Food Writers and Women Chefs in Portland – Eat Their Delicious Food, Then Write About It

Lemon Souffle Cake at Maurice, Portland, OR

The magical Lemon-Soufflé Pudding Cake at Måurice in downtown Portland.

Earlier this week, Esquire published an article by Amanda Cohen, executive chef and owner of NYC’s Dirt Candy, one of the most influential vegetable-focused restaurants in the US. In the article, I’ve Worked in Food for 20 Years. Now You Finally Care About Female Chefs?, Cohen expresses anger and frustration at the media for this: “Women may not have value as chefs, but as victims we’re finally interesting!” Continue reading “Food Writers and Women Chefs in Portland – Eat Their Delicious Food, Then Write About It”

First Look: Sizzle Pie Hollywood

Sizzle Pie's sandwich board

When they mean open late, they mean open late—til 4am Friday and Saturday, 3am the rest of the week.

Yesterday was the first day Sizzle Pie Hollywood was open (soft opening), so we headed over for some slices—and to check out the space. Turns out they didn’t do any kind of major overhaul, but the place feels more spacious, fresher, neater. I was told that it took about a month and half to get it all spruced up. Continue reading “First Look: Sizzle Pie Hollywood”

Goodbye Weekend Breakfast Sandwiches at Fleur de Lis

Bacon, Cheddar, and tomato egg sandwich

The excellent egg-cheddar-bacon-tomato breakfast sandwich at Fleur de Lis.

I was at Fleur de Lis last weekend and learned a few things that were new to me that I thought I’d pass on. First, in case you were unaware, the bakery/cafe has been under new management for several months now and adjustments have been ongoing. Along with the new manager they’ve had some staff turnover, too. And the large, memorable piece of furniture that served as a kind of bar near the front of the dining room is no longer being used in the cafe space. Fun fact: that furniture was from the original library that occupied that building before they vacated to the new one that is a block away. Continue reading “Goodbye Weekend Breakfast Sandwiches at Fleur de Lis”

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”

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”