Voodoo Doughnut ‘drops a pin’ at new Vancouver location – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon


KOIN, Oregon — Voodoo is coming to Vancouver.

The iconic portland chain Voodoo Donuts “I dropped the pin” at the company’s first Washington store, which is scheduled to open on Tuesday, January 11.

Voodoo Donut CEO when asked about location choices Chris Schultz Answered, “Why not Vancouver? Why do people have to cross the bridge to get great donuts?”

Since joining Voodoo Donuts almost five years ago, Schultz has been looking for the perfect Vancouver site, but has arrived at the location of 8203NE Vancouver Mall Drive, formerly a branch of Chase Bank.

Holiday Treat (Voodoo Donut)

“It’s a perfect place,” Schultz explained. “It’s a hub where things are happening and it really brings Vancouver Mall back to life.”

With the addition of the new Vancouver store, Voodoo Donut currently has 10 company-owned locations and 2 licensed stores in the United States.

Schults said the KOIN 6 News donuts are a delicacy that everyone can enjoy in an era when people have limited recreational options.

“If you’re going to treat yourself, you’re going to treat yourself with donuts,” Schultz said. “What can I do to bring a little fun home when I can’t go to a sporting event or listen to my favorite band? I think Voodoo fits that perfectly.”

He told KOIN 6 News that he sees this expansion as an opportunity to provide internal growth to current employees and new jobs to the community. According to Schultz, the expansion to Vancouver has created a total of 50 jobs.

For Schultz, incorporating the Vancouver community and region-specific “flares” was important for this grand opening.

“This is Voodoo Vancouver, not Voodoo Portland,” Schultz said. “People really enjoy going to Portland, but I think this has its own twist, and that’s why people live and enjoy a bit of that” wackiness “that Voodoo is famous for in Vancouver. This is your chance. “

The ribbon cut and grand opening of the new Vancouver Voodoo Donuts will take place on Tuesday at 9am. The new location offers third-party delivery and curbside pickup options and is open daily to midnight.

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NextHome Ranked The No. 1 Franchise In The Country, Again

By nexthomeadmin — January 12, 2022


leasanton, CA — January 12, 2022 — NextHome was recently named No. 1 on Franchise Business Review’s list of the Top Franchises for 2022. This is the 17th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchise business owners and NextHome’s second year in a row receiving the No. 1 recognition.

NextHome, Inc. is an independently owned national franchisor with a focus on changing the way consumers work with local agents and shop for real estate online. The NextHome franchise, founded in 2014, has 570+ offices and 5,200+ members across 48 states. The company closes over 36,000 transactions annually worth over $11.8B in volume.

Franchise Business Review, a market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and employee engagement, provides the only rankings and awards for franchise companies based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. Franchise Business Review publishes its rankings of the top 200 franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises.

NextHome was among over 300 franchise brands, representing more than 30,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. NextHome’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training & support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

“While the pandemic impacted various business sectors differently, the last two years have clearly demonstrated the inherent strengths of the franchise business model. The old franchise adage of ‘being in business for yourself, but not by yourself’ has never been more important,” said Franchise Business Review founder & CEO Eric Stites. “Thanks to fast innovations, significant support, and responsive crisis management, many franchise brands have emerged stronger from the pandemic, and that is reflected in high franchisee satisfaction.”

“Being ranked the No. 1 franchise across all industries by Franchise Business Review for the second year in a row is an incredible achievement, and it’s all thanks to our members and amazing corporate staff,” said James Dwiggins, Chief Executive Officer of NextHome, Inc. “Without their hard work and passion for making a difference in the real estate industry, NextHome wouldn’t be where it is today. Our Humans Over Houses philosophy is fostered in every decision we make as a franchise. Receiving this award confirms we are continuing to lead in the right direction for our members and is the reason we love what we do every day.”

“As an independent research firm, Franchise Business Review is committed to helping prospective franchisees get an objective view of the best franchise opportunities, based on actual feedback from franchise owners,” said Michelle Rowan, president & COO of Franchise Business Review. “We survey franchisees from franchise companies in the marketplace today and identify those with the highest levels of satisfaction and performance in order to educate potential buyers and help them choose which franchise to invest in. The companies on this year’s list of Top Franchises are the top-ranked brands in the key areas critical to their franchisees’ success.”

Visit FranchiseBusinessReview.com to see the full description of the 2022 Top Franchises.

