Meet maker Lisa Silveira

Made in Portland: Wandering Muse

Made in Portland: Wandering Muse

You could say that Lisa Silveira’s apparel is inspired by Italian fashion—and it is—but it’s just as inspired by her time spent in the old country interning for a Florentine apparel designer. After graduating from The Art Institute of Portland, the Salem native traveled to work and learn in the Renaissance city. But because she was only abroad for three months, she found herself living out of more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: North Light

Make no mistake: If you’re coming to North Light for brunch, come hungry—even the pastries will fill you up. And while the kitchen does put out its share of classic Benedicts (including some playful versions from a rotating list), it does some things that lots of other restaurants don’t. Things like chicken-fried buffalo (with sausage gravy), and veggie breakfast sliders made with scrambled eggs and more...

Portland's Latest Thai Spot

Now Open in Portland: Khao San

Now Open in Portland: Khao San

For a while now, Portland has had its share of Thai eateries. But, the idea at Bud and Nong Saysouriyosack’s new spot is to make you feel as if you’re dining in Thailand. In the run-up to their grand opening, the Saysouriyosacks and their chef traveled to Bangkok to conduct research. They came back with plenty—importing everything from cooking pots and silver water cups to recipes followed for more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Cheese & Crack Snack Shop

It’s a toughie, but the best word to sum up Nathan Hall and William F. Steuernagel V’s cheese, cracker and more shop is, without a doubt, delightful—in that de-lovely Cole Porter sense. Where else can you get gourmet Lunchables for just $3 a plate? Those three Washingtons will buy you a wedge of cheese, some bread (baguette, natch), a spoonful of honey, two very good housemade butter crackers, and more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at Nel Centro

Nel Centro doesn’t mess around in the kitchen: You can order steaks, pastas, short ribs and pork loins. In other words, it’s exactly what you’d expect from the kitchen at a modern downtown hotel restaurant. But, it’s also an unsung brunch place where you grab an early morning patio seat and enjoy a round of Bloody Marys. Forecast: Nel Centro’s patio is huge—it looks like a patio more...

Made in Portland: Quick Study Clothing

After returning to her native Portland following two years in Europe—where she worked as an apparel company intern while becoming enamored with cycling as a healthy form of transportation—Caitlin McCall put her fine arts and apparel design backgrounds to work and formed Quick Study, her very first business. But, the idea behind her line of functional dresses didn’t start as a whim. In fact, she gave more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: The Daily Cafe Pearl

The kitchen at The Daily Cafe has always offered a small breakfast menu, but it pulls out all the stops for Sunday brunch. The menu, as is often the case with Portland restaurants, is seasonal, but that seasonality keeps the dishes fresh and surprising. Take the primavera hash, for instance. It’s made with roasted carrots, asparagus, Yukon potatoes and a pair of poached eggs, but it’s the sugar snaps and more...

Portland's newest Neapolitan pizzeria lands on SE Division St.

Now Open in Portland: Pizza Maria

Now Open in Portland: Pizza Maria

Sean Coyne, who cut his culinary teeth baking at Thomas Keller’s Per Se and who, for years, manned the ovens at Grand Central Bakery, has just opened his own wood-fired pizzeria on SE Division’s Restaurant Row. The 43-seater features hand-tossed pies done up in Neapolitan fashion, so expect thin, blistery crusts, a tangy red sauce, specialty pies like the one done up with asparagus, maitake mushrooms, more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Cafe Castagna

First things first: The menu at Cafe Castagna changes frequently, so what you’re eating this month may be something else entirely next month. That said, just about everything you can order is going to make you happy. Take the half butter leaf salad: It looks ordinary, almost a little sad even—but don’t trust your lyin’ eyes. Each layer of it is evenly dressed in an eggy champagne vinaigrette, more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at Cyril's at Clay Pigeon Winery

Sasha Davies is a cheese lover—she's written two books about it and currently serves on the American Cheese Society's board of directors. Her husband, Michael Claypool, loves wine, so much so that he’s learned to make it himself (think rosés, syrahs and pinot noirs). So if you’re looking for a nice place to unwind after a long day at work with a glass and a snack, the secluded patio more...