Why we don't carry San Pellegrino anymore

As a business, it makes sense to stay away from political and religious "hot-button" issues. But, a business is made up of folks who have feelings and beliefs, I am definitely one of those folks.

When we made our inventory list, San Pellegrino was an easy choice. Its delicious, light, Italian, good branding - all of the things you want in a product. We ordered a few cases, it sold well. We ordered more. We soon found out San Pellegrino was owned by Nestle. I don't have any problem with large companies, many are useful and necessary. But I knew Nestlé's business practices were extremely far off from my beliefs in how to conduct business. We stopped carrying San Pellegrino and am more resolute in my small boycott after reading this article:

Nestle CEO: Water Is Not A Human Right, Should Be Privatized
 

Shameful.

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Tarot Night
Saturday June 14th 5pm - 7pm
find out what secrets the universe has in store for you!
$10 gets you a reading and glass of cava or beer


Father's Day is June 15th, since we love your dad, we're giving him 10% off all market items and happy hour drink prices all weekend!
Already have plans? Pick up a mixed 6 pack of imported and domestic beers, add a market item and get 10% off the "Dad Pack"


BBQ fundraiser for
Pixie Project
June 21st, 1pm - 5pm
$15 tasting, wines graciously donated from Teutonic, Ransom, Chehalem & Crowley wineries. Sausages graciously donated by Olympic Provisions


Visit us every Thursday 5pm - 7pm for delicious tastings!

Oso for Oso Fundraiser

Washington Wine Tasting  & Silent Auction

We've gathered some of our favorite WA wines to raise money in support of the victims of the recent disaster in Oso, Washington. We will be pouring wines from:
Charles Smith/ K Vintners
Andrew Will Winery
 Syncline Wine Cellars
Buty Winery
 COR Cellars
$15 Tasting Fee

 

Silent Auction items supplied by well-known Portland businesses and folks willing to donate themselves for the cause:
Lille Boutique
Bishops Barbershop
Loop Jewelry
Doug Fir Lounge
Broder Nord
Teal Flamingo
Besaw's
Produce Row
Land's End at Cannon Beach
Free month in Oso's Wine Club
Kevin's Handy Man Help
Various bottles and cases of wine...

 

See you Thursday! get psyched and help out the Washingtonians. All proceeds donated to http://www.cfd.wa.gov/cfd/Mudslide-Relief-Campaign.aspx

Food oasis no longer

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New restaurants bring market oases to Portland's food deserts

Ps and Qs Market, one of nearly 10 new restaurant-market hybrids in Portland. “The two businesses work really well together,” Ps and Qs co-owner Emily Anderson says. “People come in for food, then peruse the store and inevitably buy something. Or they come in for groceries and see a special on the board and stay for dinner.”

By Michael Russell | mrussell@oregonian.com The Oregonian
on March 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM, updated March 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

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Gary Lowe, the man behind the meat smoker at Crown Q Market & Deli, recalls an earlier Northeast Portland, a time when his grandmother, Josephine "Outlaw Josie" Bell, "carried a little Derringer and a razor blade” while running "the only food cart in the roughest part of town.”

But last year, when Lowe decided to turn his own cart, Crown Q, into a brick-and-mortar restaurant, he had different memories in mind: Learning to cook while helping out at the Tropicana, a once-hopping North Williams Avenue barbecue joint, and the sense of togetherness and community he felt there.

At his new restaurant, he devoted half the dining room to a little market, where customers can pick up Northwest beer and wine, farm-fresh eggs and meat from Stroupe Family Farm in Aurora while Lowe smokes ribs, brisket and turkey legs out front.

By opening with a market, Lowe tapped into the latest trend in Portland’s food scene. In the past year-plus, nearly 10 Portland restaurants, including Crown Q, Old Salt Marketplace and Oso Market and Bar have opened with small markets where everything from everyday staples to boutique goods are available to-go.

Market-restaurant hybrids -- pharmacies with soda fountains, Mexican tiendas with back-of-house taquerias, convenience stores with heat-lamped pizza -- aren’t new. But today’s restaurant owners are flipping the script, with restaurants that pave the way for (and sometimes financially support) the market.

Along the way, these restaurateurs may have stumbled on a salve for the persistent problem of so-called “food deserts,” areas under-served by stores with fresh produce and healthful food.

Food Oasis

After a combined 30 years in restaurant work, Emily Anderson and Paul Davis seemed perfectly positioned to open a restaurant of their own.

