Baby its cold outside. Yeah we know that’s all you’ve been hearing about this week. We’re just bitter because blue legs don’t have the same allure when we’re wearing our favorite mini red holiday dress. We’re in search of a warming atmosphere and maybe even a little warming cocktail to go with it.
Lucky for us Pacific Pie Company opened a new location in our hood this week! Just like the name states, they are known for PIE. These sweet and savory pies are influenced from the owner’s “down under” Aussie roots. But we have a confession to make. We came for the pie and ate amazing pie…but we stayed for the Hotty Toddy. Holy moley, it’s the best cocktail we’ve had all season. Though we should be clear, even if its not cocktail hour we’ll be back for that peanut butter chocolate pie and pulled pork pastie again and again.
The menu is large and not just pie-centric. Check out the salads, sandwiches and Aussie favorites like the veggie Shepherd’s pie. Gluten-free? No problem. Pacific Pie has sweet and savory treats just for the gluten intolerant. They have us all covered.
Pacific Pie Company
1668 NW 23rd Ave.
Most things in life are “too good to be true” despite their promises. Just take a look at our bathroom drawers brimming with failed product promising us fair youthful skin, thinner thighs and longer lashes.
Finally, though, we tried something that really worked and didn’t bleed our pocket book. It was called Intense Pulse Light (IPL) from the new Cascade Medical Boutique in Hillsboro. Because it isn’t in the metro area and it’s a new med spa, it’s half the price of what you’d get in Portland. For a couple hundred dollars they zap your skin, it brings out all this crud to the surface (from our sinful teen years when we baked hours on end in baby oil), it naturally flakes off in about a week, ridding us of sun damage and giving us the Décolletage of a twenty-something. It is seriously a miracle. We did it on our face, neck and hands too and it got rid of brown spots, vessels, red spots, poof! It’s crazy.
They have other little miracles too, like Botox, Smart Lipo, hair removal and other lasers that tighten and lift – easy breezy! Make sure to check out their crazy deals right now! We want a gift certificate for Christmas (hint).
Cascade Medical Boutique
425 SE Baseline Road
Hillsboro, OR 97123
LBD season has arrived and we’ve been receiving Evites-galore to all kinds of fancy parties. We’ve already picked out our slinky black little number and now we just need the perfect chic accessories.
It’s nothing new to anyone that knows us. We’re obsessed with our go-to jewelry designer, Grayling Jewelry. The best news of all is that Grayling has a new storefront in the just remodeled building, The Bindery, on NE Sandy and 33rd. Grayling has expanded their showroom to include more space for their beautifully designed long necklaces and architecturally interesting earrings with room to handcraft all these lovelies all in the same location.
Grayling is growing, not steadily but more like a galloping horse. We already love them in our Portland boutiques but they are in 100 stores across the country. We just love it when Portland artists spread their roots, especially when the designs are made out of beautiful metals like copper, silver and gold. This year, our LBD is but a mere canvas for our stunning layered gunmetal chain necklace.
3115 NE Sandy Blvd
We’re always reinventing our idea of the perfect man. He changes as our style changes each season. Winter is our favorite man season; a man with a flannel plaid shirt that can chop wood, and who will bring us coffee and pastries in bed on a chilly morning. Yes, he will keep us occupied until at least March, which is when we typically fixate on ‘hiking man’.
Roman Candle is the newest bakery by the same man who graced us with the famous Stumptown Coffee. This spacious bakery has high ceilings and custom made manly display cases. Roman Bakery is outfitted with the same characteristics and design of our perfect man; elegantly masculine with smooth details. The menu is full of bakery favorites, creations that we want to rely on when we stop by on a weekend morning. Latte and croissant for breakfast, creamy vegan tomato soup drizzled with olive oil for lunch and a flatbread pizza for dinner with cocktails. The menu items aren’t crazy inventive, but just like we want in a man, we know we can rely on them.
Roman Candle Bakery
3377 SE Division St.
Lately we’ve been fascinated with idioms and madcap phrases. There’s something so wonderfully off-the-wall about these little quips, many of which seem to have nothing to do with their meaning. (Hence our current obsession with the craziness that is our English language.)
Parched from combing through an exhaustive list of Internet idioms on a recent Saturday night, we decided we needed to wet our whistle. Off we went to Tin Bucket, the recently opened growler station in N. Portland. Holy cow, did we hit the mother lode! With more than 30 beers on tap and dozens more to choose from in bottles or cans, we were in hog heaven. Tin Bucket also carries cider options (on tap and bottled), and we were able to sample the wares before making a final decision. The lovely libations can be enjoyed at Tin Bucket (there’s a small indoor seating area and outdoor tables) or taken home by way of a nifty 32 or 64 ounce growler (ahem, that’s just a fancy term for a reusable jug).
