The 3 Very (Very!) Best Places in Portland, According to Caesy Oney
Try not to be jelly that they’re all crazy-convenient for the Draught Dry Goods designer.
If you happen to be skulking around Northeast Portland, you just might catch a glimpse of the Draught Dry Goods main man, Caesy Oney. All his favorite haunts happen to be within walking distance of both his studio and his apartment—but they’re all worth a trip if you aren’t quite as lucky. —jackie varriano
Nong’s Khao Man Gai
“This is hands-down my favorite lunch in Portland. There’s a food cart downtown proper, but I generally visit the spot in lower SE, as I can walk there from the workshop. Their Khao Man Gai, commonly known as ‘paper chicken,’ is a really simple dish of broiled chicken and rice, and their house-made sauce is a garlic-ginger-chili combo that is mind-blowing.”
(609 SE Ankeny St., Suite B, khaomangai.com)
“This is my neighborhood dive—standard bar fare and stiff drinks. Lots of shit on the walls. Great neon sign out back that is from a long-forgotten steak house.”
(2035 NE Glisan St.)
See See Motor Coffee Co.
“This is the coffee-slash-motorcycle shop that is run by my friends. It has delicious coffee and snacks—and of course tons of motorcycles and motorcycle things. They are also really active in the community and have events and parties often. A true Portland treasure.”
(1642 NE Sandy Blvd.; seeseemotorcycles.com)
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Hare+Hart Knows Buenos Aires
And now you do, too.
As we imagine it, Jennie Engelhardt and Emily Harrison of Hare+Hart spend all of their time eating medium-rare steaks, cracking open bottles of Argentine red, and tangoing until sunrise. But when the design duo is in Buenos Aires—they both also do time in NYC—they have to get work done, too, as they produce all of their line’s elegantly simple leather goods just outside the capital city. Here, the nine places you’ll find them when they’re not hanging out at factories. —lydia woolever
The bar at Milion.
Emily: “It’s a bar in a huge, old, three-story mansion in this chichi neighborhood—like the Upper East Side—called Recoleta. Argentines aren’t huge drinkers—so it’s not like the New York cocktail scene—but they make these amazing basil cocktails here. And there’s this beer called Quilmes, which is definitely cheaper to drink than water.” (Paraná 1048)
Jennie: “This is a special-occasion parrilla, or grill. Emily gets their bife de lomo (tenderloin), and I like their ojo de bife (rib eye). We usually share an order of mollejas (sweetbreads) and provoleta (grilled provolone). We’re definitely not vegetarians.” (José Antonio Cabrera 5099)
Jennie: “Medialunas, or ‘half-moons,’ are the Argentine version of a croissant. They’re smaller and sweet—they have a little bit of honey on top. They’re everywhere, but the best are at Domani. It’s a block from Emily’s apartment, so we go there and do work a lot. It’s like a weird sort of IHOP or American diner.” (Salguero 3006)
Bosques de Palermo
Emily: “Bosques de Palermo is this big park with grassy areas and paths and lakes not far from my apartment. Jennie goes running there; I walk my dog.”
Jennie: “People are always having maté with each other in the park. It’s like tea-slash-marijuana. You drink out of the same straw and pass it around like you pass a joint. If people invite you to share maté, it means they like you. It has more significance than just sharing a drink.”
Jennie: “This place is hilarious. It’s trying to be really fancy, but it’s also trying to be very American. It’s like a nicer Chili’s. They have nachos and french fries, but my personal favorite is the fingers de pollo—the chicken fingers. We go for happy hour a lot. The Argentines love it so much—from fancy, older people to these trendy, mulleted hipster kids, all hanging out at this suburban American chain restaurant in Argentina.” (Del Libertador, Av. 4625)
Emily: “We both just love shoes. Palermo Soho is a neighborhood near my place that has great boutiques Jennie’s been in Buenos Aires less than 24 hours, and she’s already been to Mishka, our favorite spot.”
Campo del Fiori
Emily: “After steak, Argentina’s big food is fresh, homemade pasta. It’s a staple. We go to Campo del Fiori for this amazing pre-fixe lunch. You get a drink, appetizer, fresh pasta, and then a dessert, all for like 12 bucks.” (Venezuela 1401)
San Telmo Antique Market
Jennie: “Every Sunday in San Telmo, this neighborhood downtown, there’s a huge fair with all these arts and crafts and antique vendors—jewelry, furniture, clothing, trinkets, these amazing lights and chandeliers from all centuries. I got some really cool old glass apothecary bottles there. It’s hard to transport stuff back to the U.S., but it’s a great place to just walk through and look around.”
Emily: “This is a silly, fun club where we go dancing. Argentines aren’t big drinkers, but they’re big partiers. They’re really into techno. You don’t go out until 2 A.M., and everything’s open ‘til sunrise.”
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A Ten-Stop Savannah Tour with Elizabeth Knight
The designer did time in the city and knows the most remarkable spots.
Elizabeth taking Savannah by bike.
Though Elizabeth Thompson is a relatively new designer, she has an enthusiasm for all that’s old. That passion came in awfully handy when she lived in the historic, mysterious, Southern town of Savannah, Georgia, where she spent her early twenties studying jewelry design at SCAD—and where, she says, “time really moves more slowly.” Here, Elizabeth helps us navigate the cobblestone streets, showing off her 10 fave stops. —lydia woolever
Oh-so-enticing Tybee Island.
