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Paradiso at the Grand Theatre: A Review

Posted on May 12, 2016 in Eat & Drink | 1 comment

by J.M. Murdoch I like to think I wasn’t the only one who waited impatiently for the “epic reveal” of the business which would fill the...

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Eat, Drink, Thrive: Taproot Reinvents Salem’s Food Culture

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Eat & Drink | 2 comments

by J.M. Murdoch You can’t miss him. Well over six feet in height, black-brown dreadlocks tied back with a kerchief and hanging to his...

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Win At the Corner of Fire & Brimstone: Pizza Makes a Comeback

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 in Eat & Drink | 0 comments

by J.M. Murdoch There are some food items that will be eternally popular in America—burgers, hot dogs, steak, tacos…and pizza. I feel like...

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Good food, good taste, good for Salem

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 in Eat & Drink | 0 comments

“I believe in what this company stands for,” says Jayson Selander, partner in Salem’s LivBar business. “It’s not easy to take the path...

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CHEERS TO WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINE: An Intimate Look at Our Local Vineyards and Vintners

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 in Eat & Drink | 0 comments

If I have learned anything from working behind the wine bar, it is that the Willamette Valley’s wine industry is still quite the mystery...

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Taproot Goes Deep

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 in Eat & Drink | 1 comment

This fall’s opening of Taproot Lounge and Café in downtown Salem is the culmination of years of planning by 36 year old owner and operator...

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Autumn Adventures in Independence

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 in Eat & Drink | 0 comments

When wanderlust calls, you answer. So answer I did…and with pleasure. It has been a while since I took a country drive, and even longer...

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The Fruits of Labor Day Weekend

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 in Eat & Drink | 0 comments

Labor Day weekend. The infamous three-day marathon which marks the close of summer and the start of another school year. Whether your...

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Rafns’ Supper Club

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 in Eat & Drink | 0 comments

Dinner parties have always seemed to me the height of civilization– a celebration of all the arts of field and table.  So I was thrilled...

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