a bit about Hannah
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a writer, and I can't imagine doing anything else. Language is my thing. I love using it, shaping it, and understanding its impacts on our daily lives. I'm fascinated by the evolving methods by which we send and receive messages, and I love applying critical thinking and analysis to real world communication.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I've been fortunate enough to have never had a job I hated. Even when I was a life guard, or working in food service, they people surrounding me were so full of life and energy that no matter what the task was - the job was worth it.
Were you born and raised in Portland? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Portland?
I grew up in a small town across the water from Seattle. You had to take a ferry, drive through the woods, and eventually you'd end up in my small town. I love the density of living in a city like Portland, I can't imagine ever moving back to a small town.
What’s your current hood in Portland and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in Southeast, and my neighborhood is affectionately referred to as "Portland's kitchen." There's a lot of great food, which I love, but the parking is out of this world crazy.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I'm not a big fan of country, I could live without it.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Anything by Julien Baker, she's full of sneaky sadness.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Parks & Rec. If I was stranded on an island and I could only watch one thing on repeat, it would be Parks & Rec.
Name some spots in Portland that are good for a Tinder date.
The Rambler on Mississippi is great. The bar is set up in an old 1920's bungalow and it’s filled with activities (bocce ball, pool, board games, fire pits, etc.) in case your date is off to an awkward start. Plus, they’ll even give you $2 off cocktails on Tuesdays if you’re on a tinder date. Teote, Loyal Legion, and Victoria are other good spots.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Well, the president is pretty high on my list at the moment.
Who’s your hero and where in Portland would you take them out for a serious hang?
Stevie Nicks, I'd take her to Laurelhurst Park for sure.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Orn Hansen - it's a beautifully curated shop that sells clothing, wares, and vintage goods.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I don't spend a lot of time in the Pearl, it's a lot of new money.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to Otto's. It's the goddamn best hot dog I've ever had, but it closes at 6pm, and it's impossible to get to before closing after work.
Where do you go in Portland for a casual night out?
The Mississippi District, hands down.
Where would you go in Portland to celebrate some freaking good news?
Pepe le Moko. It's an intimate, subterranean bar that churns out some of the city’s best cocktails.
What’s your choice of transportation in Portland and why?
I go by bike, the city's bike lanes and pedestrian paths make biking safe and practical. It’s usually the fastest way for me to get to work!
What are the Portland spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Powell's Books, Mt. Tabor Park, Apizza Scholls, and any food truck pod.
What are the Portland spots tourists should run from screaming?
Salt & Straw is overrated, the ice cream is good but you can get equally delicious ice cream without the 45 minute wait time at 50 Licks.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Portland. How do you spend it?
I grab brunch at Broder, this heavenly Swedish cafe, then meander through the Hawthorne district to stop into vintage stores, the smaller Powell's, and Backstage Bar. Then I'd end the evening up on Mt. Tabor - it's the perfect place to see the city.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Prague. I lived there for a few months, it's a stunning blend of new vs. old, strange vs. beautiful, and the people are so down to earth.