This Is An Invitation: Drinks and Fun in Portland

About a week ago I mentioned I’d be in Portland and I wanted to throw a little party, so with the help of some friends up here I’m having a little get together at Aalto Lounge and you, my lovely, amazing readers, are all invited. I know it’s short notice but if you’re free from 7PM onward then come on out and grab a drink with me! The party will go on into the wee hours of the night, so if you can’t be there early it’s not a problem.

Aalto Lounge
3356 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214 (map)

Come out and say hi, meet tons of great creative folks, and have some yummy drinks with me!


Bobby Solomon

June 26, 2010 / By

A Delicious Breakfast at Broder Cafe

Yesterday morning Frank took me to one of his favorite breakfast spots called Broder Cafe, a beautiful little place that serves Scandinavian foods. To start we got an order of aebleskivers (which in Danish means apple slices) which are these wonderful, fluffy pastries that you dip in lemon curd and marion berry jam. Honestly they were some of the most delicious little pastries I’ve ever had.

For my main meal Frank and I ended up getting the same thing, a bacon, mushroom, gouda scramble with a potato latke and toast. It was amazing as the photos above make it look, really rich and a ton of flavor. The onions in the latke were perfect and the mushrooms in the scramble were a perfect consistency. The coffee was also delicious and most important to me, the service was great. We always had water at our table and the waiter (who may have been the owner?) checked in on us frequently.

If you’re in Portland or are just visiting this is place is a must visit.


Bobby Solomon

June 25, 2010 / By

Space Suit of the Week

This week’s Space Suit was suggested by helpful reader, Scott.  Thanks Scott.

In 1946, skiing on Mons Huygens would have been even more surprising than this woman’s face suggests. But scientists’ eyes were surely wider when ice was detected around the moon’s polar regions several decades later.  But at the close of World War 2, we had an immediate problem: to think of something to do with all our rockets. And attaching them to snow skis is a wonderful idea. We also had a reduced demand for aircraft and it was in this period that the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation turned its attention to space exploration and developed the Grumman Moon Suit.

But Grumman wasn’t alone when its thinking turned to space. The hundred-something Science Fiction book covers in this flickr set confirm the popularity of these titles well before we ever walked on the surface of the Moon.  And although we never drove Hispano-Suiza “Xenia” Coupes lookalikes around on the moon, the rovers we used to explore the lunar surface are still there collecting space dust. I imagine that before being scanned many of the science fiction books suffered the same fate on book shelves far away from the worlds they imagined.


P.S. This week’s image reminds me of this poem.

Alex Dent

June 25, 2010 / By

Wood Wood Spring/Summer 2010

Following a viewing of the nautical-themed designs for Wood Wood’s spring/summer collection, I was left with a decidedly summery feeling. The irony is that I am currently wearing three layers of clothing, my hands are a delightful shade of purple and I have wrapped myself in a blanket. On reflection, it is hardly a coincidence that I have featured garments from the Scandinavian label that could possibly be layered and worn during cooler weather. I didn’t do it on purpose, I promise.

Aside from blazers and light sweaters, their latest collection also includes swimwear, loose-silhouetted dresses and cute shorts. There is a nice aesthetic flow from the feminine pieces to the masculine garments that is united by the collection’s subdued palette and simple embellishments. To be honest, I would consider a few pieces from both the ladies’ collection and the menswear selection – such is the appeal of Wood Wood’s laid-back and effortless style.


June 25, 2010 / By

‘The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics’

Continuing the videos about shapes phenomenon I point your eyes to this amazing video called The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics. The video tells the story of a straight line who’s in love with a dot, but the dot falls in love with the crazy, freewheeling squiggle. Soon though the dot realizes that the squiggle is actually a mess and that the line is exactly what she wants in life… ok that was kind of a shit interpretation of the story, but you get the gist of it.

The video was directed by cartoon legend Chuck Jones and and Maurice Noble but was based on the book of the same name. The movie was such a big hit in fact that it won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1965. Yet again, it’s annoying that there aren’t more cartoons like this these days. I wonder if Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network would fun something like this again?


Bobby Solomon

June 24, 2010 / By