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This Week in Cascadia: PDX Pop-Up Mahem; Erupting Diorama Dining in Seattle

Welcome to Cascadia Wire, a look at restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.
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Palace Cakes. [Photo: Avila/EPDX]

SEATTLE— Excitement has been building over the past several months about Trove, the new 4,000-square-foot project that's split into four moving parts: A Korean barbecue with eight built-in grill tables; a front noodle counter; an ice cream parfait station and window; and a bar serving cocktails, including a few that feature house-made beer syrup. Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi's (Joule, Revel) latest concept includes some pretty amazing design details, like a huge lit up diorama of Mt. Rainier erupting in the bar and hand-drawn wallpaper in the main dining room. Eater Seattle has details. [ESEA]

PORTLAND— Elizabeth Beekley, the renowned baker behind diminutive cookie shop Two Tarts Bakery, turns her attention to gorgeous layer cakes at her new downtown bakery. And there's no cupcake-mania here: Palace Cakes serves cake by the slice, from a breakfast-friendly streusel coffee cake to a buttercream-covered lemon chiffon, paired with coffee or tea. [EPDX]

PORTLAND— Pop-up dinners are all the rage in Portland these days, so Eater PDX has compiled a handy list of this month's roving dinner options, ranging from an Olympia oyster bar (popping up in a Japanese restaurant) to a Middle East-inspired weekend brunch (which pops-up in a NE pizzeria). And speaking of Middle East brunches, iconic brunch spot Tasty N Sons (an Eater 38 stalwart) announced it'll shake-up its dinner menu, swapping its eclectic global fare to one inspired by a Chesapeake Bay clam shack once owned chef/owner John Gorham's grandfather. Changes will take place by mid-November. [EPDX]

SEATTLE— Pioneer Square's Pizzeria Gabbiano joins the Seattle Heatmap this month. The instantly popular lunch spot launched in August from Il Corvo's Mike Easton, serving pie that's cut into slices with kitchen shears and sold by the kilo. Gabbiano is only open during the workweek, but check out the map for more restaurants to try if you're traveling to Seattle this weekend. [ESEA]