I've got some fun food events up on the horizon. AND. Loads of activities at OMSI!

Let's get straight to the point.

Thursday, January 11th + 18th


Ray Restaurant, formally known as Lincoln Restaurant on North Williams a restaurant from Portland cookbook author and previous Top Chef Master's competitor, Jenn Louis. Jenn's newest creation, Ray, celebrates the diverse cultures and culinary traditions of Israel. Part of that celebration is highlighting all of the many cultures that reside inside of Israel.

For the month of January Ray will feature two special dinners aside from the regular menu. 

  • 01/11 Lincoln old-school pasta dinner
  • 01/18 Israeli Russian dinner

The dinners will cost $40 for food courses with beverage pairings available separately. 503-288-6200 for reservations. Vegetarian or non-vegetarian options are available, please note at time of reservation. 

Sunday, January 21st


Rally Pizza is launching a quarterly "Sunday Dinner" series, each dinner with a different regional Italian-inspired theme. The first dinner of this series will take place on Sunday, January 21st 5-9pm, with the theme "Volcanic Wines of Italy"

The dinner is 5 courses at $40 for food and an additional $20 for a four-course wine pairing and optional dessert wine. The regions represented are Campania, Sardinia, and Sicily. Chefs Alan Maniscalco and Shan Wickham's menu is inspired by these regions, with wine from each region to pair.

Volcanic Wines of Italy Menu:

Amuse: Chickpea fritters with smoked chile aioli

Antipasti: Frito misto -or- house made burrata with artichokes, citrus, and avocado.

Pasta: Handmade saffron pasta with slow cooked chicken and tomato sauce -or- tomato, soffritto, and ricotta salata

Entree: Meat course (either lamb or porchetta) -or- choice of pizza: Margherita, Marinara, or Amatriciana (tomato sauce, red onions, guanciale, pecorino). Entree comes with contorni (veggie sides): rapini, roasted carrots, and cipollini agrodolce.

Dessert: Cannoli sundae

This menu will be served in place of Rally Pizza's usual dinner menu from 5-6 p.m. on Sunday, January 21st. Reservations are recommended: (360) 524 9000.

above photos courtesy of Little Green Pickle.

Thursdays starting January 11th


Every Thursday from 6-9 p.m., now through April 5th guests are invited to North 45 Pub to meet local brewers, enjoy free tastings, $4 pints, and delicious BBQ specials.

During the Brew Hog series, North 45 Pub will host a different local guest brewery each week to showcase their brews with free tasting. Chef Ashley Waechtner will prepare smoked ribs and pork specials to pair with that week's beer selection. 

North 45 "Brew Hog" Series Schedule:

P.s. the 4/5 Blowout party is benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Also, while there, check out the North 45 Pub's newly renovated large year-round patio, complete with a new domed tent and high-efficiency duct tent heaters! Possibly your next destination for a pub crawl?!


Tuesday, January 16th and various events dates


OMSI science pub is a monthly event held in multiple locations throughout the state and is open to all ages. No scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!

Science Pub Portland: Building Grand

Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI

When: January 16, 7 p.m.

Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. 

With Raymond “Paul” Giroux, Dist. M. ASCE, Senior Estimating Manager at Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

OMSI After Dark

Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is typically held on the last Wednesday of every month. Special tasting editions are presented by Entercom and may be held on different days of the week.

Bourbon and Bacon

January 13, 7-10pm

Experience the science of intoxicating flavors and smoky pairings as we enter the sphere of Bourbon and Bacon at OMSI After Dark.


Now You See It

January 31, 6-10 p.m.

Step into the mysterious realm that Houdini once called home and explore the science behind the curtain.

OMSI Contact Info

Phone: 503.797.4000

Website: www.omsi.edu


Museum General Admission: $14.50 (adults) | $9.75 (ages 3-13) | $11.25 (ages 63+)

Submarine: $6.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above), $5.75 for members

Empirical Theater: $7-$8.50 (adults) | $6-$6.50 (ages 3-13) | $6-7 (ages 63+) | $1 off for members Planetarium/Laser Shows: $5.75-$7.50 non-members | $4.75-$7.50 members

OMSI Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Special Open Mondays: Jan 15, Jan 29, Feb 19, Mar 26




8070 e.mill plain blvd

vancouver, wa

open daily: 11a - 9p happy hour: 2 - 5p



Once again,I have found myself on the Washington side of the Columbia River to enjoy some Vancouver eats. never had I ever thought I would be promoting eats from Vancouver, but here I am, and dang, Vancouver has gained an outstanding pizza spot; one that has definitely encouraged my travels to this side of the river.

