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What should one definitely try in Portland?

Gilt is gone.
I would suggest Biwa, Little Bird, Portland Farmers Mkt Saturday morning at PSU.
Also suggest you read through a few recent extensive visitor reports on more recent openings, and form some more specific questions based on that wealth of info.

1 day ago
Leonardo in Metro Portland

College Visits and 3 Days in Portland

Voodoo donuts are awful. Even Safeway makes better. Question is, do you want quality or do you want "interesting" i.e. things shaped like genitalia etc. If you want the former go to Blue Star. Finest ingredients, dough made fresh by hand daily, clean shop, friendly service. And just plain delicious, among the best donuts nationwide. Get the Valrhona Chocolate Crunch, Pear Fritter or the Key Lime/Meyer Lemon.

Jul 19, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland
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"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

Exactly. I must observe a dress code. It says I may wear blue jeans only on Friday. I may wear pink/purple/white/brown/black jeans any day I wish. Women may wear blue jeans skirts any day they wish. It's a stupid rule. But if I want to work there, that's the way it is.

Jul 19, 2014
Leonardo in Food Media & News
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College Visits and 3 Days in Portland

Near the Benson (five minutes walk) are so many great places. Bunk Sandwiches, Lauretta Jean, Courier Coffee (amazing cookies too), Kenny & Zuke's, Little Bird. Not many good places on the water, sadly. Streets such as NE/SE 28th, SE Division, or NE Alberta would serve pretty much any/all of your listed needs other than waterways, and give you that Portland feel. I love Paley's. Pioneers of our food scene, and they still have it.

Jul 19, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Tipping during happy hour

This is awesome. Thank you. We haven't had enough tipping threads lately.

Jul 11, 2014
Leonardo in Not About Food

From YYZ (Toronto) to PDX

Do you want great donuts or do you want an "experience"? For great donuts, Blue Star. For crappy icky creations shaped like genitalia, try Voodoo, wait in a line around the block like all the other tourists who don't know any better.
For beer pub I like Horse Brass & Saravesa.
Can't miss pastry/dessert includes Sugarcube & Little T.
Another must is Portland Farmers Market. NOT to be confused with Portland Saturday Market.
I suggest you search this board a bit and you'll find some outstanding reports. Especially any by greyelf. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/978364

Jul 11, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

About Oregon Truffles.

Bonjour! There are little black or white ones, very expensive, highly prized for their flavor. Usually get them at farmers markets such as http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/
Yes, there is a festival in January. http://www.oregontrufflefestival.com/

Jul 09, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Hilarious Menu Parody of Guy Ferry's Dreadful Times Sq Restaurant

Notice I used the name he was born with, not his pretentious fake name. I seriously doubt he'd waste money on attorneys. He's a public figure, thus open to satire with no recourse, US Supreme Court upheld this in Jerry Falwell vs Larry Flynt. Also, the domain was available, too bad so sad. Yeah, over the top was necessary, otherwise it would have resembled too well the original!

Jul 05, 2014
Leonardo in Food Media & News

Hilarious Menu Parody of Guy Ferry's Dreadful Times Sq Restaurant

http://laughingsquid.com/man-grabs-do...
"Guy Fieri didn't register his restaurant's domain name, so I picked it up. I think this new menu look great" http://guysamericankitchenandbar.com
Can't stop laughing.

Jul 05, 2014
Leonardo in Food Media & News

Oyster Help, Please (researched)

EaT would be my choice.

Jun 29, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Where's my change!?!

Totally agree. A couple years ago my employer asked me to commit healthcare fraud. I refused. Saying "My boss told me to do it!" would not have helped as a defense in court.

Jun 22, 2014
Leonardo in Not About Food

NE or SE Portland date night (plus other meal recs and beer)??

Saraveza is a great beer place.
Salt & Straw ice cream.

