Author Archives: Andrew Collins

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Grape Finds

Grape Finds

The joy of discovering wines you never knew you loved When it comes to wine, you might call Alex Marchesini and Kelsey Glasser true citizens of the world. Sure, they’re ardent fans of Oregon and Washington wines, but Northwest labels make up only a small part of the eclectic inventory at Thelonious Wines (516 NW

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Sunday in the Pearl with Andy

Writer Kay K Tacke embarks on a wine-filled afternoon with her winemaker brother and Pearl resident Andy Lytle, who shares his favorite sips along the way. We start our ramble by heading west from Andy’s waterfront Pearl abode. A little backstory on my brother: he lives close to the refurbished Albers Mill building, home to

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Block Island

A Portland landmark looks forward If all goes according to plans set forth by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), the view looking north on Couch Street between NW Park and 8th in the year 2020 will differ significantly from what you see today. That is, the distant view will change—you may very well see a

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Winter Warm-Ups

Any well-crafted drink can stir the spirit. But there are certain beverages that speak especially to our sense of warmth and well-being, melting the chill of a winter evening, or perhaps offering the truest complement to a delicious cool-season dish—we’re thinking of the blistered-crust pizzas at Oven and Shaker, or the black mussels with Old

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Brix & Mortar

A modern take on a classic neighborhood hangout With a warm, handsome interior that strikes a pleasing balance between intimacy and expansiveness, Brix Tavern (1338 NW Hoyt St, 503-943-5995, brixtavern.com) sets a welcoming mood for just about any social occasion that revolves around food and drink: happy hour with a few friends, brunch on a

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Building Blocks

CCC Ramps up Efforts to Create Affordable Housing Portland is booming, and becoming increasingly popular with all walks of life—folks are moving here from all over country. And in so many ways, this is great news. But the city’s spiraling growth is also making it harder for people who, for a variety of reasons, lack

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Soccer Meets Spaghetti: The Passions of Piazza Italia

Modeled after an old-world Italian neighborhood osteria, festive Piazza Italia (1129 NW Johnson St, 503-478-0619) looks almost a little out of place on its block of contemporary condos. In fact, it’s a terrific example of Pearl District diversity: the charmingly informal eatery draws an eclectic, all-ages mix of locals and tourists, sports fans and power brokers, and gourmands

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Soul Train

Sophisticated dining, smooth jazz, and the old-world charm of Union Station keep Wilfs on the right track. It’s 4:30 on an unseasonably warm spring afternoon, and the small crowd gathered around the convivial bar at Wilfs Restaurant (800 NW 6th Ave, 503-223-0070) is typical for this time of day: a few passengers waiting for the southbound

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Relief Route

A new Portland service is about to revolutionize pet-walking for urban dog owners. It’s perhaps an uncommon way to think about city living, but when Ray Bloom strolls through densely settled neighborhoods with lots of dogs, he can’t help thinking about all the poop. “In a city like Portland, the amount of feces deposited out

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Labors of Love

Art in the Pearl celebrates 20 years Begun in 1996 by a group of 15 dedicated local artists, the highly acclaimed Art in the Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival has developed over the past two decades into one of the foremost juried arts events in the Pacific Northwest. Held over the three-day Labor Day weekend

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Grab and Go

With autumn upon us, it’s back to our busy work and school schedules, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eat well. Here are four spots that offer tasty, well-priced takeout meals. by Andrew Collins World Foods 830 NW everett St // 503-802-0755 // worldfoodsportland.com Look to this gourmet emporium with a decidedly Mediterranean spin for boldly flavored

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A Helping Hand With Jump-Starting Your Business Idea

Veteran business strategy coach Lauri Hand, of Coaching by Hand (503-477-5958), loves nothing more than to see entrepreneurs flourish. And her company offers a slew of personalized resources to help her clients advance their business ideas and realize their dreams. Coaching by Hand is a one-woman operation, and indeed, Hand greatly enjoys working with like-minded

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Lobster Tale

A cheeky nod to British pubs Suavely blending big-city sophistication with neighborhood friendliness, the Hairy Lobster (900 NW 11th Ave, 971-229-1166, thehairylobster.com) opened in March in a dazzling, high-ceilinged space on Jamison Square Park. The first restaurant collaboration of acclaimed chef David Root and his talented pastry-chef wife, Melissa, this stylish spot has instantly become

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