The Unsung: Portland's Tried-and-True Brunch Spots

In a way, Portland’s brunch scene sort of mirrors the way Hollywood schedules its summer blockbusters. When the next big thing is announced, we all flock to it, happy to stand in line for just a taste. And then, we line up to do it all over again the following week when the next next big thing is announced. Now, that’s not to say that all these new brunch spots have the nutritional equivalence of more...

Spanish reds, Iberian hams and Cow Bell cheeses

Now Open in Portland: Conserva

Now Open in Portland: Conserva

Viridian Farms’ Leslie and Manuel Recio may have given up farming (they’re training their neighbor to take over their little island plot), but they haven’t given up on the farm: They still plan on featuring Viridian produce at Conserva, their new Pearl District specialty market. What’s in store for the store? Lots, includingjams, vegetable preserves, olive oil caviar, Iberian hams, anchovies, more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: The Groaning Board

Amee Finigan’s gastropub is located on Portland’s south waterfront. Now, gastropub’s a word that a lot of snarksters are trying to blot out, but frankly, that’s the word that best describes The Groaning Board. Its happy hour menu has many of the usual snacks you’d find on pretty much any menu in town, but the kitchen’s chef, Cory Chunn, gives old favorites some new life. Take, for more...

A sort of James Bond sexiness for both men and women

Look Sharp: Gold+Arrow's Art of Hair

Look Sharp: Gold+Arrow's Art of Hair

Gretchen Hotz didn’t really find the beauty industry so much as it found her. When the Bend native moved to Portland, her first job was managing a local espresso company. Once she realized that the job didn’t thrill her, she rented a commissary kitchen in the mid-‘90s and started preparing sandwiches, pastries and fruit cups, which she’d put in a basket attached to her bike and pedal around more...

PDX beauty products: Meet Leah Schlechter

Made in Portland: FootGloss

Made in Portland: FootGloss

Ladies, does this sound familiar? “I’ve always loved great shoes but was frustrated with how many times I’d buy a pair and they would destroy my feet. Before wearing a new pair of shoes, I’d stick Band-Aids all over my feet in the spots where I thought the shoes might rub, but besides looking terrible, inevitably the Band-Aids would slip off and I’d spend the day hobbling around in more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Muscadine

First things first: When pronouncing the i in Muscadine, you should be saying eye. Second thing second: Thanks to Muscadine, Portland just upped its soul food game in a very big way. Chef Laura Rhoman, who runs the 40-seat spot with her wife, Libby, is a Tupelo, Miss., native, and she spent her formative years cooking in some of the south’s finer dining establishments. Judging by the food, you should be very more...

North Portland just got a new weed dispensary

Now Open in Portland: Stash

Now Open in Portland: Stash

Portland’s latest dispensary, known for its “quality marijuana and fine provisions,” has just opened its doors in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood. Scott Stephenson’s 1,500-square-foot boutique offers 11 Oregon-grown strains as well as tinctures, butane hash oils (BHO), and edibles like pineapple- and root beer-flavored hard candies, chocolate bars, caramels and truffles. And of course, Stephenson more...

Where to Find Portland's Best Happy Hour Burgers

Almost every chef in this town makes a cheeseburger because you love cheeseburgers and every chef loves you. But not every burger is created equal. Some burgers are better than others. But, can we all agree that the best burgers are the ones that come to us at a discount? Especially when they come with onion rings, pork belly or a side of hand-cut fries—or even better, bottomless fries. When you have the burger more...

Can there really be a one-two combo that beats cocktails and pedicures?

Where to Pamper Yourself in Portland: Fleur de Lys Nail and Waxing Studio

Where to Pamper Yourself in Portland: Fleur de Lys Nail and Waxing Studio

Kim Paulson has been a realtor, a travel agent and even a gemologist tasked with grading and evaluating diamonds and stones. When she decided to get her aesthetician’s license, she didn’t think she’d do it for very long. But almost 15 years after being certified, she and her small team continue pampering your hands and feet (and if you need it, the rest of your body via waxings) at her mani-pedi more...

PDX beauty products: Meet Shannon Conley

Made in PDX: Serious Serum

Made in PDX: Serious Serum

Shannon Conley had a problem. As a licensed esthetician, she “always struggled with finding a great product to help my clients prevent and treat ingrown hairs.” Readily available products left her unsatisfied with their inconsistent results and price points, but then she bought a serum “for $75 that was meant for my face, and I began using it on my bikini area to see how it worked. It was a light more...