You won’t miss meat at Aviv

When the popular Gonzo Falafel and Hummus food cart closed, customers missed its shawarma fries. Israeli-born chef Tal Caspi used to operate Gonzo outside of a brewery, but as so often happens in the food-cart world, he was forced to move. After a brief and unsuccessful relocation, Tal decided to focus his energy on new…


Nostrana chef finds inspiration in Italy

Open since 2005, Nostrana is one of Portland’s most beloved Italian restaurants. On any given day, the large, airy dining room is packed to the gills; it’s impossible to get a same-day reservation. Young people flock to the late-night happy hour, large parties celebrate birthdays and couples share wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas. When asked why Nostrana…


NW Nosh: Israel inspires Ray

For many years, Chef Jenn Louis has been known for her handmade pasta and flavorful New American cuisine. But a recent trip to Israel left her so spellbound that she did a culinary 180. Jenn explains, “There’s this one restaurant I went to just outside of the Old City in Jerusalem. We sat down, and…


Poke Mon: Hawaiian fish a healthy treat

Poke, which might be considered Hawaii’s take on ceviche, has long been a staple on Hawaiian restaurant menus in Portland. Noho’s Hawaiian Café, Ohana Hawaiian Café and the Woodstock location of Ate-oh-Ate all offer different versions of this delicious dish. But until recently, there were no Portland restaurants solely devoted to poke. Now we have…

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