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Eat Your Way Around These 10 Neighborhoods in Portland

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Thinking of moving to Portland – or anywhere for that matter? Head over to Zillow.com and start planning now. Find a home that’s within biking distance of your favorite eatery.

1. Division/Clinton

Spend the day roaming the neighborhood streets with stops for coffee and baked goods at Roman Candle, a cozy dinner at The Woodsman Tavern, the famed Thai chicken wings at Pok Pok, or swing by Ava Gene’s for perfect pastas and delicious vegetable dishes. Recover from it all with a drink at the Whiskey Soda Lounge.


2. Alberta

Natural Selection serves outstanding food that happens to be vegetarian, but if you’re feeling carnivorous stop by James Beard Award Winning chef Naomi Pomeroy’s Beast. Either option will be best followed by a serving of ice cream from Salt & Straw and a drink from The Bye and Bye.


3. Fremont/Beaumont Village

Pick up a dozen (or two) of the fresh-baked doughnuts at Pip’s Original, spend some time bottle browsing at Blackbird Wine Shop, pick up some coffee at Ristretto Roasters, and then grab dinner and drinks at smallwares.


4. Hawthorne

Have your own breakfast club at Slappycakes, get a sandwich lunch at Lardo, and then head to Apizza Scholls, which helped Portland step up its pizza game, for dinner.


5. Northwest/Nob Hill

Go old school at Paley’s Place, part of the first-wave of Portland’s culinary revolution, or new school at Bamboo, the world’s first certified-sustainable sushi restaurant. Save room for dessert at Papa Haydn, a Portland classic.


6. Downtown

Stop by James Beard Award-Winning chef Gabriel Rucker’s outpost Little Bird Bistro or head to the Alder Street food cart pod, which fills a whole block with incredible take-out food from the likes of Nong’s Khao Man Gai and the Whole Bowl. Save room for dessert from Saint Cupcake and artisanal goodies from Quin.

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7. Boise-Eliot

Line up early for Tasty and Sons, which has one of the best brunches in Portland. Head to Ned Ludd for the finest wood-fired foods around or take a detour to Spain via Toro Bravo’s tasty tapas, which are sure to remind you of your time in Salamanca.


8. Montavilla

Head out east to Tanuki for outside-the-bento-box Japanese-inspired eats and drinks in a fun—if rule-filled — environment. If you’re in the mood for western cuisine on the eastside, the Country Cat is the spot for all-American downhome dining.


9. Central Eastside

Olympic Provisions is the first USDA approved salumeria, so stock up on cured meats and tasty sides before heading to Distillery Row to sample some of Portland’s finest craft distilled liquors, then sobering up at The Stumptown Annex for coffee tasting.


10. The Pearl District

Head out for a brewery tour with stops at the Rogue Brewery, Bridgeport Brewery, and be sure to get a glass of Black Butte Porter at Deschutes Brewery. Fortify yourself with a sandwich and a chocolate-covered macaroon from Pearl Bakery or go upscale at either the Peruvian spot Andina or high-end pizza at Oven and Shaker.


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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.