Mr & Mrs Smith tell us what to do in Portland

Mr & Mrs Smith Reader Find

By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Friday 8 March 2013

Portland, on the United States’ Pacific Northwest coast, is shaping up as the new Seattle/Melbourne, with its passion for indie music, coffee and cycling. Oregon’s low-rise, river-bestriding capital has long taken a creative approach to city planning, ensuring its heritage architecture remains pristine and independent stores, arts spaces, bars and cafés flourish. Nicknamed Stumptown for […]

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Dull and Boring: real town names in Oregon and Scotland

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 June 2012

Self-deprecation and puns unite. Dull and Boring officially exist in the world. To be exact, the village of Dull exists in Perthshire, Scotland, while the town of Boring exists in Oregon, US. Makes me wonder what they do for fun there.  

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Develop the ultimate modern utility bike

Contributions Reader Find

By shannon holt in New Design on Friday 22 April 2011

Noticed the uprise of bikes taking hold in your city? Cycling is the new modern transport option, but bike designs are feeling like yesterday. Enter the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge, a design/build competition challenging bespoke bike craftsmen, designers and students to develop the ultimate modern utility bike.

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Cacao in Portland, Oregon

Louisa Neumann Reader Find

By Louisa Neumann in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 2 February 2011

It’s no secret that Portland, Oregon is food nerd heaven. Innovative restaurants, giant farmer’s markets, trendsetting chefs, and an engaged and voraciously hungry public all make this Pacific Northwest town sizzling hot. As you might imagine, speciality stores must be nothing short of spectacular to keep the attention of their particular clientele. And Cacao, a shop in the heart of Portland, exceeds chocolate lovers expectations.

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Prison Blues denim

Michelle Wilding Reader Find

By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Wednesday 8 December 2010

If you think IKEA is the only company making its furniture in jail, then think again. Prison Blues clothing — ‘made on the inside to be worn on the outside’ — is manufactured right inside Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Oregon, by volunteering inmates, who are paid industry wages.

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Slappy Cakes, Portland

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 21 April 2010

Think your pancake-flipping skills can rival those of the greatest line cooks? Head over to Slappy Cakes Restaurant — another killer concept born in foodie-friendly Portland, Oregon — and you can find everything you need to put your abilities to the test. Choose from a variety of batters and toppings, then get to work at […]

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Beast, Portland, Oregon

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 21 October 2009

Like its name, Beast is straightforward and simple. This Portland-based restaurant offers up prix-fixe six-course menus of uncomplicated yet refined dishes. Each week the cuisine changes according to apparent inspiration from the fields, forests, and moods of the owner and her culinary team. Foie gras bons bons may share the menu with pork, pork liver, and sour cherry pate.

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Yacht’s Secret Playlist

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in Cool Websites on Wednesday 5 August 2009

YACHT founding members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans live in Portland, Oregon and Marfa, Texas, and consider themselves ‘generalists’ in the fields of music, art, writing, and everything in between. Their new album, See Mystery Lights, has just been released, along with companion materials ranging from book and mixtapes to a limited-edition playable copper […]

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Evan B Harris

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Tuesday 11 November 2008

I wish I could remember where I first stumbled across the work of Oregon artist and illustrator Evan B Harris, but I’m glad I did. There’s an innate sweetness, a comforting whimsical quality in Harris’ work that, coupled with his rich narratives, makes me want to hunt for that old teddy bear I used to […]

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Michael Salter

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Design on Wednesday 9 April 2008

Oregon-based Michael Salter works in that strange nexus between art and design.

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Casa Diablo

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in Video on Wednesday 20 February 2008

Leave it to perennially crunchy Portland, Oregon, to open the world’s first vegan strip club.

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