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In a land where thick and fluffy buttermilk pancakes are the norm in diners across the Rogue Valley, crunchy yet soft waffles have made their way onto the scene. Finally. The Liege in Jacksonville opened its doors a few months ago, serving up sweet and savory specialty waffles, smoothies, and

I’ve lived in Ashland for seven years now, and I’ve worked in the service industry for just as long. I get a lot of questions about the area: “Is it always so hot here?” and “Why are there so many people with dreadlocks?” and “Are you an actor at the

Truth told, the rise of Ramen has always confused me a bit. As a growing boy that preferred to measure his food by the pound, rather than the bowl, the idea of soup for dinner seemed… Lacking. Lacking what? Everything beyond being hot that made it a satisfying meal. The

Here’s the thing about Opposition Brewing: it’s not for touristy types. If you’re looking for a nice sit-down place, for table service, a nice ambiance, or something quiet to have a conversation about the Shakespearean play you’ve just seen, this place is not for you. But if you want a

In some ways, a good place to start a story about Omar’s in Ashland is with the hard-boiled detective writer, Raymond Chandler. He didn’t necessarily visit the place ever; at least, not in person, but perhaps in spirit. The godfather of gritty lit noir was in the zeigest when Omar’s—the

My parents were big fans of Mel Brooks, which meant I grew up watching a lot of Gene Wilder.  The VHS cases of Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles were well worn. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a staple in our collection as well. Not quite the sardonic satire

A good meal is a good memory. I can recall many happy evenings spent in restaurants with family and friends throughout my life, taking in the sights, smells and flavors that would bombard the senses. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Hither in Ashland, and left with a new

PHOTO by Peter Oviatt (Truffles found at the Vaughn Family Farm) The smells of musk, old leather, garlic and bitter chocolate—of French Périgord truffles—are permeating Rogue Valley soils for the first time ever this truffle season, as Périgords have been successfully grown at the Vaughn Family Farm and Orchard in Central

“Tourism is the front door to Ashland’s economy,” explains Katharine Cato, Director for Travel Ashland Director. She goes on to explain that Ashland welcomes over 350,000 visitors annually, and within that are more than 100 restaurants, an impressive per capita number for a small town. Sure, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Noble Coffee just won its sixth Good Food Award, which is more than any other coffee company in the country? Why? What is the magic? JR: Any roaster who wants to be recognized in the coffee industry submits coffees to the Good Food Awards each year. Submissions undergo a blind