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Portland Food Cart Operators Arrested for Buying Stolen Meat and Soda

Monday, February 02, 2015


Two food cart operators in a popular pod near Southwest 10th Avenue and Washington Street were arrested last week for allegedly buying stolen goods, including meat, soda, utensils, and oven cleaner. 

Renuka Devi Prasad, 48, who runs Ren's Bubble Tea, and Wing Fai Lee, 56, who operates Chop Chop, were arrested and charged with 'attempted theft by receiving,' the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement. 

The arrests come on the heels of a joint theft investigation between the PPB's white collar crimes unit and Safeway, Inc., which began in the fall of of 2014. Officials began investigating incidents in which shoplifters were selling stolen goods to food cart operators.

During the investigation, other food carts showed a willingness to buy stolen items from undercover investigators, PPB said. 


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Mushrooms are intoxicating, literally. Some are full of poisonous toxins, while others smell of apricots, fresh seafood or simply the fresh rot of the forest floor. Yet we relish their meaty wildness, that fleeting savor found in a bite of venison back strap or a fresh-caught whole trout.

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Pork is so rock 'n' roll. That's just one of the many things that was garnered on the first day of Feast Portland.

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Urban farmer and master gardner, Amelie Rousseau, shared how to make delicious hard cider at home in just five easy steps. A perfect drink to warm you up this winter. 

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Free Burgers from Little Big Burger to Celebrate Fourth Birthday

Portland's beloved chain Little Big Burger turned four on September 17, and invited everyone to celebrate with a free burger. 

Customers will got the choice of a free hamburger, cheeseburger, or veggie burger. All burgers, except the veggie burger, are made with Cascade Natural beef and served on a brioche bun with fresh veggies, Camden’s Catsup, and a choice of local cheeses.

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Portland Restaurants' No-Reservation Policy

What's wrong with Portland restaurants' no-reservation policy? Asked GoLocalPX contributor Caryn Brooks.

The no-reservation, high-ticket restaurant is very Portland with its undercurrent of punk rock insouciance. Many big cities have famous lowbrow joints that have people lining up for hours, but white-tableclothed restaurants with $30 entrees are another thing altogether.

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Starbucks' Pumpkin Scones Withdrawn From Stores

Problems with “packaging” forced Starbucks to stop selling pumpkins scones in its stores around the country just days after they first became available.

The pastry - with its pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and pumpkin icing - has long been one of the signs of Fall for the coffee giant. They were even included in a press release last month outing the pumpkin-flavored offerings that help people “celebrate the return of Fall.”

GoLocalPDX discovered the shortage in several Portland Starbucks and then confirmed with stores around the country that they had been withdrawn.

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He reveals menu items for new restaurants including, “BRODOJO”- Italian and Japanese inspired broth based soups served in a working Dojo, "Salt and Schmaltz" - a multi-faceted lifestyle collection aimed at Portland’s underserved Jewish community, and “Slaughter”-a unique karaoke butcher shop.

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Leather Storrs explains the wrong way to write a menu and why certain menus work and others don't.

"Gloria’s hand-picked heirloom mesclun and foraged purslane tumbled with brunoised red ambition shallot, hard-neck garlic, small farm Dijon, house made Zinfandel vinegar, first cold pressed arbequina olive oil, Himalayan salt flakes and toasted tellicherry pepper is a mixed green salad with vinaigrette."

Yeah. That doesn't work. 

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Ah Portland, city of contradictions. It may be home to the highest population of vegans in the country (we have to check the math on this one) but it’s also a bacon-lover’s paradise. Hell, it’s even been ranked as the fifth best city in the country for bacon lovers.

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Portlanders like to eat bacon in all manner of traditional and less traditional ways – it’s a veritable Portlandy pork-fest around here most of the time. But being Portlanders, we don’t stop at your run-of-the-mill breakfast bacon. We’ve found way weirder uses for this dietary staple. 

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But Portland has other daring and doughy donut offerings to share that may even involve less of a line than Voodoo. There are late night spots, mom-and-pop shops and, of course, artisan options that include ice cream on donuts, donuts with alcohol and donuts with a swarma chaser.

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Produce Row Cafe will closed its doors at 2 AM. on Wednesday September, 2.

Produce Row Cafe, or just “The Row,” as many of the longtime regulars called it, opened its doors way back in 1974.  This popular Portland pub—the first cafe ever owned by the McMenamin brothers— served as a frosty oasis for blue-collar types and politicians alike for four decades.

It was for everybody.

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