Articles by Éva Pelczer

Éva Pelczer

Éva Pelczer is a roving freelance writer and food enthusiast with a background in editorial work, publicity design, and the restaurant industry, notably tending bar. After a year on the road and three in New York City, she's back in Portland. And when she's not writing, researching, or designing ad campaigns, you'll find her behind the stick, where she'll be serving your Negronis up and your martinis dirty. Interests include old maps, new ideas, and having a drink at your favorite neighborhood dive.

Teardrop Lounge’s Daniel Shoemaker Shares His Recipes

Adding Bitters to Your Home Cocktail Bar [Recipes]

Adding Bitters to Your Home Cocktail Bar [Recipes]

Your at-home cocktails gardens are resting prettily in the windowsill. There are no major holidays for which to prepare grog. And, your infusions are happily marinating on the shelves. So, what’s the next step in your home mixology program? Let’s try homemade bitters. With your new bitters brewed, you’ll be able to round out some of your homemade cocktails, make some much-loved, classic cocktails, more...

When You'd Rather Be Eating Good Food Instead of Standing in Line

6 Biscuits and Gravy Plates That Don't Require an Hour Wait

6 Biscuits and Gravy Plates That Don't Require an Hour Wait

It’s some time past a respectable hour to get out of bed, you’ve yet to have your first meal of the day, and there’s only one thing on your mind: biscuits and gravy. The line at Tin Shed is enormous. Pine State will be an hour, at least. Driving out to Arleta Library Bakery Cafe seems an insurmountable task. What is a biscuits-and-gravy-craving Portlander to do? This humblest of humble dishes, more...

Local Mixologists Using Herb-Infused Digestifs in Cocktails

5 Amaro Cocktails That Won't Leave You Bitter

5 Amaro Cocktails That Won't Leave You Bitter

Although amari are most commonly drunk as a post-meal digestif, the unsung heroes of the Italian bitters family should not be limited only to soothing diners who have overindulged with one too many courses. Usually drunk neat, the complex, herb-infused digestifs can vary widely in flavor and even alcohol content, but they also lend depth to cocktails and make excellent compliments to dark and light liquor alike. more...

Get your fried chicken fix with a variety of mouth-watering styles

5 Portland Spots Frying Up Finger Lickin' Fried Chicken

5 Portland Spots Frying Up Finger Lickin' Fried Chicken

Portland may not have “traditional” roots in frying chicken, but it doesn’t take an expert to grasp that fried chicken is “finger lickin’ good.” And although KFC ditched that slogan of 50 years for something “healthier” sounding, Portland knows fried chicken is just that. Luckily, we have our own deliciously crispy fried chicken scene (yep, we said it, there is one) more...

Alternatives to the Most Commonly Ordered Drinks

5 Craft Cocktails That Will Shake Up Your 'Usual'

5 Craft Cocktails That Will Shake Up Your 'Usual'

Why waste your neighborhood-dive order at Portland's craft cocktail bars? Shake up your 'usual' with a snappier alternative. more...

Get Reacquainted With Everyone's Old Winter Friend

Hot Toddies: Portland Bars Reinterpret Seasonal Favorite

Hot Toddies: Portland Bars Reinterpret Seasonal Favorite

It’s getting cold out there, fellow drinkers, and soon, the rains will come. We have two choices: to despair at the impending sunless months or to reacquaint ourselves with everyone’s old winter friend, the hot toddy. But let’s be honest; there’s an obvious winner here. Portland loves a good toddy, as evidenced by the beverage’s regular seasonal appearance on our bar menus. Sure, most more...

A Halloween Treat for Your Favorite Monsters

Grog: So Good It's Scary [Recipe]

Grog: So Good It's Scary  [Recipe]

Let’s imagine that it’s already Halloween, you have your patio lights up and a few carved gourds on the porch, and the important question lingering in the fall air is: what on earth are you going to be serving to your thirsty, be-costumed guests? Grog, fellow drinkers. Go with grog. Because there is no better complement to a night dripping with zombie anythings and sexy everythings than a drink whose more...

Pairs Perfectly With Portland's Fall Weather

DIY Sherry Cocktails [Recipes]

DIY Sherry Cocktails [Recipes]

We know you haven’t had enough of old-school drinks and cocktails yet, so here’s the next in line we’d suggest for your go-to winter list: sherry. That’s right. Sherry. There’s a dry, complex quality to this Spanish wine that makes a lovely pair with the crisp (erm, soggy) autumn breeze starting to blow around Portland. It’s a great drink to offer guests arriving at your dinner more...

Five Places to Feed Your Savory Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup Habit

Best Phơ in Portland

Best Phơ in Portland

Welcome back, rainy fall days! Perfect timing, because we’ve been looking for a better excuse than a hangover to get back into our weeklyphơhabit. And what a town to do it in! Not only is there a lot of this savory Vietnamese beef noodle soup in Portland, we also have a surfeit of regional variations on the dish, ranging from a soup with escargot to one featuring pig’s feet. With this bounty comes a lot more...

Food and Drink Options That Will Make Everything Better. Promise.

Hung Over in Portland: Curing What Ails You

Hung Over in Portland: Curing What Ails You

Well, this topic has been a long time coming. We’ve been to a lot of patio bars, had a few too many punch bowls, and we might have tried to drink our nocino way too early. So what can you do with your heavy, nauseated sack of a body when you’re hung over? Your choices are to sit quietly and hope to die or ingest something. We think that doing the latter—really taking charge of one’s more...