Word of Mouth: Portland, Oregon

The quintessential PNW city has grown up but its kept its inventive charm

Portland‘s culture of individualism has fostered some of the country’s best bars and restaurants, as well as experimental and ambitious shops. The PNW city—surrounded by the beauty of Mount Hood and spliced through with the splendors along the Willamette River—has a longstanding history of harvesting quality produce and accessing fresh seafood. Even in the city’s newest fleet of bars, restaurants and shops, there are innately …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Japan's pizza vending machines, Detroit Design Month, "sextech" patents and more

Detroit Design Festival Grows to Month-Long Extravaganza In 2015, Detroit was anointed as the first-ever UNESCO City of Design in the United States. This honor pertains to their astounding past and the continued revitalization coursing through the Motor City as we speak. In celebration of the award and the abundant creative energy, Detroit Design Core has expanded the Detroit Design Festival from one week’s worth of activities …

A Pizza-Making Vending Machine Popped Up in Japan

Italy, the mecca of slow-cooking and pizza perfectionism, drove the first iteration of the pizza vending machine out of town—Claudio Torghele’s Let’s Pizza. Now, the Japanese version, Pizza Self, has appeared outside of a video rental store in Hiroshima. A pizza will set you back around ¥980 (around $9 USD) and, in five minutes, it makes a Neapolitan-style margherita or quattro formaggio pizza, then boxes and …