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Gilda’s / Artists Repertory

If you’ve booked tickets for Artists Repertory theater’s “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol,” it’s elementary to also reserve a table at Gilda’s. this lovably kitschy slice of Italy is only a bocce court’s length up Southwest Morrison Street, and it’s just the spot for a fortifying meal of chef Marco Roberti’s sauce-slathered Old World specialties before you commit to several hours of meatball-free theater. For a trio far more palatable than the infamous past, present and future spooks, try the crisp, light and lemony fritto misto, decadent rigatoni gorgonzola and seared scallops as plump as nigel Bruce’s cheeks. — JEn StEVEnSOn Gilda’s, 1601 S.W. Morrison St., 503-688-5066,

Higgins / Keller Auditorium

It just wouldn’t be December in Portland without the Singing Christmas tree and OBt’s nutcracker, both arriving at the Keller this month. For a pre-dinner repast, head a few blocks west to another Portland icon — Higgins. there, panfried oysters, piping hot inside a crunchy panko-cornmeal breading, find perfect pairing with a caper rouille. A pool of pungent blood-orange marmalade isn’t so sweet as it is a powerful counter-punch to the fat in the tender confit of duck. Crisp endive and escarole complement the stronger flavors in a salad of mango-colored, saffron-poached pear and house-cured capicola. — BREnt HunSBERGER Higgins, 1239 S.W. Broadway, 503-222-9070,

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DeCarli / Portland Festival Ballet

If you’re looking for a new spin on an old favorite, check out the Portland Festival Ballet’s version of “the nutcracker.” Artistic director John Magnus, formerly the artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet School, puts his inventive take on the classic ballet, and tickets never top $30. the performances at Beaverton’s Arts & Communication Magnet Academy are just a mile from DeCarli, a bright trattoria serving up big plates with big flavors. Don’t miss the seasonal fritto misto; ragù of braised beef short ribs over spaetzle; fresh pastas; paninis and pizzette. there’s something for every taste, almost guaranteeing you’ll go home full and happy. — SHAWn LEVY DeCarli, 4545 S.W. Watson Ave., Beaverton, 503-641-3223,

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol


MIX Magazine December 2012  

Eat • Drink • Get Out • Get Together

MIX Magazine December 2012  

Eat • Drink • Get Out • Get Together