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America’s Best New BBQ includes Ox in Portland, OR.

The centerpiece of this northeast Portland newcomer—inspired by Argentina rather than Texas, Memphis, or Kansas City—is the custom-made, wood-fired grill, a massive stainless-steel beast from Ann Arbor–based Grillworks. Grab a counter seat in front of the action, and order the Asado Argentino, a sizzling combination platter of steak, ribs, sweetbreads, chorizo, and morcilla, a blood sausage made with walnuts, raisins, cumin, and nutmeg. There’s plenty to satisfy non-meat-eaters, too: bone-in, skin-on halibut, maitake mushrooms, and halved artichokes are all charred on the grill, whose crank wheels system positions the racks closer or further away from the burning embers.

TRAVEL + LEISURE Picks Caffe Mingo

Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S. includes Caffe Mingo, Portland, OR.

Dinner at 8? Not if you want a table at Caffé Mingo. Showing up at 5pm has been the rule for some time at Michael Cronan’s spot. The menu is celebrated for fresh ingredients, subtle shifts on classic Italian comfort food, and nuanced elaborations. So yes, you’ll find a Caprese salad, but you it may be a winter Caprese with oven-roasted tomato. Your homemade penne pasta comes tossed with beef braised in Chianti and espresso, and the baked pasta laced with Dungeness crab. And hey, if you just can’t wait, there’s always Bar Mingo next door, where Jerry Huisinga cooks up small plates.

Sequester Update

Day 89 of the sequester and we are all still here. Here’s a story that will make you mad and then shake your head at government stupidity. Seems that furloughed workers, a result of the sequester, are eligible for unemployment compensation.

We furloughed workers to save money and yet we have to pay them because they are out of work!

1.8 Near Sweet Home, OR

M1.8 – 12km S of Sweet Home, Oregon

2013-05-28 11:08:59-07:00
44.281°N 122.733°W

Two >4.0 Offshore Quakes

M4.0 – Off the coast of Oregon

2013-05-24 22:51:01-07:00
44.552°N 129.567°W

M4.1 – Off the coast of Oregon

2013-05-25 04:50:55-07:00
44.468°N 129.682°W

3.3 On NV, Or, ID Border

M3.3 – 55km E of McDermitt, Nevada

2013-05-23 13:56:31-07:00
41.987°N 117.051°W

Greenville, CA EQ Swarm

There’s quite a swarm going on in Greenville, Calif. initiated by two fairly large quakes:

  1. 4.9 11km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-24 01:02:19-07:00 0.0 km deep
  2. 5.7 11km WNW of Greenville, California 2013-05-23 20:47:08-07:00 11.0 km deep

An article in Wired by

Erik Klemetti

Erik Klemetti is an assistant professor of Geosciences at Denison University. He reveals that it appears this swarm of quakes occurred on the Mohawk Valley fault zone and is not related to Mt. Lassen nearby. Looking back 20 years, this area is seismically active and is part of strike-slip fault system in which one land mass is moving past the other.

We Live For Them

sugar is smoking

by Jason Schneiderman

it’s amazing how death
is always around the corner,
or not even so far away
as that, hiding in the little pleasures
that some of us would go
so far as to say
are the only things
keeping us alive

A Little Friday Humor

!.7 Near Odell, OR

M1.7 – 6km SSW of Odell, Oregon

2013-05-21 12:24:21-07:00
45.581°N 121.584°W

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