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I used to visit my grandmother every summer, out in the boonies of Idaho. She lived on thirteen acres, took care of three horses and, at one point in her life, regularly carried around a shotgun with the break open as if fearful a water buffalo might stampede through her

Nestled comfortably within a small shopping center in Talent, Oregon is Julek’s Polish Kitchen, a restaurant that has arrived at the crossroads of generations of family recipes and a new sense of GMO-free ingredients. The exterior is neat and non-intrusive, with a handful of outdoor tables and chairs perfect for

The ingredients are simple: Combine water, sugar, and a little deep frying. But the possibilities are infinite.   These four local donut eateries have perfected the classics, while also creating new delicious flavors that becomes coffee’s best friend. Magic Donuts: The donuts were already nearly cleared out for the day

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