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This Week In Portland Food News: An Ice Cream Shop, Two New Breweries, and A Bakery

December 9, 2022 Edition
December 9, 2022
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The ice cream brand Cosmic Bliss is bringing frosty goodness to the Pearl District. (Cosmic Bliss)
This week, the Eugene-based ice cream maker Cosmic Bliss debuts its Pearl District scoop shop, two new breweries arrive, and the sushi favorite Fish and Rice makes a triumphant return. Plus, the bakery Milk Money slings small-batch treats, and Magna Kusina chef Carlo Lamagna announces an upcoming venture in Beaverton. Read on for all of that and more essential culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

13 Coins Coffee House Add to a List
Seattle's famed 24-hour dining den 13 Coins, known for its swanky black booths and high-backed leather chairs, expanded to the Vancouver waterfront on November 17. The new "coffeehouse" outpost is located inside Hotel Indigo and features coffee from Seattle-based Caffe D'arte Coffee Roasters.
Vancouver
Pickup, dine-in

Cosmic Bliss Scoop Shop Add to a List
The Eugene-based ice cream brand Cosmic Bliss (formerly Coconut Bliss) debuted Add to a List its new flagship scoop shop in the Pearl District on Thursday. The location serves up both grass-fed and plant-based ice cream, with flavors such as peanut butter blitz, twisted cookie dough, strawberry lemon shortbread, sea salt caramel chocolate, and sweet cherry amaretto, plus shakes, cookie sandwiches, ice cream bars, and other treats.
Pearl District
Pickup, dine-in

Fish and Rice Add to a List
Rejoice: The counter-serve sushi joint Fish and Rice, which has been beset by break-ins and other hardships and announced its subsequent closure on November 1, reopened on December 1 due to the outpouring of support it received from fans. An Instagram post states, "Your cries of despair have been heard & we’re gonna grant y’all this one holiday miracle. So plz stop banging on our glass, it scares the fish."
Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Gigantic Hawthorne Pub Add to a List
The comic book-inspired brewery Gigantic Brewing launched its all-ages Hawthorne pub toward the end of November. The new spot serves a hearty European-inspired menu, with dishes like Danish pork sandwiches and loaded tots.
Sunnyside
Pickup, dine-in

Milk Money Add to a List
Pastry chef Jess da Silva recently unveiled this new small-batch bakery in the former Cafe Reina space, serving baked goods like macarons, ham and Gruyere croissants, and wildflower honey sea salt pie (with honey she harvests herself from her own beehives!).
King
Pickup, dine-in

Willamette Valley Vineyards Add to a List
The Turner-based winery opened a new tasting room and restaurant in Happy Valley on December 1. 
Happy Valley
Pickup, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

Magna Kubo Add to a List
Exciting news for the new year: Magna Kusina Add to a List chef Carlo Lamagna plans to open a new restaurant called Magna Kubo, inspired by the lechonerías of the Phillipines, on Southwest Broadway Street in Beaverton in March 2023.
Beaverton

Pacific Standard Add to a List
And something else to look forward to: Star bartenders Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin Amberg, best known for their tenures at the influential Clyde Common Add to a List , will open a second location of their new-ish bar Pacific Standard Add to a List in Salem in February.
Salem

CLOSURES

Kenny & Zuke's Add to a List
The downtown Jewish delicatessen Kenny & Zuke's will shutter its Ace Hotel location after its final service on December 18. However, all is not lost: the business plans to reopen in a smaller location in North Portland on New Year's Day.
Downtown

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Rogue Creamery blue cheese served at the White House
Oregon food enjoyed a moment in the spotlight last week, as Rogue Creamery Add to a List 's award-winning Rogue River Blue cheese was served for a meal at the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte. Sales for the local cheese have skyrocketed as a result of the publicity.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Portland's Winter Ale Fest Add to a List
Settle in with a range of cozy winter ales on tap at the Pine Street Taproom. You'll get to try a dozen samples and get your own festive keepsake glass.
Pine Street Market, 11 am-9 pm

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

North Portland Winter Beer Festival Add to a List
The Tiny Bubble Room will offer a wide range of wintry brews, including "big beers, vintage beers, holiday beers, and holiday flavors." The lineup will feature uniquely festive beers such as Threshold Holiday Bubble Cranberry Tart, Fremont Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb, and Reuben’s Apple Pie Reuben Claus.
Tiny Bubble Room, 12-11 pm

