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Why a TV in every restaurant?

is UFC really any more violent than the NFL? and even if it is, is violence in the form of a sport really that terrible?

I mean, don't let your kids watch if you want but then again don't go telling someone else what to let their kids watch.

Dec 27, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

ice cubes made from stone - do these work?

for such a slight difference in outcomes, it seems a silly endeavor. That said, the dilution you speak of as it pertains to ice, is actually a desired thing! Water opens spirits up and allows you past the burn of Ethyl alcohol so you can taste all the delicious flavors you are looking for.

Nov 26, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

ice cubes made from stone - do these work?

" the ice cube always starts at 32 degrees F or 0 degrees C"

what makes you think once Ice freezes that it STOPS decreasing in temperature?

Ice continues to drop in temperature just like any other form of matter, until we get to absolute zero(or as close as possible).

Ice machines such as Kold Draft churn out large cubes that are at or about -40F and require a much different approach to cocktail making than standard ice machines(which tend to make ice at or about 0F.)

Nov 25, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

Short list of MUSTs in Portland

Your list and everyone else's additions look great.

For sure don't miss Apizza, Wafu, Bent Brick or St. Jack.

oh and, Voodoo Donuts.....*sigh*.....go if the marketing has beaten you and all, but don't say no one warned you!;-)

Oct 25, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Adopting - or not - foreign eating customs in the US

They have sporks.

Oct 25, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

Er Guotou

Er Gautou is a type of Baijou, correct? I do know that there is a single Baijou available now in Oregon, but I cannot for the life of me remember the name. They had to call it Sorghum Vodka because the FDA does not recognize Baijou as a category(much like Cachaca).

Oct 24, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Looking for a pub 10/22 showing the Ducks Game

Northwest Public House on NW 23rd and Kearney.

Oct 15, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Birthday Dinner for Boyfriend! Halp!

I agree with every single one of Jill-O's recommendations, but one of them jumps out for "Foodies" more than the others.....Metrovino. From the food to the wine to the cocktails, it's the whole package. Go. Thank us later! :-)

Oct 15, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Private Dining Room Suggestion for 8

El Gaucho totally has a private room? are they telling you it's not available when you want or for the number of guests you have?

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El Gaucho
319 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Sep 11, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Should GREAT service be expected 15 minutes before a restaurant closes?

can I ask why you would have more respect for someones home than their place of business? just curious....

Sep 11, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

Should GREAT service be expected 15 minutes before a restaurant closes?

If I own the property, and the business that is housed therein, then it is my right and privilege to decide whom I would like to serve.

second, the customer does not bestow the right to make a livelihood unto the business owner( that attitude comes from the same place that people with screaming kids and double wide strollers get their righteous indignation from). the business transaction you speak of, exchange of money for services, *starts* with the business owner allowing you into/onto *their* premises! I don't mean that as a power play, just laying it out there as it is. It doesn't have to be stated, just understood. simply stated, yes you should be humble. if you truly are, then the business owner will be as well.

Sep 11, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

Should GREAT service be expected 15 minutes before a restaurant closes?

I think the one thing that hasn't been mentioned yet, and really needs to be is that when you enter a restaurant, you are entering SOMEONE ELSES HOUSE! That is to say, it is not up to you as the customer to make any demands or rules, that is the owners right. You are there because THEY allow you to be there. It is a privilege, it should be respected as such.

If you fully understand the above, and have the humility and grace that that understanding brings, you will find that the owners will THEN bend over backwards for you. Amazing how it works really.....

Sep 10, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

Japanese ramen noodle soup

respond to a 5+ year old post? sure, why not!?

best Ramen in PDX right now is Wafu, Shigezo and a three way tie for third between Mirakutei, Miho and Yuzu.

there, go forth and eat.

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Yuzu
4130 SW 117th Ave Ste H, Beaverton, OR 97005

Sep 10, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Tipping - How do you feel about tip jars?

so if your "server" goes against their employers wishes and gives you a bigger portion(there by giving away something that doesn't belong to them), that is worthy of a (bigger)tip? do you routinely reward theft?

Aug 18, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

and Apizza is not bitterly charred. charred yes, but bitter balances the malt(bitter balances sweet, right?) and the yeast is punched up to remind you that it's actually bread....real bread!

I bring up the bread point because pizza is simply flavored flat bread. once you start piling on 384, 443, 232 toppings, you lose the intrinsic beauty of the dish.

also, like I said, if Sizzle Pie is what blows your hair back, have at it. I am only taking issue with the comparison of the two. it's much like comparing a Kia and a Bentley. yeah, sure they are both cars, but the comparisons should really stop there lest we start to sound ridiculous. If you want to compare Apizza with somewere try Ken's Artisan, Nostrana, Pyro, WyEast.

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Nostrana
1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Aug 14, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

this thread seems like something out of 1997. Please keep hating on Apizza Scholls, it just makes it easier to get into a place that is not making Papa Murphy's style pizza and charging $25/pie.

Seriously, Sizzle pie is horrendous. limp crust that has ZERO flavor, toppings that are incongruous, a clientele that is as abysmal as their juke box, prices to match even the rarest of the rare pizza joints....I am very thinly restraining my disdain for the notion of even attemping, no matter how tenuous, of equating Apizza Scholls with M.F.ing Sizzle Pie. Blasphemy.

