New whiskey bar is a homey addition to downtown
Without seeing the menu or drink list, it is apparent from first glance that Stihl—the newest addition to downtown's drinking smorgasbord in Franklin's Crossing—is a whiskey bar. The decor is a warm blend of earth tones and copper, bathed in soft yellow light.
Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America provides unbeatable variety, on tap and in the box
Despite being one of the oldest craft breweries in existence (its first batch of Pale Ale was brewed in November 1980), no one can accuse Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of stagnation. For the past several years, the craft giant (a macro-micro?)
Chef Bethlyn Rider shifts into high gear with Global Fusion food truck
On the heels of a successful career as executive chef at Broken Top Bottle Shop (note: winner of 2014's Best Of Central Oregon for Vegetarian Food), Bethlyn Rider is branching out on her own with Bethlyn's Global Fusion Farm to Street Food Truck. Drawing inspiration from the film The Chef, Rider says she felt constrained by the limitations of the BTBS kitchen (without a gas stove, she says, she couldn't fry, sauté or do quick orders) and was ready to spread her wings.
Navigating Bend Brewfest
As the biggest beer event of the summer, Bend Brewfest should be a can't-miss for local beer fans and tourists. Unlike most beer events, Brewfest has multiple personalities—and just a little local knowledge combined with common sense should guarantee a fantastic—and productive—time at the event.
Deschutes Brewery continues French fry special with locally sourced poutine
The art of the drunk snack is a trickier science than it would seem at first blush, even in a town like Bend where brewery food is at the base of the food pyramid. It's got to be salty for sure, and while a bag of BBQ Ridges or a basket of chicken wings does the trick, for the craft beer drinker with a slightly higher-grade palate, brewery menus can be a massive disappointment with more of the same bland burgers and shoestring French fries.
Exploding bottles and a weak collaboration bring out summertime blues
Normally a reliable brewery, 10 Barrel's summer seasonals are creating a headache. The recent recall of Swill was actually a welcome surprise for consumers.
Laughing Planet opens in Bend
It's about time Bend got a Laughing Planet. The Portland-based healthful food chain, beloved by Portlanders and Eugenians (is that right?
Inspiration, tribute, and mystery in a bottle
When an artist loses a loved one, feelings are expressed through the art. Poems and books written; drawings and paintings created; music made.
Taking plant-based burgers to the next level
Vegetarian burgers, while still deemed oxymoronic by the meat-loving masses, have come a long way since the patties first found their way to commercial markets about two decades ago, when what had previously been "hippie food" sidestepped into the mainstream. And yet, most sit-down burger joints have just one version (if any) available, and only one national fast-food burger chain offers them (tip of the crown to Burger King).
How much more "Northwest" can it get?
Some say Bing and others claim Rainier, but 10 Barrel added a third option to cherry season: Beer No. 1. As the first of a new series, Beer No. 1 is a sour brown ale aged with cherries, and it's a winner.
Meet the new Thai place, Orchid Thai, pretty much the same as the old Thai place
The name change for Orchid Thai along the outer reaches of downtown Bend does not seem to mean a décor change—it is still paper umbrellas, fake flowers, and delicate Asian artwork. Nor has the menu seemed to change much—which isn't really good or bad; just something in-between.