Illustration by David Saracino
One of our favorite things about traveling – and the inspiration for this column – is that every city can look different from another person’s perspective. What one local will consider a must-visit may be unheard of to another, so for our 24 Hours In Series, we will occasionally be offering a few different takes on a single city. Today we are getting a second spin on Portland, OR with Tess Darrow and Kara Yanagawa of Egg Press. For 19 years, Tess and Kara have called Portland home and today they take us on an ideal 24 hours spent grabbing morning coffee, dining at Italian cafes and shopping at eclectic boutiques in their city. Thank you, ladies, for showing us around your Portland! —Stephanie
Illustration by David Saracino
Read the full guide after the jump…
all photos from Cel Jarvis
We both moved to Portland in 1995, and we’ve seen a lot of changes over the years; whole neighborhoods have been revitalized and transformed, we’ve built a world-class creative community and we’ve gained legitimate food destination status. But despite all the changes, Portland is still the cozy, liveable and accessible place we fell in love with back in the day. We love the supportive community, the interest in craft, the entrepreneurial spirit and the access to wild nature (it’s only 90 minutes to either the ocean or the mountains). If we were to plot out a great day in the Rose City, it might go something like this…
8 am: Tess heads to the Yoga Shala for Shadow Yoga with Char Rice, “It’s a great way for me to have a peaceful moment in the morning. I especially love to listen to Char’s voice, which takes me to a meditative space. I feel centered, quiet, and a little taller when I am done.” Kara starts her mornings with a jog in Forest Park, “It’s just me, my podcasts and Justin Timberlake. The tree-lined trail is lush with moss and ferns, the air is amazing, and the canopy keeps the trail cool in the summer and protects it from rain in the winter.”
Yoga Shala, 3808 N Williams
Leif Erikson Trail, NW Thurman St. entrance
9:30 am: As a reward for running and stretching, we caffeinate ourselves at Ristretto Roasters. We practically live here. Tess likes the Chai (heavy on the Chai), and Kara is a split-shot mocha maniac. Tess has been known to splurge with a Sweet & Salty cookie made by Bakeshop. Other mochas of distinction can be found at Sterling Coffee (such good coffee from such a tiny, tiny place), Cacao (they make their own blend of impossibly velvety drinking chocolate here), and Oui Presse (they have an amazing magazine selection to go with your mocha!).
Ristretto Roasters, 2181 NW Nicolai
Bakeshop, 5351 NE Sandy Blvd
Sterling Coffee, 417 NW 21st Ave
Cacao, 414 SW 13th Ave
Oui Presse, 1740 SE Hawthorne Blvd
10:30 am: We find inspiration in some pretty unusual places, which is why we’re always down for some second-hand shopping adventures to search for unique objects and ephemera. We’ve logged serious hours at Periodicals Paradise pouring over vintage knitting patterns and scouring 60s and 70s mags for inspiring ads, images and typography. Half Pint Leather is the mother lode of pre-loved and reconditioned leather boots, shoes and accessories — it’s serious bag lust in these here parts. Tess heads for the vintage coach bags and man-boots, while Kara seeks out any large, impractical travel bag she can find. For a big dose of visual stimulation, we love to visit the The Knittin’ Kitten. The deep archives of vintage fabrics and notions can be overwhelming, but we never walk out of this place empty handed or uninspired.
Periodicals Paradise, 1924 NE 40th
Half Pint Leather, 3920 N Mississippi Ave
The Knittin’ Kitten, 7530 NE Glisan
1:30 pm: We stop in for a light lunch at Luce. This friendly Italian cafe is open, inviting and familiar. And delicious. The half-sized pastas are flavorful and perfectly proportioned — Tess loves the carrot ravioli and Kara’s a big fan of spaghetti with clams. After a few raviolis, Tess is liable to bust out her yarn and start knitting.
Luce, 2140 E Burnside
2:30 pm: After lunch, we head down to Una for some boutique browsing. Kara loves this place, “It’s where all the favorite things in my closet come from. I only buy a few things a year, but each piece becomes a unique staple — something that can be worn all the time but has its own distinct flavor.” We also love to peruse the retail spaces of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. (a great mix of modern lighting and home goods — we could easily live in their showroom), Canoe (modern basics for life and home — every gift from here is a home run), and Alder and Co. (just the place for indulgent gifts, flowers, clothing and textiles).
Una, 922 SE Ankeny
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., 2181 NW Nicolai
Canoe, 1136 SW Alder
Alder and Co., 616 SW 12th
4 pm: After our adventures on the east side of town, we pop across the bridge to visit our go-to, downtown yarn shop, Knit / Purl. Tess has been knitting old-school, wool crewneck sweaters for her boys all fall, and her yarn supplies need restocking. They’ve got a great house brand and they also carry Brooklyn Tweed, one of her favorite lines. Portland is loaded with outstanding fabric and yarn shops, here’s a few more favorites; Close Knit (cozy neighborhood yarn store with good basics and occasional exotics worth splurging on), Modern Domestic (at this fabric store and sewing studio you can shop for fabric, sign up for a workshop, or bring your own project during open sewing hours), and the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store (well worth the trip for the always-changing assortment of Pendleton yardage and to see what’s new on the bargain tables).
Knit / Purl, 1101 SW Alder Street
Close Knit, 2140 NE Alberta
Modern Domestic, 1408 NE Alberta
Pendleton Woolen Mill Store, 8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd
5:30 pm: After our packed day, we head over to our old standby Café Castagna for one of the happier happy hours in town. Kara believes that she’s sat in every seat in the house over the years, and she can remember the exact moment she fell in love with bread pudding thanks to these guys. And Tess can recall the days (pre-kids!) when she and her husband Jeff would meet for burgers after work — and in a town bursting at the seams with burger options, theirs is a standout. Other exemplary happy hours can be enjoyed at Lincoln, Aviary, and Sauvage.
Café Castagna, 1758 SE Hawthorne (Happy Hour 5-6 pm & 9 pm to close)
Lincoln, 3808 N Williams (Happy Hour 5:30-7 pm)
Aviary, 1733 NE Alberta (Happy Hour 5-7 pm)
Sauvage, 537 SE Ash Street #102 (Happy Hour 5-6 pm)