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Friday, September 25, 2015

Breakfast + Lunch Guide 2015

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Sparrow Bakery - ANNELIE KAHN
  • Annelie Kahn
  • Sparrow Bakery

As Bend continues to grow, so too does its food scene. And while dinner tends to get all the attention, we think breakfast and lunch are equally worthy of celebration.

Think about it: Eating breakfast for dinner is a thing. Dinner for breakfast? Not so much. That is, unless you’re eating last night’s pizza. (Always a solid option.)

But if you’re craving cardamom French toast, biscuits and gravy, or a classic Rueben, come this way. Let us guide you through Central Oregon’s remarkably diverse array of dining options for the daylight hours.

And because those first meals of the day aren’t necessarily going to be at a fancy table, with cloth napkins and mood lighting—we included sections for coffee shops and food carts. (We see you with the breakfast bagel answering email on your laptop.) We also included some suggestions for which spots are most kid—or dog—friendly and which would be good for a lunch meeting.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go forth and brunch!

Browse our breakfast and lunch listings HERE, or flip through the guide below.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

PSA: Eat Free Donuts on National Donut Day

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Mmm...donuts. - ERIN ROOK
  • Erin Rook
  • Mmm...donuts.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming with this important message: It's National Donut Day. 

Now, we know all these days are often marketing ploys to promote a product—in this case, deep fried dough with frosting, filling, sprinkles, and other delicious accompaniments. But we are nothing if not hungry. And on this particular day, at least one local donut shop is prepared to assist the donut-deprived masses.

Sweetheart Donuts (210 SE 3rd St.) is giving out free donuts today (one per person) until 2 pm, or until they sell out.

Plus, the local donut shop says the National Donut Day has its roots in a patriotic tradition (and who are we to argue with patriotism?).
We invite you to join us as we help celebrate National Donut Day and honor the “Donut Lassies” who served traditional cake donuts to soldiers during World War I.

Founded in 1938 in the City of Chicago, National Doughnut Day is actually a patriotic remembrance of a time when Salvation Army volunteers handed out doughnuts on the front lines to soldiers. When the soldiers came home they brought their nostalgic donut memories with them fueling the donut industry as we know it today.

The donut continues to be a comfort food served by the Salvation Army to those in need during times of disaster.
You don't say. We'll eat (donuts) to that!

Have you heard of other shops giving a way free donuts? Let us know in the comments.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cocktail Compass—Winter 2015

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM

In our current edition of the Cocktail Compass, we have added a Beer Booklet; starting on page 19. In past issues, these guides have been more about a list of venues and happy hours. But we recognize your hunger (thirst?) for more—and we’re here to give you a double shot of information this time around. View the PDF below or download the app for iPhone or Android.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Bonta gelato confession!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM


With no prompting whatsoever, Jeff Labhart from Bonta Gelato dropped by our offices yesterday to drop off four pints of gelato. Yes, we feel as if we must have done something right!

I am writing this as a confession that I squirreled away the Dulce de Leche with Sea Salt for myself - and have scarfed the entire pint over the past two afternoons. But the rest of the office doesn't to notice/mind, as they are fixated on the Strawberry Balsamic and Almond Vanilla Bourbon Pecan. "It's pretty much the best thing to ever happen to balsamic vinegar," exclaimed our Office Manager Kayja Buhmann.


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thump Coffee Heats Up

Posted By on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The Thump Coffee roastery at NW Bond St. and NW Franklin Ave. isnt open to the public yet--maybe soon, though.
  • Dave Cantor
  • The Thump Coffee roastery and brew bar at NW Bond St. and NW Franklin Ave. isn't open to the public yet—maybe soon, though.

A new sign popped up recently in the shopping center at NW Bond St. and NW Franklin Ave. next to Amanda's Mexican Cuisine. It reads, "Thump Coffee: roastery & brew bar."

The sign's a bit misleading, though. The new Thump location isn't a place to grab a cup of coffee—yet. Thump's general manager Dan Baumann said, however, they've been roasting at the location since January.

"We have people stopping in everyday looking for a cup of coffee," he said, adding that there's a misconception about Thump's cafe about a block away at 25 NW Minnesota Ave. closing. It won't.

Continue reading »

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

What Does A Frisbee Have to Do With Pie?

Posted By on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Frisbees were invented by alumni from my small Vermont college. While there were famous alumni and authors from the school, the addition of frisbee to American culture was a certain point of pride for the school. There was even a statute of a giant Great Dane leaping with a frisbee in his mouth on campus (and, oddly, the artists decided to include giant genitellia for the very-male dog, and created a late-night tradition of rubbing the dog's balls for good luck.)

The story behind the frisbee is that some then-students were road tripping across the country one summer, and broke down in Montana. Stranded and waiting for help, the boys devoured a pie, which they had picked up at one of the nearby restaurants. The pie was from the Frisbee Pie Company, and as they tossed the tin around began shouting "frisbee, frisbee."

We just thought you should know.