But while looking around their Woodlawn neighborhood, Anderson, a former server and front-of-house manager (Por Que No?, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty), and Davis, a cook and kitchen manager (Kenny & Zuke’s, Dove Vivi), realized there was a more pressing need.

“Technically we're in a food desert, or we used to be,” says Anderson, whose house is about a mile from the nearest grocery store. “We were just tired of having to drive. We wanted to have a little neighborhood grocery store we could walk to.”

The couple found a space, a former soul food restaurant that had sat empty for several years, and transformed it into Ps and Qs Market, a cozy grocery store selling fresh produce and a small kitchen where Davis prepares tasty soups, salads and sandwiches.

“The two businesses work really well together,” Anderson says. “People come in for food, then peruse the store and inevitably buy something. Or they come in for groceries and see a special on the board and stay for dinner.”

Asafetida and au jus

Not every restaurant-market hybrid has community-building on the brain. Some spots just want to give their customers easier access to unusual or hard-to-find ingredients.

Shut Up and Eat, the Southeast Portland sandwich shop known for its cheesesteak, recently expanded with a market and deli next door. The move was deigned to increase the restaurant’s prep space, but co-owner John Fimmano said he also wanted to offer Portland a taste of his Philadelphia-area childhood.

“When we were growing up, we used to go down to the store and get 10 pounds of roast beef, a quart of au jus, some rolls and Provolone and go home and make our own sandwiches and watch some football,” Fimmano says. “We wanted to create that option here.”

On Southeast Division Street, chef Troy MacLarty’s second Bollywood Theater location has a small market on the side selling hard-to-find ingredients such as puffed rice, ghee (clarified butter) and asafetida (a strong-smelling herbal resin prized in Indian cooking).

“The original idea for the market has come from our customers,” MacLarty emailed from his wedding weekend in Mexico. “They’ve asked us many times (whether) they could buy small amounts of certain ingredients because they didn't want to drive out to the suburbs to purchase them.”

Not far away, shoppers can find Thai ingredients at Tarad Thai Market and carefully sourced Italian products at Luce, an Italian restaurant in a space resembling a general goods store

Cutting down waste

For Ps and Qs, the market provides an added bonus: Davis can plan his menus around what’s available in the store, cutting down on the food waste typically found at larger grocery stores. And though the market barely breaks even, the profits from the restaurant help Anderson and Davis employ 14 people.

Bull markets

Newish PDX restaurants with their own markets

Bollywood Theater: 3010 S.E. Division St., 503-477-6699

Crown Q Market and Deli445 N.E. Killingsworth St., 503-281-0373

Luce: 2140 E. Burnside St., 503-236-7195

Old Salt Marketplace: 5027 N.E. 42nd Ave., 971-255-0167

Oso Market & Bar: 726 SE Grand Ave., 503-232-6400

Ps and Qs Market: 1301 N.E. Dekum St.; 503-894-8979; psandqsmarket.com

Shut Up And Eat: 3848 S.E. Gladstone St., 503-719-6449

Tarad Thai Market: 601 S.E. Morrison St., 503-234-4102 

“We're sustainable because of the deli,” Anderson says.

 

“Emily is a born entrepreneur,” Davis says. “She's had a ton of multi-faceted business ideas: a coffee shop with a record store, a flower shop with a bar. When we met, she had this idea to do a general store. I said, “If you had a market, I could do this and this with the food. The idea just grew and grew.”
 
Turns out, Anderson had been plotting the market for while. She recalls talking the idea over with Old Salt Marketplace co-owner Ben Meyer years ago. And before opening, she took a job at the Woodsman Market, a small food boutique attached to the Woodsman Tavern restaurant, to learn the trade.

Over at Crown Q, Lowe says he plans to add fresh fruit and vegetables to the market in May. He hopes customers will embrace his store as a smaller-scale alternative to big grocery stores such as Safeway and Trader Joe’s, the latter of which recently reverse plans to build a location a few blocks from Crown Q.

But mostly, Lowe wants to offer people a reason to swing by and hang out.

“This was a predominantly black area,” Lowe says. “Now that everyone's here -- the whole melting pot -- we're trying to make this a clean, community place where you can sit back with a glass of wine, a beer and listen to some Bob Marley or jazz music.

“We really don’t know what we’re doing, but it seems to be working.”

-- Michael Russell

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February 17, 2014 by Sara


Sometimes, the name of the game is simplicity. In this food-obsessed city, I think sometimes the restaurants are over-thought, dishes over-embellished and menus over-complicated. Not the case at the new eastside eatery Oso Market + Bar. It’s a lovely spot serving lunch or dinner that feels like a small bar or lunch counter, and it’s simple in the best way possible.


