Today, I Love

Manor

I've been cleaning out closets, bustling around and taking loads of stuff I'm not that into to Goodwill. Call it crazy spring-cleaning jitters, but about right now I wish my house looked like the interior of Manor, an incredible home shop in NW Portland. Just walking through this place brings my blood pressure down a few clicks, taking in … [More]

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Oso Market + Bar

Sometimes, the name of the game is simplicity. In this food-obsessed city, I think sometimes the restaurants are over-thought, dishes over-embellished and menus … [More]

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Harlow

Can we all just admit for a minute that breakfast in this town has gotten ridiculous? Don't get me wrong -- I love it, and when I'm on vacation in another city, I … [More]

Can’t get enough Portland?

Bushel & Peck Bakeshop

This time of year makes me want something warm to drink in my hand every hour of every day. Luckily, we live in a town blissfully full of coffee and tea shops, each with their own lovely little arrangements of goodies to go with them. I love Bushel … [More]

Fireside

Have you ever tried to describe Portland cuisine to people who haven't been here? Usually I end up saying things like, "Lots of pork belly," "New American" or "Comfort food." It's hard to define sometimes, the places that we love here in Portland who aren't … [More]

Case Study Coffee

I could blog about coffee shops all day long here and never run out -- and I don't even drink coffee! But there's something special about a place to sit and enjoy a warm beverage, a pastry and a moment of solitude. I love to hit a coffee shop in the morning as … [More]

Two Tarts Bakery

Sometimes you need just a little something sweet -- and I always appreciate a place that makes something small and perfectly crafted. Two Tarts Bakery is like that -- their signature item is a sandwich cookie in a few flavors that melt in your mouth and in … [More]

Cedo’s Falafel & Gyros

I love a falafel -- I loved falafel before people knew what the heck falafel was. But I guess those are the street-cred perks of being a young vegetarian. My friend Alice introduced me to Cedo's this year and it's a favorite spot now. It's simple, inexpensive … [More]

Sammy’s Flowers

To say that I was a boy-crazy adolescent would have been a pretty serious understatement. My parents were repeatedly called by youth group leaders and teachers because of my behavior around the boys. That's just the way I rolled -- and I started early. I … [More]

Spruce Apothecary

My dad is a father of girls. He has three of us, and as a result, he's a big softie. One year in the early 90s, when Emily (the youngest) was working on writing poetry for class, she wrote him a poem. The poem was about the cologne he always wears -- it was cK … [More]

PBJ’s Grilled

My father-in-law, Ernie, is a total sweetheart. When it comes to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, he's also a total creature of habit. I've been a member of his family now for 6 years and I've been watching this man's PB&J routine like a hawk. I … [More]

a n d Cafe

My family all lives nearby, and we get together a lot. There are 11 of us now (just from my immediate family of my sisters and parents) and between us, we have a hilarious grouping of food allergies, intolerances and preferences. We're also always in … [More]

Three Penny Mercantile

Flashback to 1989 with me. I'm 7, and inseparable from my best friend Julie. My little sister Emily plays sidekick. Most days start out good-natured, but eventually, Julie and I end up concocting mischief. This day is no different. We decide that we're … [More]