Reading Monocle feels like taking a whirlwind trip around the world. The magazine curates an informative mix of topics, ranging from economic and political world news, to design culture and travel. Best of all it’s quite THICK, which is remarkable in this age where most magazines feel more and more like flimsy comic books. Monocle is one of the best examples of how the print experience can thrive in the digital age. Although the subscription price is slightly higher than newsstand, I’m strongly considering it so I don’t have to track down a copy each month.
Frank Chimero is that designer we all aspire to be. A fellow resident of Southeast Portland, Chimero’s work exhibits a rare kind of restrained wit and elegance. He has an impeccable portfolio, but beyond that he’s a very talented writer. A few months ago he published a 4-part short story on his blog titled The back of your gullet is decadent and depraved. It’s a sort of Chicken Soup for the Designer’s Soul and should be required reading for anyone trying to make it as a creative professional. Read the story HERE.
Photo by Eliza Sohn
Maryanna and I are cocktail nerds. This can be troublesome because Portland has become a hotspot of sorts for the art of mixology. Last week I read a write-up for a new bar called Central in the Portland Mercury. The review touted the concoctions of head bartender Lydia Reissmueller. Coincidentally, the weekend after reading this we were invited to a dinner party at a friends house, with cocktails provided by Reismueller. In true small-world Portland fashion, I found out that Reismueller is the fiancee of another friend of mine. I digress. Central serves amazing cocktails and delicious crepes. I had a whiskey sour made with a 12-year Elijah Craig bourbon, lemon juice and egg whites. Simple, yet so delicious.
Read the Central write-up in the Portland Mercury