I had lunch at Oso last week, and the above picture curried chickpea sandwich was pretty great — simple, warm, made with great house-made ingredients like pickled fennel. They served it with a side house salad that was just simple. Simply dressed, simple greens, and exactly what I needed for a nice workday lunch. The menu does have lots of meaty options too, and the charcuterie looked mighty delicious. It’s certainly not just for veggies.


Stop into Oso Market for a meal, and browse their selection of oils, wine and other local products. Maybe I’ll see you there for a simple workday lunch!

Oso Market + Bar is located at 726 SE Grand Ave., just next door to Dig a Pony. They’re open from lunch until late every day.

Canada - you know what's happenin! Central Eastside movin on up!

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Portland’s edgy Central Eastside neighbourhood becomes a restaurant hub

by Carolyn Ali on Mar 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

When Colin Howard chose to open his first restaurant last fall in Portland’s Central Eastside industrial district, he knew he was taking a risk. Located across the Willamette River from downtown Portland, this edgy area just off the I-5 is better known as a place to buy linoleum than to linger over a glass of wine. But the neighbourhood is changing, and Howard and his wife, Holly, hope the momentum will benefit Oso Market + Bar, their stylish tapas spot and bottle shop located on the major artery of SE Grand Avenue. “People are always going through here,” Howard tells the Georgia Straight over a plate of anchovy-draped Peruvian potatoes as traffic outside swirls towards the Morrison Bridge. “But now they are starting to stop.”

While other Portland neighbourhoods across the river, such as Southeast Division, are well established as culinary hubs, the Central Eastside is just starting to make a name for itself. But since a new extension of the Portland Streetcar line opened in September 2012, linking downtown to the Central Eastside, and big-name Portland chefs such as Ken Forkish have set up shop, there are more reasons than ever for visitors to cross the water—and not just for the food.

“It’s still early days for this neighbourhood, but it’s definitely up-and-coming,” says Julia Parsley, who cofounded Wildfang, a clothing store that’s located a few blocks south of Oso Market. Parsley opened Wildfang, which specializes in tomboy-inspired clothing for women, last August. She chose the area as an affordable base from which to build her mostly online business. But now that she has a storefront, “customers have come like pilgrims.”

“This is one of those neighbourhoods that didn’t have an identity,” she says of the Central Eastside, explaining that it’s a thoroughfare rather than a residential area. But around 2002, people working in creative industries started moving their studios into vacant warehouses. Over the past five years, a number of cafés have sprung up to cater to them, as well as fashionable eateries such as Bunk Bar, famous for its hearty sandwiches.

A block down from Wildfang, Coava Coffee Roasters opened in 2010. It shares a light-filled space with Bamboo Revolution, a company that manufactures high-quality bamboo flooring. In Coava’s corner, customers lounging at tables made from antique drill presses seem more interested in browsing their iPads than the showroom. But the cooperative space gives the coffee shop a cool, industrial-chic vibe, and the wafting scent of roasted beans softens any hard edges.

Nearby, on the corner of Grand and Taylor, the shiny “lighting and house parts” store Rejuvenation occupies two floors of the terra-cotta coloured, early-1900s Neustadter Building. The gleaming store is a pleasure to browse, with its modern reproductions of Victorian and early-20th-century fixtures as well as lust-worthy kitchenware like oversized cherry-wood rolling pins. Kitty-corner to Rejuvenation, the Grand Marketplace is like catnip for those addicted to one-of-a-kind items. The 18,000-square-foot space that formerly housed Arvey Paper & Supplies opened last September, bringing together 25 vendors selling items as diverse as antique meat grinders, salvaged claw-foot tubs, and plant stands made from polished Oregon juniper stumps.

Away from the storefronts on the neighbourhood’s main drag, a person might never guess that some of the stark, industrial-looking warehouses contain offices, high-end shops, and restaurants. Just east of the river lies the hulking Olympic Mills Commerce Center on SE Washington Street. Built in the 1920s as a cereal mill with an eight-storey concrete grain elevator, the sunny-yellow building occupies a full city block. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was renovated in 2005 and now houses over 80 businesses, including design firms and talent and literary agencies.

