PMB Espresso: The Latest Local Shots, #2



Welcome to #PMBEspresso! Here you’ll discover various artists, writers, events, science, music, food (of course!) and more from all around our amazing city!  This roundup of local flavors is brought to you by our contributors, sponsors, and other local moms interested in sharing great findings. Did YOU stumble upon something your fellow local moms would love? Email details (and a photo we can publish, if possible), to info(at)!

Things To Do: Faerieworlds: A Gathering of Tribes

Faerieworlds, the premiere mythic music festival on the West Coast, will take place at Horning’s Hideout near Portland on September 4-6. Featuring world renowned fantasy artists, Grammy-award winning musicians, spectacular performances and entertainers, and an amazing arts and crafts vending village, thousands of fans from around the globe travel each year to Oregon to experience the magic of Faerieworlds. 

Mom-Owned Business: The Bhaktishop Yoga Center

If you want to learn more about yoga as well as seek deeper pathways to yourself and your community, this yoga center in Southeast Portland may be the place for you. Experience The Bhaktishop’s kind, highly skilled and experienced teachers and small-class culture. “Life hurts sometimes. Yoga helps.”

The Bhakti Shop
The Bhakti Shop

Local Flavors: Grilled Cheese Grill

According to the Grilled Cheese Grill, here are 4 reasons to check them out:

  1. With a full menu of cheeses, breads, and other good stuff, we make sandwiches that range from Saturday morning cartoon worthy, all the way up to Jeopardy-level sophisticated. 
  2. It’s an anecdotally-proven fact that food always tastes better when somebody else makes it, and usually even better if mom made it. If you can’t get your mom to make you a grilled cheese right now,  a couple of bearded dudes in a food cart will be your mom.
  3. You know you don’t feel like cooking anyway.
  4. You probably don’t have a converted school bus or double decker bus at your house as a dining room.  Conveniently, we do.

So come by for a taste of your childhood. Unless your childhood sucked, and then we’ll let ya have a taste of ours.

Grilled Cheese Grill
Grilled Cheese Grill

 Mommy Laughs:


Artist Spotlight: Joanne Radmilovich Kollman

Joanne is a local painter whose oil paintings, etchings and commercial illustrations capture the dynamic environment and character around her. Her NW Neighbors series portrays subjects in their “in-between moments” in life, where individual personality is expressed through gesture, style and culture. 

Woman in Yellow Dress
Joanne Radmilovich Kollman
Woman in Yellow Dress
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 20″

Parks Around Town: Khunamokwst Park

This park includes accessible picnic and play areas, an accessible restroom, nature-based play area, paved paths, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground, skatepark, and splash pad. 5200 NE Alberta St.

Khunamokwst Park
Khunamokwst Park, 5200 NE Alberta St.

Photography: Jess Be Lovely

A new story, subject or style… photography is always new and exciting! Jess has tried out just about everything, from landscape to commercial product photography, but it all comes back to people. She loves building new relationships with her clients and telling their life stories with her images. Located in Happy Valley.

Jess Be Lovely
Jess Be Lovely

Caffeine Fix: Case Study Coffee Roasters

“We love to serve coffees that tell a story and continue to foster education surrounding specialty coffee and the unique experiences it brings us.” Besides the three Portland cafes, Case Study Coffee still does Espresso Catering with the original La Marzocco GS3s they purchased at the start of their catering days and are working to expand that arm of the business.

Case Study Coffee Roasters
Case Study Coffee Roasters, 3 locations

Mom’s Bookshelf: The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman

Synopsis: Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.

The Marriage of Opposites
The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman

Inspire Me:

You Don't Need a Plan

Great Apps: ArtKive

The clutter-free way to save and enjoy your child’s artwork. $4.99

How does Artkive Work?

  1. Create an account and add the first names and grades of your children
  2. Take photos of their artwork or upload from your camera roll
  3. Tag your photo with the child’s name, grade, date, and title
  4. Share with family and friends or turn your Artkive into a book or other great products
ArtKive app available on iTunes and Google Play.

Local Author Spotlight: Food Lover’s Guide to Portland (2nd edition), by Liz Crain

For residents and visitors alike, Food Lovers Guide to Portland is a road map to finding the best of the best in Americas favorite do-it-yourself foodie mecca. Navigate Portland’s edible bounty with this all-access pass to hundreds of producers, purveyors, distillers, bakers, food carts, and farmers markets. This book is the indispensable guide to it all.

Food Lover's Guide to Portland (2nd edition)
Food Lover’s Guide to Portland (2nd edition), by Liz Crain

Music: True West Presents: PSYCHEDELIC FURS, and THE CHURCH

If you were to dissect the alternative rock dominating today’s music, you’ll find that much of it pays homage to The Psychedelic Furs. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler, and his bass-wielding brother Tim, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, Wednesday, September 02 @ 8 p.m.

The Psychedelic Furs
The Psychedelic Furs

Mommy Hack: Command Hooks on the High Chair

Hang bibs on a command Hook on the highchair

PMB Craft: Galaxy Bottles

Materials Needed:

  • 3-4 colors of acrylic paint
  • Water bottle
  • Cups/Funnel
  • Cotton balls
  • Glitter
  • Water
Galaxy Bottles




Creamy Chicken with Spinach and Mushroom Risotto
Serves 4
Write a review
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  4. 1 c sliced fresh mushrooms
  5. 1 c chopped fresh spinach
  6. 1 9.9 oz package minute risotto
  7. 1/4 c chicken broth
  8. 1/4 c grated Asiago cheese
  9. toasted focaccia bread, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F
  2. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown on both sides. Transfer to a baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 170º F.
  3. Add shallots, mushrooms and spinach to the sauté pan and cook until wilted. Add risotto rice and mix in. Add broth and cook until rice is tender.
  4. Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to the risotto. Add cheese and stir until it is melted. Serve with focaccia.
  1. Tip: Don't wash the sauté pan before putting the other ingredients in to cook. Use the juices and olive oil from the chicken to add more flavor.
Adapted from Easy Cooking, the Costco Way
Adapted from Easy Cooking, the Costco Way
Portland Mom Collective