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at Charis@NextHome.com.

Each office is an independently owned and operated business.


Metro Council approves $36 million for Interstate Bridge planning, seeks project tweaks

Green metal bridge over a river

The view from inside the operations center at the heart of the interstate 5 bridge Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2018. The span, a major artery that connects Portland and Vancouver, turned 100 years old in January of 2017. In recent months, talks of replacing the aging bridge have reemerged. Mark Graves/StaffMark Graves

The Metro Council voted Thursday to funnel $36 million of state money toward the planning of a new Interstate Bridge over the Columbia River.

Five of the six councilors for the regional governing body voted in favor of releasing funds that will allow the project to move forward, reviving efforts to build a new Interstate 5 bridge following the 2014 failure of the Columbia River Crossing project.

Even as project managers characterized the vote as a formality, several councilors expressed hesitation about allowing the project to move forward without more information about the capacity of the proposed bridge or what they characterized as adequate attention to climate and equity issues.

Nonetheless, the elected council members said they felt the pressure to approve the funds in order to conduct more research on the proposed bridge, and to focus on other regional transportation projects.

The council also voted to adopt a “Values, Outcomes and Actions” motion, which lays out specific goals that the Interstate Bridge Replacement Project must follow to win Metro’s support for future funding and approvals. That document was shaped in part by demands from climate activists and land use planning groups.

They include that the Interstate Bridge project team must conduct an analysis of how to reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled through measures like rush-hour tolling and high-capacity transit. And it must also conduct a health impact analysis of air quality of the corridor between downtown Portland and Vancouver.

It must also conduct an “investment-grade” traffic analysis ahead of any decisions about the bridge design, which would allow for a clearer sense of how big the bridge should be.

Council President Lynn Peterson said she hopes that the “values” statement would help set a clear direction for the Interstate Bridge project team.

“In order for us to see a project in the end that reflects back on our values, we need to be very articulate and clear about that,” she said.

Peterson also said she thinks there’s more alignment about the vision for the bridge between various agencies involved in the project — such as the cities of Portland and Vancouver, TriMet and the Port of Portland — than there had been in the past.

Greg Johnson and Ray Mabey, administrators of the committee overseeing the Interstate Bridge project, told council members they were committed to climate and equity goals, and that they have already started looking into some of Metro’s concerns, but said they are also trying to work with eight different agencies from both Oregon and Washington on the project.

Interstate Bridge Project leaders have said they hope to present a modified design option to the Metro Council and other partner agencies by June. Some councilors balked at the rapid pace at which the project was moving, but Johnson said failing to meet that timeline could jeopardize federal funding for the project.

“I have been given explicit instructions that we cannot miss this window for funding,” Johnson said. “If this presents a scheduling problem, that’s when we’re going to have to come back to you guys.”

Mary Nolan, the only councilor to vote against allocating the $36 million, asked Johnson directly if he would commit to conducting studies and looking at alternatives that meet the council’s expectations.

Johnson initially hesitated to make the commitment.

“We are once again trying to find what is the best solution to create a multi-modal corridor to convert single occupancy trips into transit, bike, walk and roller trips,” he said. “Those are the things we are looking at to make this footprint as small as possible. But if you’re asking us to go out and build something that is going to fail, that is not a success story for anyone trying to build any project.”

Nolan said they took issue with that characterization.

“I’m not even asking you to do a less significant project,” Nolan said. “I’m asking you to commit to including modifications that dramatically switch the modal split, reduce greenhouse gases. I’m asking whether, essentially, everything we’ve done today has struck a chord with you.”

The votes were accompanied by hours of public testimony, mostly from people who were against funding the project, or hesitant to do so without first considering other alternatives.

Aaron Brown, of the climate activist group No More Freeways, said he was heartened by councilors’ agreement to hold ODOT and the Interstate Bridge project group to account. But he also urged them not to act without first understanding the true needs for a new bridge.

“Measure twice, cut once,” he said, referring to the failed 2014 iteration of the Interstate Bridge project. “You don’t have to start the whole project again if you take the extra step to verify the details.”

Benjamin Fryback, an Oregon State University student, used his own experiences to illustrate the need for more investment in public transit. The day before, he said, he tried to take the Amtrak train from Corvallis to Portland for a climate protest. On the trips both there and back, he was plagued by train delays, the last of which brought him back to the station too late to catch a connecting bus home.

