Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Thai Bloom!

Alphabet District folks who were sad to see the always-bustling Typhoon! shutter a few years ago can now turn their frowns upside down because the band got back together—many of the names and faces who made up Typhoon!’s kitchen are at it again at Thai Bloom! In all, the menu packs a lot of punch with no fewer than 30 food and drink items, including the requisite green papaya salad, some crisp, crunchy more...

Hot dogs, piñatas and a pair of bean-to-bar chocolate makers

17 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in March 2015

17 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in March 2015

Portland’s food veterans were operating in full force last month, with a fourth Blue Star Donuts shop from Micah Camden and Katie Poppe, as well as a new ramen spot for Biwa’s Gabe Rosen and Kina Voelz, a new barbecue joint by BJ Smith, and two—count ‘em, two!—new cheese spots by Cheese Bar’s Steve Jones. But, March also brought us brick and mortars from hot dog makers, bean-to-bar more...

Spring Gardening 101 with Portland Nursery

Get ready, gardening season is here. Or rather, it’s just days away. On average, the last frost date falls on or around April 15, Portland Nursery’s Sara Ori says. Once that date passes, she says, it’s a safe bet to start your spring planting. What you decide to plant, of course, depends on what you want your garden to look like and produce. If you’re simply looking for beautification, the more...

PDX beauty products: Meet Megan Crosby

Made in Portland: CH Goble Salt Co.

Made in Portland: CH Goble Salt Co.

The jars of body scrubs and care products were building up in Megan Crosby’s shower “because I couldn't seem to find the right mix,” she says. In an effort to strike “the right balance of scent to texture and moisturizer,” she was left unsatisfied, especially because “I was tired of paying $30 a jar for something that I felt should be more affordable.” So, she decided to more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: The Fireside

In the grand scheme of your week, five hours isn’t that big of a deal—unless you’re watching your own hair grow, it’ll pass in a snap. But on Sundays at The Fireside, those meager five hours will buy you enough time to sample the kitchen’s take on a brunch classic: biscuits and gravy. What makes them tick? Like other biscuits, Fireside’s are dense and crispy, and like other more...

Now Open in Portland: Harvest at The Bindery

What do you get when a Portland bartending veteran (Jon Steuer) hires a chef (Shawn Sigmon)—who got his start cooking at his parents’ North Carolina barbecue joint before he even reached his teenaged years—to open a seasonal vegetarian restaurant? You get Harvest at The Bindery, the lunch and dinner spot located on the ground floor of the creative office complex located in the Kerns neighborhood. So more...

Happy Houring in Portland's Buckman Neighborhood

Quick! What neighborhood has the best happy hours in town? Yeah, Alberta’s got some. So does that little corner in Fox Chase (NE Killingsworth at 30th Avenue). And Division/Clinton’s crawling with good deals, but that strip straddles no fewer than three different neighborhoods. For our money, we think Buckman just may be the place to be once the quittin’ whistle blows. Don’t believe us? Keep more...

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...

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