At street level, converted warehouses like the Water Avenue Commerce Center and Eastbank Commerce Center bustle at noon with hungry office workers. For those exploring the area, there are plenty of tempting options to choose from. Chefs tend the wood-fired oven in the open kitchen at the elegant clarklewis, which specializes in Italian-inspired farm-to-table fare. Diners at communal tables slurp bowls of ramen elbow to elbow in the cheery orange Boke Bowl. At Olympic Provisions, the atmosphere is smart casual as companions share plates of artisan salami and as many glasses of sherry as the workday requires.

In the evening, the area also attracts diners. With all manner of Champagne and sparkling wines, the jewel-box-sized Ambonnay bar is a lovely place to sip a glass of bubbly under a crystal chandelier. Produce Row Café offers a folksier atmosphere with its covered, heated courtyard. And since this is Portland, there’s always craft beer nearby: the Hair of the Dog Brewing Company operates a welcoming tasting room and restaurant in the shadow of the Morrison Bridge on SE Yamhill Street.

Further east, Sasha Davies runs Cyril’s restaurant at Clay Pigeon Winery on SE Oak Street. She and her winemaker partner Michael Claypool set up the urban winery in 2008 and added the restaurant in late 2012. “The neighbourhood reminded us of the industrial areas in Brooklyn,” she said, noting that it’s one of the few left in the city zoned for manufacturing. “It’s a neighbourhood where people make stuff.” While Davies has seen many creative businesses pop up, she doesn’t think the area will turn residential—however, it is becoming more of a dining destination.

A few blocks to the southwest, Trifecta Tavern + Bakery is one of the hottest culinary draws. Artisan baker Ken Forkish opened the place in late 2013, turning a 5,000-square-foot auto upholstery shop into an upscale restaurant. On the night I visit, every seat at the marble bar is taken and every red booth is packed with people tucking into Brussels sprouts roasted in a ragingly hot oven, oysters baked with fennel and hollandaise sauce, and Forkish’s famous bread. His kale salad alone—with pumpkin seeds, avocado, a harissa vinaigrette, and shaved Grana Padano cheese—is reason enough to cross the bridge. And while the Southeast Division neighbourhood keeps tempting diners with new restaurants, places like Trifecta are putting the Central Eastside on the culinary map.

If you stop there once, you’ll likely be back.

Access: The Central Eastside is bounded by Powell Boulevard, the Willamette River, SE 12th Street, and Interstate 84. To get there from downtown by Portland Streetcar, take the blue Central Loop Line towards OMSI and get off at SE Grand and Belmont or Taylor; the trip takes about 25 minutes. You can also reach the area by car or by cycling across the Steel Bridge and along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade to the Morrison Bridge area.

Portland Dining Month takes place in March this year instead of June. Over 100 of the city’s restaurants—including the Central Eastside’s Oso Market, Olympic Provisions, and clarklewis—are offering $29 three-course set menus. The writer toured as a guest of Travel Portland and Amtrak Cascades, which runs daily eight-and-a-half-hour direct trips between Vancouver, B.C. and Portland. (Here's a glimpse of the scenery.)

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Colin sat down with Katherine Cole of the Oregonian to talk Macedonian wine. Check it out!

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THE EXPERT: Colin Howard, Oso Market + Bar.

THE WINE: Vranec, a red from Macedonia (that's the Republic of Macedonia, not to be confused with the Greek state by the same name). 

WHAT IT IS: Vranec is a dark-red grape native to the Balkans and related to primitivo and zinfandel. Due to the destabilizing effects of the Kosovo war and other regional turbulence, the Macedonian wine industry has been under the radar until now. "In my eyes, soil knows no political boundaries. It doesn't know Italy from Macedonia from Greece. Vranec is grown at classic winegrowing elevations, in classic soils. And this winery (see below) has been around since 1855."

WHY: "The immediate appeal is the value. It is one of the most accessible price points on our menu," Howard points out. "This is a whole new grape, a whole new place, a whole new story," observes Howard. "This is a classically made wine from a place no one would guess was pushing this quality level."

WHY NOW: "Because people are caring about what is going into their glasses as well as on their plates. This is a sustainable, organic winegrower in a country where they do not need to to do that," Howard observes. "When I was making wine, I always loved that little airspace at the top. That air has not left the bottle. That's Macedonian air. If there were pesticides there, they might be in that air."

ONE TO TRY: Look for the 2011 Tikves Macedonia Special Selection Vranec ($11.50) at Barbur World Foods, Great Wine Buys, Oso Market + Bar and Vinopolis, or through D'Vine Wines.

-- Katherine Cole

Travel Portland - we love mixing it up!

