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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.
| 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
| December 03, 2010
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
| 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?
| 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
| March 26, 2010
Sawaddee Thai Restaurant
Sometimes I think back to when there were no Thai restaurants in Providence.
Let a thousand spices bloom
| 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
| 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
| October 09, 2009
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
| 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
| 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
| September 17, 2008
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
| 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
BILL RODRIGUEZ AND JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ
| May 28, 2008
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
MC SLIM JB
| March 05, 2008
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
| 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
| 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
| October 24, 2007
It’s not big, it’s large
Legislative candidate: “Thanks for your time, Mr. Swamp Thing.”
Politics and other mistakes
| September 12, 2007
Dr. Siri Paiboun has a sense of proportion.
Colin Cotterill’s Dr. Siri novels
| September 04, 2007
Fill your belly
Portland is a great eating town.
Without emptying your wallet
| 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?!
| August 29, 2007
Establishing a neighborhood boîte amid several first-rate competitors sounds downright suicidal.
Thai with other accents
| 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
| 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
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| May 09, 2007
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
| 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
PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF
| April 19, 2007
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
| April 18, 2007
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
| 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
| February 27, 2007
That Cambridge’s Thai Kitchen is not quite a diamond in the rough compared with some of its neighboring competitors is actually just fine.
| August 08, 2006
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