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This Week In Portland Food News: Boba, Bingsu, and A Year of Free Ice Cream

March 10, 2023 Edition
March 9, 2023
The Korean sweet shop Snowy Village opened its first Oregon location this week. (Snowy Village)
This week, MILK+T debuts a pint-sized new store, Snowy Village brings bingsu and French taiyaki to North Vancouver Avenue, and Rally Pizza is set to return as a pop-up on Pi Day. Read about that and more updates, from Green Zebra’s closure to a chance to win a free year of Nico's Ice Cream, below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Ava Gene's List and Cicoria List
The lauded Submarine Hospitality restaurants Ava Gene's and Cicoria are set to reopen their doors next Friday, March 17. Industry vet Brookes Decker is taking over as Submarine director of operations, while Ross Effinger and Amelia Kirk will serve as co-executive chefs.

MILK+T Mini List
The self-described "friendly neighborhood queer boba bar" MILK+T is going all out to celebrate the grand opening Past Event List of its newest (and tiniest!) store MILK+T Mini this Saturday, March 11. Festivities include boozy boba, "boba pong," arts and crafts, speeches, a lion dance by White Lotus, raffle prizes, local vendors, BTS cup sleeves created in collaboration with KPOP NW (in celebration of band member Suga's birthday), and a giveaway with 100 free mystery bags filled to the brim with goodies.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Rally Pizza List
We love a good comeback: According to a press release, Vancouver's family-friendly pizzeria Rally Pizza will reopen as a permanent pop-up inside Victor 23 Brewing List on Tuesday, March 14 (otherwise known as Pi Day). Rally will take over food service for the brewpub, serving a menu of pizzas, sides, salads, and bar snacks.
Pickup, dine-in

Snowy Village List
This sweet shop chain specializing in Korean desserts like bingsu (a Korean shaved ice treat) and French taiyaki (a croissant-inspired take on the popular Japanese fish-shaped cake) soft opened its first Oregon location on March 4. Unlike similar bingu producers, the business makes their fluffy, snow-like ice from 100% milk, with no water added.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Workshop Food + Drink List
Fermenter List chef-owner Aaron Adams opened this new bar on February 20, with a menu of plant-based Cuban bites, small plates, desserts, and cocktails.


Green Zebra
The health-centric grocery chain Green Zebra is set to shutter all three of its locations by the end of the month. 
Downtown, Kenton, Richmond

The Ranger Station List
This cozy neighborhood pub closed on March 1 after nine years of business. However, all is not lost: Owner Matt Walker hopes to reopen in a larger space after a hiatus.

Sandino Brothers Coffee List
After a dozen years, this family-owned coffee shop has closed permanently. Owners Winston and Lenner Sandino plan to continue farming coffee in Nicaragua.
Rose City Park


Nico's Ice Cream will give away a free year of ice cream
If you've ever wanted to gorge on all the ice cream you can eat, here's your chance: Nico's Ice Cream owner Nico Vergara has concealed a golden ticket inside one of the business's half pints. The lucky finder will be treated to a year of free ice cream.



Snack Fest Past Event List
The people who brought you the Portland Night Market have turned their eyes towards the very serious business of snacking, and Snack Fest is the result: a weekend's worth of local vendors dedicating their time and energy to sharing bite-sized deliciousness in a wide variety of forms and flavors.
100 SE Alder


7th Annual Brewstillery Fest Past Event List
Why choose between beer and spirits when you can have it all? StormBreaker Brewing will host a number of breweries and distilleries and will offer curated pairings of four-ounce beer pours with 1/4 oz spirit tastes.
StormBreaker Brewing, 12-8 pm

This is She: Holly Ong Past Event List
In 2019, Holly Ong left her corporate job in Nike's marketing department to pursue her passion for food, eventually co-founding the celebrated Singaporean food startup Sibeiho with Pat Lau. At this free event, she'll impart tales about her favorite Singaporean foods and the story behind Sibeiho, and you'll get to sample some of the brand's award-winning products and maybe even some "off-menu surprises."
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 1-2:30 pm

Free Coffee Cuppings! Past Event List
If you're looking to expand your java knowledge, look no further than this complimentary coffee cupping. Sip a few different brews, savor their tastes and aromas, and participate in a discussion.
Nossa Familia Coffee, 10:30-11:30 am


Portland Brewery Dining Month
Past Event List Nine Portland breweries will prove that they're not just a one-trick pony by showing off enticing food options in addition to their beer. All participating locations will offer a $35 three-course meal with an appetizer, entree, dessert, a drink (beer, house wine, or non-alcoholic beverage), and a $10 voucher for your next meal.
Various locations


Kulfi List
In celebration of Holi, the frozen treat shop is currently serving kulfi inspired by thandai (a beverage traditionally served during the holiday). Their version is steeped with cardamom, fennel seeds, saffron, cinnamon, poppy seeds, and peppercorns overnight and finished with a hint of almonds and rosewater before freezing.   

Sugarpine Drive-In List
Sometimes you feel like a nut, and for those times, there’s the new Almond Joy-inspired sundae at Sugarpine Drive-In, featuring chocolate soft serve, honey hot fudge, Marcona almond brittle, and whipped coconut mousse. The spot also debuted its new spring menu on yesterday, bringing back its popular frosé.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

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