Date Archives August 2014

Summer Series: Jared Whitney


The summer is the perfect time to be outside and get out of your comfort zone. To help you take the leap just turn to an app you already use daily, Instagram. Instagram has grown into be an amazing network of like minded people. A way to share your inspirations and daily adventures with more then just your immediate group of friends. Recently we met up with Instagrammer Jared Whitney while hanging out in Encinitas, California. Learn more about what Jared does in the summer and what Instagram means to him below…

Who are you? 

My name is Jared Whitney, I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

What do you do? 

Currently by day I am a project coordinator at a medical software company, by night I do music and freelance photography.

What instrument do you play? 

I play acoustic guitar, sometimes I dabble in electric. I also sing.

What are you doing in California? 

I am on vacation enjoying the sunshine. Surfing and eating burritos. I might dip down to Mexico, who knows.

Where is the best burrito you have ever eaten?

There is this place called BJ’s in Pacific City, Oregon that is just phenomenal. No matter what you get it is all the same price and comes with delicious pineapple.

Other then eating burritos, do you have any summer hobbies?

I love a good hike, I abuse my shoes quiet a lot. I like to hike, I like to camp. Pretty much anything with a view I do anything I can do to go see it.

Where is your favourite place to hike in Oregon?

Saddle Mountain on the Oregon coast is really good. It probably has the most satisfying view because you are still about 30 miles inland, but once you get to the top you can see all the mountains of the gorge, the Washington coast and the Oregon coast. You have to bring your A game though, the hike is only 2/3 hours but it has a deadly incline.


Other then hiking and camping, are you looking forward to any music festivals:

I just snagged Jimmy Buffet at Hermosa Beach, for free. An hour of free beach music was pretty killer. As far as music festivals, I missed the blues festival in Portland but you can pretty much hear it from anywhere you are in the city.

What music are you listening to this summer?

I have been really into Wild Club lately it is really fun, peppy.

Do you have any favourite restaurants to go in the city for food?

For brunch I always recommend Besaw’s in Portland. It is a super old establishment probably over 100 years doing the same business serving the same food, it is just incredible. My brother and I go sit outside and the food is grubbing, super good. Pretty much anywhere in Portland you will be doing good on food.

Where is your favourite place to hangout in the city? 

Pretty much anywhere down on NW 23rd. It is one of those zones where you can try different places all the time. A place I went recently was the radio room, they are pretty good on drinks and have a nice patio with a fire pit. All the servers are supper nice and serve you well, it is always hopping.

Do you have any cool projects coming up?

I am working on a great amount of weddings, engagements and anything else I can get my hands on this summer. Other then that just trying to advance more and more in the craft of photography everyday. Along with that I am working with Scott Bakken the founder of the Sociality movement to host the next one in Portland at the end of October. I am working as the ground crew for that event. We are expecting 1000 plus people especially after the amazing results in Calgary. It is just going to be network heaven. It will be awesome because you can meet the people you have followed for a long time and get to learn a little more about the substance of who they really are. Along with that It will be really fun to showcase everything there is to do in Portland to visiting Instagram users.

We noticed on your Instagram feed that you travel a great amount with other influential Instagrammers. How does that come about?

My friend Greg was newer to the west side of Portland and the burbs so we started hanging out a great amount. We both got an Instagram at the same time and would meet folks and go on trips with people we only knew for a few minutes. Whenever you are not working or have a day off you talk the day off and just take the opportunity, pack light and roll with the punches to meet new people.


How do you make contact with other Instagram users?

There will be someone else that says ‘hey we need a crew here’. It is just networking at the end of the day. One of my favourite things to do is connecting folks. I have a communications degree, I love to talk (maybe too much). I love networking that is probably my favourite things to do. Like Grether  who you met, he invented the best way of meeting folks by creating the Instameet and a safe place for people to cultivate community. Instagram only has substance when people meet and engage with each other in person. Thats how I love to meet people and get together.


Read the full blog here. 

