Trophy Case: Best Local Stuff of February 2016

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from aphrodisiac bitters to exquisite stone jewelry

By Marty Patail January 25, 2016 Published in the February 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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With four flavors ranging from Turmeric to Thai Basil, chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Som Sodas plumb the Asian pantry for a refreshing addition to your fridge: one part Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar, four parts water, plus a touch of cane sugar and sea salt—none of ‘em over 100 calories. $1.99,

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This Fine Day sells custom headboards, shelves, and wood walls. Designer Christine Shelton’s ombre white-to-gray creation—made from reclaimed cedar and hand-aged using steel wool, rusty nails, and apple cider vinegar—instantly sexes up any bed. $380,

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Centered on handpicked stones, each piece from Nicolette Peterson’s Beach Bones jewelry collection has a unique charm only nature can imbue. “Each one is like a little time capsule of raw material from our universe,” she says.

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Swapping a few drops of Be-Loved Aphrodisiac Bitters—concocted from Bee Local honey, cacao, rose, and maca, a Peruvian root used to enhance sexual desire—for your tired Angostura promises to increase feelings of connection and relax your anxieties. (We’re guessing the booze might help, too.) $13,


Combine Belgium’s two best treasures—beer and chocolate—and you’ll be sipping on Dragon’s Gate Brewery’s Le Morte D’Arthur, a chocolate stout made with Belgian grains that drinks like monks swimming in melted truffles. And it’s just one of the chocolate beers at Artisinful! Beer and Chocolate Festival on January 30. Free admission, culminationbrewing.comBrian Yaeger

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