vegans and meat lovers alike

Cajun cuisine is a heady mix of European, West African and Native American influences. It’s intensely flavorful, spicy and rich. Unfortunately, this cuisine is usually off-limits for those with dietary restrictions. But Portland is home to a Cajun restaurant with something for everyone: Le Bistro Montage. This local landmark has been satisfying the vegetarian, vegan…

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Israeli Cuisine finds many homes in Portland

The fresh vegetables and intriguing flavors of Israeli cuisine are cropping up all over Portland. While food carts like Wolf & Bear’s introduced us to ingredients such as amba as early as 2009, the Israeli food trend has really taken off in the past few years. Feast Portland, our renowned annual food festival, regularly flies…

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Candy Babel is part of a long Jewish tradition

In a Tablet Magazine article, author Katharine Weber asserts, “No other immigrant group is as central to the candy trade as Jews.” Soon after arriving in the United States in the early 1900s, European-Jewish peddlers learned to make candy. Candy was easy for newcomers to produce since it “did not require significant investment in equipment,…

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NW Nosh: Cookbook spotlights salmon

A few years ago, we had the opportunity to review Roots, the wonderful vegetable-focused cookbook by award-winning author and chef Diane Morgan. Now, Morgan returns with Salmon, a book of 45 tempting recipes that includes a guide to buying and preparing the tasty fish. The chef begins her book with a fascinating overview of the…

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