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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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Chefs Corner: The spice of life

Ginger and garlic crushed into a fine paste are used liberally in main dishes of China, Thailand and India. Garlic contains high levels of vitamin C and is great for boosting the immune system. Fresh ginger has beneficial anti-inflammatory properties and is often recommended for nausea. Spicy peppers like cayenne, habanero and serrano chilies are…

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