December 2008
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You’re the one filling out the application, but the school’s got to meet your criteria, too. And we’re not just talking about SAT scores and financial aid packages. We mean those less quantifiable campus-life kinds of things. In our 2008 NW College Repor
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The winner of this year's Wordstock short-fiction contest is the story of an infatuated reporter and a mysterious girl who lives in a mall.
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If you must grow old (and sorry, you must), you may be living in the right place. As the number of seniors doubles, Portland is poised to show the rest of the country what it really means to age gracefully. "*Vital...
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Ever wondered how to make a perfect Hot Buttered Rum? Or how to beat those dreadful seasonal blues? Find out in our quick and slightly quirky guide to surviving the holidays.
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*Yeah, we're stereotyping a little. Roll with it. *The best gifts to give six distinctively different types of Portlanders* *Shopping For:* "*The Alberta Street...
THE OTHER DAY I met a woman who told me she had an ankle tattoo of a Chinese symbol for wisdom. In Portland, tattoo confessions aren’t exactly shocking, but this woman was, shall we say, of a certain age, and by that I do not mean 40. She had...
Call it what you want, Oregon's new state drink is a bartender's burden.
Sweet, creamy, and easy to make, dulce de leche deserves a spot in your dessert pantheon.
Eau-de-vie made with Douglas fire tips is a clear-cut favorite.
Does 50 Plates succeed with its cuisine from all 50 states?
ONCE INHABITED by the French restaurant Café des Amis, followed by the French-inspired Hurley’s, the ivy-covered building at the corner of NW 19th Avenue and Kearney Street has finally shaken its Francophile identity—almost, anyway. Its newest...
PAY NO ATTENTION to the Petco sign glowing outside the window. There are brighter aspects to dining at Jin Wah, an Asian eatery tacked onto the end of a Beaverton mini-mall. The 14-page menu whisks you from Hong Kong to Hanoi with stops in...
IF AFTER A LONG DAY spent chopping and dicing and roasting and sautéing, a chef is in need of a hearty meal in Portland, this late-night fry shack is where he or she goes. Why? Because chefs understand the allure of poutine (pronounced...
ARE YOU IN OR ARE YOU OUT? That’s the crucial question whenever New Year’s Eve rolls around. Some folks opt for an intimate evening at home, preferably behind closed doors with Sinatra on the iPod. But for more gregarious types, it’s a marquee...
FROM A DESIGN standpoint, the sandwiches at this Southeast Portland bastion of breakfast and lunch fare are engineered for maximum functionality. Meat Cheese Bread’s owner, John Stewart—who’s donned aprons at Park Kitchen and, most recently,...
Gimme a break: Sometimes a year off after high school is just the thing to sharpen a student's collegiate focus.
The winner of this year's Wordstock short-fiction contest is the story of an infatuated reporter and a mysterious girl who lives in a mall.
You’re the one filling out the application, but the school’s got to meet your criteria, too. And we’re not just talking about SAT scores and financial aid packages. We mean those less quantifiable campus-life kinds of things. In our 2008 NW...
Ever wondered how to make a perfect Hot Buttered Rum? Or how to beat those dreadful seasonal blues? Find out in our quick and slightly quirky guide to surviving the holidays.
Painter Elise Mravunac looks at the big picture.
Arresting rock singer Amanda Palmer keeps her show on the road.
IT MAY SEEM ridiculous to think that a coffee-table book could give you a true sense of the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge. After all, wouldn’t a short drive provide the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring landscape in person? But...
White Bird Dance gives three locals some room to move.
PUT TO REST that old saw about monkeys typing the complete works of William Shakespeare. Local performance-art troupe the Collective of Geniuses (CoG) has fashioned its debut production, Denial of Self, by inviting fledgling playwrights to its...
Four small shops that play big
The captivating collection of personal and household objects at Flutter is definitely not for the birds.
Between the parenting blog and the jewelry-making business, there aren’t enough hours in the day! Nevertheless, she and her filmmaker husband are really making progress on their home remodel, which incorporates materials from an old brothel in...
Being a makeup artist has its perks, especially since she signed with the agency in LA, where frequent gigs inspire her to keep her street look dialed. And now that the divorce is final (it was a starter marriage, all right?), there’s more time...
Now that he’s made partner at Jones Day (Nights and Weekends is more like it), he’s finally ready to start training for this year’s Pole, Pedal, Paddle in Bend. But first he needs to finish decorating his new condo—how else to woo that winsome ad...
*Yeah, we're stereotyping a little. Roll with it. *The best gifts to give six distinctively different types of Portlanders* *Shopping For:* "*The Alberta Street...
Just because he keeps the road hot with travel as a top-tier sneaker exec (ask him about the Amsterdam years) doesn’t mean he can’t find the time to coach the twins’ team. His style solution for a hectic, modern life? A uniform of simple yet...
OK, so last year’s decision to quit the record store and take the roadie gig wasn’t such a good one, but it was fun while it lasted—and isn’t that the point? No regrets, man. It’s a philosophy reflected in his decision to go back to school for a...
Hey, with three kids, she needs that SUV. But she’s making up for it by consigning her designer duds and using bamboo in the kitchen remodel at the beach. In matters of taste, she adores pieces by her role model Tory Burch (skinny and rich!) and...
There's no better way to rough it than camping out in a Mount Hood fire tower in the dead of winter.
Mt Hood Meadows brings in heavy artillery to control avalanches.
Salmon sharks may be swimming closer to shore. (But don't be afraid to go in the water.)
You don't need to wait until 2010 to have an Olympic experience at the ski-resort town of Whistler.
Shrubs are out. Time for an Oregon tree in the White House.
Our second annual roundup of the year's biggest news-makers
Keith Hackett is a local Santa Claus who's qualified to give advice all year round.
Oregon's credit unions don't need a bailout—they're staying afloat on their own.
A veteran reporter—and woeful speller—faces his fear of bees.
Our Critic's Top Wine Picks
The latest designs in manufactured homes have opened the door to genuine elegance.
IN HIS 30s AND 40s, Mark Noonan, like most of his peers, assumed he’d retire at 62, or maybe even as early as 59. As an executive for tech companies in Oregon and California, he’d worked hard his entire adulthood, and he was confident he’d have a...
If you must grow old (and sorry, you must), you may be living in the right place. As the number of seniors doubles, Portland is poised to show the rest of the country what it really means to age gracefully. "*Vital...
“This,” Bob McDowell begins, hunkering his shoulders slightly, like a magician about to spring a trick, “is a very strange story ….” Most of McDowell’s stories could be sold with such a flirtatious prologue, but frankly, the hard sell is...
One recent morning, Jean Lindsay woke in her apartment at the Willamette View retirement community, and, as on most mornings, her feet hit the pale blue carpet at around 7. As she passed her queen-size bed, her grandmother’s framed needlework,...