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Good Eats! for when you have the time...

Karen Garcia Living Editor

Where does UP Coffee get its food? shop o By Alana Laanui THE BEACON Ever wonder where those cheesy eggs from The Commons come from? Or what about the greens from the new salads at the Pilot House? Well, it turns out that the majority of the food on campus comes from local producers within 100 miles of The Bluff. Bon Appétit supplies the UP community with local produce that not only tastes fresh, but also supports local farmers. The Bon Appétit Management Company stresses its commitment to sustainability and food that is “produced through practices that respect farmers, workers, and animals.” By participating in a “Farm to Fork” program, which connects local farmers to consumers like UP, Bon Appétit allows students to enjoy some of the freshest produce Oregon has to offer. Kirk Mustain, general manager of Bon Appétit on campus, is in charge of making sure that students get access to fresh food and maintains the relationships between local farmers. “I would say 80 to 85 percent (of the food at UP) comes from within 75-100

miles of campus,” Mustain said. “For example, every apple and pear you see in this place is from Hood River.” Bon Appétit uses around 20 local vendors that are mostly based in Northern Oregon and Washington. One of the providers, A&J Orchards, has been located in Hood River for over 100 years and now shares its produce with UP. UP’s menu works in tandem with the schedules of local farmers, adjusting for seasonal changes in order to consistently provide the freshest produce. Mustain notes that working with nature instead of against facilitates a diverse menu and delicious variety. “We work with them and they work with us,” Mustain said. “Now we get hot sheets from the growers which tell us what is coming, and we can plan our menus accordingly.” Mustain believes that when we support local farmers, we end up having a closer relationship with the food we are eating, keeping with Bon Appétit’s holistic commitment to a sustainable community. He said that Bon Appétit first joined forces with local farmers in search of “better” food — food that left one’s taste buds and conscience feeling good. “You know where (local

food) is grown, who the producers are, and how they take care of their animals,” Mustain said. Programs that support local producers, like Farm to Fork, also affect how local businesses are run. Through this program, farmers are paid within 15 days, whereas companies traditionally take twice as long to pay their producers. This means that farmers can then use this money to support their business and make necessary improvements. Mustain admits that a commitment to buying local can be difficult at times, because working with multiple suppliers in order to get all the ingredients UP needs requires extra work — but it’s worth it. Positive outcomes can be felt at every level: The food not only tastes better but also leaves our bodies, the farmers, and the animals in better conditions. So the next time you bite that burger or take a sip of that house-made soup, think of all the local farmers that contributed to your meal. Your food may taste just a little better when you know the difference buying local is making. Contact Staff Writer Alana Laanui at

Ice Creamiest Although Salt & Straw is the go-to

place for ice cream fans and tourists in PDX , there are lots of other ice cream shops located throughout the city. These places are usually less busy, and each have a unique vibe and assortment of flavors. Luke Loranger • THE BEACON

Fifty Licks

Ruby Jewel

This felt like a traditional 1950s ice cream parlor. The ice cream here is creamier than the others, and has a more subtle taste. The best flavors I tried were the Thai Rice Pudding and Toasted Milk, with the Rice Pudding being the sure winner. Not only was the ice cream quite good, but the building itself was the best of the all ice cream places I’ve seen in Portland. The pricing scheme was a bit odd, with the split scoop costing more than a single scoop. Still, well worth the trek to Southeast.

They delivered thicker ice cream that the other ice cream places visited. The best flavor in their current rotation is Butterscotch with Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, which has a strong oatmeal flavor. The other flavors I tried included Rip City Hippie, which was too fruity, and Peanut Butter Dream, which had a thick peanut butter base. Although not as popular as Salt & Straw, Ruby Jewel still tends to be very crowded, so it’s best to visit on weekdays.

2021 SE Clinton St. scoops are $3.50

3713 N Mississippi Ave. single scoops are $3.50.

Ebbs and Bean This is the dominant frozen yogurt spot in Portland, and is located in the Lloyd District. The best flavor I tried was Earl Grey Caramel, which had an underlying Earl Grey tea flavor with just a hint of caramel. However, what makes Ebb and Bean like most frozen yogurt places is the variety of toppings which include coconut flakes and bourbon sauce.

1425 NE Broadway St. single scoops are $3.75. The first topping costs $1, additional toppings cost $.50.


Whether we have been on one or not, we’ve all heard of “Pub Crawls.” For those under 21 or who prefer caffeine to alcohol , there are still ways to indulge. In this coffee shop crawl , I put the espressos and lattes of four North Portland coffee places to the test. Alina Rosenkranz • THE BEACON

No Wave Coffee 7510 N Portsmouth Ave.

This is one of the closest coffee places to campus and it is the cheapest of the four places I went to. I paid $2.50 for an espresso and $4 for a large latte. Both were fine but nothing special, which basically sums up my experience at No Wave Coffee. They exhibit some art, have a small place for kids to play and offer a selection of Odwalla smoothies, fruits, bagels and muffins. They opened about 3 months ago and have potential to improve.


Cathedral 7530 N Willamette Blvd.

What makes Cathedral special is its very unique and colorful design, which includes many wood elements mixed with antique and modern furniture. I paid $3 for an espresso which came with a small glass of water, like it is supposed to, and $4.25 for a large latte. The latte I had at Cathedral was my personal favorite since it was creamy and sort of sweet (without sugar). They also offer food and pastries — I recommend trying the Banana Bread.


