The search for America’s best food cities: Portland, Ore.

  • The search for America’s best food cities: Portland, Ore.

    The search for America’s best food cities: Portland, Ore.

    Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema takes his tour of America’s dining capitals to Stumptown.

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  • The key fact Americans are finally starting to understand about cheese

    The key fact Americans are finally starting to understand about cheese

    It’s seasonal. And in the summer, it’s lighter and brighter because of what cows, sheep and goats eat.

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  • Why you should get to know cashew cream, even if you eat dairy

    Why you should get to know cashew cream, even if you eat dairy

    WEEKNIGHT VEGETARIAN | The vegan staple is also a delicious way to make dishes healthful.

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Party on: Here’s your guide to Fourth of July food and drink

Party on: Here’s your guide to Fourth of July food and drink

From snacks to desserts, takeout to DIY picnics, here are some tips for your holiday weekend.

S’mores for adults: Just add lemon curd or Nutella. Or booze.

S’mores for adults: Just add lemon curd or Nutella. Or booze.

CHAT LEFTOVERS | After the dinner party, we’re betting the guests want to make upscale campfire treats.

Would you like whiskey, wine or a farm with that dinner?

Would you like whiskey, wine or a farm with that dinner?

FOOD CALENDAR | Plenty of opportunities and festivals to choose from this week and onward.

What and where to eat near the Mall on the Fourth of July

What and where to eat near the Mall on the Fourth of July

Whether you’re taking out or bringing your own, here are tips on how to eat well during the holiday festivities.

The search for America’s best food cities: Portland, Ore.

The search for America’s best food cities: Portland, Ore.

Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema takes his tour of America’s dining capitals to Stumptown.

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Portland: America's Best Food Cities

Portland: America's Best Food Cities

Food critic Tom Sietsema visited his fourth city in a 10-month-long project to eat, drink and shop his way through the nation's best food cities. First, Charleston, San Francisco and Chicago. Now, Portland.

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The quirky dishes and spots that make Portland one of America’s best food cities

The quirky dishes and spots that make Portland one of America’s best food cities

The city called Stumptown wields significant culinary influence.

Be a curd nerd: 6 summer cheeses to try right now

Be a curd nerd: 6 summer cheeses to try right now

Where to find the cheeses that are lighter in flavor and texture than their wintertime counterparts.

The key fact Americans are finally starting to understand about cheese

The key fact Americans are finally starting to understand about cheese

It’s seasonal. And in the summer, it’s lighter and brighter because of what cows, sheep and goats eat.

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Waking up at the Portland Farmers Market

Waking up at the Portland Farmers Market

Vendors start setting up at the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University around sunrise on Saturday mornings. The market offers everything from local produce and homemade jams to breakfast burritos.

Landlord files suit to evict Gypsy Soul from Mosaic District

Landlord files suit to evict Gypsy Soul from Mosaic District

Court documents show chef R.J. Cooper and his wife owe more than $270,000.

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Why Portland loves breakfast

Why Portland loves breakfast

From chicken and waffles to homemade pastries, residents of Portland prioritize breakfast and brunch.

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Why you should get to know cashew cream, even if you eat dairy

Why you should get to know cashew cream, even if you eat dairy

WEEKNIGHT VEGETARIAN | The vegan staple is also a delicious way to make dishes healthful.

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5 all-American wines for the Fourth

5 all-American wines for the Fourth

PICKS | They’re from Virginia, New York, Texas and California and cost from $13 to $19.

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Why the American market is so important to Bordeaux winemakers

Why the American market is so important to Bordeaux winemakers

WINE | They once snubbed us for China, but U.S. economic potential has caused a change of heart.

The crucial piece of the Smithsonian’s new demo kitchen

The crucial piece of the Smithsonian’s new demo kitchen

Without a massive vent hood to protect exhibits, the history museum’s project never could have happened

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Why your Fourth of July plans should include sherry

Why your Fourth of July plans should include sherry

SPIRITS | Its historic ties to America make it perfect for the holiday. And then there’s its cocktail versatility.

Tupelo Honey in Arlington is an experience that’s far from sweet

Tupelo Honey in Arlington is an experience that’s far from sweet

FIRST BITE | The North Carolina-based chain takes its first steps into Virginia with a stumble-filled menu.

You’ll want to phone home about these outdoor movie snacks

You’ll want to phone home about these outdoor movie snacks

WEEKEND KITCHEN | Grab your blanket and pack a cooler with these deliciously easy recipes.

