PostHeaderIcon The Pic of the Week: Mayor Sam Adams & Lady Bunny!


SAY CHEESE WHIZ: As I had hoped, the photo I've been waiting finally dropped into my lap early Saturday morn.

It is from the Thursday night opening of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store off of West Burnside.

And it is of our very own Mayor Sam Adams (who presided over the MG+BW ribbon-cutting) and the most delicious drag queen ever, Lady Bunny, getting to know each other behind the turntables.

Gawd, I love this town.

And speaking of love, I love, love, love the VIP lounge MG+BW designed for Mercedes-Benz and Fashion Week NYC. Check out the swank space that is currently gracing Bryant Park below (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images North America).

Last Updated (Saturday, 13 February 2010 15:21)


PostHeaderIcon Late Shift: PDX Media Light Up Night at Departure.

NIGHT OWLS: Just because you work late doesn't mean you should miss out on all the fun, right? That was the idea behind Departure Restaurant's "special media tasting party" that didn't start until 10:30 pm and was created specifically for those members of the fourth estate who don't usually end their shift until the midnight hour. "Daytime" media was also encouraged to attend the event held at The Nines notable Asian eatery but most of the media folks sipping on high-flying cocktails and sakes, as well as nibbling on Chefs Matt Christianson and Jeremy Frice's house-pickled wild 'shrooms, Kobe meatballs with foie gras, miso black cod and “Kung Pao” style chicken oysters, were those dreamy news folks you stare at on your television screen right before you go to sleep including KATU's Craig Birnbach, Meghan Kalkstein, KGW sports-dudes Adam Bjaranson and Joe Becker, FOX's Sophie Soong, Andrew Padula, Brent Weisberg, and Jim Hyde pictured above with KOIN's Kelley Day.

Last Updated (Friday, 12 February 2010 17:23)


PostHeaderIcon Bed Hopping With Lady Bunny: NYC's Fiercest Drag Queen Spins Her Stuff in Brewery Blocks.

BUNNY HUTCH: Watching the one and only Lady Bunny—yes, THAT LADY BUNNY—take a bite into a bacon donut from Voodoo Doughnuts right before my very eyes...well, It was just too good for words. Although Lady B did say to me: "I'm not going to actually eat the bacon...that would be cannibalism." A cross between Miss Piggy and Joey Heatherton—and one of the Big Apple's most notorious and notable drag performers—Lady Bunny was in town to DJ for the grand re-opening of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Wiliams home furnishings store on Southwest 11th and West Burnside. Now, if you thought that Brewery Blocks boutique was was, but only for a brief time. In fact, Gold and Williams themselves decided to re-open the Portland outlet as their own, rather than have someone else do the heavy lifting (i.e.: a franchisee). The grand re-opening was a benefit for the Q Center and included, what was I told, an appearance by Mayor Sam Adams. I wish I could've seen Bunny take a bite out of Sam, but unfortunately I had to race off to another event (hence the pre-party photos of Bunny and Williams—Gold couldn't make it due to the East Coast Snowmaggedon—and my lack of being able to grab one of their adorable swag bags).

Last Updated (Friday, 12 February 2010 15:06)


PostHeaderIcon Ragin' Cajun: Cooking for Kids At Simpatica Dining Hall.

CAJUN SENSATIONS: Morrison Child and Family Service's delicious "Cooking For Kids" program—where Portland's best eating establishments turn out tasty dishes in support of this worthwhile organization—did the near impossible last night: pair sizzling Southern comfort food with subtle Northwest wines. It all took place at Southeast's Simpatica Dining Hall (the meal was a collaboration with sister restaurant Laurelhurst Market) where Chef Benjamin Dyer was more than up to the challenge with a menu that included cajun barbecue shrimp, chicory salad with braised tasso, andouille and duck confit gumbo and choco-cinnamon beignets. The spicy vittles were paired perfectly with Scott Paul Wines, including a 2007 La Paulee Pinot Noir. On a cold and windy night the hand-crafted cajun courses (which diners witnessed being created in Simpatica's spacious kitchen) hit just the right tone for a post-Superbowl, pre-Fat Tuesday mid-week meal.


PostHeaderIcon Beaus and Eros: It Must Be Time for Feb.'s Salon Q!

Q CUTIES: Valentine's came a few days early and landed smack dab in the middle of the monthly mixer known as Salon Q. Held Tuesday night at downtown's The Original Dinerant, the room was full of cute guys sipping on even cuter cocktails all over the multi-level space. Oh, Cupid, you worked overtime last night, didn't you?

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