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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]