SUNDAY

Holiday Vegan Night Market Portland 2022 Add to a List
Bop around to tunes by DJ Fabulous Ross Vegas in your most festive Christmas sweater and check out booths from over 65 local vegan restaurants, pop-ups, small businesses, nonprofits, and grassroots organizations. Plus, participate in a raffle for the Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team, snap some photo booth pics, and partake in boozy and zero-proof beverages at the "Drink Up Grinches Bar," curated by Sarah Motter of Epif.
The Redd on Salmon, 2-8 pm

How Have You Bean? Add to a List
Celebrate all things beans at this event hosted in collaboration with Wellspent Market, Slow Food PDX, and La Merenda Farm. The market will honor the humble legume with heirloom beans for sale, bean zines, bean dishes, appearances from bean growers, a warm pot of beans prepared by bean expert Jim Dixon, and other festivities. You'll also get a chance to learn about agriculture and how to grow your own beans.
Wellspent Market, 1-4 pm

Old Pal Artisan Market Add to a List
Browse handmade wares, including ceramics, linens, leather goods, perfumes, pantry goods, and more, from 10 local vendors. You'll also get a chance to say goodbye to the boutique pastry studio Sweetheart St. Johns, which will host its last-ever pop-up. Plus, the event will offer beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages, and an oyster bar.
Old Pal, 10 am-3 pm

WED-SAT THROUGH DEC 25

Miracle at Deadshot Add to a List  
In 2014, New York bar owner Greg Boehm temporarily transformed his space into a kitschy Christmas wonderland replete with gewgaws and tchotchkes galore. The pop-up phenomenon has expanded to more than 100 locations all over the world, including Portland's stylish cocktail bar Deadshot. Specialty cocktails are are housed in tacky-tastic vessels and christened with names like the “Bad Santa,” the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F**r,” and the “Jolly Koala.” At Deadshot, the Filipino pop-up Sunrice will provide a food menu to boot.
Deadshot, 4 pm-12 am

THROUGH DECEMBER 30

2022 Gingerbread Masterpiece Add to a List
The Benson Hotel invites you to gawk at an elaborate gingerbread facsimile of Multnomah Falls, which was created by gingerbread architect and pastry chef David Diffendorfer using over 150 pounds of homemade gingerbread, 50 pounds of marzipan, 20 pounds of chocolate, 10 pounds of Rice Krispies Treats, and buckets upon buckets of royal icing. While you're there, learn more about the hotel's founder and namesake Simon Benson with a "mini-museum" featuring over 160 photos and stories of Portland and its historic landmark buildings.
The Benson Hotel

THROUGH JAN 1

Sleigh Love 2022: A Holiday Takeover Add to a List
Sleigh the day with a menu of holiday-inspired drinks and other treats at the cocktail bar and restaurant Hey Love. Offerings range from "Noggy by Nature" (an eggnog slushie) to "Toboggan Time" (Hey Love's signature frozen spin on Irish coffee, made with a Rumplemintz float, whipped cream, and candy cane sprinkles). 
Hey Love

SPECIALS

Assembly Brewing Add to a List
The brewery is serving two new specials: "The Farmboy," a confit chicken pizza with barbecue sauce, bacon, green onion, and smoked paprika-infused honey, and an Italian sausage and peppers sandwich, featuring sweet roasted red peppers and onions on a sub roll with Italian sausage and sharp provolone.
Mount Scott - Arleta
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Fressen Artisan Bakery and Cafe Add to a List
Due to popular demand, the German bakery and cafe is permanently adding its scratch-made waffles to the menu next week and will offer a TBA special waffle this weekend. 
Montavilla
Pickup, dine-in

Sugarpine Drive-In Add to a List
This week, the nostalgic drive-in added a new plant-based sundae dubbed "Whoop, There It Is" to their menu. The vegan treat features toasted sesame-oat and dark chocolate soft serve, halva cream, chocolate chip kabocha whoopie pie bites, chocolate magic shell, and candied sesame and pumpkin seed brittle, and will be available through December.
Troutdale
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

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