Summer Series: Aaron Blatt


Aaron Blatt is a professional photographer known for shooting both action sports and lifestyle images for brands like Nike, Vans and Burton Snowboards. Along with his bustling freelance career, Blatt is also the online senior photographer for Snowboarder Magazine. Originally reining from Boston, Massatuchetts, Aaron currently lives in Portland, Oregon. We caught up with Aaron to find out what he gets up to in the summer…

Firstly Aaron, what do you do?

I take pictures. Primarily of snowboarding right now, but I like shooting any moments or trips surrounding lifestyle in the outdoors.Where are you from?I’m from Boston, but I just moved into Portland, OR. So much to do here!

What do you look forward to most in the summer?

The long days are the best – the sun’s out forever! There’s so many activities you can do in a day.

So many activities is right! Which summer activities do you enjoy doing most?

I like riding bikes the best. Mountain bikes, road bikes, city cruisin’ bikes. I’m down for any camping trips for the most part. I’m down to just hang in town and party and barbecue too..

Barbecue has to be the ultimate summer activity. Do you have a killer recipe you can share with us? 

I’ve never really eaten meat, so I’m pretty down for grilling vegetables – portabellas and stuffed peppers are top notch.

I also heard you’re on a futsal team this summer how did that come about?

My friends Ami & Colleen invited me to join their co-ed team this summer. I haven’t played soccer since I was 13 or so, and tonight’s the first game – I’ll let you know how it goes.

After all the activities are said and done do you have any hobbies that don’t require as much energy? 

I play guitar – love doing that.

So it is safe to say you are into music. Are there any bands or artists you’re into this summer?

Not really any new summer hits – just been listening to a bunch of old blues and bluegrass as usual… Current favorites would be Lightning Hopkins for blues, and Jorma Kaukonen for bluegrass.

View Aaron Blatt’s photography here:

Read the full interview here. 

Portland To Do List

Almost everyone I know asks me what to do in Portland, OR. Although I am not from Portland, I have frequented the city for the amazing coffee, shopping, food and proximity to snowboarding, hiking and surfing. This list fell into my hands a few years ago and has been added to throughout the years. If you have any suggestions or new places that are better please contribute in the comments below…

Portland To Do List: 

1. Washington Park/International Rose Test Garden – really gorgeous on a clear day you can see Mt. Hood.

2. Self-guided Beer Tour

  •     Bailey’s Tap Room (downtown) – tons and tons of beers on tap
  •     Cascade Brewery – this is one is one of our favorites because they are one of the few bars in the country that sell sour beer – def. a must try! You also get the unique experience of seeing the Portland Goats that are across from the brewery.
  •     Apex – on division – good selection of beer and great outdoor seating
  •     McMennimins (sp?) – they are all over town. I recommend going to the Kennedy School. location. It is an interesting experience. They have a soaking pool there where you can buy a pitcher before going into the soaking pool. We love to do this on rainy days.
  •     Green Dragon – near Cascade – goo selection of beers
  •     Tug  Boat – near Baileys – very funky weird place
  •     Dechutes Brewery – in the pearl district
  •     Bridgeport – there is one on the SE and SW side

3. Multnomah Falls/The Gorge – millions of fun hikes. If it is your first time, doing the Horsethief loop that passes the falls is a great 1/2 day hike and it is a gorgeous time of year. I also recommend doing the Angel’s Rest Hike around that same areas.