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Mixing it up: the new face of Portland restaurants

Inspired by community to create a foundation of good food and drink in their respective neighborhoods, a wave of Portland restaurateurs offer more than your typical dining and drinking experiences in their new mixed-use spaces.

Chef Ben Meyer opened Old Salt Marketplace at the intersection of the Cully, Concordia and Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhoods. His vision of bringing good food to this historically underserved neighborhood resulted in equal parts restaurant, bar, deli and butcher shop. This diverse and impressive facility also houses Good Keuken (Portland’s premier culinary educators) and Miss Zumstein Bakery and Coffee Shop.

Inspired by travels to Europe, Istanbul and Shanghai, Oso Market + Bar owners Colin and Holly Howard opened their new establishment in the up-and-coming Central Eastside Industrial District. Oso is equal parts bottle shop, specialty market and neighborhood bar, featuring sustainable and biodynamic wines, handcrafted beer and cider and enticing and exclusive grocery selections and delicious eats — all in a beautiful space to unwind and enjoy.

Finally, P’s and Q’s Market opened late last year in Northeast Portland’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Part corner store, restaurant and communal gathering spot, the market and eatery aims to fill a need in the area — providing everything from pantry staples to a made-from-scratch, pretention-free dining experience.

Media Contact:
Matthew Domingo, Travel Portland
503.275.9298; matthew@travelportland.com

Portland Monthly Magazine spent some QT at Oso Market + Bar

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Allison Jones spent some quality time with us...turns out, she did a beautiful job!

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Slide Show: A World of Pairings at Oso Market & Bar

Posted Feb 12, 2014, 4:00pm

A shining star in the bright constellation of shops and restaurants on the east end of the Morrison Bridge, Oso Market & Bar delivers—literally. During Snowpocalypse 2014, the good folks at this picture-perfect bottleshop/eatery braved the icy roads to ferry wine, beer, and snacks to aid the battle against citywide cabin fever. While door-to-door delivery isn't part of the regular lineup of services offered by the multi-purpose market and restaurant, the one-off show of heart and heartiness shows what owners Colin and Holly Howard's sweet spot is all about: a soulful menu of internationally-inspired small plates from chef Jason Buss, shelves stocked with a staggering selection of sustainable and biodynamic wines, craft beer and cider, and local artisan products from honey to cheese to fresh-baked baguettes—and pairing suggestions at the ready. We tapped beverage pro Colin (former head distiller at House Spirits and longtime Oregon wine guru) for his suggestions of sure-bet pairings to match the recently expanded menu of brunch, lunch, and dinner fare.

Delivery today only! (Saturday 2/8) 3pm - 6pm

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Oso Market is crazy! Delivering goods today 3pm - 6p

WE ARE DELIVERING

Hello Portlanders, since you aren't able to make it to us we will bring your much needed wine, beer and snacks to you!
We will accept orders over the phone until 2:30pm today for delivery between 3pm and 6pm.
All orders will need to be at least $30. All payments will be accepted
over the phone and must clear prior to delivery.

All folks ordering wine or beer need to be 21 years or older and provide a valid ID. 
Call now to place your order! 503-232-6400 or email at info@osomarket.com
Deliveries to the EAST SIDE ONLY! Sorry west-siders 
Delivery parameters: within a limited range - North of Powell Blvd, West of E 50th Ave, South of Lombard Blvd

From the Kitchen

1. Olive mix $4
2. Smoky Marcona Almonds $4
Sandwiches:
3. Bresaola & Herb butter on baguette $7
4.  Roasted Red Pepper, Chevre on Fressen Bread $8
                add Prosciutto $3
5. Chickpea- Curry, Provolone, Green Apple, Arugula $8
6. Prosciutto, Emmental cheese, Stone-Ground Mustard $8
 

From the Market

Matiz Portuguese Sardines $5
Salami:
   Olympic Provisions: saucisson d’alsace, Sopressata, Chorizo Navarre $10ea
   Creminelli: Barolo $18, Casalingo $12
Cheese:
    Cabra de Vino Spanish, firm, goat $3 per 1/4lb
    Capricho de Cabra Spanish, soft, goat  $4.50 per 1/4lb
    Kukulu  French, firm, sheep $6.45 per 1/4lb
   Lorelei – Briar Rose Creamery, goat, beer-washed rind  $9.40 per 1/4lb
   Cremeux – French triple cream, soft  $5.75 per 1/4lb

