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Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

The Pearl’s three stylish hotels want guests and locals to stop by, hang out, and relax in their living room–inspired common spaces. For both road warriors constantly on the go and the urbanites who live in downtown neighborhoods, hotels are rapidly becoming relied upon as more than glorified dormitories, geared exclusively to sleeping and perhaps

On a Roll

A popular chainlet of Portland Vietnamese restaurants continues its rapid expansion with a cozy new outpost at 10th and Couch. The team behind Bambuza (100 NW 10th Ave, 503-477-6641, bambuza.com), which opened its new Pearl location in June 2017, takes no shortcuts when it comes to ensuring an authentic Vietnamese dining experience. “Last year, we

Von Ebert Brewing

Tap Recital

Three lauded breweries—Von Ebert (formerly Fat Head’s), Rogue, and BridgePort—have recently upped their games. “We only shut down for eight days,” says Tom Cook, referring to the time span between the closing of Fat Head’s Brewing and the opening of its already much-acclaimed successor, Von Ebert Brewing (131 NW 13th Ave, 503-820-7721, vonebertbrewing.com). “They were

Page Turners

Stocked with more than 1 million titles, Powell’s City of Books is your go-to for summer reading, from guides to the area’s best hiking and biking to engrossing novels and rich histories. Number 19 in our feature 25 Reasons to Love Summer Emerald parks, dapper dining, and shops bursting with warm-weather fashion and gear—our favorite ways

Family Style

A new neighborhood trattoria offers refined Tuscan dining among friends. Although it’s quickly earned a loyal following for its fabulous food and genial service, Nicoletta + Beppe’s (1230 NW Hoyt St, 503-208-2992, nicolettabeppes.com) is still a relatively new face to some, having opened just last July. However, this elegant yet relaxed trattoria in a narrow,

Irving Street Kitchen Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Apps

Four inviting neighborhood eateries with alfresco seating  and superb small plates Late summer afternoons, when the sun is still high above, are perfect for kicking back with a cool cocktail and nibbling on appetizers on a breezy patio. You might take advantage of the tempting happy-hour deals offered at many Pearl District eateries, but sometimes

Smooth Sippin’

’Tis the season for that boldly refreshing yet milder and less-acidic coffee libation, the cold brew. We’re fond of the silky version from Sisters Coffee, best enjoyed with a splash of cream and perhaps a snack from their new toast menu—try a slab of seeded whole wheat topped with almond butter and sliced bananas! Other

Rosé for Days

Fresh strawberry and rhubarb notes brighten Cerulean Winery’s delicious tempranillo rosé. Thelonious Wines also stocks an oft-changing international roster of carefully selected rosés, from Provence to Mendoza. Number 5 in our feature 25 Reasons to Love Summer Emerald parks, dapper dining, and shops bursting with warm-weather fashion and gear—our favorite ways to celebrate the season Written

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Inside Chown Hardware’s Dramatic 5,000-Square-Foot Annex Event Space

It’s apt that one of Portland’s—and the Pearl District’s—newest event spaces for weddings, parties, and other festive gatherings, Chown Annex (NW 16th Ave and NW Everett St, 503-243-6500, annex@chown.com), has been launched by a company with incredibly deep family roots. Chown Hardware opened in Portland in 1879, making it the oldest family-owned hardware business in

ArtReach Gallery Announces 2018 Exhibits

Located at the historic and strikingly Gothic-style First Congregational Church in downtown Portland, ArtReach Gallery (1137 SW Broadway, 503-228-7219) carries out an important creative mission at the church that dates to its earliest days. The current gallery—which recently added new lighting and an electric drop-down screen—opened in 2006 and features rotating two-month-long exhibits several times

A Tale of Two Taverns

Sophisticated food and drink intersect with a convivial neighborhood vibe at Tanner Creek Tavern and Pearl Tavern. TANNER CREEK TAVERN Venerable Portland restaurateur David Machado has once again struck gold with a restaurant and bar that’s fun for a casual gastropub experience or a grand culinary feast. It’s an impressive feat, launching a hotel restaurant that’s

Local Flavors

Spring is here! Tuck into these bounteous fresh salads and savory seasonal soups. We know Spring weather in Portland can be, shall we say, fickle. If it’s a sunny May afternoon with the scent of flowers and fresh-cut grass in the air, you might find yourself craving a fresh salad of local greens, beets, herbs,

Portland Dining Month

Eat Your Heart Out

2018 Portland Dining Month Returns in March Throughout Portland Dining Month, which runs from March 1 through March 31, you can enjoy three-course meals for just $33 at more than 125 of the city’s buzziest restaurants, including such Pearl favorites as the outstanding Peruvian restaurant Andina, and the stylish mod-American eateries Bluehour (one of their artful dishes

Out To Lunch

Thousands of folks enjoy their midday meals in the Pearl District’s cheery cafés and sophisticated bistros. Here’s a look at eight of the greats. World Foods The aisles of this veritable United Nations of culinaria overflow with tempting edibles. What you might not know about this family-owned market with a decidedly Mediterranean bent is that

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