“This $35 million, if invested differently, could go to so many other things,” he said. “It could ensure that people like me don’t get stuck”

The previous day, more than a dozen students and other supporters of the Sunrise Movement, a youth-driven effort to fight climate change, protested the Interstate Bridge expansion outside Metro’s offices.

One of those students, Ukiah Halloran-Steiner, sent in an audio recording of her testimony because she was in school during the meeting.

“No many how many alternative modes of transportation they provide, if they add lanes there will be more cars,” Halloran-Steiner said. “This project is not sustainable. I’m 16 years old. My future is in your hands.”

A few speakers also supported funding the project, including a coalition of more than 20 Portland-area business associations, chambers of commerce and land development companies such as the Portland Business Alliance, the Greater Vancouver and Washington County chambers of commerce and Travel Portland.


Forecast: Omicron Could Peak in Oregon by Late January

The big question for 2022: How will Oregon’s hospitals hold up in the Omicron era?

Covid-19-related hospitalizations caused by the fast-moving Omicron variant could peak in Oregon by late January—about a month earlier than previously estimated—according to a year’s end forecast from Oregon Health and Science University released on Friday.

But pegging just how many people will be hospitalized because of Covid—and whether that will strain the state’s health care system and providers—is proving tricky, with numbers shifting on the regular.

Just two weeks ago, during a somber press conference, Peter Graven, the director of the OHSU Office of Advanced Analytics whose forecasts are relied upon by Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority, said there could be as many as 3,000 Omicron-related hospitalizations in Oregon by mid to late February. That’s more than double the total during the summer of 2021, when the Delta variant pushed the state’s hospital capacity close to the brink.

Then, a week later and without the accompanying press conference, that figure was dialed back to 1,250 Covid-related hospitalizations by mid-February, in light of data from around the world suggesting that case counts and hospitalizations were diverging. For example, the United Kingdom is reporting that the risk of being hospitalized with Omicron is about half of what it is was under Delta, and far lower still for vaccinated people.

On Friday, though, Graven’s estimate was revised upward, to 1,650 hospitalizations. That comes as case numbers have risen precipitously around the state, even though they are a likely undercount of true spread, given how many people are taking at-home rapid tests or are asymptomatic and unaware.

“Now is not the time to be resigned to getting COVID,” Graven said via a news release from OHSU. “It will be especially important to protect those most vulnerable to severe illness over the next few weeks.”

One complicating factor: Oregon does not appear to publicly release the breakdown of how many patients arrive at a hospital because of Covid-19, as opposed to how many arrive for other reasons and test positive, referred to as “incidental Covid.” Such patients do not necessarily require the same level or type of care that a patient with severe Covid would need.

Nationally, some hospitals have begun releasing this breakdown, but not locally. Legacy Health Systems, one of the largest in the Portland metro area, does not track that particular datapoint, a spokesperson for the hospital group said Friday, while a spokesperson for OHSU said that breakdown was not immediately available. Representatives for Providence Health Systems and Kaiser Permanente did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It’s a key question both because of how fast Omicron is spreading and because of the increasing number of studies suggesting that it is more mild than its predecessors, particularly for healthy people who do not have underlying conditions.

Currently, there are 440 people in Oregon hospitalized with COVID, per the Oregon Health Authority, up about 100 people from this time last week, but well below the peak of 1,187 on September 1, 2021.

Portland’s Most Obsession-Worthy Dishes in 2021

Marvelous yet simple French toast from Sweedeedee


What are the best dishes of the year? The answer is highly personal—it’s an art, not a science. Consider this: Which dishes are you still dreaming about the next day? Did anything change your perception of what something familiar can be, be it French toast, a tostada, or the humble green bean? What broke your food brain—flying-ant mayo, a fish-sauce pork patty, wine lees ice cream? What are you telling your friends they Must Eat Right Now, hell or high water? 

PoMo food writers Karen Brooks and Katherine Chew Hamilton have reached their conclusions. They might surprise you.