Rally Pizza, is located in the the mill, vacouver, washington's latest dining destination. with neighbors like smokehouse provisions -which has roots in portland-, and ben's bottle shop; How is this location not already on your radar?

The space is bold and beautiful, and not in a soap opera type way with glare downs and bitch slapping, but in that the interior is done in a fashion I have never seen in our sister city. the restaurant is very spacious, soaked in natural lighting and features beautiful hanging light fixtures in the bar area. The back wall is a friendly blue shade contrasted by the vibrant orange wall highlighting the hallway leading to the restrooms. The seating along the walls and within the bar area is built- up with wood in its naked state. The bar area follows the same smooth and modern flow with white countertops and orange neon lighting. This place is styled unlike any restaurant that I have seen in Vancouver.

Not only is Rally Pizza styled to my taste but they happen to be a super family-friendly atmosphere. both bathrooms offer a changing station, and there's a crap ton of parking -which means if the kid is having a melt down 'operation evacuate' can be performed with haste. 

Although Rally Pizza is really about pizza, their sides are absolutely note worthy and should not be skipped. Rally's recently updated their spring menu offerings with a changing assortment of in-season hearty sides -side items that can stand alone as a full meal.  

New additions to their menu include:

  • Arancini - fried risotto balls filled with meat sauce, and served with a spicy garlic-tomato dipping sauce.
  • Prosciutto & Mozzarella plate - prosciutto san daniele, hand pulled mozzarella, and warm flatbread
  • Bolognese Pizza - tomato sauce, smokey bechamel, slow-cooked beef and pork meat sauce, hand pulled mozzarella, and parmigiano-reggiano
  • Rally Combo Pizza - tomato sauce, mozzarella, roasted mushrooms, olives, smoked jalapenos, sweet and sour onions, and red peppers.
  • A build-your-own-pizza option: start with a base pie of tomato sauce and mozzarella and add from over a options like: anchovies, roasted mushrooms, fried duck egg, and sweet and sour onions.

keep scrolling to read and see everything we tried.

Left photo: prosciutto san danielle plate: hand pulled mozzarella, and warm flatbread, and market greens salad / Right photo: roasted veg plate: asparagus, rapini, snap peas, radishes, carrots, scallions on top of sheep cheese and topped with calabrian chile salsa, and pesto.

Left photo: market greens salad: peas radishes, spring onion, assorted pickled root vegetables, and tossed with a creamy, herbed buttermilk dressing. /Right photo: mango hammock cocktail: spiced rum, mango puree, mezcal, lime and ginger beer. smokey, sweet, cold and satisfying!

Tocco di verde: house-made ricotta, hand pulled mozzarella, parmigiano-reggiano, fennel/chile/garlic oil, and salsa verde

What a savory meat-less delight. a true pie to show off the bare bones of what makes a great pie, just dough baked neapolitan style to perfection and topped with simple freshly prepared ingredients. If you're the type that judges pizza on the crust -like myself- then get yourself over here and test it out. pizza making extraordinaire and executive chef, Alan Maniscalco, is known for constructing the entire pizza game that is known as Ken's Pizza. hello, who needs to hear more?

Snd, just to touch base on my favorite part of any dinner, do yourself a favor and save room for dessert. Rally's offers an assortment of freshly prepared concretes (the midwest version of a blizzard or flurry) blended with house-made cakes that owner Shan Wickman prepares daily.

Top of photo: tiramisu concrete, traditional coffee-soaked sponge cake, mascarpone, and rum zabaglione.

Bottom of photo: devils food cake, classic chocolate cake with chocolate froSting. Both desserts were packed with mix-ins and very decadent, my personal favorite was the tiramisu -with chunks of espresso-soaked cake and creamy custard. And, if pizza coma has taken effect don't fear, these desserts can be privately consumed -in the comforts of your pajamas at home- as all desserts and pizza's can be made for take-away.

disclosure: i was invited to a hosted preview of Rally Pizza's recently launched spring offerings. my invite was not in exchange for a positive review, all opinions shared are my own.