Memorial Day weekend is basically here, which means some Portlanders may end up spending the next few days drinking on patios, playing retro video games over Seattle dogs, or catching the next flight out of here. Before the weekend starts, skim the final new tidbits of the week, from taco pop-ups to paleo cookbooks.
TACO TIME — Tacos + Tequila, the seasonal outdoor Mexican counter on the waterfront, is now open for the season. The pop-up’s menu ranges from halibut and chorizo tacos with guava-serrano salsa to bay shrimp escabeche with queso asadero, served alongside classic tequila cocktails like margaritas and palomas. Tacos + Tequila is open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, weather permitting, but the pop-up will remain open for Memorial Day. The pop-up is located at the RiverPlace Marina, near the RiverPlace hotel. [EaterWire]
LITERARY DEPARTURE — Top Chef alum and Departure chef Gregory Gourdet is writing a health-conscious cookbook. Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health will have 150 dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and legume-free recipes, inspired by everything from the Departure menu to his Haitian upbringing. The book should hit shelves spring 2021. [PoMo]
JUST THE CHECK — Hood River voted down a proposed 5 percent tax on restaurant meals that would go to maintaining natural spaces and the county history museum. The county is currently dealing with multimillion-dollar deficit, and those who designed the bill thought tourists would pay most of the taxes. 59 percent of voters rejected the bill. [The O]