Wednesday is deadline for our Pie-Off. Submit your favorite recipe to We will select the three favorite, and offer them to submit real-baked pies for review on Monday, November 11 at Broken Top Bottle Shop, 7 pm.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

What Bad Has Ever Come From Pie?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Oh sure, perhaps there have been some poisoned pies sent to enemies in the Middle Ages, but really, I would hazarded that 99.9% of the time a pie has been baked, it has brought joy.

There are a few days left for our Pie-Off: Submit a recipe to, and we will select three recipes for our holiday pie-off, and for the title of BEST PIE IN CENTRAL OREGON.

Deadline for entry is: Wednesday, November 6.

Judging wil happen on Monday, November 11 at Broken Top Bottle Shop. 7 pm.

For additional reading about the world wide worthiness of pie, check out The World Needs More Pie blog.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The seeds of Bob Marley

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

My goodness: Bob Marley spread his seed—and Bend continues to benefit (?).
Sure, there was Ziggy Marley here this summer. Now, his (less musically talented?, but former linebacker) son is selling his coffee at the local Safeway.
Rohan Marley is the Bob Marley of coffee, so to speak: Marley Coffee is what the p.r. person calls “an international, gourmet, ethically farmed, coffee company with over 6,000 retail locations in 10 countries-from Europe, to cities across the US, to South Africa, and to Asia. And most recently, at Safeway here in Bend! Marley Coffee is stirring it up.”
We found this vaguely interesting.
What we found more interesting is, like father, like son: Although married and with two children with his legal wife (one who is currently a linebacker for Tulane), Rohan is referred to by Lauryn Hill as “her husband” and has five children with him!
We sure hope he is paying his taxes on the coffee beans.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

BREAKING! U.S. Eclipsed by Mexico as Fattest Country

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 3:18 PM

  • Flickr via Joe13

Yep. It's true. As another can of Coke was drained, and another McRib consumed, Mexico's adult obesity rate hit the 32.8% mark, narrowly eclipsing the U.S. obesity rate of 31.8%, according to a United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) report. The news, as reported by Huffington Post and others, makes Mexico the fattest populated country in the Northern Hemisphere.

What's sad is U.S. foods are the likely culprits behind Mexico's growing waistline. It's not pickled vegetables and corn tortillas that are to blame—it's the same sugary sodas and high-fat, high-sugar overly-processed junk that's made the rest of the world so unhealthy. That and a marked decrease in activity levels—also an American phenomenon, but one that's been emulated elsewhere. Further, and like U.S. obesity, in Mexico the fat follows the poor, who are increasingly turning to inexpensive fast "food" for sustenance, rather than to the local supermarket or produce stand.

But! No such problems in Bend (?) At least not according to my somewhat-overweight father who, upon visiting from his home in Tennessee (a state often associated with obesity), always comments on how he's the only "fat person" in Oregon. Wrong! Oregon is as fat as states like Tennessee and Georgia.

Turns out Oregon needs more veggies and exercise.
  • Turns out Oregon needs more veggies and exercise.

I doubt Bend contributes to Oregon's high obesity rate. And so does my 70-year-old father. If only the rest of the world had the recreational opportunities and access to fresh, whole foods (and the money to enjoy both) that we do...(sigh).

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spending to Support

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

When eating food can be an act of support and civil pride, heck yes, count me as an activist!

All day today (Thursday) eating at several establishments around Bend earns money for Basic Right Oregon, the organization that is managing the ballot initiative for same-sex marriage (look for a more complete article in the upcoming issue).

In Bend: Broken Top Bottle Shop, Pizza Mondo, Strictly Organic and Sparrow Bakery all are supporting Bites for Rights.

Stop by.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Worst Wedding Toast EVER

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I just spent the weekend in Maine at a very elegant wedding. Every toast was well crafted and simultaneously heartfelt. Of course, though, we had to share our "worst toasts" stories.
My story about my friend's grandfather (drunkeningly) confess an affair usually wins, but this time it was blown out of the water.
Some Boston friends had attended a cruise ship wedding - which, yes, is as awfully claustraphobic as it sounds.
On the final night, the bride's uncle pulled out a drink recipe from his wallet and presented it to the bartender, who he asked and graciously paid for the round. The drink? The recipe that he carries in his wallet? "The Wet Pussy." Yes, you read that right. Kahlua, whole milk and whipped cream. Once everyone had one in hand, he gave a toast that his niece's, well, her puddy-cat, would never be dry.
Worst toast ever! (Epilogue: The marriage last less than a year.)
Expect much better at next weekend's Mixology, when Minnesota Avenue is closed down for cocktail tastings.
And, yes, we are still soliciting your drink recipes for free tickets to the event. Send them to me, ""

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Amanda's is the New El Caporal West

Same but different.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:07 AM


You may have seen the above sign and thought, "what happened to El Cap?"

Well, nothing, really. Other than a new sign and maybe a menu-update, which is not yet complete. Their Facebook page says: "still working in our menu though, have the same good old one right now." We suppose that means, "new menu items to come, but for now we're serving the same old stuff."

A phone call to the venerable Mexican restaurant revealed little. We were told that Amanda's is owned and operated by the same folks and, for now, has the same menu.

Okay. You're welcome for that.

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