Most certainly not a drop in the bucket, Tin Bucket is our new go-to for all our thirst quenching needs.
3520 N. Williams Avenue
Portland, OR 97227
Getting together with our girlfriends is always a good time, we love to chat and catch up. Sometimes it would be nice to go to a place where we can grab a couple of drinks and have some fun at the tables. No, we’re not talking about gambling. We mean those old table sports like pool and ping pong.
Thankfully, a new spot has just opened up that fits the ticket – Nest Lounge. It’s a quaint bar located in what looks like an old house that has just the right mix of hipster vibe and friendly feel. The walls are adorned with painted pictures of famous musicians and celebrities, there’s a spacious outdoor patio, and a bar that serves cool twists on old favorites – like the Laura Palmer, an Arnold Palmer with a splash of vodka. Of course, there’s a pool table and pinball. There’s also a ping pong table that sits half inside/half outside, which makes it all that more easier to meet new people when a ball gets hit off the table and rolls over to someone sitting at one of the outdoor picnic tables. Table games aside, there’s always something to do at Next Lounge like checking out the movie and trivia nights. All and all it’s just a fun place to grab a drink with a friend.
2715 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214
We’ve been weaned off tanning for years but the ramifications of our teen years frying in the sun have done the damage. We now slather up in sunscreen everyday and understand the importance of a good facial and series of preventative age defying treatments. After 30 we could all use a skin miracle worker, right?
Into Eden skincare spa is a quaint retreat off the beaten path in N. Portland. When we stepped into the charming studio we were enveloped in relaxation. Sally-Ann Hobart owns the private spa bungalow where she gives her undivided attention to each client for a complete relaxing experience. Her skincare spa is different from other spas because she prides herself in being rush free. She schedules extra time for clients to sit back before and after treatment, instead of ushering onto the next appointment.
We indulged in the spiced facial where we were pampered with feet and hand massages, and the facial gloriously restored us to our mid-twenties glow. Hobart offers a complete menu of skincare treatments including Microcurrent & color light therapy, which is a treatment that increases collagen and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. Can we please live in this beautiful spa bungalow forever?!
Mention Portland Picks and receive 10% off your first treatment!
2133 N. Skidmore Court
We appreciate the changing of seasons, especially the orange and yellows that appear with fall. Pumpkins, cranberries, and fall foliage…we crave it all season long! Sometimes the rain and drizzle get in the way but we always find an indoor haven that can brighten our spirits.
Nothing brightens our day more than a bright bouquet of flowers. Floare flower and gift shop is alive with color on SE Division. Don’t mind the endless construction going on out front, as soon as you step inside the door the fragrance melts away the memory and sounds of trucks. Floare is more than just a flower shop; they also sell jewelry by local artists, art and hold classes on creating arrangements. Local artists refresh art in the gallery on first Friday of the month We love their concept of a drive-buy bouquet; take what you need from their after-hours flower cart and leave your money in the honor box! How amazing is that? Our sweetie can now plead his love for us at all hours of the day.
3070 SE Division
We’ll never forget buying our first pair of leather boots. We were in Venice. Traveling with a friend, we stepped into a boot shop and promptly fell in amore. The boots were soft (like butter), smelled wonderful and were the most incredible shade of emerald green. We wore them out, literally. Oh, how we wish those leather boots were still tucked away in the back of our closet.
It’s a relief to know that when we get the urge to love leather, we have a WILL Leather Goods downtown, just a stone’s throw from Powell’s Books. WILL is a Eugene-based, family owned company that started in 1981. Their motto is “Leather Goods Created to Endure and Inspire”, and when you stop in, you’ll see what they mean. The displays are lovely; lots of wood, warm lighting and vintage photos that evoke the history of the great American west.
And the merchandise! Bags, belts, wallets, back
packs and briefcases are plentiful, and all beautifully crafted. The selection made our heads spin. We found something for our man, our Mom AND our Dad! It’s THAT kind of store. Oh! And shopping at WILL is a little like doing community service. With every purchase, WILL makes a donation of backpacks to kids at an underfunded local elementary school.
We WILL. Indeed.
WILL Leather Goods
Union Way, Unit N
1022 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209