We might have watched too much Game of Thrones this summer, but we can’t get the phrase “Winter Is Coming” out of our thoughts. While it’s fun to say it’s still a reminder that summer is drawing to a close and the days will get shorter. If only we could afford to have one of those sunlight simulation light therapy devices to help keep us cheerful all winter long.
Lightbar seems to have just the right ambiance to help us extend the glow we get in the summer months. The new cafe bar has coffee, wine, beer, interesting cocktails and dishes even those who are gluten-free will appreciate. The real reason we love Lightbar is, well, the lighting, which changes constantly – hitting a hue of light therapy colors that are designed to enhance the mood. Perfect for Oregon. Plus, it’s super fun to sit with our friends and decide which color looks best with their skin-tone. That’s another thing we love about Lightbar – the fact that the music is just loud enough to set the vibe, but not too loud that we can’t hear our friends talking.
It’s true, the dreary winter may be coming, but we’re happy that there’s a place that can help keep it light.
1401 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR, 97214
The hubs’ birthday is slowly creeping closer. Deep sigh…what to get the man who gets himself everything? This year we’re making a theme for his birthday. After a summer full of camping trips we’re pretty sure he’ll hold onto this hobby for a few more years to come, unlike that never used punching bag hanging in the garage.
Danner Union Way took us by surprise. Danner’s new store appeals to the sophisticated camper, like us. We already know Danner’s men’s and women’s hiking boots are sleek but their accessories are camp chic. The shop is a ‘life style’ concept and we love the new line of Stumptown boots. And we got the hubs manly scented soap and a clever leather-bound mason jar for whiskey drinking in the woods.
Who doesn’t need one of those?
Danner Union Way
1022 W. Burnside
We love any excuse to get dolled up. We never miss an opportunity to sparkle and shine. If tiara’s were de rigueur we’d be donning one in spin class. Sometimes we wear so much shimmer we look like Edward in the first Twilight movie….so imagine how thrilled we were for our invite to the 5th Annual Diamond Tea!
This English-style High Tea will take place on October 5, 2013 at the Nines Hotel from 9 am to 2:30 pm. We’ll hear from extraordinary female entrepreneurs who have created successful sustainable businesses, we’ll enjoy a celebrity-style photo shoot and beauty bar, Diamondtini cocktails, and shopping at 18 local business exhibitor booths. This is an amazing networking opportunity too. This stellar event also raises funds for local nonprofit Deceptions/AWARE, an organization that works to prevent Sex Trafficking.
This event sold out last year, so high step it the website to purchase tickets at www.TheDiamondTea.com. Women-owned businesses are also invited to showcase their products and services before 250+ women from the Portland metropolitan area. Call 360-600-6732 or visit the website to reserve vendor space.
The 5th Annual Diamond Tea
October 5, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Nines Hotel
One time, when we were just tiny, we got a Chocolate ice cream cone. As we went in for the first glorious lick, that ball of frozen joy toppled off the sugar cone and landed at our feet with a tragic PLOP. Ever since then, we’ve had a thing about ice cream. It’s like we can never get enough of it.
We are, therefore, just thrilled to tell you about Fifty Licks! After serving the sweet stuff out of a food truck on SE Belmont for 3 years, owner Chad Draizin has just opened a storefront on SE Clinton St. Flavors include such delights as Jasmine Tea with Apricot, Stumptown Coffee, Caramelized Apple and Toasted Milk. Toppings? Oh, yes! Potato chip crumbles and candied rosemary, for starters. All ingredients are sourced locally and batches of ice cream are hand made in Portland. And the name; Chad reckons that the average person polishes off a single scoop of ice cream in 50 licks. Ha! If only it took us that long! We’ll never order just plain ol’ Chocolate. Ever again.
Bonus points: Fifty Licks has a mobile cart available for weddings, parties and other festive events.
2021 SE Clinton St #101
Portland, OR 97202
One recent sluggish afternoon we agreed to meet the boys to watch “the game” at a bar on Belmont. To this day, we really can’t even remember what game it was, but we do remember our joy when we realized Twill had moved into new digs right next door. We’ll take shopping over a game any day.