Bee local honey $16
Anarchy in a Jar jam: Fig Onion $8, Triple Berry $8
Boat Street Pickles: Apricots $14, French Plum $14, Pickled Fig $14
Oso Salts: Fumee de Sel  $6.50, Bolivian Rose $4.50, Fleur de Sel $6.50
Woodblock Chocolates: Equador $4, Venezulela $4, Madagascar $4
Alma Chocolate: Mocha Almond Nibby Bark $8, Pistachio Toffee $8, Sea Salt Hazelnut Crunch $10

From the Bottleshop
Beer
Commoms: Urban Farmhouse 750ml $10, Little Brother Barrel Aged 750ml $12
Gigantic: IPA $5
Alameda: Black Bear Stout $4.50
Piraat Ale $12
Samuel Smith: Cider $3
Double Mountain: Hop Lava $5, Vaporizer $5
DAB Dortmunder  6pack, $12
Schooner Exact :Hoppy Holidays $6.50
MOA: Imperial Stout $6  
Additional beer and cider available

red wine:
Angelique Leon Chinon 2010 $17
Fuso Barbera $16
Diochon – Moulin-a-vent 2010 Beaujolais  $21
Bergstrom Old Stones Pinot Noir 2011 $29
Meo-Camuzet Bourgogne Rouge 2010 $ 37.50
Love & Squalor Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $24
Clos La Coutale Cahors 2011  $16
Punset Barbera d’Abla 2012 $15

White Wine & Rose
La Soeur Cadette – White Bourgogne 2012  $19
Montrose Cotes de Thongue Rosé 2012  $12
Domaine Aubron Muscadet 2010  $11
Matteo Corregia Roero Arneis 2012  $16

Many more wines available 

 

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Beer Guide 2014: Food & Brew

Restaurants with great beer.

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Oso Market

726 SE Grand Ave., 232-6400, osomarket.com.

Oso Market is a pristine cross section of Portland obsessions from wine to charcuterie to raw cheese to, yes, craft beer, with a lot more attention to Belgians than is customary in Portland. Take particular note of Affligem blonde and Vanderghinste sour on tap—perhaps because the Belgian names sit well next to the obscure Italian wine varietals filling the wine list. The stocked beer cases are of terrifically catholic taste, globetrotting and tripping across the palate both. While a bottle shop in spirit, where else will you down your Flemish Kiss with a salad Niçoise, a tomato mint-jam montadito and wild-boar sausage?

January Newsletter - good stuff

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January Newsletter - fun, excitement and drinking

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2014 Resolution..Hunt down 'delicious' at every turn, share, repeat! So many great events, new wines/ beers/ ciders, and menu add's at Oso Market + Bar this month and beyond.  Without delay, start marking your calendars..



Wine(s) of the Month

Sélection des Cognettes S. & V. Perraud, Muscadet Sevre et Main 2011  $13 a bottle 
Organic Estate
 

The Muscadet region produces some of the Loire Valley's most famous and well-priced white wine.  Here, the brothers Stephane and Vincent Perraud organically produce the region's main grape, Melon de Bourgogne, into a wine that has fantastic minerality and richness at once. 


 The brilliance of a bright, sea-breezy wine like this one from the Perraud Brothers is how it cuts so gracefully through heartier winter dishes.  It's that ying/ yang relationship between food and wine that delivers you to new flavors on the plate and in the glass that seemed to be hidden at first.

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15% off full cases
 

R. Lopez de Heredia, Viña Cubillo 2005     $25 a bottle
120+ year old family-owned standard-bearer

It all started in the middle of the nineteenth century when French negociants visited the Rioja region to find alternative sources of quality grapes to transform into wine, since the phylloxera epidemic had decimated their vineyards.  Don Rafael played the perfect student to his new teachers and, over the last 120 years, his family name now carries the torch as one of the most respected Tempranillo producers in Rioja Alta.

How much has changed for you since 2005?  I just showed up in Portland and was eating cucumber sandwiches while staying at the NW Hostile in hopes of a new apartment.  That is the same year the grapes in this ultra-classic wine were harvested fermented and sent to barrel.  Those nine years show in the best way here.  The Cubillo is dense, tawny-ed and tastes like exactly what you'd want in your hand late at night in one of Madrid's many underground haunts.

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Wine Club! $65 gets you 3 bottles of fantastic biodynamic wines. You can personalize shipments for your specific tastes or regions you want to explore.
Check out our SHOP page for more details.

