Winning Finds

Fizzy Cold Brew to Perfect Picnic Blankets, the Best Local Stuff for a Lazy River Day

Headed to the water? Pick up these essentials first.

By Eden Dawn July 10, 2017 Published in the August 2017 issue of Portland Monthly

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Hoard a stack of Musubi’s onigiri for an easy on-the-go meal. The tiny balls of rice, filled with savory bites of tuna and house spicy mayo or vegan sour pickled plum, come individually wrapped with a square of nori for utensil-free noshing. $2.75–3.50, or 2134 SE Division St

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Finally, something you can reliably turn to when saying: “Hold my beer.” Fifty Fifty’s vacuum insulated tank growlers keep your beer (or rosé—not judging) frosty cold while the double wall keeps condensation from getting the inside of your backpack all wet. Huzzah! $33

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Modern Cabin’s locally made multilayer blankets were explicitly created for picnicking on semi-damp ground. The bottom is waterproof nylon, with a layer of cushy batting above. Bonus points for the hidden pocket that fits a phone. $125,

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Bored with LaCroix? Jolt back to reality from your sun-drenched haze with Stumptown’s new fizzy cold brew cans, especially this bittersweet, Arnold Palmer-esque quencher infused with lemon and Bee Local honey. $4, New Seasons

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I mean, you need something to do when you’re not floating. The disc golf–obsessed peeps at Huk Lab offer a line of brightly colored rounds that pull double duty as plates and doggie entertainment. $20

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