happy friday! i added a new tab up at the top with my portland favorites. there are plenty of spots that go unmentioned, but i wanted to create a guide based on personal experience, not buzz from others. i've never been to fan favorites like pokpok or schoolhouse electric, so i didn't feel it was right to add them to the list. tell me, what are you favorites? i'd love to hear!

por que nofor a house margarita, tacos and fresh tortilla chips
navarre — for french, italian and spanish small plates in the coziest candle-lit room
salt & straw — for the most innovative and delicious ice cream flavors
nedd ludd — for high-quality pacific northwest cuisine
tasty n sons — for a decadent brunch, served family style
little t american baker — for pastries, freshly baked (spelt!) bread and house-cured lox
screen door — for southern classics with a local, gourmet twist
pix patisserie — for french macarons, handmade chocolates and a glass of champagne
bamboo sushi — for sustainable seafood and impeccable service
firehouse — for wood-fired pizzas, salads and small bites in a gorgeous old firehouse

the bye and bye — for hip vegans and boozy cocktails in mason jars
sip juice cart (or canteen) — for fruit and vegetable juices and other healthy elixirs
townshend's tea — for a huge selection of loose leaf or a chai latte
heart roasters — for a cup of coffee made from a small micro-roasting company
cascade brewing barrel house — for sour beers aged in oak barrels

palace — for a well-curated selection of clothes, jewelry, perfume, linens, bags and more
maven collective — for vintage furniture and other goodies hand-selected by four local ladies
local choice produce market — for hyper-local produce and grocery items like jacobsen salt
the meadow — for exquisite salts, chocolates and cocktail bitters
nationale — for an art gallery that happens to sell beautiful books and fragrances

meet the locals and grab a bite to eat at the portland state university farmers market
take a hike!
make your own terrarium at artemesia
see a movie at cinemagic or laurelhurst theater
pick up a new or used book for your trip home at powell's
taste wines from four local vineyards at the southeast wine collective
make your own cheese or soap at a portland homestead supply class