SOUTHEAST PORTLAND — Jerry Seinfeld's popular web show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" stopped by Portland to spend the afternoon with "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen. The episode went live Thursday, and now you can tag along on their very Portlandish day. The city and its quirks get ample screen time, including a 7-minute wait for coffee at Coava, counted on a "Portland Hipster Service Wait-O-Meter." Although Seinfeld does declare the coffee so good, "It's a reason to live here."
PEARL DISTRICT — Chef Cathy Whims, bartender Ryan Magarian and Chefstable's Kurt Huffman plan to open a cocktail bar with a ham-focused food menu around the corner from Oven & Shaker. Whims will curate half a dozen hams from all over the world. Meanwhile, Margarian's drink menu will focus on spirits and cocktails that complement the ham. The group hopes to open the still-to-be-named bar, which will be open in the evenings only, in March 2015.
CITY-WIDE — Eater Portland tested out the new Starbucks mobile-ordering program, which launched in Portland on Wednesday. Now those who download the Starbucks app to their iphone can order and pay for their drinks and snacks with the click of a few buttons. Within minutes the order is ready at the store they've chosen and they get to cut the line to get it. Mobile ordering is expected to launch in other cities (TBD) starting in early 2015, with the goal of eventually being available nationwide.
NORTH PORTLAND — Carrie Brownstein, "Portlandia" star, Sleater-Kinney band-member, and longtime Portland resident dropped a list of favorite Portland haunts, and it was a veritable food-lover's guide to Northeast Portland: Broder Nord for breakfast, Luce for lunch, Barwares for drinks, and the NE 30th and Killingsworth cluster for dinner (including shout-outs for Nonna, Beast, and Expatriate).