Portland General Electric plans to restore power to all but 15,000 Portland homes by Friday night, but if you're in one of the households that's still waiting on your electricity to return, read on for some ways to get supplies in the interim. We also have a brand-new batch of picks for activities and IRL events, from The Mercury's Love in the Time of COVID comedy drive-in to BodyVox's drive-in dance film Figments, and from a Girl Scout cookie and wine pairing package to things to get for your favorite Pisces (like balms and tinctures from Flutter). For even more options, read our guides to the best online events this week and the best movies to watch this week.
FOOD & DRINK
Celebrate Cherry Pie Day and Twin Peaks Day. "Diane, 11:30 am, February 24. Entering the town of Twin Peaks, five miles south of the Canadian border, twelve miles west of the state line. I've never seen so many trees in my life." With these words spoken into his trusty tape recorder, Kyle McLachlan's character Agent Dale Cooper forever cemented February 24 as "Twin Peaks Day," a day dedicated to the creepy, cult-favorite David Lynch series filmed in Washington. Just days earlier, this Saturday, February 20, is another holiday that the lovably eccentric special agent would definitely approve of: Cherry Pie Day. Celebrate either (or both!) of these occasions by partaking in Cooper's favorite pastime: enjoying a slice of "cherry pie that'll kill ya" alongside a cup of "damn fine coffee." For the former, check out Lauretta Jean's, Petunia's Pies & Pastries, or Banning's Restaurant and Pie House, and for the latter, try Good Coffee, La Perlita, or Cafe Zamora—just make sure there's not a fish in the percolator. Alternatively, DIY your own Black Lodge-inspired pie using the unauthorized Twin Peaks cookbook, Damn Fine Cherry Pie. Marathon the surreal soap opera satire on Netflix as you savor your coffee and pie, and make sure you give yourself some time to indulge. In the words of Agent Cooper himself: "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store. A catnap in your office chair. Or two cups of good, hot black coffee. Like this."
Find some fish. The extravagance and excess of Mardi Gras has come and gone, and now it's Lent, the time of moderation and penance. Catholics abstain from eating meat each Friday during this period, and it's Lenten tradition to eat fish on Fridays (we have this custom to thank for the invention of the McDonald's Filet-O-Fish). Whether or not you're religious, we can all agree it's a great time to up our omega-3 fatty acid intake (important in winter!) and avail ourselves of the bounty of fresh seafood that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Check out this week's food news roundup for the details on two new seafood boil carts (the Drip'n Crab and Kracked Crab), or head to a tried-and-true spot like Batterfish, Cabezon, King Tide Fish & Shell, Erizo, or Bamboo Sushi.
Switch up your lunch routine. Need to freshen up your lunchtime rotation? How about a meaty, satisfying sandwich? Several new places have opened recently serving just that. Try Philadelphia-Puerto Rico fusion "jawns" at Papi Sal's, farm-to-table sandwiches from the new butcher shop and restaurant Piccone's Corner, fried chicken sandwiches from ThiccBoi, or elevated Philly cheesesteaks from Whiz. Or, try a classic Hawaiian-style plate lunch, which is currently enjoying some popularity in the Portland food scene, at places like GrindWitTryz, Hina's Island Grindz, Kuli Kuli, 808 Grinds, or In Da Cutz.
Pregame National Margarita Day. Monday is National Margarita Day, but we fully endorse celebrating early and partaking in some salty, limey elixirs. Check out Carlita's, Cafe Rowan, Donnie Vegas, the Old Gold, or ¿Por Que No? for some top-notch margs to go. Also of note: the new location of Margarita Factory in Happy Valley, which has an extensive range of margaritas ranging from a "007 Margarita" with Chambord and gold tequila to a glitzy "Marilyn Monroe" margarita made with champagne and served in a high heel. Both of Matador's Portland-area locations will also have special drinks for the occasion.
Try cookbooks from local authors and chefs. As we approach the first anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic, home cooking might have become more of a slog than a respite. But it doesn't have to be: We've gathered a list of cookbooks from some of our favorite local chefs and writers, like Gabriel Rucker and Naomi Pomeroy, so you can refresh your repertoire with new-to-you recipes and beloved dishes that evoke pre-COVID memories of dining in some of Portland's most popular restaurants.
Eat tortas and drink cocktails. In the latest edition of her column Takeout Club, Suzette Smith investigates two options for tortas, Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine and Republica PDX. Meanwhile, in her column Cocktail To-Go Club, Janey Wong tries drinks from Keys Lounge and Wilder.
Other notable weekend events:
Girl Scout Cookie & Wine Pairing
If you've never unfurled on the couch after a long day with a box of Thin Mints and a big ol' glass of Cabernet, you're missing out, friend. Redeem yourself with Hip Chicks Do Wine's package of four Girl Scout cookies paired with four wines of their choosing, which you can pick up at the shop or have delivered to your door.
Hip Chicks Do Wine, Southeast (Saturday-Sunday)
Shop from BIPOC artists and makers. Black History Month or not, it's always important to support Black-owned businesses, especially locally. In addition to getting takeout from Black-owned restaurants like A Taste of Soul, take this post-Valentine's Day weekend to treat yourself to candles, crafts, clothing, and more from Seattle's bevy of BIPOC makers. Not sure where to start? Local record label and handicraft chain Tender Loving Empire has a section of their website devoted to BIPOC makers, featuring an Arandas Blend from Tostado Coffee Roasters, this adorable chocolate bar from Only Child Chocolate Co., and this four-pack of habanero hot sauce from HAB Sauce. While they were forced to shut down their brick and mortar due to COVID, Michelle Lewis and Charles Hannah's Third Eye Books has moved online, offering African-centered books, accessories, and gifts. Other great Black-owned brands you can shop from online include Kamelah (Mimi) Adams's Mimi's Fresh Tees, Saffron Bellecroix's Etsy shop Hero Masks Studio (face masks galore), Dontae Mathis's Like Dat Apparel, Kristin Pruitt's Etsy jewelry shop Baked Clay Studio, and Ian Williams's popular Deadstock Coffee.