Beer of the Month

Vanderghinste Oud Bruin, Flanders Sour Ale 11.2 oz, 5.5% alc, $5

This eye-opening, Belgian-made sour brown ale has roots going back to 1892, when its brewer's were experimenting at incredible rates with new techniques.  The recipe is heavy in caramel malts, hops and wheat an later blended with a limbic beer aged in oak for 18 months.

he flavors here range seamlessly from bitter chocolates to citrus and pineapple.  Great blend of creamy and sour in one of the coolest bottles I've ever seen!

"What's My Brewer Up To?"
January Spotlight:
CArston Haney - Brewer
, Alameda Brewing


Things have been busy for us both at the brewpub in NE Portland and at our production facility in SE PDX. Last year we produced nearly 3,000 barrels (93,000 gallons) of awesomeness at our 20 barrel location. We've been working on wood barrel ageing beer in a mixture of locally sourced Rum, Whiskey, and Bourbon barrels. The fruit of this is our recent bottled release of the Nightbeer Before Christmas, a 9.5% Imperial Brown ale that was aged for a year in the previously mention barrels. I recently brewed the Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout, which will likely be sent to barrels to mature for next years Nightbeer. We are sending 300 cases of beer to Brazil this week through an exporter. Hopefully I get to travel there to do some promotions! Hoppy January! 

"What's My Winemaker Up To?"
January Spotlight:

Josh Bergstrom – Winemaker/ Owner, Bergstrom Wines"It is a cold, wet and wintery at Bergstrom Wines this time of year but we are busy at work preparing to enter the vineyards for pruning and the start of the 2014 farming season.  As well we are in the cellar shepherding the 2013 wines  through their secondary fermentations in barrel and beginning to assess the quality of this vintage.  So far the Pinot Noirs are very charming with good color, fruity perfumes and succulent sweet flavors which will make these wines very playful and enjoyable upon release and in the short term.  The Chardonnays are bright and vibrant with great citrus characters and I really look forward to seeing how these evolve.    
  They are living up to their reputation for sure and proving that Oregon is indeed one of the greatest places on earth to be growing world class wines!"

TASTINGS!

JAN 16th  Thursday 5-8pm  $10

Bubbles, Cider, Fondue & TAROT!
This is gonna be a good time! Come see us Thursday, taste some sparkles, cider, eat some fondue and learn what your future holds. 
$10 gets you a face-full of fun.


Jan 24th Friday 5-8pm $5
Commons Brewery  & Woodblock Chocolate 
Few are killing it like Commons Brewery and Woodblock Chocolate right now.  For only $5, come sample some great rarities in artisan beer and chocolate made here in Portland
 


Feb 13th  Thursday 5pm - 8pm
Valentine's Day Eve Tasting - Coastal Wine Tour

As love breezes in to town, we travel to some very alluring locations for this tasting.  From the Northern Spanish coasts along the Atlantic to French and Italian paradises throughout the Mediterranean, we pour wines from all the places we wish we were right now.



EVENTS

Scandinavian Brunch
Feb 1st & 2nd only
11am - 3pm
"
brunching around the globe" continues. don't miss out!


Open faced breakfast sandwich
Crispy rye bread, butter, lettuce, boiled egg
slices and caviar

Board
Cured meats, soft boiled egg, cheese, honey,
lingden berry jam, fresh fruit

Lox
Cream cheese, lox, scrambled egg,
cucumber, rye toast

Dutch Baby
Served with lemon sugar and butter

Swedish pancakes
With lemon curd cream and lingden
berry compote


BEER CLUB! $40 gets you 12 bottles of craft brews, as many months as you like. Check out our SHOP page for more details

Blog on Blog - Two Oregonians tell their Oso tales

check out original link here

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oso market + bar: oh-so thankful for friends

Posted on November 30, 2013 by Bethany ~ twoOregonians

Earlier this month, we bundled Lucie in her little beige sweatshirt and bright yellow leggings and set out for Saturday brunch with friends at Portland’s newly opened Oso Market + Bar.

After all the meals around the world, there’s still nothing like breaking bread (or splitting charcuterie plates, as it were) with people we’ve known since childhood.

“The Six of Us” are three couples who have palled around for decades (since grade school in several cases), and considering we’re only hovering at three-decade mark in median age, that’s saying a lot. Darian, Rebekah and their daughter Ashlynn were home visiting Oregon from transplant life in Nebraska, and Ryan, Sara and their daughters Genevieve and Madeleine made the hour drive up from Molalla. As part of our Portland reunion, “The Six of Us + Offspring” planned to start our day together at Oso Market + Bar, where Ryan’s brother Jason is executive chef.