Jun 16, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Chicago Foodies to Cannon Beach

Native lifelong Portlander. Going through Seaside alone on a summer Saturday is slow going. You are assuming there is no traffic. You can't average 60mph. Half hour drive time at 3am, for sure.

Jun 15, 2014
Leonardo in Pacific Northwest

Reporting on our 9th eatfest in Portland

Chatsworth, when people post requests for recs without having done an ounce of research, I ignore them. If they won't lift a finger to help themselves, why should I bother helping them?

Jun 13, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland
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Chicago Foodies to Cannon Beach

Astoria is 75 minutes, not 45.
Ecola Seafood is good.

Jun 12, 2014
Leonardo in Pacific Northwest

Farmers market line ettiquite

Around here, you'd get a citation for wasting the cops' time with a false call.
This "save my space" holder is full of entitlement, and no way would I wait behind her bag.

Jun 12, 2014
Leonardo in Not About Food

Dragon Boat Weekend JUN 5-9 2014

Thanks for the report! Gotta agree on most of these, but no way I'd give Voodoo anything so high as 6.75.

Jun 09, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Farmers market line ettiquite

In my world, I keep my place in line by standing in line. No other method is fair or valid.

Jun 07, 2014
Leonardo in Not About Food
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Heads up Portland - Boil Water Notice 5/23/2014

Yes the covering thing sucks. Not only costly, but we lose these beautiful landmarks. Go to Mt Tabor while you still can.

May 26, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

So annoyed with dinner guest

I like that. He needs to experience some natural consequences. Sounds as if he's been enabled his whole life.

May 25, 2014
Leonardo in Not About Food

Anniversary Weekend in Portland

Other musts for Ace Hotel area: Maurice, Little T Bakery, and Courier for coffee & the baked goods.

May 22, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Anniversary Weekend in Portland

Other tourist traps: Jake's & Moonstruck Chocolate.
I would say LB is quieter & more appropriate.

May 20, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Anniversary Weekend in Portland

Little Bird is awesome.
There have been many excellent visitor reports on this site. Just scroll down and see some great ideas.
Happy hours: Teardrop, East India Co.
Brunch: Tasty n Alder, Kenny & Zuke's.
And don't miss the many vendors at Portland Farmers Market PSU, some of whom also have shops: Lauretta Jean, Pine State Biscuit, Two Tarts etc.
Dislike tourist traps? Skip Voodoo & go to Blue Star donuts instead!

May 20, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Memorial Day weekend in PDX

Where have "negative opinions" been around K & Z? Yelp?
Many excellent vendors at Portland Farmers Mkt including Verde Cucina & Tastebud. Springwater Farm is a mushroom vendor that also now has a chef making yummy mushroom dishes, NW corner of market.

May 18, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Alberta/Downtown recommendations? Not too heavy, not too pricy

Can't miss on Alberta: Sugar Cube.
Other cart downtown: Kargi Gogo (Republic of Georgia).

May 17, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Memorial Day weekend in PDX

Tasty n Alder, Blue Star Donut, Kenny & Zuke's, Lardo all five minute walk from Nines.

May 17, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

US leapfrogs France to top world wine consumption league

"Leapfrog" is a humorous term when referring to the French! Was that intentional? :)

May 17, 2014
Leonardo in Wine

The Last Great Bastion of Racism

Even the term "Ethnic Food" is racist. It is code for anything that is non-WASP, the cuisine of the "other", the outsider. In reality, ALL food is "ethnic".

May 17, 2014
Leonardo in Food Media & News
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Convention Center - Blue Nile closed?

Best Ethiopian is Bete-Lucas, but that's around five miles from OCC. Enjoy Portland. Sounds like a world away from your home!

May 17, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland

Convention Center - Blue Nile closed?

Karam & Biwa are great choices.
Blue Nile closed last year. I used to be a regular. The food & service had deteriorated considerably so I don't miss it.

May 17, 2014
Leonardo in Metro Portland