Oregon City: The Highland Stillhouse

  When I was last in Portland, I actually stayed in Oregon City the first couple of nights. I was taking my WSET Spirits Level 2 exam and there were a couple of… Continue reading

PDX: Dinner at Canard

  One of my favorite restaurants in Portland is Le Pigeon. I was heading there when I found out they have a new spot, Canard which is in the same building. Oh yeah,… Continue reading

PDX: Meatball Banh Mi at Lardo

  One day in Portland, I decided I would just put in Downtown as my destination and go to the first place that looked good. I had a chatty ride share driver who… Continue reading

PDX: There’s More Than Chicken at Nong’s Khao Man Gai

I’ve been to Portland a bunch of times and I always try to make it to Nong’s Khao Man Gai. I hadn’t been though in 5 years and was missing the Thai chicken… Continue reading

PDX: Happy Hour at Lechon

  When I was off to Portland, one of my good friends practically ordered me to Lechon. She said the octopus was the best she ever had. I had just landed and eaten… Continue reading

PDX: Quick Lunch from Food Cart Thai Champa

  I was staying at the Jupiter Hotel (one of my favorite hotels in Portland) when I walked by Thai Champa. I got so much food, I asked if they thought I could… Continue reading

PDX: Happy Hour at Revelry

  While in Portland, I got a tip to check out Revelry. I happened upon it after my tour at Westward Whiskey so I decided to stop in for happy hour. When I… Continue reading

PDX: Ramen and Dumplings at Afuri

  Afuri opened in Portland because of their water supply. It’s their first US branch. When I checked out Portland, I knew this was the first stop during my nearly week-long vacation. They… Continue reading

Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET): What’s it like to be certified in Spirits?

  Several years ago, the film SOMM came out and it made a huge impression on me. While I never thought about being certified in wine, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to… Continue reading

SGV: Dim Sum at Tang Gong

  Tang Gong recently opened in Monterey Park, taking over an old dim sum palace space that had been closed for less than a year. The renovations include a rather gaudy looking dining… Continue reading