Karen’s Picks

Best Holy Shit Bite: French Toast at Sweedeedee 

The famed corn cakes are RIP. Moan if you like. I’m still wailing. But at this reborn North Portland gem, a new morning glory has risen: French toast in full beast mode. Behold, three triangles of custard-soaked bread, hot-seared until every inch is thunderously toasty and charred. Chunky house berry jam, seeds and all, erupts over the top like a rogue berry cobbler. The whole plate shimmies with raw, smoky Okinawan sugar beads scattered everywhere. And yet, nothing is too sweet. Killer. 5202 N Albina Ave, sweedeedee.com

Sandwich of the Year: Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich at Scotch Lodge 

A showstopper of a soft-shell crab sandwich


What makes a sandwich worth a drive across town, something so good you taste it in your sleep? Flavors that make the neurons bristle—sweet, heat, funk. acid? Absolutely. But textural contrasts seal the deal—that blissful moment when hot/cool/creamy/crispy delights are revealed through soft, teeth-sinking bread. And then there’s life’s eternal ingredient: Kewpie mayo. All of this comes together, improbably, in a bumping whiskey cave—uber-crispy soft-shell crabs, two per sandwich, protruding claws and all, on a cloud of milk bread. Inside is a flavor/contrast double-down: plentiful fried shallots and a burst of white kimchi slaw bound in Kewpie, pickled shallots, and hot Chinese mustard. Portland’s next great sandwich is here. 215 SE Ninth Ave, scotchlodge.com

When Green Beans Ruled Portland: Haricots Verts at St. Jack 

The humble green bean takes the spotlight at St. Jack

Never have I ever witnessed people injected with dog-drooling excitement over the prospect of string beans. Until last summer. That’s when a dowdy icon of chlorophyll became a gorgeous object of desire, leading otherwise sane people to mumble, “Have you tried the haricots verts at St. Jack?” Count me among them. Under the restaurant’s newly appointed Paris-fresh chef John Denison, the slender French beans were swirled, tornado-like, around an eye of cream-thick Brillat-Savarin cheese, which we stirred in like a decadent, DIY cheese sauce. For winter, the kitchen—one of the year’s best —is whirling Brie into an endive gratin. 1610 NW 23rd Ave, stjackpdx.com

Best Batting Average: Oma’s Hideaway 

Caramelized spare rib tips from Oma’s Hideaway


Dish for dish, no place had more home runs than this Chinese Malaysian–meets–stoner food menu. Every week since opening in July, when we called it Portland’s Most Exciting New Restaurant, Oma’s drops a new infatuation: intricate wonton mee noodles; exuberant spare rib tips enveloped in dark fish sauce caramel; sambal-coated prawns, heads and all; a blazing steak tartare rethink, capped with candied anchovies. That doesn’t count the aptly named Oma-Zing burger or the curry fries, supercharged with Tang. If you haven’t tried Oma’s roti yet, we can’t help you. 3131 Division St, omashideaway.com

The Breakfast Sandwich that Will Take Over the World: Matta 

Move over, McDonald’s

In another life, Richard Le is aproned up in a corporate fast-food lab, getting paid a gazillion bucks to hypnotize brains, wallets, and Bill Oakley. Instead, with his B Boy bravado and Vietnamese -American lens, Le has slayed the fast-food giants … from a food cart. The building blocks of his breakfast sando are familiar, but every element is flavor-jacked, with its own mission statement—the fish-sauce pork smashburger, a just-runny egg, the crackle of curry-spiced hash browns tucked inside, and a lime-green pandan bun made by Le’s baker wife, Sophia. It’s a marvel of swoon and ratio, backed by cheese drip, hot honeychives, and đặc biệt sauce (cart-made ketchup and spicy mayo). Even Le agrees, noting after he finished one on a lunch break recently: “Fuck, that is delicious.” 4311 NE Prescott St, mattapdx.com

One Dinner to Top Them All: Berlu  

Nguyen’s creations, like the shallot cake, often straddle the line between dinner and dessert.


Some of my favorite meals this year fell on my soul like a bear hug. But this one was pure excitement, as chef Vince Nguyen charted a new direction for Vietnamese cooking—for himself and for us. Not every course works on his new Vietnamese-forward tasting menus. But the highs are plentiful, led by fresh ideas and combinations not seen before—some of them featuring cakes and custards that skirt the line between dinner and dessert. I’m still thinking about those baby turmeric-stained banh xeo (rice pancakes) presented like shrimp ceviche tacos and shrouded in a thousand sprouts and scallions. This is the place to watch, in Portland and beyond. 605 SE Belmont St, berlupdx.com 

Katherine’s Picks

The Dish that Inspired Childlike Wonder: Kanpachi and Chicatana Tostada at República


