Con­ver­sa­tion with a Local

Crave - - TRAVEL - KATE NOR­RIS Co-founder of South­east Wine Col­lec­tive Nor­ris was one of the first to pour wines on tap in Ore­gon in her “in­cu­ba­tor” wine bar that brings to­gether 10 of Portland’s best ur­ban wine­mak­ers.

For tea

I love tea and a pas­try at Lit­tle T Baker. It ba­si­cally won the Olympics of bak­ing and its bread, while Euro­pean-in­flu­enced, is the high­est qual­ity I’ve ever had in Amer­ica. I’ll get a crois­sant in the morn­ing, or a drop bis­cuit with mar­i­on­berry jam and a big pot of tea.

Date lunch

I like to do date lunch at Luce. It serves Ital­ian food and at lunchtime there’s just one chef and one server. There’s an al­li­tal­ian wine list with pas­tas and salads. Then you can walk up the street to Mu­sic Mil­len­nium and browse some records and it some­times has an in-house per­for­mance go­ing on. Then go for a walk in Lau­rel­hurst Park.

To shop

My favourite shop is Com­mu­nion. Every time I go in there I find some­thing per­fect. I just got a lit­tle black dress from an Aus­tralian de­signer, a sim­ple sheath with a low side-boob re­veal. Every­body loves side-boob these days, right?

Best hike

Tril­lium Lake for some­thing more leisurely, or An­gel’s Rest has the most beau­ti­ful view of the Columbia River Gorge. It’s not ex­pert but it’s a good two-hour hike. Both can be busy in the sum­mer, but go on a Mon­day and you’ll have the place to your­self. You can also camp at Tril­lium Lake.

Day trip

Go to Sau­vie Is­land in the sum­mer. It’s just 20 min­utes away and you can go berry pick­ing or hang out on the nude beach.

With the kids

Stella Taco is great for a ca­sual meal. It has Texas-style tacos, de­li­cious and bright. The kids love the car­ni­tas na­chos and beans and rice – they’ve be­come re­ally good eaters.

For a cock­tail

I love sit­ting at the bar at La Moule. My favourite bar­tender there is Bex – my su­per girl crush. She’s been there since the start and makes an in­cred­i­ble mez­cal ne­groni. Ex­pa­tri­ate is great on the north side of town.

Girls’ night out

We go on the dive bar side with my girls. Vic­tory Bar and Dou­ble Bar­rel, down the street, we re­ally love. There’s a mi­nor club­bing scene in Portland but I’ve never seen it. We’ll of­ten­times go over to the West Side to see mu­sic, to the Star Theater or Rose­land Theater, and there are fun dive bars in that area too.

To detox

Isn’t that an oxy­moron in Portland? Portland Juice Com­pany – my friend, Liz, will hook me up with a juice cleanse. I love the Tantra – turmeric, lemon juice and honey – to start the day. Karma is a great green juice with lemon.

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