Articles by Kerry Politzer


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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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Portland Pizza as varied as the city

Unlike Chicago or New York, Portland isn’t known for its own style of pizza. The upside is that many different kinds of pizza are represented in our town. Here are some of our local favorites. Apizza Scholls Every day at 4:45 pm, a long line forms in front of this popular pizzeria so people can…

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A Very Veggie Valentine

Are you seeking a romantic restaurant for a Valentine’s Day rendezvous? Then whet your appetite with one of Portland’s high-end vegetarian tasting menus. Two of the following restaurants (Farm Spirit and Natural Selection) maintain entirely vegetarian kitchens, so there is no opportunity for meat and milk to mix. Aviary This celebrated Asian fusion restaurant, which…

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Hot Chocolate in Portland and Eugene, too

Now that winter is fully upon us, it’s time to recharge with a mug of hot cocoa. Portland offers plenty of spots for warming up with a chocolatey beverage. Alma Handmade Chocolates You might be familiar with this local chocolatier because of its unique 23-karat-gold chocolate icons. But you may not know that Alma is…

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Bagels rise to greatness in Portland

Portland is fiercely proud of its locally sourced cuisine. That pride extends even to bagels. So, when Colorado-based Einstein Noah Restaurant Group bought the locally owned Kettleman Bagel Company in 2011, customers were dismayed. Bagel mavens no longer had a place to purchase their beloved boiled bagels, as the new owners soon discontinued the kettle-boiling…

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Healthy Food Fast

When you’re on the go, it’s easy to let healthy eating fall by the wayside. Who has time to cook while braving US 26? Fortunately, Portland boasts a variety of fast food options for the diet-conscious person. Popular local spots offer rice bowls that can be customized to include either meat or milk, or neither….

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