Maya Lovelace of Mae is Opening a New Restaurant

Fried Chicken at Mae's in Portland
Photo credit: Mae website.

Mae’s superstar fried chicken—lard is your friend!

This morning Maya Lovelace of Mae fame sent out an email announcing her next project: she’s opening a restaurant. The plan is to open in spring 2018; she is not revealing the restaurant’s name just yet, but rest assured that the food with be Southern comfort.

The majority of the project’s details are private but she did share these tidbits: Continue reading “Maya Lovelace of Mae is Opening a New Restaurant”

Fire at the Food Carts

Well, another day, another fire. I saw the news this evening on The Oregonian—two food carts in downtown Portland (SW First Avenue and Columbia Street) went up in flames and were totally destroyed. The cause? “A food cart employee filled a generator with gasoline and the gasoline spilled,” according to Portland Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Capt. Louisa Jones. But the detail missing from that statement is that the person was filling the generator with gas… while the generator was running. The gas spilled, there was an explosion, a fire, and the rest is history.

This is a very costly mistake. The Lai Thai and The Greek Gods Gyro food carts are totally gone; the Taqueria So Mexican cart survived. The fire spread and damaged about 10 cars.  I am hopeful that all involved had insurance, too. On the bright side, nobody was hurt. Check the Oregonian for a compilation of tweeted photos from the scene.

Portland Area CSA Coalition is Hiring

Vegetables and fruit from a CSA share

A CSA bounty is a beautiful thing.

Over the weekend I got an email from the Portland Area CSA Coalition (PACSAC),  a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to to promoting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the Portland area, about a job opening in their organization. The position they are hiring for is Program Director (part time) and it pays $14.75 – $16.75 per hour, plus paid time off; schedule is flexible within the 20 hours per week the job demands. Continue reading “Portland Area CSA Coalition is Hiring”

Sizzle Pie Will Move Into Old Hollywood Atomic Pizza Spot

Sizzle Pie's logo

Out with the old pizza, in with the new.

I’m currently out of town on a “working vacation,” but I still got the news via email from the neighborhood that Sizzle Pie is moving into the old Atomic Pizza space next door to the Hollywood Theatre. Their Instagram account confirms their arrival in late October, and a renovation. Continue reading “Sizzle Pie Will Move Into Old Hollywood Atomic Pizza Spot”

Good News: Reo’s Ribs Will Return


Reo’s Ribs—all boarded up but will open eventually.

This week I read an update on Reo’s Ribs by the Hollywood Star. They report that “plans are underway” to restore the building that was home to the most aromatic restaurant in the neighborhood. I miss the smell of barbecue as I walk by, and I feel bad that the building burned and forced Reo to temporarily stop operations this past May. So I’m heartened by the news that he’ll be back and that progress on repairing the building is going well. Continue reading “Good News: Reo’s Ribs Will Return”