When’s the last time you opened a smoke-filled glass dome to find a kanpachi tostada inside? Lauro Romero’s cheffy play on the classic antojito was a high point on my favorite tasting menu of the year, not just extremely delicious but bold and dramatic. Romero deploys ingredients in multiple creative ways—the seasonal flying ants, a delicacy in Mexico, are both ground into an aioli artfully dabbed on top and used to smoke the kanpachi. With a constantly changing tasting menu boasting courses like this—plus things like stone fruit ceviche and bone marrow caramel with mezcal-soaked apples—it’s easy to see why República is PoMo’s Restaurant of the Year 2021. I can’t wait until next year’s flying ant season. 721 NW Ninth Ave #175, republicapdx.square.site 

A Feat of Timing and Texture: Cochinita Pibil Panuchos at Loncheria Los Mayas

Panuchos and a taco from Loncheria Los Mayas

When a panucho craving hits, it hits hard—especially if you’re familiar with the pinnacle of panuchos served at Loncheria Los Mayas. This weekdays-only cart perfects this dish where timing is of the essence: the handmade corn tortillas are plucked from the deep-fryer, then quickly stuffed with creamy black beans and sealed while the tortilla is still soft. The slow-cooked cochinita pibil is the best I’ve had in Portland, bathed in a velvety, citrusy sauce and topped with fiery pickled onions. When the panucho meets the cochinita, it’s a melding of crisp textures, melt-in-your-mouth meat, and bright avocado and onion—something that transcends the sum of each of its (very good) components. 4212 NE Prescott St, 503-754-3059

Best Drinking Snack: Rose Ddukbokki at 1st Street Pocha

Rose ddukbokki and corn cheese

I hauled ass to Beaverton immediately when I saw this menu item alongside 1st Street Pocha’s main draw, the fried chicken: rose ddukbokki, a cream-sauced version of the classic rice cakes seen in Squid Game, with the addition of bacon and hot dogs. It’s a different beast from the original, maybe more along the lines of a chewy carbonara with the added nostalgia of crispy-edged hot dog slices. Why stop there? Add a handmade Korean corn dog, some chicken wings, and the requisite soju and beer. 12590 SW First St Suite B, Beaverton, 503-567-1322

Most Memorable Finish to a Themed Tasting Menu: Wine Lees Ice Cream at Verdant

Wine lees ice cream is a surprisingly satisfying end to a wine-themed tasting menu

When I heard that Verdant, the new pop-up by former Holdfast chef Will Preisch at Abbey Road Farm in Carlton, was doing a tasting lunch featuring Abbey Road’s wines throughout the menu, I didn’t expect that the course that dazzled my taste buds would be the dessert—much less a wine ice cream. Nor did I expect that wine lees, a byproduct of the winemaking process that’s often thrown away, could be so tasty—hints of grape, a little yeasty funk, and a surprising savoriness combined with a super-creamy custard. Another surprise: the wine gelee on top, which I had pegged as a pretentious annoyance, was bouncy and bright, like one of those lychee jelly candies. Little frozen wine grapes as garnish tied the whole thing together—an unexpected finish to a thoughtful, must-try tasting menu. 10501 NE Abbey Rd, Carlton, abbeyroadfarm.com

Winter weather season returning to Portland area, how to be prepared


PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – Winter weather is returning to Oregon this week, and officials said this should serve as a reminder to prepare for more ahead.

This week’s weather is forecasted to bring snow, ice and cold temperatures in higher elevations. Though it won’t be like the ice storm in February of this year, Drew Stefani, a supervisor at Pearl Hardware, said it’s never too late to prepare.

“It’s always good to have the things before you need them because whenever we get ice or snow we get a huge run on ice melt, or things like that and it’s hard to get it,” Stefani said.

To save money on heating bills and to keep your house warm, seal windows and doors so cold air can’t get in.

“Take a loop around your house inside and out,” Stefani said. “Find any potential leaks for warm air and potential inlets for cold air.”

She also said many winter items can be used for years. So, investing now can have a long-term payoff.

“You can get a shovel and use it for years and get it for whenever,” Stefani said. “You can get ice melt and it can sit for years. Just having that and being prepared (is) super helpful.”

The most bought item during winter at Stefani’s store is ice melt. She said when there is a big winter storm, her store sells out fast. She also said the supply chain crisis is impacting Pearl Hardware. Preparing now is better than waiting the last minute.

