Elephants Delicatessen has been providing Portlanders with fresh deli fare since the dying days of disco. Items are made from scratch daily, with the menu and prices varying from location to location. A few staples pop up at several Elephants eateries, however—namely, the delicatessen's highly praised soups, including the beloved tomato orange soup ($4.50 for a bowl at the Elephants on Wheels location), said to have the ability to align stars in a single spoonful. An array of sandwiches is also available at Elephants Delicatessen, including an albacore tuna salad mini-hoagie ($4.50 at the three Flying Elephants locations), or the Elephants' Own Hamburger ($8.95 at the NW 22nd Avenue location). Depending on which Elephants you choose to harness with your lunch-grabbing lasso, you can also opt for pizza, spinach salad, a black-bean burger, fish and chips, or a Carolina pulled-pork sandwich. Be sure to check your location's menu before making crazy-eyed demands for lobster-and-squash cookies, which don't exist.
Benjamin Blak's fashion fanatics stock their colorful boutique with locally created, skin-hugging products for both men and women. Men's square-cut underwear impress pants pockets, fly zippers, and stylish x-ray machines alike with clever themes and sturdily constructed style ($35). The Rugby line splashes preppy sport motifs onto its shorts, and the Spirit of Ecstasy line prepares its gentlemen for pants-free emergencies with belt loops prepped to hold keys or the hooked thumbs of a cowboy surveying the land. Lady anatomies can snag inspiration from men's traditions with women's boxers ($20) or don Chinese flora with lacy bamboo panties, woven from the sturdy grass into sustainably alluring shapes ($15). Shoppers can observe the creation of locally-made clothing from brands like Benjamin Blak, Storm, and Pulse while at the in-store studio.
Utilizing a time-tested curriculum devised by language teacher Maximilian Berlitz in 1878, Berlitz recruits fluent instructors to teach their native languages to pupils during in-person and online lessons. Instructors teach dozens of languages in accordance with the acclaimed Berlitz Method, which focuses heavily on conversation, active student participation, and knowing how to conjugate verbs while blindfolded. Each lesson builds upon skills taught during previous sessions, starting with essential techniques and eventually covering more intricate components to develop a confident command of the language. Berlitz further cultivates foreign-language wisdom with services for corporations, schools, and government agencies at more than 500 locations in 70 countries and three planetary systems.
For the chefs at Ultimate Events Portland Inc., meals are only limited by two factors: the availability of seasonal ingredients and their own imaginations. The company specializes in in-home chef experiences, where seasoned culinarians design a customized three-course menu complete with wine pairings. Using the client's kitchen, they're able to craft dishes from around the world, drawing on the cooking techniques and flavors of Europe, the Middle East and Mediterranean, Asia, and America, in any combination. Ultimate Events Portland Inc. also caters large- and small-scale events, designing ornate centerpieces and place settings in addition to the colorful hors d'oeurvres and the main meal. Past projects have featured elaborate touches such as fountains, ice sculptures, and butlers who arrive via jetpack.