Twill moved from their quiet little location on SE Division to the bustling scene on SE Belmont. They still carry the same great jewelry designers like Pink Mustache and Demimonde but now there’s even more space for more exclusive wares. We love their organic cotton tops and flowey dresses that flatter us so beautifully. Twill carries amazing local designers in clothing, jewelry, hats, candles and accessories for women of all shapes and sizes. And they have a great selection to take us into fall, from gorgeous flattering tunics, tees, and did we mention their incredible dresses? Sigh…
See you at Twill.
3352 SE Belmont
During Thanksgiving we regaled our family with pies from the cute little food cart on SE Belmont, The Honey Pot. Since then through rain and sleet and a little sun we’ve made our way out to the pink cart because we can’t get enough of their dark chocolate pecan pie with Pendleton Whiskey custard. But our dreams came true when they announced plans to open their pie store on N. Mississippi.
The Honey Pot Bakery opened for business on July 2nd. We peeked into the new darling bakery and we want to move into this pie heaven. The pie on the wallpaper, the reclaimed wood wainscoting and bright white cabinetry make this cheery bakery a destination to spend an afternoon with pie and coffee. The bakery is serving up espresso and an expanded menu of their sweet and savory pies. We always leave with some sweet and a little savory like the pot pie with pulled pork and yams. And don’t forget its berry season! Raspberry rhubarb, Oregon marionberry and blueberry pies are in full effect!
Mention Portland Picks at the bakery or the food cart and get a free 2-bite mini pie in the month of July.
The Honey Pot Bakery
4220 N. Mississippi
The Honey Pot Food Cart
4290 SE Belmont
We’ve been in the market for some new art pieces for a while now. We moved into a trendy little apartment and our white walls are just screaming for some originality. Our afternoon spent scouring the vintage shops was fruitless. At least we came to the agreement our style is not needle point embroidery of flowers with brass frames, but note to self…the market for those is oversaturated.
On an afternoon trip on NE Alberta we were excited to walk into Screaming Sky Gallery’s new location. Walking through the front doors we didn’t even feel like we were in a gallery. The shop is full of toys, buttons, cameras, prints and unique art in reasonable price points. We love the no pressure feeling that we sometimes get in other galleries. A visit to Screaming Sky is pure fun. We could take hours browsing the store looking for gifts and putting together the perfect wall collage of art for our great white wall. Screaming Sky is known for bringing in new artists monthly and displaying anything but ordinary. Our walls are screaming their thanks!
Screaming Sky Gallery
2025 NE Alberta
When you were a kid and you were playing outside, and it was time for supper, did your Mom ring a big ass bell and holler “Din Din”? Ours didn’t either, but we kinda always wished she had.
din din is a new concept restaurant where dinner guests sit down together at once and eat what the chef has carefully chosen and lovingly prepared for you. But instead of sitting with your bratty siblings, you sit with strangers, giving you a chance to make new friends during the course of your delectable meal. din din can be found in an industrial section on NE Glisan St. tucked in between Sandy Boulevard and Lloyd Center. The space is spare but comfortable and welcoming. A vintage chandelier against the backdrop of well-loved pots and pans in the kitchen makes us happy, and the staff is wonderfully attentive. When we were there, wine was flowing, conversation was scintillating and the hand made ravioli made us giddy with tummy love. din dins are served Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Weekday lunch and Sunday brunch menus are also available. Reservations advised.
Run, don’t walk, to have a lovely meal at din din.
din din Supper Club & Catering
920 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97232
Who was it that said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful?” Mae West? Liberace? Snooki?
We are so happy to discover that the foxes of Red Fox Vintage have recently opened their doors to a SECOND location. The new and super spacious store is in the Woodstock district of SE Portland. Fifty-five vendors are showcasing fantastic vintage treasures; jewelry, clothing, furniture, art, bric-a -brac, and piles of miscellany. Need a bright yellow vintage desk? Check. How about a cow skull? Check. Something decorated with mushrooms? Triple check. There’s even an in-store man cave, so grab your boyfriend and bring him along. He can try on trucker hats while you shop. Every Sunday the back door swings open to a patio where you’ll find live music and local artists showing their work. Combine that with a trip across the street to the Woodstock Farmers Market, and you’re good to go for the day. Cool, vintage junk and fresh, local food all in one fell swoop.
Too much of a good thing is, in fact, wonderful!
Red Fox Vintage Woodstock
4528 SE Woodstock
Portland, OR 97206