“When it comes to something very specific to a season, fans and heaters are usually tricky because you can’t buy them all year,” Stefani said.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is also reminding the public to start preparing your car for winter roads. Dylan Rivera, a spokesperson for PBOT, said drivers should start carrying chains in their cars. If possible, also invest in snow tires.

Rivera said the Portland area can have different microclimates. Weather in downtown Portland could he different than in the West Hills. He said chains aren’t the only thing drivers need.

“Everyone needs to have and emergency kit in the trunk of your car with a few bottles of water, a warm blanket,” Rivera said. “Those snow chains for your vehicle, some jumper cables, and other critical supplies. First aid kit, things you might need, if you do find yourself stranded by the side of the road.”

Rivera also wants to remind the public to familiarize themselves with PBOT’s snowplow routes. He said critical roads for public transit and first responders get plowed. Drivers can check live snowplow routes on their Winter Weather Center website.

Once you’re prepared, both Rivera and Stefani said check in on your neighbors, especially the most vulnerable like the elderly.

“Just look out for one another,” Stefani said. “Be a community.”

New Year, New Home: 2022 Resolutions to Improve Your Home

2021 brought along many new challenges and sparked renewed interest in home renovations. Many of us continue to dream of the beautiful spaces we’ll create in the coming years. And, some homeowners may be planning to put a home up for sale in the new year and need to plan for needed improvements ahead of listing it on the market.

But you know what they say: a dream without a plan is just a wish. With those wise words in mind, let’s all make a pact to skip the fad diets this time around and focus on these 6 tips to create a more beautiful and comfortable place to call home—whether you’re preparing to move or settling in to a new space.

1. Send Clutter Packing

A good first step toward the house of your dreams is an organization session that includes decluttering the past year’s (or, let’s be real, years’) buildup of odds and ends. There are many ways to streamline your stuff, so choose the method that works best for you and set to work assessing the need for your current stock of clothes, shoes, books, pantry, supplies, and more. Once you’ve removed the items that no longer serve you, take time to organize what’s left, so it’s easy to find and use.

2. Home Office Oasis

The new year is a great time to think about how you might recreate your home office space. From new chairs, new technology, to an ergonomical desk setup, you can create a space that best meets your needs.

Whether you enhance your current workspace or create an entirely different one that’s more separate from your home life, 2022 can be the year where you take those desired next steps into bringing your custom home office vision to life. If you’re considering selling your home in the upcoming year, then creating a dedicated home workspace can potentially positively impact your home’s value.

3. Go Green (& Save Some Green)

As you’re moving through your home with intention, removing items you no longer need, take this great opportunity to audit for eco-friendliness.

Start small by taking stock of lightbulbs, cleaning supplies and shower heads and planning to replace them with greener versions. Similarly, you can research and commit to more major upgrades like installing solar panels, a composting program, or even a living roof.

While some of these switches will mean initial costs, remember that you’re not just saving the planet, you’re also likely saving money in the long run.

4. Commit to Maintenance

Are you flushing out your water heater tank once a year? If your answer is no, you’re definitely not alone, but the reality is that your water heater will function much better—and last much longer—if the sediment is regularly drained from the tank.

This and other home maintenance tasks tend to get put on the backburner, only getting attention when a problem arises. Resolve to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to home maintenance, and save your future self headache after headache.

5. Set a Cleaning Schedule

If you’re like most people, you love the feeling of a clean house but despise the seemingly endless work that comes with it. Coming to terms with the inevitability of cleaning as ongoing maintenance is the first step to making it all the more manageable.

Strategize a plan that will break up the tasks, so you’re not faced with an overwhelming amount of work. Experts continue to suggest categorizing and attacking chores by day, week, month and year to keep your house gleaming clean. Don’t forget to include all the members of your family, sharing the load and, if you have kids, creating healthy, responsible adults in the process.

6. Make Your Home More Homey

Last but certainly not least on your list of aspirations is that project you’ve been putting off far too long. Maybe it’s a bathroom upgrade, plush new carpet in the family room, or an outdoor dining area for future in-person celebrations and gatherings. Choose the space you’d most like to show some love and, depending on your budget, embark on an overhaul or a full-blown renovation. You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor for years and new years to come!


Where to Find Dungeness Crab, Oregon’s Seasonal Treat

Whether in a composed dish, cooked and cleaned, or live, here’s where to get your hands on some crustaceans.

