The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon | Issue Archives | Mar 24, 2011
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  • Mar 24-30, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 12



  • Editorial
  • Five-Star Gourmet Straight Poop at Fast-Food Prices

    Monday, March 14 Staring into the abyss: Japan fears nuclear disaster as explosion damages reactor and radiation levels rise ... Really lousy timing: Aflac fires Gilbert Gottfried as voice of the Aflac duck after he tweets lame jokes like: "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them" ... Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour fires aide for joking that Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay" isn't popular in Japan right now ... Royals gotta stick together: Saudi Arabia sends troops into neighboring Bahrain as royal family asks for help to quell uprising ... Nothing like an open mind: National Rifle Association boss Wayne LaPierre refuses to meet with President Obama. "Why should I or the NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?" he says ... Surprisingly, this did not happen in Arizona: During discussion about shooting feral swine from helicopters, Kansas State Rep. Virgil Peck suggests using same tactic on illegal immigrants. He later says it was a joke. Maybe he should be a writer for Gilbert Gottfried.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Remembering Romero

    During his recent trip to Latin America, President Obama paid homage to the assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero, an El Salvadoran hero famous for standing with the poor during the war-torn 1980s. Oscar Romero was assassinated while giving mass 31 years ago this week.


  • Book Talk
  • WRite - Moving On

    I began wRite almost two years ago. I envisioned it as a Rite - a community Rite. I invited Bend writers, poets, writing teachers, writing organizations, local bookstores and those of us who have to transcribe what's in our minds on cocktail napkins, bus tickets, and any other paper that is in range, to be part of the ritual. I asked you to send me press releases, announcements of poetry slams, readings and your own words. Almost no one responded. A one-person ritual can become nothing but obsession. I've run out of things to write about writing, except for this: If you want to write, pick up a pen and paper and begin. Write enough that your mind and muscles remember how to move. When you can't imagine a day without writing, switch to the computer. Forget about whether or not you'll find an agent. A publisher. Just fuckin' write.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Hail Caesar! In search of Central Oregon's best Caesar salad

    My quest for the best Caesar salad in Bend began on a whim. I have always loved Caesars, but ordering one in an unfamiliar restaurant is like stopping at a random truck stop for a burger: Probably not a good idea, but you could discover a gem.
  • Chow
  • Little Bites: Sample Platter - Los Agaves, Bond Street Grill and Boken

    Los Agaves A new amigo on the block, Los Agaves Mexican Grill in downtown Sisters has ignited the area's restaurant scene with an inventive take on familiar, south-of-the-border fare. Sporting the flowering green agave plant on their signs and menus, the famous herb from which tequila is derived, owner and head chef Jimmy Fernandez welcomes old friends and customers with his trademark grin and hospitality. A quick glance at the lunch menu showed ten items priced between $6 and $7 and choices from Carnitas De Puerco, Chorizo Con Huevos, Quesadillas De Pollo or Tacos De Pescado with fresh Mahi fish. All lunches include two side orders and homemade chips with family recipe salsa. Agaves also offers a daily happy hour, Mon - Fri, that runs from 2-6pm with small plates, including Jimmy's special nachos for just $4.
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  • Chow
  • Hail Caesar! In search of Central Oregon's best Caesar salad

    My quest for the best Caesar salad in Bend began on a whim. I have always loved Caesars, but ordering one in an unfamiliar restaurant is like stopping at a random truck stop for a burger: Probably not a good idea, but you could discover a gem. Now there are great Caesars (think crisp romaine lettuce, lemony dressing with the slightest hint of anchovy and crunchy sourdough croutons), but also really bad ones (think huge pieces of rusty-edge iceberg lettuce, thick, goopy dressing and croutons that may leave you with one less molar). Unfortunately, because of this salad's surge in popularity, even the word Caesar is slightly nebulous. After ordering several mediocre Caesar salads (twice at the same restaurant because I had forgotten that I had already tried it), I decided to keep a log of my Caesar experiences. I developed a rating system that took into account several variables, such as whether or not the restaurant uses raw egg, whether the salad incorporates the controversial anchovy, the quality of the croutons and, most importantly, the authenticity of the dressing.
  • Beer & Drink
  • A New Moon

    A departure from the brew news and reviews this week to offer a congratulations to Silver Moon founder Tyler Reichert who along with his wife, Renee, celebrated the birth of their first child this past week. Reichert, who started Silver Moon as a home brew shop and tasting room off Division Street a decade ago, is the father of a bouncing baby girl, who as of our press deadline was still without a formal.


  • Film
  • Ignore the Silliness and Enjoy the Ride: Limitless provides good popcorn-gorging entertainment

    Limitless plays havoc with the old adage that most people use just 10 to 20 percent of their brain. But what if the other 80 or 90 percent were suddenly made available? Interested in what might happen? Thought so. Broke, facing extreme writer's block and rejected by his girlfriend, deadbeat New York writer Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is convinced that he has no future. Things change quickly when a shifty figure from his past introduces him to NZT, a new synthetic drug that enhances mental abilities. Immediately after popping a clear little pill, Eddie's neurons get turbocharged. Stoked on NZT, Eddie rises to the top of the financial world. He attracts the attention of tycoon Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), who believes he can use Eddie to make a fortune. But Eddie also suffers from terrible withdrawal side effects, a dwindling supply and bad decisions (including Russian mob involvement) that threaten to destroy his future.
  • Film
  • He Ain't ET: Paul effectively smashes Hollywood's alien stereotypes

    When it comes down to it, with a movie like Paul, only one thing truly matters: that it makes you laugh. Were there times when you laughed out loud? And the true test of a film like Paul, did you laugh consistently through the whole film, or were most of the jokes wasted in the preview? Remember that in a dorky stoner comedy, technical details don't really impact your enjoyment of the film, as long as the movie makes you laugh.
  • Film Events
  • Shades of Gray: Pokemon Black/White delivers, but doesn't dazzle

    During a lifetime of playing videogames, I've learned quite a few things about myself. I've learned that I'm remarkably good at planning military defenses. I'm a disastrous drug dealer. Never, ever ask me to drive the getaway car. The killer inside me prefers a knife to a gun. And most recently, by playing Pokémon Black/White, I discovered that I'm still a ten-year-old at heart. Adulthood, you haven't taken me yet! I was thrilled when my otter-like Oshawott evolved - all whirling double helixes and sparkles - into a sleek, feline Dewott. I felt clever when I went ahead of the game and caught a Pokémon that gave me an advantage in an upcoming battle. I was suitably impressed by the movement of the creatures when they fought. (They've never been animated before.) And yeah, I pored over my Pokémon collection, trying to complete the whole thing.
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  • Bent
  • The Traveling Camera: Patagonia

    We drove into  the little service town of El Chalten late one afternoon in March. The day was overcast and you could not see much besides some brown hills and a few hotels, restaurants and wood-paneled houses.
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  • Bent
  • Bend Bike Film Fest Seeks Entries

    The Bend Bicycle Film Festival organizers announced today that they are officially accepting submissions for this year’s event, which will take place Friday, May 6 at the Tower Theatre. The festival, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Central Oregon Trail Alliance and the Bend Endurance Academy, is now in its third year.
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