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Review: Whore's Glory

Austrian documentarian Michael Glawogger takes his camera into three pitiable spots where there is open prostitution, and where painted ladies, desperate for a living wage, service the most craven clientele.
Painted ladies
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 15, 2012

Searching Trader's shelves

What should we make of the craze for cheap Trader Joe's wines that has overtaken Portland?
In which we sample Joe's cheap wines
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 03, 2010

Playing Thai-alai

The writer Stephen Metcalf recently suggested that the cult of cultural authenticity has reached a tipping point analogous to our desperate search for oil.
Fast-moving small plates engage at Boda
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 18, 2010

The new gay bars

If I may channel the late, great Estelle Getty for a moment: picture it, Provincetown, 2009, a dashing young man with no discernible tan and an iffy T-Mobile signal languishes bored upon the sprawling patio of the Boatslip Resort.
 Is that a paradigm shift in your pocket?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 04, 2010

How to tell the truth

You may never have been so upset about being a twentysomething virgin that you hired a sexual surrogate for professional help, but odds are that if you had you’d just gulp and keep it to yourself.
Phil Goldman has a lot to say
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2010

Sawaddee Thai Restaurant

Sometimes I think back to when there were no Thai restaurants in Providence.
Let a thousand spices bloom
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2010


In with the new

This year represented a bittersweet end to a miserable decade for the nation.
And with the even newer — the year in Portland food
By Brian Duff  |  December 25, 2009

One night in Bangkok

I’m an American male in my mid-30s living in Bangkok. I’ve been dating two very young girls ...
 Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 09, 2009
spring list

Spring roll work area

In America, you can make your way through life without cooking. My friend is a Warmer Upper. Her meals are hot dogs and other frozen, jarred, or packaged things you heat up. And yet, she was at my house one afternoon for lessons on how to make fresh sp
American people under construction
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 05, 2009

Thaitation Thai Cuisine

I'm convinced that one of the reasons this restaurant column doesn't get the national readership it deserves is that, I keep raving about owner-chefs like Dusadan Lee Narbanshart.
Brown Sugar gets even sweeter
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 18, 2009

Under her skin

Who is Laurel Casey? If you figure her out, let her know. She’d love to learn that too.
Laurel Casey is back in town
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2008


Bangkok Dangerous

For genre fare Hollywood has long turned to Asia for a creative spark.
Like a Nine Inch Nails video in need of trimming for YouTube
By TOM MEEK  |  September 09, 2008

Signs of life

Gone are the days when documentaries were regarded as the scruffy relatives of “real” films.
A full slate of compelling fare at the 11th annual Newport International Film Festival

Suvarnabhumi Kiri

Suvarnabhumi means “golden kingdom” and Kiri, “mountain,” meant to evoke a pastoral Xanadu, not a stale sandwich scarfed between security and boarding. That’s a relief.
Cambodian food takes off, with Thai and sushi in tow
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 05, 2008

Noir comedy

As in Casablanca , whose transient denizens are waiting for visas, most of Macao is just waiting — as if for Godot.
Adrfit in Macao lives up to its name
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 16, 2008

On the hot plate

To forecast food trends for Portland in 2008 is to prophesy the nation’s in 2009.
Portland's food gods smile on 2008
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 26, 2007


The taste of love

That childhood taunt, “Why don’t you marry it!” might actually be worth listening to if the love professed is of a kind of food.
Thai red curry's secret is in the leaves
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 24, 2007

It’s not big, it’s large

Legislative candidate: “Thanks for your time, Mr. Swamp Thing.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 12, 2007

Laotian dreams

Dr. Siri Paiboun has a sense of proportion.
Colin Cotterill’s Dr. Siri novels
By CLEA SIMON  |  September 04, 2007

Fill your belly

Portland is a great eating town.
Without emptying your wallet
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007

In search of Kerouac

Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 29, 2007


Establishing a neighborhood boîte amid several first-rate competitors sounds downright suicidal.
 Thai with other accents
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 25, 2007


A lot of good but fake Mexican food has been made under the bridge where Prairie Star used to be located.
A new identity for an old home
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 13, 2007

Pots and kettles

Matt Taibbi wonders (rhetorically, of course) “why black athletes hate playing in this town,” in his most recent “ Sports Blotter ” column.
Letters to the Boston editor: May 11, 2007

Far out

Carol Abbe sat very still on the international flight taking her from Beirut to Taipei.
As the war escalates, a onetime hippie chick reflects on the groovy time she spent in Afghanistan and Iran in the late ’60s
By LAUREN WOLFE  |  May 04, 2007

Readers' picks 2007: Food and drink

J's Oyster Bar, Geary's Pale Ale, Caiola's, and more.
Best local beer, best brunch, best new restaurant, best lobster roll, and more
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 19, 2007

Rim Nahm

I’ll tell of a time when there were no sriracha or choo chee sauces in Rhode Island, no lime leaves, galangal, or even a tom yum soup to put them into.
Contentment at the water's edge
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2007

Prometheus’s fire

One year younger than Dolly Parton, Iggy is an indestructible trouper whose communion with his audience is vulgar, essential, perennial.
Iggy and the Stooges bring it again
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 06, 2007

Fit to be Thai’d

This retro spoof is an affectionate homage to cheapo Thai Westerns of the 1950s, trashy Thai action films of the 1960s, weepie melodramas of all eras.
Black Tiger delights; Fauteuils d’orchestre bores
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 27, 2007

Thai Kitchen

That Cambridge’s Thai Kitchen is not quite a diamond in the rough compared with some of its neighboring competitors is actually just fine.
Surprises await
By LIZ BOMZE  |  August 08, 2006