“Spanish Brunch!” boasted the clever little shop sandwiched among the trendy taverns and tasty restaurants of the Central Eastside Industrial District. The bright orange chairs popped against sidewalks of Portland cement, and blustering fallen leaves chased us in the front door. Lucie slept contentedly, bundled in her blanket, oblivious to the cold and the commotion.

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Oso, “Where the beer flows like wine and the wine goes with everything,” was all too perfect a place for Ted and his homebrew pals Darian and Ryan to happily indulge in breakfast-worthy steins. Ted took a detour from the Spanish part of brunch to sample a dark, sweet Doppelbock:

Doppelbock—A Heart Warmer
Literally, Doppelbock means double Bock(bier). It is one of Germany’s “biggest” beers, typically with an alcohol content by volume of around 7%, but some Doppelbocks go up to 13% in strength. Doppelbock emerged in the late eighteenth century as a powerful lager variant of the old monastic strong beer, the monks’ “liquid bread,” which they traditionally brewed for the Lenten season.
-German Beer Institute


And if beer for brunch wasn’t enough, we ordered a morning charcuterie platter appetizer as well…because, well, honestly, why not indulge in samples of locally cured meats, quince jellies, and venison pâtés before dining on tortilla espanola, chilaquiles, patatas bravas, and bacon and eggs?


In spirit of honesty, I will say the patatas bravas (“fierce” or “brave” potatoes – or, as one translation puts it, “potatoes with a temper”) didn’t quite live up to their name. The tapas dish, as ubiquitous as tourists in its native Spain, seemed a little timid compared to flavorful memories of dining in Barcelona, Peñíscola, Tarragona, Granada, Calahonda, and Cadiz…


But – the cured meats and artisan cheeses and crispy polenta, kale, and kabocha squash in fall cider sauce (um, hello?! only $6!) more than carried the show. (Please take my word, the bright flavors in person completely make up for the dark iPhone shadows.)

Sippy cups, mimosas, and the best of friends, all around the table again at long last…

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Sara and her girls, Genevieve and Madeliene. (If you couldn’t tell by the grin, Little Miss M is becoming the biggest foodie of the bunch!)


(See what I mean about the biggest foodie? Her dad had to hold her back…)

After brunch, and after toying with the idea of visiting the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at OMSI, our group spent the afternoon in a few other favorite corners of the city (The Bipartisan Cafe and Mt. Tabor Park) and then ended the day outside of town, drinking apple cider and eating homemade chicken noodle soup at Darian’s family’s place.

 

There’s really nothing in the world like true friends. The people who know you well and laugh at the same ridiculous memories. The ones who go through the tough stuff and the fun stuff. The ones who share the tasty meals and the giant flops (anyone remember that dinner party the year Ted and I got married – those horrible chicken breasts roasted to death and an hour late to the table?). The ones who share the, “Yes, hang in there, I remember that…” stories of parenthood.

True friends keep you going.

Lucie lasted through the day like a champ. By the time her little brunch outfit was replaced by her little bedtime swaddler, we were all three tired out…but oh so thankful for best friends and the reminder that swell food is so good when shared with people we love.

Oso Market + Bar in the Portland Foodie News:
Oregonian’s Fall Dining Guide: The 10 Portland Restaurants You Should Know About Right Now
Portland Food and Drink: Oso Market + Bar Opening
PDX Eater Dining Confidential: Inside Oso Market + Bar

Oso Market + Bar
726 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR

We did it, we started a wine club and a beer club

Its fun to get stuff!

Here's how it works, pay today and for the next year, wine or beer (or both if you so desire) shows up at your door...
You'll have to trust our taste (which is great).

Oso Motto: "We promise to always provide great quality at affordable prices"

Wine club starts at $65
beer club starts at $40...

Check out our SHOP page to join

Serious Eats is serious about our pancakes!

Brunch! its so good at Oso, someone else thinks so: Check original site here

Kabocha Squash Pancakes from Oso Market

The folks at Oso Market opted to skip the pumpkin in favor of the lesser known Kabocha squash. Roasted to perfection and folded into a house-made (gluten-free!) pancake batter, the Kabocha squash works shockingly well as a pancake base. The pancakes are very lightly seasoned with cinnamon and brown sugar, so as not to mask the true flavor of the squash. Served with a drizzle of red wine syrup, these pancakes are moist and flavorful, and unlike any pumpkin pancake we’ve ever had. ($8.00)

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