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I am a PhD student in Computer Science and a serious food geek.  In my spare time I hack food.  This blog documents my experiments, and what I had for dinner.  I use high-tech and molecular techniques to create new food experiences.  My cooking is hyperlocal and seasonal gastropub cuisine, comfort food elevated using modernist techniques.  I ♥ pork.

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Portland Oregon Travel Preparations

I'm heading to Portland Oregon, PDX, for the 2012 SIGIR conference.

If you're lucky, you'll have some time to explore the sights, and tastes of Portland when you attend theconference.  Here are some of my raw research notes.

Let me start with some references and reading material on Portland. 

Portland food links:
Go for a hike
Fine dining Restaurants:
Beast  (think meat!) 
Le Pigeon (think Paris!) and their new place (foie gras profiteroles!) Little Bird (another french bistro)
Portland is big into food trucks
Nong's Khao Man Gai, Koi Fusion, Wolf and Bear, Big A$ sandwich, Lardo
Good Food Here
Many are only open for lunch in downtown, so check their hours.  For late night nosh, check the east side of town (great after a night imbibing at one of the east side bars/pubs)
Mai Pho (lemongrass tofu over rice), Pyro Pizza and Give Pizza a Chance (same owner), and Sugar Cube for desert.
Top places to eat.
Ken and Zuke's Deli (think Portland's version of Katz's in NY)
People's Pig (a food truck serving lunch, famous for it's Porchetta sandwich, see serious eats coverage)
Pok Pok - Thai street food (get the drinking vinegar) - be prepared to wait, there is always a long line (think 1 to 1.5 hours.  Go across the street and wait at the whisky soda lounge), famous for its wings
Beaker and Flask (restaurant of the year by Willamette Week)
Ken's Artisan Pizza
Olympic Provisions - great lunch places known for salumi
The Meadow - Artisan chocolates and food
Bakeshop - artisan croissants and bakery
Salt and Straw - ice cream
Fine dining
Little BIrd
Toro Bravo 
Beast (James Beard nominated (winner?) chef Naomi Pomeroy makes killer meat.  I have a crush on her)
Le Pigeon
PSU Portland farmer's market (on Saturday)
Beaker and Flask (restaurant of the year by Willamette Week, awesome cocktails!)
Clyde Common (great food + drinks, casual, great for a group in downtown)
Rum Club
Coco Donut -- the locals prefer it to the more touristy Voodoo Donuts
ken's bakery
Must visit beer places:
Distillery Row
Clear Creek Distillery
Brewpubs to visit
Hopworks urban brewery  (classic portland - eco-brewpub -- bikes, beer, and great food)
Roots Organic brewpub
Top pubs / Bars
Bailey's Taproom (an icon)
Horse Brass (an icon)
Belmont Station
Beer Mongers
Green Dragon
See the Portland entries in 2012 top breweries in the world: http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/bestbrewers_012012.asp
Hair of the dog (the gold standard of portland breweries - best brewery in portland -- also has great food.  A must visit!)
Upright brewing company (hot new upcoming - just beer, in an hard to find location.  hard core beer geeks need apply)
Deschutes (large, popular standby)
Cascade Brewing (known for crazy sour beer!)
Breakside Brewery
Hopworks urban brewery
Gigantic Brewing
 -> brand new brewery just opened in may.
Rogue brewery is a hometime favorite --> their current Voodoo donut maple bacon beer is really unique
Must try beers
BridgePort IPA
Deschutes Bachelor Bitter
DOA, Hopworks
Consider for a simple beer walking tour:  cascade --> green dragon --> hair of the dog

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