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…

Portland Flood of 1894

As devastating as the more recent disasters were, the waters of the Willamette River have never risen higher than they did in June 1894. Turn-of-the-century Portland sprung up as a vital economic hub due to its position at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, a location that could be precarious when torrential rains fell. Severe spring snow melt and summer downpours combined that year to push the river deep into downtown, setting a record 33-foot high watermark that still stands today.

Oregon Lodging: McMenamins Grand Lodge

written by Julie Lee | photography by Kathleen Nyberg The Danes call it ‘hygge’ (pronounced hue-gah,), and we call it the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. The ritual of combining and appreciating life’s simple pleasures in a comfortable setting, creating a sense of well-being and contentment, is the backbone of this restorative and renovated McMenamins hotel. Wizardry meets artistry here, with secret stairwells, riddles on walls and museum-worthy art on walls, headboards and ceilings. Recently celebrating a 95-year anniversary, the former Masonic and Eastern Star property offers history inside and green scenery outside, with trees, trails and thrills beckoning a unification with nature. Nearby Hagg Lake offers water fun, and for the thrill-seeker looking to take simple pleasures to new heights, there is a zipline park adjacent to the lake. Be sure to print the walking guide before your stay—fifteen pages of “not-to-miss details” throughout the hotel and room-to-room historical…

Bowery Bagels: Oregon Dining

Michael Madigan founded Bowery Bagel in Portland with an intent to replicate the bagels he fondly remembered from his childhood in New York City.