Russell St. BBQ

This month we sat down with owner Sharon Santucci to eat some delicious BBQ! We had a blast trying the many different dishes that she created for us. Check out the full video!

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Portland’s best – Outdoor Concerts

Portland always has some pretty amazing concerts, but in the summer we get to all pick up and head outside for some truly phenomenal shows. We put together a list of just some of the shows we are most looking forward to this summer.

  • Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
  • Great local talent both young and old put on by Jazz Society of Oregon
    • FREE!
    • July 19th-12st
    • Cathedral Park
    • All ages
  • Pdx Pop Now
  • Established and Emerging Local Artists
    • FREE!
    • July 20th-21st
    • Audiocinema – 226 SE Madison St
    • All ages
  • Chicago
  • One of the great live bands from the 1970’s
    • Tickets available by resale
    • July 21st
    • Oregon Zoo
    • All ages
  • The Raconteurs
  • Throw back rock band by Jack White
    • Tickets Available by resale
    • July 21st
    • Edgefield –  2126 SW Halsey St
    • All ages
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Alt-rock supergroup with singer/songwriter Feist
  • B-52’s
  • 20th century party band bringing lots of nostalgia
  • Feist
  • Indie pop singer songwriter
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • musical parodies and satirical rock tunes
    • Tickets available by resale
    • August 14th
    • Edgefield –  2126 SW Halsey St
    • All ages
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Singer songwriter who’s music spans multiple genres
    • Tickets available by resale
    • August 23rd-25th
    • Edgefield –  2126 SW Halsey St
    • All ages
  • Amos Lee
  • heartfelt folk pop

Honorable Mentions

These are a bit outside of the Portland area, but worth the drive to see some great music!

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • July 26th
  • Shinedown
    • July 27th
  • Wiz Khalifa
    • August 14th
  • ZZ Top & Cheap Trick
    • August 16th
  • Blink 182 & Lil Wayne
    • August 30th


  • The 21st annual summer festival is packed with artists all across the musical spectrum
    • Tickets –
    • August 1st-4th
    • Pendarvis Farm – 16581 SE Hagen Rd, Happy valley
    • All ages

If you are hoping for something a little less formal there are also tons of free concerts in the park all around the city, you can find a comprehensive list here

We hope that you have a fun and music filled summer!

Seller Property Disclosures

What are they and are they important? Check out this quick video we did explaining everything you need to know about these disclosures! Don’t want to see the video? Jump below to read all about them.

First let’s start with what property disclosures are. The disclosures are a couple of pages with the information that the seller knows about the house. They have very basic things, like the type of heating in the home, down to common issues, like whether the roof has leaked. Typically you receive them in the first couple days after an offer has been accepted so you can get an idea of what to look for during an inspection.

While we want to trust whomever is filling the disclosures out, we still want to do our own due diligence on the property because people never know everything about their homes. You would be surprised how few people don’t realize they have a burgeoning pest or moisture problem. the disclosures should really just be thought about as additional information in your arsenal as you decide whether to move forward with your purchase or not.

Now, are they important? the short answer is , of course! You want to have as much information about the home as possible before you make the purchase. They should never replace having a full home inspection, but you will still get some valuable information out of them. If you come across something that is troubling in the disclosures we can ask for some clarifications, or we can walk away from the property without risking your earnest money.

Every home will be unique and if you have questions about a specific home, we would love to help!


After months of hearing and reading rave reviews, we finally made it to Hot Spot of the week, Thai and BBQ fusion spot Eem, and it did not disappoint. Backed by a powerhouse team, the flawless execution of food, cocktails, and relaxed but efficient service come together to achieve an experience that deserves the accolades they are receiving. 

The cocktail menu tends towards the rum-based, citrus-heavy vacation style, and the ones we tried were delicious. Some are served in delightful Tiki mugs and feature sprightly flourishes. Food comes as it is ready, which ended being a perfect pace for always having a variety of new things to taste without having an over-crowded table or feeling rushed. 

On our recent visit, we tried a variety of dishes from all parts of the menu, including a fantastic pork belly dish with fermented pineapple, a burnt end brisket curry, and the simply prepared but outstandingly delicious snow pea tips. The Thai street food flavors melded so well with the smoky slow-cooked barbecue flavors, it makes one wonder why people haven’t been combining them for longer. 

We can’t wait to return and try everything else on the menu, and live that vacation life without leaving our lovely city of Portland.

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This week’s hot spot is the fun and experimental brewery LABrewatory! I stopped in while I was out and about in the neighborhood and found so many great beer options it was hard to choose just one.

This brewery specializes in experimental beers and collaborations. What that means is you will find a wide variety of styles and something to satisfy every palette. The bartenders are exceptionally friendly and are happy to walk you through all the beers on tap as you try to decide what you want to quench your thirst with.

As an added bonus to visiting LABrewatory, you get to eat at Tamale Boy! they have great tacos, seasonal offerings and happy hour! Make sure to swing by and try something new!

  • Labrewatory
    • 670 N Russell St
    • 7 days a week 7am -10pm

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Montesacro Pinseria Romana

We all love Italian food, but generally I’ve found that people in the United States tend to oversimplify the wide array of deliciousness that the country has to offer – too often reducing it down to pasta alone. Montesacro Pinseria does a wonderful job of showing off all of the other mouth-watering offerings of Italia.

I actually lived in the Northwestern corner of Rome for 6 months back in 2006, and since returning, had not found a single restaurant that transported me back to those times until sitting down for lunch at this unassuming spot in the Pearl district. However, one bite of the Gambuccio panini (not the pressed white bread variety you may be thinking of) and I was instantly back to a street-side bistro of Trastevere. Perfectly crunchy and soft bread, heaped with a generous portion of prosciutto and burrata, yet it was the zucchine sott’oli (zucchini marinated in olive oil and spices) that honestly brought tears of nostalgia to my eyes. I highly recommend getting the Sbagliato, a wonderfully bright and bitter combination of bubbles, Campari, and Cocchi Torino to cleanse your palate between blissful bites.

I cannot wait to return to try all of the deliciousness on this menu, and relive those days living in the epicenter of amazing Italian cuisine.

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Cheese and Crack

This week’s hot spot is the fantastic snack shop, Cheese and Crack! It is the perfect place for a mid afternoon pick me up. With a variety of cheese plates and assorted snacks you are sure to find something to excite your taste buds.

I tried the salami and cheese curds and was really happy with the flavors of the plate. The cheese curds were tossed in a pesto sauce and accompanied by tomato jam, pickled onions, Castelvetrano olives, and pickled cornichons. I have only ever tried fried cheese curds and these were surprisingly light and fresh which made them perfect for a summer day.

They also serve espresso, beer, wine, and assorted non-alcoholic beverages. The beer and wine list changes frequently and is very appropriate for the season. I tried a sparkling rosé and it paired perfectly with my salami.

Make sure you get check this place out, whether it is for a morning cup of joe, an afternoon snack, or a late night pick me up. Let us know what you think in the comments and be sure to subscribe to stay in the know about all our favorite places!

  • Cheese and Crack
    • 22 SE 28TH AVE
    • 11am -10pm everyday

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