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22 YOU CAN COOK HEALTHY
No doubt the turkey wasn’t the only thing that got stuffed over the holidays. Time to dial up Hipcooks’ “Healthy, Fresh, Zingy” classes. Held inside an Ikea-esque space on N Williams Avenue, the four-part series teaches novice cooks how to prepare delicious, fresh meals, like sesame-crusted ahi tuna with roasted red and yellow pepper soup and mini sorbet sandwiches for dessert. Kinda blows your “ants on a log” out of the water, huh? 3808 N Williams Ave; 503-281-0614

23 THE KIDS CAN START WORKING ON THAT SNOWBOARDING SCHOLARSHIP

Windell’s Ski Camp is renowned for its summer programs on Hood. But its winter free-ski, snowboard, and skateboard camps hold a distinct tactical advantage: smaller class sizes, with student-to-instructor ratios hovering around 5 to 1. Sochi 2014, here we come.

24 OLD-SCHOOL IMBIBING

They’ve had 131 years to get it right, and man, has the time paid off. The Spanish Coffee at Huber’s oldest bar—turns any day into a sizzler with a knock-you-sideways combination of Kahlúa, Bacardi 151, triple sec, and coffee that’s theatrically “flamed” right before your eyes, then topped off with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg. 411 SW Third Ave; 503-228-5686

 

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Image: Rick Swart

25 ELK ARE MUCH COOLER THAN REINDEER
Hear them bugle at Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area, a 2,490-acre preserve in the northern Coast Range, where more than 200 Roosevelt elk gather each winter to graze in mountain meadows.

26 AN IMPOSSIBLY CUTE BOOKSTORE AWAITS YOU

One foolproof escape from the weather for your kids: inside a book. Even better when it’s one from Green Bean Books, a vibrant, dime-size children’s-book specialist on NE Alberta Street that boasts frequent story-time sessions, author readings, craft time, piles of fuzzy toys, and a cozy green couch ideal for riding out the storm clouds. 1600 NE Alberta St; 503-954-2354

27 LAUGHING YOUR WAY TO A SIX-PACK

Developed by Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria and brought to Portland by for-hire instructor Andrea Crisp in 2008, laughter yoga combines the belly-shaking act of giggling with yogic breathing to help boost your energy level and mood (thanks to increased levels of serotonin). The ensuing ab workout is just a bonus. portlandlaughteryoga.com

28 THE PELICAN BECKONS

overnight Storm watching isn’t the only reason to go coastal this winter. On January 22, the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City hosts its Winter Brewer’s Dinner, a rib-sticking six-course German feast—think weisswurst, potato pancakes, dumplings, oxtail, and spätzle—paired with Pelican’s beloved beers, like the chocolatey Tsunami Stout. 33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr, Pacific City; 503-965-7007

29 WE’VE GOT MORE VERTICAL THAN COLORADO

The reward for kicking steps in the snow to the top of Super Bowl, an imposing cliff-lined face 1,700 feet above the Cascade Chair at Mt Hood Meadows? A 4,500-foot, off-piste descent to the bottom of Heather Canyon—a longer drop than you’ll find at any resort in the Mile High State.

30 ONE WORD: CASHMERE

Souchi’s hand-loomed cashmere pieces are among the softest—and most stylish—sweaters anywhere. (Vogue and British Elle magazines have featured owner Suzi Johnson’s designs). Slip on a hip-length, hooded cardigan, and find someplace cold. 807 NW 23rd Ave; 503-525-0043

31 IT’S TEATIME

Rainy days invite introspection. And another steaming cup of tea. Get your fill of both at the Tower of Cosmic Reflections, the ultra-authentic teahouse at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, where a soothing selection of teas and snacks rotates to complement the garden’s seasonal foliage. 239 NW Everett St; 503-224-8455