Sinless Sweets: Plant-Based Pies make healthy taste good

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Barclay Losse has a sweet tooth. He also has diabetes. About a year and a half ago, Losse started experimenting with desserts that he could enjoy without jeopardizing his health. “I wanted to create something tasty that wouldn’t mess with my blood sugar as much as other tasty things,” he…

Best of Central Oregon 2014: Best Produce

Bend Farmers’ Market By Erin Rook, Source Weekly There’s nothing quite like biting into a sweet, tender peach picked at the height of ripeness. It’s a rare treat in a world where most grocery store produce ripens on a truck as it travels thousands of miles from the orchard to the chain store. At the Bend…

Beyond the Garden: Taking plant-based burgers to the next level

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Vegetarian burgers, while still deemed oxymoronic by the meat-loving masses, have come a long way since the patties first found their way to commercial markets about two decades ago, when what had previously been “hippie food” sidestepped into the mainstream. And yet, most sit-down burger joints have just one version…

Killer Tofu: Local scientist warns of GMO risks

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Dr. Ray Seidler, a retired Oregon State University professor and former microbiologist for the Environmental Protection Agency, is on a mission to educate local communities about what he says are the dangers of allowing genetically modified organisms into the food supply unlabeled and unregulated. The scientist says he was spurred to action after…

Cabin Fever: Dogwood Cocktail Cabin elevates downtown drinking

By Erin Rook and Brianna Brey, Source Weekly Bend is a beer town through and through (see this week’s feature). The downtown drinking and dining scene is awash in tap handles and IBU scales. So when Dogwood Cocktail Cabinhit the scene last month with a distinct lack of beer selection and an emphasis on craft cocktail…

Bites for Rights Raises Funds for BRO in Bend

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly If you haven’t taken your lunch/coffee/dinner break yet, let us make a few recommendations. Today is Bites for Rights, which means that participating restaurants are contributing a portion of their proceeds to Basic Rights Oregon the statewide LGBT rights org—when you eat there today. Despite the recent marriage equality victory, there’s still work to be done to…