Conversation with a Local
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.