Plan a COVID-safe birthday party for your favorite Pisces. The fishes of the zodiac are as complex as any other sign, but anecdotal studies show that any given Pisces will be touched if you remember their birthday. With that in mind, go the extra mile for your favorite person(s) born between February 19 and March 20 by sending them a Party in a Box from Seattle company the Works, a DIY kit that comes with rainbow confetti cake mix and baking cups, sparkly decorations, and a celebratory playlist. For something as elusive as the recipient of your gifts, opt for the Mystery Night In Box from Mystery (another Seattle company), which promises "3-5 hours of entertainment" coupled with goods from local businesses. If your Pisces values alone time (they do), get them some spa-worthy tinctures and balms from the charming Mississippi catch-all shop Flutter. While you're at it, throw in a new notebook (like this simple one by Midori from Little Otsu) in which they can record their innermost thoughts and feelings.
Other notable weekend events:
Unique Markets Portland Local Love 2021 Pop-Up
Fifty Portland-based indie designers, artists, and emerging brands will sell their wares and merch at this ticketed outdoor market. Admission also includes a free tote, free Topo Chico, and a treat from Jacobsen Salt Caramels.
Goat Blocks, Southeast (Saturday)
ARTS & MUSIC
Celebrate Kill Rock Stars' 30th anniversary. Slim Moon's Portland record label boasts a whole roster of great artists, like Tamar Aphek and Tele Novella, but its claim to fame is no doubt the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, as they've released several of the artist's albums, including his 1995 self-titled one. Last year, on the 25th anniversary of that album, the label put out a compilation of covers by artists they admire, and for their own birthday, they're expanding that idea by asking artists to cover any song from Smith's KRS discography. Rather than a physical record, the $20 Stars Rock Kill (Rock Stars) digital album gets you all the singles for the entire year (and there will be at least 30) as they come. Confirmed artists thus far include Mary Lou Lord & Mikaela Davis, Mike Watt, Eyelids, Fruit Bats, Little Mazarn, Califone, MAITA, Shutups, TEKE::TEKE, Møtrik, and Ryan Sollee (the Builders & the Butchers).
Other notable weekend events:
This drive-in theatrical dance film chronicles Portland dance company BodyVox's iconic past productions. Opt for the Premium Package for priority parking and sweets.
Zidell Yards, Southwest (Friday-Saturday)
Love In The Time Of COVID
The Rose City Rollers and our very own Portland Mercury will bring five local comics (Shain Brenden, Amanda Arnold, Shrista Tyree, Adam Pasi, and Dylan Carlino) to Oaks Park's drive-in stage to riff and raff on Valentine's Day (the event was rescheduled from last weekend due to snow), COVID-era romance, and life in general. Food will be provided by South Portland saloon Buffalo Gap, and a beer garden will be up and running for your drinking-in-your-car needs.
Oaks Park, Southeast (Friday-Saturday)
Love Struck Drive-In
Watch crowd-pleasing romantic comedies like The Notebook, P.S. I Love You, and 10 Things I Hate About You with your lover/friend/quar pod from the safety of your car at this three-day drive-in at Washington Square. What's more, admission includes a full dinner and wine selection for two.
Washington Square, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)
Timelines for The Future: Christine Howard Sandoval
The first exhibition under resident curator Lucy Cotter's Turnstones program, which "[brings] together artists who refuse the available vocabulary and prefer to seek new frameworks," features photographs and drawings by Christine Howard Sandoval, whose practice revolves around the act of walking on sites of precarious and contested land.
Disjecta, North Portland (Friday-Sunday; closing Sunday)
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Turn to local organizations for help during the power outage. Mid-winter is the worst time to be without electricity, so if you're one of the households who's still waiting for their power to come back, our hearts go out to you. If it's expenses you're worried about, you may be able to get reimbursed (either in cash or in SNAP benefits) for food that has spoiled in your fridge. If you're not sure whether the food in your fridge is safe, use a thermometer to make sure the item you want to eat is below 40 degrees. If it's not, throw it away. (Read more food safety tips here.) If you're struggling to put enough non-refrigerated food on the table, find your nearest Oregon Food Bank location for pantry items. (Or, if you have power, consider a monetary or canned food donation.) The Portland Community Fridge project also has locations throughout the city, offering both perishable and pantry items on a give-and-take basis, although exceptions are made for those in need.
Other notable weekend events:
Chinese New Year at Lan Su Garden
While their nighttime Lantern Viewings are sold out, you can still celebrate the Chinese New Year at Lan Su Gardens by enjoying festival decorations, contact-free audio tours, mobile scavenger hunts, educational displays, and more.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, Northwest (Friday-Sunday)
RCR Winter Skate Pop-Up
Rose City Rollers' open-air skating rig at Lloyd Center will be up and running every weekend in January. As usual, the Skatemobile will be on site if you need to rent gear.
Lloyd Center, Northeast (Saturday-Sunday)
Yoga + Wine Salem | Coria Estates
Bundle up for outdoor yoga classes followed by a glass of vino at the Salem winery.
Coria Estates, Salem (Sunday)