The Pairing Menu
Hand-curated treasures to enjoy while listening.
House Spirits Aquavit
Nodding to Hajk’s home country of Norway, this locally made aquavit by House Spirits
Distillery in Portland features strong flavors of caraway and star anise, beautifully balanced and steeped in a rich tradition. Considered the national drink of Norway, “aquavit” comes from the Latin term aqua vitae, meaning “water of life,” and in the 1500s was believed to be a cure for almost anything. While we can’t recommend this spirit as a replacement to water, we do suggest pouring yourself a glass of the obscure liquor on the rocks, settling into a cozy spot and allowing Hajk to lull you into gentle reflection. www.housespirits.com
It’s universally known there are few combinations better than potatoes, butter and
cream... but Hajk’s album might come close. The five piece dresses up their simple guitar melodies and straightforward beats with groovy bass lines, energetic claps and fuzzy synth, maintaining minimal instrumentation with imaginative layers all rolled into one. Similarly, lefses, the humble Norwegian flatbread, may be simple in their few ingredients, but the traditional dish is easy to build on with sugar, butter, eggs and more. Use this mix to create a filling, simple lefse dish for celebration or a nice breakfast one Sunday morning, and bask in the joy of sprucing up the minimal dish with your own creative flourishes (or, you know… jam). www.ingebretsens.com
Whether you’re struggling to come to terms with the end of a relationship, like in the heartbroken lyrics of “Medicine,” or just need to keep your hands from drying out, this
lotion by Barnwell Co. will help soothe your woes. Crafted in Portland in small batches, the lotion features a blend of essentials oils selected to spark imagination and encourage tranquility. This vetiver and lemongrass concoction also includes hydrating aloe vera, rejuvenating camellia oil and green tea extract to give your skin a boost of vitamins and antioxidants. Lather some on, turn the music up, and let the healing effects work their magic. www.madeherepdx.com
Polaroid Instant Camera
Reminiscent of the classic instant cameras popularized in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Polaroid's newest offering is a dual film and digital camera with a built in, on-the-spot printer. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in a pocket, so you can bring it anywhere. Snap a couple of pictures of you and your best friends the next time you’re at show, or a selfie with you and your S.O. next time you’re out on the town. A blend of nostalgia and reality -- not unlike most of lyrics found in Hajk -- this camera will help you capture life’s moments and provide something to look back on (or throw in the digital trash) even after the sentiment has long faded. www.polarioid.com
Gathered from beehives after being collected and packed by worker bees for their queen, the full wealth of health benefits from bee pollen is still largely unknown, but may include helping with allergies, asthma and weight loss -- plus it’s rich in vitamins and nutrients that promote overall well-being. This little vial of sunshine from Bee Local is full of pollen found the northern Willamette Valley, providing a literal taste of the Northwest.
Sprinkle these little nuggets of springtime on your next smoothie, turn up the volume to “Flowerdust,” kick your feet up and revel in its satisfying glow. www.beelocal.com