Dogs of Portland: Coda

Dogs of Portland: Coda

It’s Saturday afternoon. And a whopping 97 degrees. We’re photographing the spray parks of West Linn (all five of them) and chugging iced lattes to keep cool. Our favorite almost-four-year-old is testing out our first stop of the day—Willamette Spray Park. Out of five possible points, she rates it 100. I try to explain that […]

Portland State Study Supports the Protected Bicycle Lane

Protected bicycle lanes' safety, livability benefits worth cost of removing car lanes, Portland State study says

The protected bicycle lane– aka cycle track — along Portland’s Southwest Broadway provides a much needed separation between bicyclists and motorists, making the road significantly safer for bikers. We are seeing these protected cycle tracks, in different configurations, popping up all over Portland. Hopefully, a new Portland State University study touting the safety and quality-of-life benefits of the protected bicycle lane will encourage […]

Quick! What’s an ADU?

Portland ADU

Portland is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. A renaissance of SMALL. It’s the dawning age of the ADU. Because big isn’t always more beautiful, personal, functional, or desirable. And big has a cost that is more than monetary. Big can own you. Maybe its time to rethink big. You’ve seen Dwell Magazine, right? There’s a time for big, […]

North Mississippi Eats: North Light

North Light on Mississippi

North Mississippi is rapidly becoming a contender for one of the best eating strips in the city. Watch out Southeast Division Street,  Northeast  Alberta Street, and North Williams Avenue! It’s also our favorite shopping and strolling street in Portland–chock full of interesting, well curated indie shops. With a laid-back vibe that takes us down memory […]

Portland Chef Jam: For Love of Vegetables

For the Love of Vegetables

My love of vegetables, leafy greens, and fresh herbs has taken me to some mighty strange places as a cook. I have made strawberry tomato dessert sauces, carrot basil ice cream,  and candied fennel. I serve Burmese Grated Carrot Salad alongside steamed rice and call it dinner. I am not a vegetarian, but to me, vegetables […]

Inspired Yellows in the Home & Landscape

Inspired Yellows in the Home & Landscape

I love yellow. But it’s the hardest color  to incorporate into a home, or to a lessor degree, into a landscape. Why? It overpowers everything around it. It SCREAMS for attention. A little goes a LONG way. Plus,  it can be chilling, harsh, and even too obstinately cheerful in a childish way. Although I love yellow in small amounts, particularly […]

Top 10 Commuter Cycling Neighborhoods in America

Top 10 Commuter Cycling Neighborhoods in America

What key factors go into determining the top 10 commuter cycling neighborhoods in America? That’s the topic of heated contention and fast-and-furious revision this week as BikePortland.org takes on CityClock.org. The hoopla began when CityClock ranked Eugene’s central neighborhood as the best neighborhood in the country for biking. Then it ranked Portland’s Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood (Hawthorne to Powell, 29th to the Willamette, including Ladd’s […]

Essential Portland Restaurants April 2014

Firehouse Restaurant

Quick! Name the 38 hottest Portland restaurants. Can’t do it? Okay, try naming a dozen. Still no luck? You need this article. I’m glad to see Firehouse on NE Dekum made the cut. We were there (again!) last night. The Pizza with House Made Fennel Sausage, Onion, and Fresh Mozzarella and Hand-Made Pappardelle with Pork Sugo, and Parmesan were […]