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.

Flavor Your Life (and Your Drinks) with Natural Homemade Infusions

Four weeks of summer in and it’s nearly autumn again, at least according to the calendar. In other words, this is the perfect time to start infusing everything from olive oil to brandy! Because in four weeks when you are cold again, and have spent all of your money on patio beers in the sunshine, life will be better when you look around and see all kinds of home infusions that have turned your little counter more...

Good Chinese Food in Portland?! Yes, It Does Exist.

We heard once that Portland doesn’t have any good Chinese food. Fellow food enthusiasts, this, to our collective delight, is categorically untrue. Dim sum devotees already flock to Wong’s King and Ocean City every weekend (be sure to take six of your closest friends), and everyone seems to know a solid neighborhood joint or two. We thought we’d pick some dishes that we love to eat when we’re more...

Inspiration, Classes and At-Home Uses for Pickle Brine

Pickles: Rock Stars of Portland's Rustic Food Scene

Pickles: Rock Stars of Portland's Rustic Food Scene

It’s no surprise that Storm Large was one of the judges at Kenny and Zuke’s citywide pickle competition; pickles are the new rock stars of the local rustic food scene. Forget whole-animal and think whole-garden; pickling is a great way to preserve seasonal fruit and vegetable bounty. And for the inquisitive, the playful, and the adventurous, there’s the appeal of the fact that you can pickle just more...

From the Classic Deli to the Artisanal Sandwich, Portland's Got It Covered

Celebrating National Sandwich Month in Portland

Celebrating National Sandwich Month in Portland

Did you know August is the month of the mighty sandwich? No better place to celebrate than this fine city, which is filled with sandwich superfans far and wide. Producing them, eating them, coming up with new ways of making them, sandwiches just get us going. From the classic deli to the artisanal sandwich, Portland’s got it covered, and we’ve come up with a list that highlights some of our greatest hits. more...

Doing-It-Yourself Never Tasted So Good

Craft Cocktails From Your Garden [Recipes Included]

Craft Cocktails From Your Garden [Recipes Included]

To have a windowsill cocktail garden of one’s own is a beautiful, summery thing. Sure, the fresh herbs (and fruit) catapult your average homemade libation into craft cocktail territory. But more importantly, the delicious factor—how fresh everything will taste—is getting turned up to 11. Then there’s the added appeal of bragging rights when you entertain and the certain satisfaction of simply more...

Portlanders Are Park People, and With Good Reason.

Seven Reasons to Explore Portland Parks

Seven Reasons to Explore Portland Parks

Portlanders are park people, and with good reason. We’re pretty spoiled when it comes to well-maintained, bountiful outdoor spaces here. You probably know the best parks around your neighborhood as well as you know the hotspots around town, like the Rose Garden and the Arboretum. But let’s say you’re looking to get out of your ‘hood and explore a bit, or you’re wondering where you can more...

Punch Is Popping Up on Cocktail Menus All Over Town

Five Portland Bars That Pack a Punch

Five Portland Bars That Pack a Punch

Move over, mojitos and caipirinhas. Tall and rummy was so last summer. You might have noticed a newcomer popping up on the cocktail lists of bars all over town: punch! Borne of the prevailing trend of the 1920s speakeasy throwback, punch is making a serious return to the drinking scene, and we suspect this is just the beginning! Good thing, because July’s around the corner, and what sunshine-and-libation-loving more...

Sausage Lovers and Pork Belly Enthusiasts, Rejoice!

Old World Eats: Perfect Companion to Portland Rain

Old World Eats: Perfect Companion to Portland Rain

Remember when Portland was sunny by June? Yeah, neither do we. But let’s look on the bright side (hah!): This kind of weather is the perfect complement to hearty Old World cookery, which is enjoying a revival on the PDX foodie circuit. Aside from being delicious, it also syncs well with Portland’s progressive dining scene. Rustic Eastern European fare championed the sustainable farming, local more...