Bar Casa Vale

If Barcelona is out of the question, spend your spring break cozied up with a kalimotxo or cucumber and lemon-infused gin and tonic at renowned restaurateur Nate Tilden’s sexy semi-subterranean dinner joint, where the soft glow of the Balearic-blue-green tile bar casts just enough light on the menu that you know you want one of everything. Although challenging, it’s prudent to go easy on chef Jacob Harth’s pintxos, tapas and raciones—yes, they’re superb, particularly the Dungeness crab toast dusted with house-cured bottarga, Monterey squid a la plancha over smoked bone marrow, and silky black cod with Marcona almond romesco. But you absolutely must leave room for the large plates, especially the turmeric fried chicken, sweetbreads and morcilla-studded black rice paella, and otherworldly hearth-grilled lamb neck, set in a bed of green wheat harira and doused with salsa verde. For dessert, summon a glass of Valdespino Palo Cortado Viejo sherry or…

Proud Mary Coffee

written by Jen Stevenson Around this time of year, wintering in Australia starts to sound tempting, especially the sun, surf and sparkling ale parts. But if snowbirding Down Under isn’t in the cards, try the next best thing: a leisurely brunch at the new Melbourne-born coffee roaster and café that’s quickly captured the hearts of finicky Portland food lovers. Although best known for its rigorously sourced and roasted beans, Proud Mary is equally adept in the dining department, with a vibrant seasonal menu of brunch dishes that taste as good as they look, no small feat considering the kitchen’s eye for artistic detail. The breakfast sashimi is an exquisite tangle of wild-caught Oregon albacore, soft-boiled egg, heirloom carrot, fennel and fronds, the mile-high avocado toast puts other versions to shame, and the ricotta hotcake is an Instagram come to life—a pillow of vanilla-bean-flecked cake topped with a soft dollop of…

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl

Experience the excitement of Oregon winter Mt. Hood Skibowl’s origin dates back to 1928, making the resort one of the oldest remaining ski resorts in the country. The ski area began as two separate resorts Skibowl and Multorpor. While Skibowl’s name was derived from the natural shape of it’s Upper Bowl, Multorpor’s name came from the combination Multnomah County, Oregon and Portland. (503) 272-3206 Mt. Hood Skibowl, U.S. 26, Government Camp, OR

PaaDee

PaaDee brings exquisite Northern Thailand cuisine to southeast Portland.

Departure Portland

Departure Portland is an exciting new restaurant featuring chef Gregory Gourdet.

Chef Gregory Gourdet

Chef Gregory Gourdet takes his healthy lifestyle to the next level written by Mackenzie Wilson | photography by Andy Batt Gregory Gourdet doesn’t have his own cooking show on television, but he’s as close to a celebrity as a chef can get. In the past four years, the 41-year-old, who lives and works in Portland, has been on the “best of” chef radar for the Northwest food scene. His innovative use of local ingredients at Departure, where he is the executive chef, has earned him accolades including “Chef of the Year” from the Oregon Department of Agriculture in 2013 and Eater Portland in 2014. The James Beard Foundation named him a semifinalist for Best Chef: Northwest and he took runner-up on season twelve of Bravo’s hit series Top Chef in 2015. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Gourdet moved to Portland in 2008 and made a monumental shift in his way…

Pop Artist or Conman? The Time Andy Warhol Came to Oregon. And the Time He Didn’t.

Written by Ben McBee On October 6, 1967, students and faculty at the University of Oregon filed into the Erb Memorial Union at the heart of campus, taking their seats in the ballroom, their eyes locked in anticipation on an empty stage. The room was packed. Its large Friday night crowd was a true indication of the honored guest’s celebrity status – especially considering the excitement and distractions that come with a new school year. A man appeared at the front of the audience, a trail of smoke floating from a loosely held cigarette. His pale face was disguised by dark Ray-Ban shades; a mop of white-blonde hair covered his head. Andy Warhol, the idiosyncratic Prince of Pop Art had arrived in Eugene, Oregon. Or had he? In the late 1960s, Warhol was at the peak of his fame. From his enigmatic New York City studio, The Factory, Warhol’s artistic,…

Wine Spirit & Archive

written by Julie Lee | photography by David Reamer Whether for an industry professional or a novice who simply wants to learn how to swirl, sniff, sip and swallow, Wine Spirit & Archive offers everything from beginners’ basics to certifications. Wine Spirit & Archive’s owner and teaching professional, Mimi Martin, started the Portland-based business nearly a decade ago after spending time at New York University in food studies. “Wine doesn’t have to be intimidating,” she said. “I feel lucky to do what I do, putting a variety of wine in front of so many people. The more you learn about it, the deeper it gets, and it’s always changing, so I have to change course.” The Wine & Spirit Archive (“WSA”) is a school and resource center for wine lovers and students at all levels. We believe that wine should be fun, that enjoyment increases as knowledge increases and that…