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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The Official Manufacturing Company

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Design on Tuesday 10 August 2010

A lot of creative types often take corporate jobs with the hope that they will one day work their way up to breaking off and doing their own thing. Matthew Foster, Fritz Mesenbrink, and Jeremy Pelley did just that, leaving their big ad agency positions to form the Portland-based Official Manufacturing Company, which is the very definition of hip and stylish, designing coffee packaging (they did Stumptown’s distinctive look), album covers, websites, print ads, t-shirts, and whatever else strikes their fancy. They also have one of the most memorable URLs out there.

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Atriarch

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 26 July 2010

The rainy weather and breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest has been inspiring a lot of amazing metal bands in the past several years — Velvet Cacoon, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Agalloch all emerged from the region. Another great band coming out of Portland is Atriarch, a blackened, sludgy, doom-inspired outfit whose frontman Lenny Smith (aka Behalf) also shreds his vocal chords for the possibly defunct Trees. Hail the New Wave of Pacific Northwest Black Metal.

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Trees

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Music on Wednesday 21 July 2010

My band, Bloody Panda, toured recently with an amazing Portland-based band called Trees. If you like Burning Witch, Khanate, and other such slow-as-hell, crusty doom, check these guys out.

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Cellar Door Coffee

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 7 July 2010

Everyone who knows about coffee in Portland knows Stumptown, but I want to plug one of the new guys in town (relatively speaking), Cellar Door Coffee.

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Million Brazillians

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 11 June 2010

Portland-based Million Brazillians dole out some dark but groovy psych punk rife with rockabilly and free-jazz flourishes and tribal rhythms.

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Sam Ford

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Friday 4 June 2010

Landed in Portland, OR, after a record 48-hour non-stop drive from Baltimore. Got to relax, take a shower, and talk to our booking agent’s roommate, Sam Ford, a 23-year-old fellow who has a brutally bright future ahead of him.

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Useless Fliers by Josh Millard

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Design on Friday 23 April 2010

Josh Millard — self-proclaimed computer geek, creative type, and Metafilter admin — has been posting useless fliers around Portland, printed with silly one-liners that play with the interactivity of the format.

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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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Amsterdam’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 14 April 2010

Attention all hipsters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters are setting up shop in the land where cafes rein king: Amsterdam. Adding to its Portland, Seattle, and New York locations, this all-too-trendy coffee boutique is due to open its European doors on 1 May.

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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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Theo Ellsworth

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Thursday 20 August 2009

Portland-based illustrator and graphic novelist Theo Ellsworth has a style that is odd and surreal enough for the thirty-something indie set, but also have an innocence about them that would suit children’s books — his drawings are dense enough to keep people of all ages staring at all his weirdo characters and animals.

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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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Sarah Gottesdiener

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Design on Tuesday 27 January 2009

Portland-based Sarah Gottesdiener creates lush, vibrant, and wonderfully ornate poster art, illustration and design work. Her paintings and videos were recently exhibited at Miami Basel as part of a show presented by Deitch Projects. Oh, and somehow she manages to find the time to play in a band called Gay Deceivers, whose debut album comes […]

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S Britt on his creative process

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Saturday 3 January 2009

We checked in with Portland illustrator S Britt and asked him what part of the creative process he enjoys the most: ‘I enjoy seeing the final piece and comparing it to the original idea or sketch. It’s oftentimes surprising and yes, sometimes disheartening to see how the numerous changes throughout the process affected the finished illustration. Personally, I love simplistic, somewhat imperfect art, so I tend to prefer my illustrations that are more facile and spontaneous (think: defective and dim-bulbed). The more labored over projects tend to feel a bit wooden and lifeless to me at times’.

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