Beaverton is unofficially known as the Portland area’s Little Korea. Roughly a dozen or so Korean restaurants sit within a small distance from one another, giving diners a veritable cavalcade of options should a craving for kimchi or bulgogi strike them. But just as Korean food has transcended the borders of Little Korea, so too has it transcended its own traditional boundaries. Today, besides traditional Korean restaurants, you’ll find inventive and envelope-pushing spins on the cuisine, whether it’s a taco joint serving Korea’s famous marinated beef in a tortilla or an American-style burger spot substituting patties for Korean meats and toppings. In and beyond Little Korea, from nondescript strip-mall restaurants to funky food carts, Korean food is plentiful in metropolitan Portland.Read More
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Bryan Steelman never would have been inspired to open his restaurant, ¿Por Qué No?, if he hadn’t experienced a life-changing meal in a small Mexican town. And he would never have experienced that life-changing meal if the leaky gas tank in his boat hadn’t left him stranded on the beaches of Mexico. With only a backpack and a “why not?” philosophy, Bryan wandered inland to Morelia, where a lively meal inspired his eureka moment. The flavors of the food, the vibrant colors of the restaurant, and the energy and unpretentious vibe of the people all inspired him to make a major change to his life’s plan. “Literally, I took a bite and I said, ‘I’m going to open a taqueria when I get home,’” he told _The Oregonian_ in 2009. And thus ¿Por Qué No? was born, his best replica of that fateful meal with a few Pacific Northwest twists, such as recycled furniture and meats and produce from local farms. Toast a Mexican Coke or michelada cocktail to the chain of events that landed this welcoming, sustainable joint in the middle of Portland.Read More
Although Walter Cole came to drag relatively late in life—first trying out women's clothing in his late 30s—he hasn't let that slow down his drag persona, Darcelle XV. She's been strutting across the stage in a foot-high blond bouffant wig since the 1970s, delighting and titillating audiences along her way to becoming the West Coast's oldest female impersonator. Her nationally known drag cabaret troupe, Darcelle & Company, makes its home in Portland. At Darcelle XV Showplace, Roxy LeRoy—Cole's longtime partner—choreographs revues starring 12 fellow drag queens, including former Miss Gay Portland Summer Lynn Seasons, the needs-no-introduction Liza, and Felicity “The Electricity” Carmichaels, who should be thanked daily for having such a fun name. Check out their performances Wednesday through Saturday, or head to some of Portland’s other landmark gay destinations for drinks, dancing, and Underwear Nights.Read More