Fresh Dungeness crab has arrived, just in time for the holidays.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—Dungeness crab season! Seriously, I look forward to it all year. Christmas is just one day, but peak Dungeness crab season is a gift that lasts through April, and while most things this year just haven’t been going the way we hoped, Dungeness crab season actually kicked off on time in 2021 for the first time in several yearsHere’s where to get your hands on some crab, whether you’d like to leave the picking and prepping to the chefs in a composed dish like crab toast or crab eggs Benedict, want to take home a whole cooked crab, want to do the dirty (yet very rewarding) work of killing and cleaning a live crab yourself, or, for the truly adventurous, want to venture out to catch your own. 

Composed Dishes


5200 NE Sacramento St

This Hollywood district seafood spot is serving Dungeness crab bisque garnished with chive creme fraiche, plus its signature cioppino featuring Dungeness crab alongside mussels, calamari, mussels, clams, local fish, and wild shrimp.

Cafe Rowan

4437 SE Cesar Estrada Chavez Blvd

This Creston-Kenilworth brunch spot is serving a beautifully plated Dungeness crab eggs Benedict with purple daikon and white truffle hollandaise on toasted brioche.


2039 SE Clinton St

One of the signature dishes at this Life Aquatic-inspired SE Clinton seafood-centric restaurant: Dungeness crab toast, served on focaccia with Calabrian chile, hollandaise, fennel pollen, and pea tendrils.

Jake’s Famous Crawfish

401 SW 12th Ave

It’s not just about mudbugs at this old-school downtown seafood spot open since 1892—there are also tons of ways to enjoy Dungeness here, whether in crab and artichoke dip, in a crab cocktail, in crab Louie, or in salmon stuffed with crab, blue cheese, and bay shrimp.


200 SW Market St
Though it’s not on the menu this week, I enjoyed the Dungeness crab nigiri at Murata a few weeks ago, piled high with sweet, succulent crab meat (seriously, at least a leg’s worth) atop lightly seasoned rice and a nori wrapper. Murata regularly updates its specials online, so keep an eye out.

Salty’s on the Columbia

3839 NE Marine Dr

Enjoy Dungeness crab legs by the pound, or as part of a massive seafood tower combining Dungeness with prawns, lox, oysters, raspberry mignonette, cream cheese, grilled bread, and pickled onion—all while taking in riverside views.

Southpark Seafood

901 SW Salmon St

This downtown spot offers tons of ways to enjoy Dungeness crab: in a roll with lobster aioli (sign me up), as part of a seafood feast with oysters, shrimp, and salmon poke, by the whole crab, or on top of a Caesar salad.

Cooked & Cleaned Crab To Go

Flying Fish

3004 E Burnside St

The sustainability-minded Burnside hybrid market-restaurant is selling cooked and cleaned whole crab in its market area.

Pacific Fish & Oyster

3380 SE Powell Blvd

This old-school shop, open since 1955, offers Dungeness crab whole as well as just the legs or the meat, if you prefer. The whole crab is a pretty good deal right now—$9.99 a pound at the time of writing.

Portland Fish Market

4404 SE Woodstock Blvd

If you find yourself in Woodstock, this is the ideal place to grab a whole cooked Dungeness crab, though it’s a bit more expensive right now at $14.99 a pound.


Multiple locations

Grab pre-cooked Dungeness crab, crab meat, or shelled crab legs here along with all your other groceries—though it’s currently a bit on the pricy side with whole crabs at $14.99 a pound.

Live Crab

ABC Seafood Company

6509 SE Powell Blvd

Among plenty of other live seafood delights, you’ll find tanks filled with giant, wriggly Dungeness crab during the peak season. At the time of writing, live crab is a great deal at $7.99 a pound.

OM Seafood Company

3514 SE 76th Ave

There’s plenty of Oregon Dungeness crab—also competitively priced at $7.99 a pound—at this shop, open since 1991. Ask the staff to hold up different crabs until you find one you like, and while you’re there, pick up the basics to accompany your crab, like fresh lemon and parsley.

DIY Crab

Netarts Bay Garden RV Resort & Marina

2260 Bilyeu Avenue, Tillamook

This friendly little marina along one of the most beautiful and tucked-away stretches of the Northern Oregon Coast will rent you a boat with an outboard motor and a baited crab trap for three hours for $130 so you can putt around the sweeping, lovely Netarts Bay and try your luck. They’ll even cook up your catch for you, for just $10/dozen.  