“My friends and I would drive out to this beach almost every weekend and on hot summer nights for midnight swims. What I remember the most about our trips was the 20 minute drive—windows rolled down and music turned up, the Gorillaz playing.” (tybeevisit.com)
“Zia, the namesake owner and designer, actually taught me how to run my own business. I worked there when it first opened, and he made everything look effortless. I smile looking back on that now, because there’s a serious amount of work that I didn’t know about going on behind-the-scenes.” (ziaboutique.com)
“Like you’d imagine, it’s right along the Savannah River and has lots of fun bars and restaurants. In Savannah, there’s no open container law, so in the evening you can grab a drink from one of these spots and walk along the water.” (riverstreetsavannah.com)
The no-nonsense Clary’s signage.
“This spot is amazing—the best brunch in town—and is just down the block from my old apartment on Abercorn Street. It’s a diner setting, open since 1903, with almost anything you could think of on the menu. Definitely get a milkshake. (claryscafe.com)
“Pinkies is a dive bar that smells like beer, and what I love about it is that it never changes—which is something I love about Savannah in general. The students keep the town fresh, but she always stays true to her nature.”
“SCAD—Savannah College of Art and Design—makes up a huge part of the town. In the middle of downtown, they have this big gift store that carries art by their students and alumni. My jewelry has been carried there for about three years now.” (shopscad.com)
The Jepson Center at The Telfair Academy
“It’s this new, modern building, full of paintings, sculptures, and works from local artists. It has a grand staircase and bright, white walls and these huge panes of glass that look out over a park. My friends got married there last year—it was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to.” (telfair.org)
Forsyth Park’s fountain, built in 1858.
“This is a great, open place in the heart of downtown, with a beautiful, old fountain and dramatic Spanish moss everywhere. Bring your dogs. Play bocce. Sometimes I’d bring a sketchpad with me to work on new designs.”
Satchel Boutique and Studio
“The designer—her name is Elizabeth, too—has been working on Satchel for about as long as I have on Elizabeth Knight. It’s an adorable boutique with a beautiful workshop in the back that I’m jealous of.” (shopsatchel.com)
Elizabeth on 37th
“They’re known for having a one-of-a-kind Southern menu—pan-seared sea scallops with tuna tartare and almond-crusted coastal grouper. It’s in a gorgeous, historic Georgia mansion. The triple chocolate cake…” (elizabethon37.com)
Savannah photos courtesy of Jamie Beck.
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Louisa Plays Favorites in London and San Francisco
The designer is equally loyal to both locales.
Although Louisa Parris’s family hopped around a bit when she was a kid (oh, hi, Dubai), London is her home: She studied fashion at Central Saint Martins, where she won the womenswear collection award upon graduation. Right about then, she also fell in love, and, in 2005, moved out to San Francisco with her now husband Chris, who had landed a sweet gig at Apple. Now the sophisticated Brit has fully embraced the SF scene…but she also gets back to London as much as she can manage. These are her must-hits in both cities.
London / The Nightingale: “This is five doors down from my family home, and I think I’ve been going there before I was legal! At Christmas, it’s amazing—filled with friends, locals, and dogs.” [pictured]
San Francisco / Lone Palm: “It’s small with a great atmosphere—white tablecloths with black-and-white movies always playing in the corner. This little place gets packed, but I love it—and, again, it’s a short walk from my apartment.”
London / Wilton’s Music Hall: “I got married here this time last year for a second time. My husband and I always promised we would do it again for friends and family—the first time, Chris and I went to San Francisco City Hall in 2006. This is the oldest music hall in London, and it’s right in the heart of the city. I’ve yet to see a gig here, but I will one day I’m sure. You can even go on a guided tour—there is so much history to the place.” [pictured]
San Francisco / Bimbo’s 365 Club: “Seeing live shows in San Francisco is a huge part of going out here. Bimbo’s 365 is a stunning venue—I’ll never forget seeing Feist three or so years ago. The whole sound system went out, and Feist did this amazing gig with only a few lights on and very little sound support. It gave you shivers down your arms it was so atmospheric.”
London / Clapham Common: “This is where I go for a lazy afternoon of reading the papers, sitting with friends, and watching the world go by. Recently, they restored the grandstand, it looks very beautiful even without a band.”
San Francisco / Crissy Field: “If I could go down there every weekend, I would. Going right up under the Golden Gate Bridge on a cold, sunny day with the water right next to you is amazing and just so different from everything I grew up around in London.” [pictured]
PLACE TO SEE ART
London / Victoria and Albert Museum: “I’ve been going there since I was little and even showed my gowns in a fashion show in the Raphael Galleries. You can easily spend hours lost in the rooms and corridors of such an old museum.”
San Francisco / Legion of Honor: “I do love all our galleries in SF, and we have some really big ones. But lately I prefer the Legion of Honor. It’s much smaller, and I like to go when it’s quiet.” [pictured]
London / Fortnum & Mason: “Whenever I’m home, I have to do a tea run to Fortnum & Mason—not only to buy tea but also to see the window displays, which are amazing visual feats.” [pictured]
San Francisco / Martha & Brothers Coffee: “When my husband and I arrived in Noe Valley six years ago, this was the first place we went for tea and coffee, and we still go every day. I even send Martha’s coffee back to family in London and Paris—they are all addicted!”