Where to Brunch in Portland: Iconic

When you first step into Iconic, the first thing you’ll notice is the large movie screen behind the bar. The next thing you’ll ask is: “What am I watching?” Chances are it’s not a classic talky, but rather a modern one projected in black and white with the sound dialed down: Think a tightly shorn, monochromatic version of Kurt Russell in Stargate and you’ll begin to get the more...

DIYing, with a little help from the pros in St. Johns

Now Open in Portland: St. Johns Living Well

Now Open in Portland: St. Johns Living Well

After years spent working in the nonprofit arena (and a short spell as owner of a local vintage wedding shop), Kellie Guess, with the help of her husband, Todd, has just opened a health and home shop that caters to this town’s many DIYers. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn to make soaps and candles or how to ferment, preserve and can your own edibles, this is your new spot. All of the raw DIY ingredients more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Davis Street Tavern

Since its doors first opened in 2008, Davis Street Tavern’s become a comfortable second home to the just-out-of-work crowd: It’s a roomy place and can easily accommodate large parties, but if you want, it can be intimate too. Just belly up to the bar with a colleague or a book. And the food menu here runs the right-on-the-money pub fare gamut. There are oysters, steamed mussels, an especially righteous more...

These Portlanders are customizing the taste of their whiskey in just 24 hours

Made In Portland: Time & Oak’s Whiskey Elements

Made In Portland: Time & Oak’s Whiskey Elements

Tony Peniche often fantasized about walking out of the liquor store with a bottle of top-shelf whiskey for a great price—yet that never happens. So, it was during one of these trips when his aha moment came. He asked himself, “What is the difference between top-shelf whiskeys and well whiskeys?”: He knew all whiskey starts clear but the flavor, smoothness, filtration and color comes from the oak more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: 23Hoyt

The front and back of house at this Bruce Carey joint is known for putting individual and seasonal twists on familiar favorites. The breakfast martini gets doses of both lemon and homemade marmalade. It’s refreshing, both literally and, because it’s made with gin, figuratively. (Can we all agree that there’s no such thing as a vodka martini?) On the eats side, the Benedict comes with pulled pork in more...

Lather, rinse and repeat like a local

Now Open in Portland: Maak Lab

Now Open in Portland: Maak Lab

You may not know it, but you’re probably familiar with Anoria Gilbert’s work. Since early 2013, she’s been making soaps, candles and salves for retailers like Tanner Goods and Bridge & Burn, and even made a collaborative gin-based soap with Aviation Gin. Her new West End studio and showroom spotlights those same products scented with a variety of what Gilbert says reminds her of Oregon: more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Yakuza Lounge

The staff at Yakuza know how to set a mood: The lighting here is low, the dining room’s design is sensual, and the music, hip-hoppy. In other words, like a Flying Wallenda, they find the right balance between seductive and electric. Lucky for you, they also know how to set a table too. Each drink is designed to balance and compliment the kitchen’s Japanese-inspired ingredients: The beet martini, with its more...

Meet family man and snackable food maker Sam Andemariam

Made In Portland: Mariam Foods

Made In Portland: Mariam Foods

Food and family are at the core of Sam Andemariam’s existence. Born in Eritrea and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Andemariam’s childhood was shaped by food. In fact, his house was connected to the restaurant his parents ran and Andemariam literally had to walk through the restaurant to get home every single day. His father had an obsessive passion for quality ingredients and creating an enjoyable dining more...

Meet poster maker and screen printer Gary Houston

Made in Portland: Gary Houston's Voodoo Catbox

Made in Portland: Gary Houston's Voodoo Catbox

Gary Houston has drawers upon drawersfull of screen printed posters he’s made for the Grateful Dead, Wilco, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters and countless other rock and roll greats, but he’ll never namedrop. Never mind that, he doesn’t need to: One gander around his museum-esque studio (or a poke through his website) and you can immediately see the types of jazz, blues and more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: BTU Brasserie

The brunch menu at Chris Bogart and Nate Yovu’s microbrewing Chinese restaurant may be slim, but the flavors in each dish are balanced—nuanced even. In other words, nothing’s too spicy, nor too mild: Everything’s been perfectly Goldilocks'd allowing you to taste every one of each dish’s many ingredients. (Of course, you can always take the heat up to 11 by asking for some of the more...