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Out & About: Tusk

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

I often get asked for Portland-specific recommendations and if you’re going to be in town and are looking for a great place to grab brunch or dinner, Tusk is where it’s at. I’ve been thinking about their food ever since I dined there two weeks back (always a good sign!) because it’s a really special mix.

The overall menu theme is Middle Eastern and stocked with the basics you’d expect (start off with a large hummus) but it’s produced with Pacific Northwest sourced ingredients and plenty of surprises (the Pistachio Gooey Butter Cake and Za’atar Biscuit with orange blossom and honey butter are absolute musts). The dishes are meant to be communal so order a mix of items.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

Because the ingredients are seasonal, I’m not seeing a few of the items I tried off the brunch menu but let me put it this way: my table of 4 ordered around 10 dishes total and we liked all of them from breakfast sandwiches to yogurt topped with edible flowers. I mean, just check out all of these beautiful ingredients and colors!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

Beyond the delicious food and drinks, the service is super friendly — they even surprised us with extra dishes on the house to try!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

And, let’s talk about the unavoidable centerpiece of the bright white, modern interior — that massive photo of Keith Richards in a swimming pool above the bar! The second you walk in, Keith is there to greet you. It’s a hilarious, unexpected touch that somehow works.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

I could go on and on about Tusk and how they got every detail right from the food to the scent of the candles they burn to the service to the art but really, you just need to experience the place for yourself.

Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Now that Spring has sprung, I’ve been sprucing up my house and office with some fresh plants. I like a lot of depth in my spaces but am not a fan of clutter — greenery adds a sense of dimension and makes a room feel alive without having a million little things to dust.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

One of my go-to places to pick up new plants is Solabee Flowers. They always have a great playlist on, the space is airy and welcoming and most importantly, the super friendly staff really know their stuff.

We’ve needed plants for specific spaces that don’t get a lot of light and they always have spot-on recommendations. As they say best, “We specialize in turning your interior space into a personal jungle.”

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Solabee has more than just plants — they also have a florist building custom bouquets in the back and little odds and ends like crystals and terrariums. If you just want to pick up a single giant tropical leaf instead of a bouquet of flowers, that’s cool too.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Finally, their shop dog, Leia is so adorable. Can you tell I’m smitten? Rocky might have fallen in love with her, too. 😉

Want even more Solabee goodness? Visit their Instagram for tons of eye candy!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

I wore: Forever 21 floral bodysuit, BDG pinup pants and Zara boots (sold out).

Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Now that the weather is nicer, I’ve been getting out and rediscovering my city! There are so many wonderful new-ish places around Portland and one of my favorite haunts these days is Never Coffee Lab.

The simple white exterior is offset by a neon sign, of which each letter is a different color. Inside, the subtle color theme is carried through from the logo on the coffee machine to the sign of menu options to the bold green tiled floor. The real star of the space though is the colorful and abstract Belmont mural.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

If you feel like splurging beyond the usual latte, check out the signature drinks. My personal favorite is the Rich Kid (haha) which features rose water, saffron and cardamom. Yes, you could probably live a happy life without it…but once you’ve had one, you’re going to want more.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

I’m also a big fan of their line of merch (the heavy white coffee mug is especially good) and you don’t even need to be a local to get your hands on it.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

The little design details make this space really special — Juliet Zulu did an amazing job and if you’re curious about their process, they cover it here.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Here’s to always drinking NEVER!


Collage photos courtesy of Never Coffee.

Out & About: 10 Corso Como

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

When I asked for recommendations on what to do in Milan a few weeks back, the answer was nearly unanimous: visit 10 Corso Como. So, that’s exactly what I did.

Before we dig into what this place is all about, let me just say that there’s no way to do it justice in a blog post. There’s just too much to take in and I didn’t have a ton of time (you’ll need a minimum of an hour to get through all the complexes). With this being my first visit, I was a bit overwhelmed at the scale and detail of it all but I hope this gives you a taste of the brand.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

10 Corso Como was founded by Carla Sozzani in 1990, an Italian gallerist and publisher. She started small with an art gallery and bookstore but the cult secret spread fast and the brand quickly grew to include a boutique, mini hotel, restaurant and rooftop garden a few years later.

Carla’s love of design is immediately evident in every detail, down to the printed materials. As you walk through, it becomes almost comical when you realize how many variations of cards, menus and sugar packets there are. Trust me, this wasn’t everything! There’s an on-brand design for everything you can imagine. Artist Kris Ruhs has truly created an alternate, pop-centric universe.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

The complex is a bit hard to spot as you stroll down Corso Como and I nearly missed it. The entrance is covered in greenery and the tiled sign is fairly high. The mystery is part of the fun, though because as you enter the courtyard, you can’t quite tell what you’re walking into.

Is it a clothing store? A restaurant? A hotel? As you start exploring, you realize it’s all of those things…and much, much more.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

My favorite part of 10 Corso Como is the boutique. It feels like a show of tightly curated art installations where everything happens to be wearable AND for sale. There’s the in-house line featuring hand-illustrated patterns covering everything from perfume and shirts to tarot cards and pins.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

Then, there’s a killer selection of avant garde men’s and women’s designers, an area dedicated to the best shoes and finally, jewelry and accessories sprinkled throughout. If you’re in Milan with a stack of cash to burn, this is obviously the place to do it.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

The attention to detail trickles down to the restaurant. I ordered a coffee….and it came out with a specially wrapped chocolate and a basket of branded sugar packets. There’s a fantastic selection of organic, healthy options on the menu, too which is nice when you’ve been traveling across Italy, gorging yourself on pasta all week. Oh come on, I can’t be the only one!

This is a place where the art crowd and who’s who in Milan gathers. Everyone that was seated around us was stylishly dressed and if people watching is your jam, you know where to find it.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

I had to take a selfie to remember that yes, I was really here and yes, this place is real.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

In an age where everything can be ordered with a click of a mouse on Amazon, where everything feels rushed and lacking in imagination, it makes me happy to know that places like 10 Corso Como still exist.

Details do matter.

So does art, design and fashion.

I’m so glad there’s a home for it to all thrive.

Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Hello from Milan!

Before I arrived, I asked around about what to do during my visit and Bar Luce was at the top of everyone’s list. After stopping by this morning, I can see why.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Commissioned by Prada’s art foundation, the cafe was designed by Wes Anderson in an effort to recreate the atmosphere of a typical cafe that existed in the 50s and 60s in Milan. The baby pink juke box plays classic 50s tunes, the bow-tied waiters offer impeccable service and the coffees and tarts are out of this world.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Even though Anderson is famous for his meticulously detailed film sets, he wanted the space to feel like a functional real-life hangout. Of Bar Luce, he said, “While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.”

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

The tables have formica tops and the soft colors throughout mimic the same palettes that were popular during the time period. I walked in shortly after it opened at 9 am and the two other people that sat down were older locals who were reading the paper alongside their morning coffees. Surprisingly, the place wasn’t overrun by tourists at all.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Even with all the design-focused details and a famous pedigree, Bar Luce feels cozy, functional and welcoming. If you’re going to Milan, this is a must-visit.