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Mostlandian Panwiches

Entering into the domain of Junior Ambassadors actually takes you over the border into the nation of Mostlandia, a place best described by its ambassadors: "It is nowhere, and now here." Mostlandian propaganda is your first inkling that things are a little different here and your next clue is the ice cream menu which includes flavors like Smoked Salmon (my personal favorite, don't knock it til you tried it), Asparagus and Maple Strip Tease, a tried and true maple-bacon combo. Most people com ... Continue

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Breakfast of Champions

Some might say opening a breakfast/brunch restaurant is the mark of a lazy chef. The hours are less brutal, the basic ingredients are cheap, and the menu stays pretty much constant throughout the year. But chef John Gorham, founder of the fantastically popular Toro Bravo, is anything but lazy. Borrowing liberally from the spice palate that makes Toro Bravo's tapas menu so delectable, Gorham's new Tasty n Sons re-sets the standard for breakfast in a town that overflows with breakfast options. Who ... Continue

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Cinema Paradiso

When the big-box movie rental chains finally bite the dust, Portland will still have Movie Madness, a Belmont storefront that caters to film fanatics of every stripe. You want Oscar-winners, new releases, anime, musicals, martial arts, horror, documentaries, skinflicks, spaghetti Westerns? With 70,000 titles, chances are you’ll find it at Movie Madness--eventually. Sometimes the floor plan can make finding the title you want a real guessing game. (Is "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" under Paul Newman? Nope ... Continue

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Resale Therapy

Even when the wolf's at the proverbial door--sometimes especially when the wolf's at the proverbial door--a gal needs a bit of retail therapy. She needs a friendly little boutique with a sweet selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories to fluff up her battered morale without flattening her dwindling bank account. Bonnie's resale clothing on NE Fremont is just the place. Former customers mourned when Bonnie Jensen closed her old shop a few blocks east, and they're rejoicing to have her back. S ... Continue

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Politics and Pie

It's almost a zoning requirement that Portland cafés must offer perfectly brewed Stumptown coffee, Wi-Fi, and a few comfy couches interspersed among the cafe tables. So how can a neighborhood coffee joint set itself apart? In the case of the Bipartisan Café in Montavilla--a Brigadoon-like neighborhood bounded on one side by Mount Tabor and on the other by 82nd Avenue--the joint adopts a theme, namely politics. And it specializes in pie. I don't know if the Bipartisan is truly bipartisan, but its ... Continue

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Analog Sanity

In a digital world, Blue Moon is a bastion of analog sanity. Specializing in film cameras and manual typewriters, they proudly fly the flag for those who love all things mechanical, dependable and tangible. Remember the satisfying feel of a camera advancing film negative? Do you recall the comforting sound of a click-clacking typewriter? Visit here and you can bring home your very own lovingly restored examples of each. The staff are all knowledgeable artists and photographers themselves so you ... Continue

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Sunday Morning Savior

The Triple Nickel is a spacious, smokey bar just up the street from some of the nicer Belmont art bars and hipster joints like Aalto Lounge etc. It's a dive and it knows as much. The Triple Nickel has excellent drink specials, late night bar food (the fish and chips are actually pretty decent), pool tables, and a friendly staff. Best thing about the Triple Nickel? Sunday mornings during football season, they se ... Continue

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Soupy Perfection

How to develop a cult following in three easy steps: 1. Give your business an inscrutable name (in this case, the two owners' initials). 2. Have a mysterious menu that changes daily and frequently sells out by lunchtime. 3. Make kick-ass soup, the likes of which have never before been seen in this town. That's the winning formula employed by HA & VL, a Vietnamese deli in a funky strip mall on 82nd. The menu rotates through a selection of obscure (in Portland, anyway) regional noodle soups o ... Continue

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Beer Town USA

Portland is a city of beer geeks and brew snobs. With microbreweries dotting the landscape, beer in Stumptown gets a lot more complex than just your standard pilsner. Joseph Streckert takes a look at a few of the reasons that Portland is sometimes called "beervana."

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NFT makes a visit to New Beef King in Chinatown NYC to pick up the ultimate afternoon snack—beef and pork jerky.


Jane Pirone on the Monocle's Urbanist Podcast


NFT co-founder Jane Pirone appeared on The Urbanist, a popular podcast produced by Monocle, to talk about what role do guides have in opening up a city. ...

NFT Co-Founder Jane Pirone On Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio


NFT co-founder Jane Pirone offered travel expert Peter Greenberg a few NYC secrets on a Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio podcast. ...

Co-Owner of NFT Featured in The Grey Lady


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Now Out on Amazon Kindle: NFT Collected Essays: 2005-2010


Follow NFT's intrepid editors as they poke, prod, and explore the cities they work, play, and (gasp) entertain their out-of-town friends in the brand new ebook Not For Tourists: Collected Essays 2005- ...

The Gang's All Here


This just in from NFT headquarters. With the fresh off the printer release of the 2011 Guides to Seattle, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, the new editions of all 12 NFT Guidebooks are now available. Even b ...

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