Arbor Lodge Coffee 1507 N Rosa Parks Way

Arbor Lodge Coffee is seemingly always crowded, but if you can find a spot it’s worth it. I paid $2.75 for an espresso (I could choose from two options) and it came with a small glass of sparkling water. The large latte was $4.25 and came with heart shaped milk froth. Arbor Lodge Coffee also offers sweet and salty food options. They have the best almond croissants I’ve ever had. Wooden tables and a regularly changing art exhibition give this place a typical Portland touch and round up an overall good experience.


St. John’s Coffee Roasters 7304 N Leavitt Ave.

As the name suggests, St. John’s Coffee Roasters roast their coffee beans themselves. But this is not the only thing that makes this place outstanding. The coffee place also includes a florist, which creates a unique atmosphere. For both the espresso ($2.25) and latte ($4.00) I could choose between a dark and a medium roast. I chose the medium roast for both and liked the espresso I got here the best. Very friendly baristas and some food options that include croissants and bagels added to the overall great experience and convinced me that this is a coffee place everyone ought to try out.



All photos by Hannah Baade • THE BEACON




Good grub on

Design and reviews by Hannah Baade & Rebekah Markillie• THE BEACON

Italian Street Food 3710 N Mississippi Ave.

Pappardelle: $11 Sorry mom and dad, but I have fallen in love and we are running away to Italy together. His name is ragu, and yes, he treats me well. This handmade fresh pasta was so lovingly unique — the creamy tomato based sauce absorbed into every millimeter of the noodles, with fresh grana padano parmesan cheese on top. Ready in 10 minutes and for $11? Yes, yes and yes. As long as he proposes with a block of parmesan.

Tritata salad : $6 I couldn’t leave without trying their salami and prosciutto. It sat about three feet from the ordering window inside the truck, and I just wanted to reach out and embrace its fatty, meaty goodness. So I did. And $6 for a hearty salad was the best deal of the night. Gabagool proves its street cred by varying texture, from creamy mozzarella to crisp chickpeas.

Ravioli: $11

They ran out of their pasta special, so I opted for their prosciutto di parma, goat cheese and kale ravioli smothered in a rosemary cream sauce. If you don’t like goat cheese, don’t order this. But if you do, prepare to enter a mini goat cheese heaven. The freshly made ravioli was delicately stuffed with prosciutto, and the thick rosemary cream sauce provided a nice balance. For $11, I highly recommend it.

Flatbread: $3

The flatbread was a little on the dry side, but an excellent delivery device for my ravioli. Get the flatbread if you have something to eat it with — it doesn’t stand on its own.

Gabagool flatbread sandwich: $9 This sandwich packs slices of capicola ham, salami, romaine, toasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and hot peppers all for $9. Enough to make any meat lover fall for this monstrous flatbread wrap of bliss.




mississippi ave

asian-mexican with extra spice 4233 N Mississippi Ave

Seoul Sliders: $4 each


I was mid meat sweats by the time I got to the steak, and in the holy name of barbequefusion it was definitely worth it. Sweat out that initial spice, and the meat definitely doesn’t disappoint. Also, the sweet, fresh bun was the superhero for these little sliders and provided the perfect envelope for this yummy meal.


Classic go-to for any picnic you want to take up a notch. Forget about burgers and grab one of these instead. Filling, cheap and zero regrets.


Heartier than the chicken, and melted in my mouth like dreamy pulled pork from a Southwest barbeque stand. This worked well as a sweet, smokier meat to contrast the deliciously spicy sauce.

backyard classics gone vegan 4237 N Mississippi Ave.

Hushpuppes: $6

Fries: $5

At $6 an order, these vegan-style hushpuppies may be a little drier without all of the extra lard, but they pack the punch with a stunning spice combination (do I spy paprika?) and an unexpected dijon dipping sauce.

You can’t ever go wrong with classic, natural cut fries. These fries were piping hot and crispy on the outside, and were lightly seasoned with the same spices as the hushpuppies. All around great fries.




faith & fellowship The December rush is upon us: Over the next couple of weeks, many of us will go through the annual finals-shopping-travel cycle, but in the midst of it all, it’s important to remember those who barely have enough to cover their basic necessities. If you’re sticking around Portland for the remainder of the year, consider taking a break from the madness to give back.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Portland Rescue Mission

Operation Nightwatch Operation Nightwatch is responding to the homeless crisis by providing food, blankets, health care and opportunities for socializing to people experiencing homelessness in the evening. Those interested in volunteering can do so in either the downtown or Southeast location and sign up online at Posada Milagro Celebrate the story of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the 13th annual Posada Milagro, a Latin American community celebration of Jesus’ birth. There will be arts and entertainment along with food, and tickets are free for all and distributed on a firstcome, first-served basis starting at 1 p.m. The event doubles as a food drive with the Oregon Food Bank, so bring non-perishable food items! Milagro is located at 537 S.E. Stark Street, Portland. Pack a care kit Pack a few care kits that can provide some vital essentials for homeless men and women. Some of the items you can pack in a watertight ziplock bag are: a comb, band-aids, socks, a granola bar, crackers, hand wipes, feminine hygiene products and tissues. For a full list of items to include and items you should avoid, visit Portland Rescue Mission’s website. Karen Garcia • THE BEACON

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