Kelly’s Brighton Marina

29200-US Highway 101, Rockaway Beach

In summertime, the patio at Kelly’s is the place to see and be seen—there’s always a fire in the fire pit, a line for cornhole, and tons of fresh seafood to buy or catch. Winter is quieter, but true crabbers know that the catch is best when it’s frigid out. Two hours in a boat with a baited ring will run you $120; helpful staff will be happy to give you a lesson to ensure you come back to shore with your limit.



Portland Houseboat Selected As Oregon’s Coolest Airbnb

Condé Nast Traveler profiled the coolest Airbnb in every state and a “cozy houseboat” on Tomahawk Island got the nod in The Beaver State.

You can stay in this houseboat, or one just like it, for $112 per night. Docked at Tomahawk Island Marina, the houseboat was voted the "coolest Airbnb" in Oregon by Condé Nast Traveler.
You can stay in this houseboat, or one just like it, for $112 per night. Docked at Tomahawk Island Marina, the houseboat was voted the “coolest Airbnb” in Oregon by Condé Nast Traveler. (Google Maps )

PORTLAND, OR —In the Dec. 7 issue of Condé Nast Traveler, writer Ashlea Halpern profiled the “coolest Airbnb in every state,” a list that also includes the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

“However you define it, these 52 Airbnbs represent the coolest of American cool—aesthetically, architecturally, and A-plus hospitality,” Halpern wrote.

In Oregon, the selection was a houseboat on Tomahawk Island.

Halpern wrote: “Well suited for a couple or solo traveler, the light-filled floating studio features an upgraded kitchenette, twin kayaks and a porch for basking in its stellar views of the Columbia River.”

On Airbnb, the boat is listed for $112 a night.

In the description of the boat, written by the host named Kathryn, it’s noted that there is a brand new fridge, toaster oven, hot plate and microwave, and that it has a real shower and toilet. However, the shower only stays hot for five or 10 minutes.

There is a queen-sized bed, high-speed Wi-fi and cable television.

“The outdoor deck space is just fabulous with beautiful views of the Columbia River! Perfect for sitting out and drinking your coffee in the morning or watching the sunset with a glass of wine,” Kathryn wrote.

Kathryn said the boat is conveniently docked in close proximity to Portland’s top attractions.

“You’ll have access to all of Portland’s finest offerings while having a sweet little hideout to come home to at night,” she wrote. “The marina is clean, safe and quiet with only a handful of other liveaboards as your neighbors. Enjoy!”

Kathryn also pointed out that parking is available in the gated parking lot above the marina, and that dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash while walking around the marina.

See more photos/details of the inside and outside of the houseboat on the Airbnb website.



When is Portland’s Peacock Lane opening in 2021?

Peacock Lane

A house on Peacock Lane is seen in a 2015 file photo. Stephanie Yao Long/The Oregonian

Organizers of one of the city’s biggest lights displays announced in November that the show will return in December. The show will take place Dec. 15 through Dec. 31 from 6-11 p.m. each night.

There are a couple of tweaks for 2021: Organizers said there will be no cocoa booth and designated pedestrian-only nights to limit potential exposure to COVID-19.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and the residents of Peacock Lane are happy to share that they will be displaying their lights from Dec 15th to December 31st,” the group posted on Facebook. “This year to limit potential COVID exposure to our volunteer-based residents there will be no cocoa booth and no designated pedestrian-only nights.

“We look forward to seeing you all soon and can’t want to hear your cheer and see your joy.”

Peacock Lane has been dubbed “Portland’s Christmas Street” and is a tradition in Southeast Portland that dates back decades. The lane draws thousands of visitors every December to its four residential blocks between Stark and Belmont streets. In 2018, organizers successfully petitioned to put Peacock Lane on the National Register of Historic Places because of the street’s holiday charm.

Architect Richard F. Wassell designed the houses in an English Tudor or cottage style and brought Peacock Lane to life in 1924. Given the houses’ steep roofs, Christmas lights give the street an elegant storybook feel.

“We’re well-aware that this isn’t the biggest show around, it’s not the fanciest,” said Barbara Bushell, a Peacock Lane resident who led the effort to form the historic district. “It’s just the most fun.”