4. Wine Tours in Willamette Valley

5. Chinese Garden – Chinatown Downtown PDX

6. Japanese Garden – in Washington Park

4. Walking Tours on Fun Streets

  • Hawthorne – fun to walk from ~33rd to ~49th   (if you continue past 49th – keep going all the way up to Mt. Tabor – it is a GREAT lookout and a fun walk)
  • Belmont – 33rd area are some shops. Highly recommend you walk to Stumptown Coffee at 34th and Belmont and get a cupcake on that same block at SAINT Cupcake and take a stroll around Laurelhurst Park (keep heading North from Stumptown and you will hit the park after Stark ) Belmont also hosts two awesome bars – Sweet Hereafter & Alto Lounge – always a good place to go any night.
  • Alberta st. – Lots of funky shops and great restaurants
  • NW 23rd – Again more shops and restaurants

Mississippi – NE area – very hip and trendy with good food and bars

Alberta – further North still on the East side – very artsy, lots of fun

NW 22nd and 23rd – very shishi but fun shops – great shopping for the ladies

Pearl – the utmost in shishi and fancy – but it’s where Powell’s Books and Dechutes Brewery are located

Best of List (as of 2013)

Best Cocktails – Kask – near SW 13th Ave area and Beaker and Flask – near burnside

Best Food Cart turned Restaurant – Lardo at 12th and Hawthorne

Best Food Cart area – Downtown Washington and Alder area

Best Sour Beer – Cascade

Best Beer Selection – Baileys Tap Room

Best Mexican Food – Pandoria Taqueria in St. John’s or Por Qui No on Hawthorne St ( the Bryan’s bowl is soo yum )

Best Fancy and Different Restaurant – Racion (downtown)

Best Fancy and Italian Restaurant – DOC ( in NE )

Best Date Night Fancy Restaurant – Tabla (SE 28th)

Best Coffee – Stumptown (any location) and Heart Coffee (downtown or Belmont)

Best Specialty Market – Pasta Works (SE Hawthorne)

Best Restaurant to get your Meat on: Laurelhurst Market

Best not so avg. brunch – Broder (SE Clinton)

Best Southern Goodness: Pine State Biscuits for breakfast or Screen Door for Dinner

Best Sushi: Bamboo

Best Pizza: Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Dove Vivi or Sizzle Pie.

Fun Place to Get a Drink – SE Ash and SE Ankeny area (where Voodoo doughnuts is located on the Westside – it is a street blocked off for the restaurants)

Best Strip Club – Devils Point (it is a coop too!) or Sassy’s is pretty popular

Best Ice Cream – Salt and Straw (Skip the line by buying a pint)

Best Indian – Bollywood (next to Salt and Straw)

Popular Things in PDX

Sushi – Bamboo Sushi (SE 28th)

Pizza – Ken’s Pizza (SE 28th)

Voodoo Doughnuts – Downtown and SE location. SE location will have less of a line

Distillery Tours – Just google all the Distilleries on the SE side

Portland Saturday Market – near the Waterfront

Rose Test Garden in Washington Park

Powell’s Bookstore

Portland City Grill (great view on clear day (go early for happy hour)

Bike rentals are pretty cheap and it is fun to rent one for the half day and ride it around the waterfront park and SE side.

Sample Itinerary:

Wake and walk to Stumptown on Se 34th and Belmont – check-out Belmont area

Walk/Drive to Broader on SE Clinton for brunch

Drive/Public Transit to Washington Park/Rose Test Garden

Walk down from Garden through Westside (pretty houses)

Go to Food Carts on Alder and Washington area and eat snack/late lunch

Visit Powell Books in Pearl District and Dechutes Brewery

Walk through Park Blocks close to PDX Art Museum (I think Wed. is the Farmer’s Market) – pick-up some food

Walk to Waterfront (passing through Pioneer Square area)

Rent some bikes (Bike shop on 10 SE Ash Street (Waterfront Bikes) is good)

Bike around waterfront

Go to Ash Street and have a drink at one of the many bars OR go up to SW 13th area to visit Kask

Head back SE and stop at Cascade for Sour Beer

Keep heading East and visit one of the restaurants on 28th

Walk around Laurelhurst Park

Get IceCream (Salt and Straw on Division)

Scan Willamett Weekly or Mercury for listing of music.


In the summer there is most likely farmers markets or free concerts/plays/movies going on in one of the many parks. These sites have some listings:


Have any suggestions for spots? Leave them in the comments below.