We're over cosmos but give us an expertly made classic martini or something with a bit of punch (Bloody Martinis anyone?), and we'll gladly belly up to the bar. From martinis for chocolate lovers to sips for the eat local crowd, we've got the martini scene covered in Portland. Here's where to head for your next indulgence.
Fall's favorite gourd can do more than decorate your front porch. With its warm flavor and soft texture, pumpkin has its place not only on dinner menus but also at the breakfast table, coffee bar and holistic spa. Here's where to eat it, drink it and smear it on your face this fall.
It's time to get pampered. We're kicking off our Best of Citysearch campaign to seek out your favorite places for relaxing spa treatments, drop-dead gorgeous hairstyles and bronze-worthy tans. If you have a few in mind, just go to that business listing on our site, click on the "Nominate for Best of Citysearch" tab and vote! To get you in the spirit, here are a few of my personal favorites.
The holidays are upon us, and you've got gifts for everyone. What's that? You haven't bought gifts for everyone on your list yet? Wait, you don't even HAVE a list?! Put on your hoodie, grab your wallet, and get your slacker self down to the best spots in Portland for gifting: for him, her, and for little hims and hers, we've got you covered. (Photo: More Presents! by Flickr user Aaron Jacobs.)
After a long, hard day working under fluorescent lights, sometimes you need a place to unwind with a shot of bracing liquor. And often the best place to toss back that post-work drink is a dark, moody bar. The same could be said for various situations; sometimes alcohol tastes best when you can't really see it. So whether you're looking to set the mood on a second date or fade into the background like an erstwhile movie star, find your escape in Portland's darkest bars.
We congratulate those of you who've conquered the bacon-topped donut that's become Portland's claim to fame. But we?d also like to point out that real foodies dare to try the eccentric delicacies so rarely seen on mainstream American menus. Think pig's ear terrine, duck hearts and an update on the meat meets doughnut combination that will have your arteries screaming for mercy. Here's where to go to find local food with shock value. (Skewered duck hearts--the last ones to the right--at Tanuki by Ashley Gartland)
This Thanksgiving, you've got a choice: Grab a turkey to go, or dig into Thanksgiving dinner at a Portland restaurant. Either way, you'll cut out hours slaving over a hot stove, eliminate debates about the relative merits of bird-baking, and give thanks that a professional chef has made the crucial choices for you. To help, we've rounded up Portland's best choices for Turkey Day done the easy way! (Photo: Thanksgiving Meal by Flickr user Craig Dugas)
Let's face it: Portland isn't about hipsters writing in little notebooks and sipping lattes, our town is about SPORTS. Because we spend half the year inside avoiding the rain, we've gotta watch the game--and we're gonna drink while we do it. Check out our list of Portland spots bars to find your favorite new spot, and avoid awkward team rivalries while you're at it. (Photo: Foosball Men by Flickr user Nicola)
You could stay home and fuel the trick-or-treaters with sweets this Halloween. Or, you could pull together a unique costume and party it up, weave your way through a rural corn maze and scare yourself silly at a haunted landmark. Which option sounds better? That's what we thought. Here's where to head for cool costumes, haunted spots and spooky events in Portland.
In a city that grants local chefs celebrity status, it's not surprising that chef-owned restaurants are some of the hottest tables in town. These are the chefs you'll see shopping the farmers market, supporting small artisan producers and--freed from the corporate purse-strings-- trying new things like making their own cheese and serving a dish called The Whole Hog. Behold: the most memorable meals in Portland.