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Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Aug 14, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

best beer options

Apex, Horse Brass, Coalition brewing, Breakside brewing, Upright brewing, Migration, Bazi bier brasserie, Cascade barrel room, Baileys Taproom, Deschutes Brewpub, Burnside Brewing....

also, if you are staying on/near Hawthorne, you will be fairly close to a contender for the best pizza in America(yes, the entire country)! they have an excellent beer list(it_is_Portland after all) and should not be missed. Apizza Scholls is the name.....go. trust me.

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Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Aug 06, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Hidden Gems in Beer World

Upright Brewing, Breakside, Coalition, Grain & Gristle(for a meal+beer), Spints Alehouse, Bazi(Belgian beers, spendy and service lacks but some super obscure beers),

Aug 06, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

terrible restaurant names

uhhh, YES! it's a burger!?

that said, if it were named "DietBurger" i'd walk around it like a pestilence ridden beggar asking me to pay his childs tuition outside a KFC!

Jul 30, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

New Trend in Tipping?

you are an anomaly. That is to say, the risk/reward here is your 2% on the upside versus the 10%+ on the downside(the guy that you don't autograt that tips 10% or less). There just aren't enough people tipping 30% to make up for the truly lousy people. Trust me, If I could autograt every single person through the door, I would. It also helps I guess that our Autograt is 21%.....;-)

Jul 27, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

Not Rum, Rhum!

@thesaucyserver,
you'll never get anyone an either camp to admit this, but by and large, yes. Cachaca can only be made in Brazil, and Rhum Agricole is only of Martinique.

there is one other difference, Rhum is distilled to a much higher proof than Cachaca is. Rhum is typically distilled to between 160-180proof and then watered back(much like every other spirit in the world) and Cachaca is only distilled to between 110-140. The latter leaving much, much more character behind. Of course, in the wrong hands(or those looking to produce a very affordable product) that can lead to some pretty nasty, fiery Cachaca. This is where it's reputation as "gasoline" comes from. Well that and cars in Brazil CAN actually run on the stuff(remember they have a largely Ethanol based fuel infrastructure)!

Jul 24, 2011
nkeane in Features

Gin That's Actually Probably Vodka

Gin HAS to have Juniper(if even a tiny portion)in it to be called Gin. outside of that the botanicals can be anything. There are 5 generally agreed upon types/styles of Gin. They are: Dry English, Old Tom, Plymouth, New American, Sloe. Those are listed, by in large, in the predominance of juniper in their botanical bill. There is also Genever, which is a dutch spirit that predates English Gin, and has Malted barley as a base. Totally different and highly enjoyable spirit!

While the process varies based on whether the Gin is made in a pot still or a continuous(column)still, it is true none the less that the botanicals are added between distillations. To make it easy to understand, basically a "tea" is made with NGS(neutral grain spirit, ie. vodka.) that is around 190proof(95%ABV), then the product is redistilled to remove poisonous and highly volatile compounds that are harmful.

if you tried to infuse vodka at home with juniper, you are going to be one sick puppy!(unless you used some sort of industrial juniper extract or something).

so in conclusion, if the makers of Nolet's added one handful of juniper berries to a 100bbl. batch, they can technically call it Gin. Is it?(pssst. the answer is NO!)

Jul 24, 2011
nkeane in Features

Best Pizza in Portland

re:Pyro: of course. also good is WyEast. also a cart, a little more $ but a much larger pizza.

back to Apizza for a second.....if it's been a while since you have been, go back and try their new house made Canadian bacon! I highly recommend it(although not on the Pig & Pineapple pizza that is on the menu.....fruit on pizza is an abomination, and gets treated as nuclear waste.). have it added to a Margarita!

Jul 09, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Best Pizza in Portland

good to see someone get it right re: Apizza.

no one else in town is even playing the same game!? In fact, there are only a couple other places in the entire country that are worthy of mentioning in the same sentence with Apizza Scholls....and they are Pizzeria Bianco, Uno Napalitano, Sally's.

Jul 08, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Where to take a crowd?

Irving Street Kitchen has a back room that would/could accommodate your needs.

If places like Henry's and 50 Plates are on your radar(which, quality-wise, I wouldn't include) then I wouldn't overlook places like Red Star Tavern, Pazzo, or The Orignal even though they are attached to hotels.

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50 Plates
333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Red Star
503 SW Alder St., Portland, OR 97204

Jul 03, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Why is Foodie a nasty term?

"but more often than not people like her are the rule not the exception."

well, it kinda of would have to be more often than not to be a rule right?;-)

anyways, the thrust of what you are saying is pretty much what I think. Although I may have to downgrade how many people are like your SIL, it doesn't take very many to seem like a majority. I apply the 90/10 rule to "Foodie"......10% of people that use the term for self description make the other 90% look bad. Such is life.

Jul 03, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food

Beast or Castagna?

Castagna. easy pick.

also, I'm sure you know this, but please oh please, which ever you decide, make sure you call as soon as you know and cancel the reservation at the establishment that you will not be going to.

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Castagna
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Jun 27, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Itinerary review, please!

EaT- an oyster bar.

enjoy.

Jun 22, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

Dinner in Portland

Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Una Napoletano(ex-of NY, now in SF. Closer!!;-) )

Jun 15, 2011
nkeane in Metro Portland

BYOB and Liability

legally, perhaps.

morally, not so fast!....personally I ascribe to personal responsibility, so barring someone force feeding you Chianti all night, that guilt lies on you and you alone, buster!

morals: the idea that everyone else should behave a certain way.....your way.

Jun 12, 2011
nkeane in Not About Food