Portland : Olympic Provisions

Olympic Provisions, is a must-visit on any Portland visit. Olympic Provisions serves food based around their concept of “American Charcuterie” which they make in-house, on-site. If you appreciate businesses with an original point-of-view, on-point branding, inspiring space design, you’ll love it here. Also, take a picture of the MEAT sign – everyone does. We visited the Olympic Provisions Southeast location housed in The Olympic Mills Commerce Center, a beautifully converted 1920s cereal mill. The building is in the middle of a gritty industrial area where you wouldn’t expect to be a center of artisan activity. Have a walk around the building after your meal. It’s an impressive conversion with a variety of tennants, including a design studio and a tiny, cozy champagne...

Portland : Schoolhouse Electric & Supply

Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. is a must visit Portland destination for homeowners and decorating afficiandos. The massive showroom is located in a 100 yr old industrial building that also houses their manufacturing and shipping center. It’s not just a candy shop for decorators – it’s more like Willy Wonka’s freaking Chocolate Factory. The brand’s signature products, reproductions of turn of the century American lighting, fill the space along with displays of the original-era molds that inspired them. On the day we were there, a group of college students were huddled around a long study table gathering reference from Schoolhouse Electric’s publicly accessible design library. In addition to the lighting products that Schoolhouse Electric is best known for, the showroom also stocks a complete line of home accessories. The space is beautifully renovated, expansive and wide open while retaining the original factory feel. All the product displays and vignettes are finely curated and expertly styled – classic Americana filtered through an uncompromising modern lens. For the products, for the space, for the styling, Schoolhouse Electric is full of inspiration and delight. And for extra enjoyment, there’s a boutique florist and coffee bar at the entrance. Highly recommended. Bonus: watch this video to see more of the showroom and hear the owner of Schoolhouse Electric describe the backstory of the...

Portland : Tasty n Sons + North Williams Ave

Tasty n Sons was recommended to us by many people and is on most Best of Portland lists. Located in the North Williams Ave neighborhood on a block of boutique shops in the middle of a residential area, Tasty n Sons is a true neighborhood restaurant. We went for brunch and were seated at a long communal table directly behind the front window bar seats. We shared a Breakfast Board ($8) and a Fried Egg & Cheddar Biscuit with Fried Chicken ($9). Luna had a couple of Chocolate Potato Doughnuts with Creme Anglais ($1.50 each); not a typical meal but probably no worse than a sweet, syrupy breakfast. The Breakfast board contained a hard boiled egg, housemade jerky, apple slices, pickled beets, bread, crostini, yogourt with olive oil, pate and a strip of bacon. It’s a fun share plate with many simple parts that combine into different flavors. The combination of plain yogourt with olive oil was shockingly good. The whole is more than the sum of the parts, as they say, even when it’s just a simple 1+1. It’s an adventure to try out all the different elements on the board – all of which were delicious bites in and of themselves. It’s an interactive share plate and relatively light. Lots of fun. The biscuit, on the other hand, is heavy and indulgent. We thought it would be served open-faced with a peice of fried chicken on the side but it’s actually served as a tall and oozey breakfast sandwich. Two buttery, flaky biscuit halves encompass a peice of crispy fried chicken, cheddar and soft fried egg. Yummy but...

Portland : Clyde Common At Ace Hotel

Clyde Common was one of our Portland favourites. We enjoyed it so much that we went there for dinner twice during our 4 night stay. We stayed at Hotel Modera which is only 15 minutes way by foot or by riding the Portland Streetcar. Conveniently, the streetcar is only two blocks away from Hotel Modera and stops right on the corner of SW Stark & 10th where Clyde Common is. Tip: public transit in downtown Portland is free. We didn’t save any time by taking transit but it kept us out of the rain and conserved some energy – both must dos when travelling with a little one who likes to be carried half the way. Clyde Common neatly describes itself as “a European style tavern serving delicious food and drinks in a casual and energizing space.” The space is wide open with long communal tables, an open kitchen and a long bar area. There’s also a second floor overlooking the whole restaurant. We sat upstairs both times. The first time we went, it was towards the end of Happy Hour (which is served 3-6 PM). We tend to dine early nowadays and getting to order from a Happy Hour menu was a nice bonus. Most restaurants in Portland have Happy Hour which is not something that is common, at all, in Vancouver. We got to save $3 per drink on our first round and got Luna started with some fries for only $3. The burger, at only $6, looked deliciously tempting but we decided to wait for the more creative dinner menu. I ordered Cream of Mushroom Soup and Fried Rabbit...

24 Months

Last monthly photo for year 2! Luna turned 2 a couple weeks ago while we were in Mexico and it’s hard to believe that our little girl has been part of our family and this world for 2 years. It’s such a wonderful age as she is even more aware of her surroundings and is always so excited to discover the world with a favourite saying that repeats a million times a day: “what’s that?”. She wants to know about everything she sees, feels & touches. Some of her other favourite sayings are: “I’m mommy & daddy’s baby”, “I’m stuck”, “are you ok?”, “daddy at work”, “mommy, daddy, papa, coco… happy”, “daddy hold me”…. it’s always so sweet hearing her cute little voice as she expresses her thoughts & feelings. I had also promised myself that I would continue doing her yearly book to document her life year by year. As soon as I finished her 1st year of life book, I immediately started working on book 2 which is almost done. We are so proud of our little girl and so happy to see her growing up with so much joy & love for life. We are all very excited to see her continue to grow as we enter a new chapter of her...