Cambridge Coffee Bar slings specialty coffee, smoothies, and other blended drinks alongside its pastries crafted from time-tested Cambridge family recipes. Caffeine seekers can quench their cravings with delectable slurps from a 12-ounce americano ($1.99), white-mocha latte ($3.49), or café au lait ($2.69), and sippers seeking chillier ways to increase their liquid intake––besides eating mouthfuls of snow––can opt for an espresso and vanilla ice-cream blend, such as the 16-ounce Caramelicious ($4.49) or a fruit blend available in six fructosey flavors ($3.49).
Nestled in a luxury hotel overlooking the majestic water of Crescent Beach, Spa at Inn by the Sea relaxes strung-out salty dogs with its muscle-mellowing massage services in a cozy shoreside-themed environment. Guests will dive headfirst into a 15-minute consultation to determine the preferred knead and the viscosity of maple syrup. A sure-handed therapist will then run a soothing suite of hand-to-muscle techniques, whether the client seeks a mixture of flowing Swedish-massage movements and reflexology or a rigorous deep-tissue massage.
A community-oriented coffeehouse and wine bar, The Local Buzz serves a morning, evening, and kids' menu of pastries, paninis, appetizers, and locally made baked goods. Pair a trio of nuts ($2.50), including organic nori and curry and maple cashews, with the hummus-, pita-, and olive-laden Mediterranean platter ($7.50) for a perfect midafternoon or early mid-dusk snack. Select a sip of tea or java from Coffee by Design or adopt an of-age quaff from diverse drink lists of wines and locally brewed beer. The Local Buzz plays host to a variety of events, making it an ideal destination for a lively family outing, an intimate evening date, or a hair-raising combination of both.
When Bangkok native Pom Boobphachati was obtaining her MBA in hospitality at Johnson & Wales University, she wasn't content to just learn her trade in theory. She also picked up a job serving in a local restaurant, where she impressed her boss so much she was asked to manage a new eatery. The experience encouraged her to open her own place, Thai Taste, which has been serving authentic Thai flavors since 2002.
To ensure her dishes were completely authentic, Pom made a trip back to Thailand to brush up on the modern techniques and presentations being used there. What she learned resulted in the creation of an extensive menu that features more than 100 dishes, as well as vegetarian, gluten-free, kid-friendly options.
These dishes range from a Dancing Shrimp entree that Portland Magazine proclaimed a "theatrical, savory treat" to popular options including create-your-own noodle bowls, pho, boat noodles with braised beef short ribs, and chicken and salmon teriyaki.
Three more locations with nature-inspired decor are currently open.
Partners Mike Jerome and Drew Kinney are obsessed with soup. Before they opened Kamasouptra, they spent much of their early professional lives learning about soup, apprenticing under famed chefs, researching techniques, and looking under floorboards for hidden-away family recipes. It must have paid off because readers of The Phoenix named Kamasouptra’s soup the best around in both 2012 and 2011.
The culinary team crafts offerings to satisfy pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan diets, taking advantage of fresh produce and seafood caught locally. While the menu at the shop’s two locations changes daily, the kitchen tries to keep certain staples on hand, including beer-and-cheddar soup, chili, and vegan pasta fagioli.
Born in Bangkok, Pom Boobphachati has spent her career inside Thai restaurants since 2000, picking up skills in the kitchen and using management expertise from her MBA in hotel and restaurant management from Johnson & Well University. Pom currently oversees a trio of Thai restaurants in Portland, including Pom's Thai Restaurant. Here, an extensive menu of more than 100 items unfolds before diners' eyes, offering everything from salads spiked with lime juice and curries simmered in coconut milk to noodle and fried rice dishes made from tofu, meat, seafood, or soy chicken. Customized stir-fry entrees come together with your choice of protein, vegetable, and sauce, including garlic, sauce, ginger sauce, or molten-basil sauce.