A veteran waiter shares what’s actually annoying about restaurants

A veteran waiter shares what’s actually annoying about restaurants

He explains why servers do what they do — and how to complain if something is wrong.

Red, white and blue desserts for the Fourth of July

Red, white and blue desserts for the Fourth of July

RECIPES | From icebox cakes to puddings and mousse, here’s some sweet inspiration.

How to feed a crowd at your Fourth of July party

How to feed a crowd at your Fourth of July party

RECIPES | No need to scale up. These dishes are perfectly sized for large parties.

Make these drinks to toast the Fourth of July, and summer in general

Make these drinks to toast the Fourth of July, and summer in general

RECIPES | Cans of soda in a cooler? You can do much better with these beverage recipes.

How to make magic with little more than potatoes and onions

How to make magic with little more than potatoes and onions

EVERYDAY DORIE | Sometimes, less is indeed more. That’s the idea behind Potato Rosettes.

The essential guide to ice cream and frozen desserts around Washington

The essential guide to ice cream and frozen desserts around Washington

We’re lucky to have shops selling nearly every kind of cool treat you can think of. Here’s where to start.

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Where porgy swims with a Mediterranean flair

Where porgy swims with a Mediterranean flair

PLATE LAB | Simple sauce graces grilled whole fish at Cashion’s Eat Place in Adams Morgan.

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The secret to a cool, crisp, even elegant shrimp salad

The secret to a cool, crisp, even elegant shrimp salad

NOURISH | This summery, versatile dish works as a starter, a side and a main course.

Former Table chef Patrick Robinson moves to the Ashby Inn

Former Table chef Patrick Robinson moves to the Ashby Inn

Patrick Robinson, former chef at Table in Shaw, will succeed David Dunlap at the Ashby Inn.

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Mastro’s Steakhouse review: A well-played rendition of a tired song

Mastro’s Steakhouse review: A well-played rendition of a tired song

2 stars | D.C. doesn’t need any more steakhouses, but the latest example of the genre hits several high notes.

From the golden age of cocktails to the most patriotic libation

From the golden age of cocktails to the most patriotic libation

FOOD CALENDAR | A week of wine dinners, festivals, and Fourth of July festivities

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Tom Sietsema’s 2014 Fall Dining Guide

The Washington Post food critic reveals his top dining destinations for the months ahead.

Cooking Classes

A list of local cooking classes for all skill levels and tastes around the D.C. area.

Steps to a sensational smoothie

To take your smoothie to the next level and maximize nutrient density, here are six elements to include.

Farmers market listings

The Washington Post Food section’s 2014 listing and map of farmers markets in the area.

Interactive map of CSAs in the Washington area

There are more than 70 farms around the region offering community-supported agriculture, or CSA, programs highlighted on this map.

The Washington Post cookbook

The collection features recipes that span more than 50 years of Food section coverage.

The big chill: A freezer guide

Use this guide to learn the best ways to take your food from freezer to table.

The whole scoop on ice cream

This might be the help you’ve been waiting for: base recipes, current standards for various frozen desserts and tips for serving and storing.

Nourish recipes

Search more than 100 healthful entrees, all clocking in at less than 500 calories, from Stephanie Witt Sedgwick.

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The search for America’s best food cities: Portland, Ore.

Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema takes his tour of America’s dining capitals to Stumptown.

Portland: America's Best Food Cities

America's Best Food Cities: See where Tom Sietsema went in Portland

Food critic Tom Sietsema visited his fourth city in a 10-month-long project to eat, drink and shop his way through the nation's best food cities. First, Charleston, San Francisco and Chicago. Now, Portland.

Tupelo Honey in Arlington is an experience that’s far from sweet

ARLINGTON, VA - JUNE 10: Goat cheese grits poppers with a smoked jalapeño sauce and apple salsa at the Tupelo Honey Cafe in Arlington, VA on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

FIRST BITE | The North Carolina-based chain takes its first steps into Virginia with a stumble-filled menu.

Restaurants are so dark these days it’s impossible to even read the menu

Restaurant rants food illos by Patrick George for The Washington Post

RANT | Dim illumination is the new noisy dining room, or my kvetch du jour.

Centrolina Osteria and Market off to a promising start

WASHINGTON, DC-June 8: Carrots roasted, fried, and pickled served with lemon yogurt and turmeric at Centrolina Osteria and Market in City Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

FIRST BITE | Chef Amy Brandwein promises a frequently changing menu in CityCenterDC.